AKG D1000c

Yes! Finally another golden microphone, and it was about time! The Austrian-made AKG D1000c looks pretty much like a shiny gold coloured Shure SM57, and that’s not only a design choice, but an AKG marketing slogan condensed into the microphone’s design: it’s just like your beloved SM57, but it’s BETTER.

It was released in 1968, three years after its big role model, and immediately discovered by David Bowie and Jim Morrison who had both been dreaming of using a gold coloured SM57 on stage for years, but had been afraid to have one gold-plated for them, because you know – those were different times. And you know, the AKG has more or less the same size, probably the same weight, frequency response, torr in millimeters of mercury and carbon footprint, so why not use it instead?

The AKG D1000c is the rich kids’ choice for getting a perfectly run-of-the-mill guitar sound.

Ok, how about some facts on the AKG D1000c? It’s a good microphone in its own right, really. It will give you nice and crunchy guitar sounds with a pronounced midrange boost, neat snare sounds with a nice midrange boost and pretty ok vocal sounds with a focus on the midrange of your voice!

As a dynamic cardioid mic designed for handheld operation, it is not very prone to feedback or handling noise. The three-step switchable highpass filter provides the following setting: B-Bass / M-Mids / S-Speech. Or, as I have found in another source: B-Bass / M-Medium / S-Sharp. Now finally your singer has a good excuse for singing all the chorus notes in the wrong pitch again – you’ve set his mic to sharp, silly engineer!

It has a funky gold crown with the classic AKG sintered grille, like the sound rocket or the AKG D190 have. Later on, it was released without the sintered headbasket in a silver revision as AKG D1000E, with XLR connector, which is supposed to sound different, though. And there’s also the Echolette Top 10, which is silver and gold and looks like it was made from the remaining spare parts of both revisions, so I am 100% certain that it sounds like a mixture of the two others. That’s how science works, right?


  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency range: 40-17.000 Hz if no filter is active, although this sounds a little exaggerated
  • Impedance: 200 Ohms
  • 3-Pin DIN Tuchel connector
Style: (5 / 5)
Sound: (3 / 5)
Uniqueness: (5 / 5)
Usefulness: (3 / 5)

Trash:Gold ratio – 1:24 carat

One Comment
  1. Bought several of these in the “E” version in the 70’s for a college where I worked in the US. They were much more durable than SM57 and sounded as good or better for most uses. Found one in a pawn shop in West Hollywood for ~$50 a few years back and it is still a go to for guitar amp and snare, great mic!

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