AKG ARA C22 Professional Two-Pattern USB Condenser Microphone


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The AKG Ara two-pattern USB microphone lets podcasters, bloggers, gamers and musicians capture pro-quality, high-resolution sound right from their desktops. Whether you’re streaming or recording, capture audio at 24-bit, 96kHz resolution for crystal-clear speech clarity and stunning vocal and instrument tracks. Ara’s dual pickup patterns let you focus on a single voice or instrument or everyone in the room: Choose the directional Front (cardioid) pattern to focus on sound directly in front of the mic while rejecting sound from other sides; use the Front + Back (omni) pattern to pick up sounds all around the mic, such as multiple speakers or a group of performers. Use Ara on a desktop, boom, stand or even on the go, with an optional adapter and your mobile device. It’s plug-and-play simple, thanks to USB connectivity and class-compliant drivers.

General Specifications

Microphone Transfer ProtocolUSB 2.0
Microphone Transducer2 fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser capsules
Microphone Capture ModesSelectable; Front, Front & Back
Microphone Frequency Response20 Hz – 20 kHz
Microphone Bit Depth / Sample Rate24-bit / 96 kHz (The technical specification on the packaging of Harman’s AKG Ara incorrectly states that this microphone supports 192 kHz. The correct specification is 96 kHz. Harman is actively working to correct this error, and will have corrected AKG Ara packaging available after November 1, 2021.)
Microphone Maximum SPL120 dB SPL (0.5% THD)
Microphone Power Requirement / Consumption5V USB / 75 mA
Headphone Output Impedance16 ohms
Headphone Power Output (RMS)12 mv (16 ohm)
Headphone THD0.03% (USB -20dbfs input) ; 0.35% ( Acoustic 94dbfs input)
Headphone Frequency Response20 Hz – 20 kHz
Headphone S/N Ratio91db (USB input) ; 76db ( Acoustic 94dbfs input)


Box Dims (L x W x H)182 x 114 X 221 mm
Product Weight0.665 kg