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What Hi-Fi? Renders Judgment

on 2nd December 2014

The hard-core, golden-eared critics at What Hi-Fi? recently put the AKG K812 headphones through their paces to see how they measure up. The verdict? Five out of five stars – the highest possible rating!

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Stockholm University going digital

on 9th Oct 2014

Universities are often a juxtaposition of the new and the old, the traditional and the groundbreaking. Tweedy grey-bearded professors working alongside tech-savvy hipsters. Ivy-covered walls leading to glass and steel additions. But one area where a 21st century university can’t be traditional is its technology. That’s why Stockholm University turned to AKG when it was time to upgrade the technology in its lecture halls.

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Soulmate rely on the WMS40 Mini

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Soulmate

Feeling the blues.

Posted on 07th October 2014

Anyone could be excused for doing a double take upon hearing about an Indian blues band. Isn’t India the land of sitars, tablas and the outrageously upbeat pop of Bollywood? Indeed, it is. But the country’s thriving music scene also includes dozens of rock, blues and heavy metal bands, and among the hottest is AKG supporter Soulmate, an Indian blues band that has performed worldwide.

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Jose J. Cortijo with the C414 XLS

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Jose J. Cortijo

Percussion Perfectionist

Posted on 26th August 2014

Musician, tutor, composer, author – percussionist Jose Cortijo is immersed in the world of percussion, performing with world-renowned artists, recording, teaching, writing and always inspiring. Intimately familiar with the many instruments he plays, Jose works with the AKG C414 XLS for one simple reason – it faithfully delivers the sound he expects to hear.

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    "The Groove Pack is an amazing assortment of mics that offers quality for any drummer, no matter what their skill level. The pack is always with me – in my studio, on the road or on stage."
    » Rick Latham

    Rick Latham uses the AKG Groove Pack

  • High-performance drum microphone set
Schmidt relies on the HT4500

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Schmidt

Cabaret Pop

Posted on 12th August 2014

“Pop noir” – that’s what German singer songwriter SCHMIDT calls her style. “Berlin sex appeal”, “deep blue pop”, “grandiose cabaret pop” – these are labels the media came up with as they scrambled to describe the pop and jazz singer following the debut of her first full-length album, “Femme SCHMIDT”, in the spring of 2012. But perhaps it was the German edition of Elle that best conveyed how different this 23-year-old singer and AKG artist is.

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Rick Latham uses the AKG Groove Pack

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Rick Latham

In the groove

Posted on 29th July 2014

Rick Latham is all about the groove. One of the most in-demand studio and touring drummers, he’s experienced in a wide range of genres. But when all is said and done, it’s finding the groove that drives Rick and he relies on his AKG Groove Pack to capture it all.

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Mozes and The Firstborn - I Got Skills

Garage Rock From Eindhoven

on 24th July 2014

On a sunny, tree-lined street in a Vienna park, four twenty-something men plant themselves in the middle of the road, two with guitar in hand. As cyclists, joggers and horse carriages amble by, the four count down and start to perform as a video crew records it all. But these aren’t street musicians. It’s Mozes and The Firstborn.

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Niladri Kumar relies on the AKG C411

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Niladri Kumar

Genre-bending virtuoso

Posted on 17th July 2014

It’s not unusual for a musician, after many years of releasing music in a specific genre, to dabble in something completely different. But few have succeeded in building a career around crisscrossing from one genre to another, and fewer still have been as highly regarded for their achievements as has Niladri Kumar. An award-winning world musician, Niladri is considered both a sitar and zitar virtuoso, the later a combination sitar and guitar and Niladri’s own creation amplified by an AKG miniature pickup.

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Life Ball 2014 supported by AKG

A charitable extravaganza

Posted by Leah on 10th July 2014

It’s the traditional Viennese ball updated for the 21st century, bringing together the worlds of fashion, the arts and public service – it’s Life Ball, one of the largest and most celebrated AIDS charity events in the world. This year’s celebrity participants included Bill Clinton, Christina Perri, Ricky Martin, Billy Zane and Courtney Love, among others, all there to help boost awareness of HIV/AIDS and support those affected. AKG, too, was there, to provide support for the cause and microphones and monitoring systems for event performers and speakers.

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The Ruff Pack

Marrying jazz with hip-hop

on 3rd July 2014

So many music genres, so many tidy labels. But art is often untidy. Some artists just don’t cooperate. They color outside the lines. Meet The Ruff Pack (TRP), a genre-bending trio that melds jazz and hip-hop to create something fresh and invigorating, and who recently hit the studio with AKG gear in tow to record a new album.

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Hannes Arch

Adventurer, pilot, air racer

Posted by Leah on 25th June 2014

As an air race pilot, Hannes Arch spends a lot of time with his head in the clouds. But, even while blazing through pylons and pulling 10g’s he needs to stay in touch with his team on the ground. For that, he turns to AKG.

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Stabe Wilson

Soul-stirring saxophonist

on 16 June 2014

Rather than try to label saxophonist Stabe Wilson and his music, it’s best to sit back and enjoy his versatility and appreciate the many influences that have made him such an accomplished musician. Stabe draws inspiration from a wide range of genres, from gospel to jazz to soul to R&B, and when he performs he relies on an AKG microphone to deliver his soul-stirring performances.

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Herra Ylppö & Ihmiset

Reality Rock

on 9 June 2014

“Reality rock” – that’s how Finnish rockers Herra Ylppö& Ihmiset describe their music because they favour lyrics that deal with the realities of everyday life. The music is sometimes a lush anthem, other times a hypnotic ballad, and often no-nonsense, hard-driving rock. And all of it is recorded with the help of a range of AKG microphones.

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Sweet Sweet Moon - I do you good

presented by They shoot music and AKG

on 23 April 2014

How Sweet Sweet Moon came to be performing in a Santiago vintage shop is a tale that started with an earlier video of the band performing on a street in their native Vienna. It went viral, with more than 600,000 views.

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Cloud Nothings - Expect the unexpected

presented by They shoot music and AKG

on 30 April 2014

A bearded young man in dark-rimmed glasses sits on a café chair. He plays his guitar. He sings. The song builds. The singer is Dylan Baldi, lead singer, guitarist and founder of American indie-rock band, Cloud Nothings, performing solo in the square for the creative collective They Shoot Music Don’t They, there to capture the moment with their AKG gear.

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AKG DROCON Technology

Getting the drop on dropouts

Posted by Leah on 5 June 2014

The untethered freedom a wireless mic provides is a boon for performers and presenters alike as long as interference is dealt with.Thanks to advanced countermeasures, the AKG DMSTetrad wireless microphone system is extremely effective at protecting against interference. But as every performer knows, there are rare occasions when a dropout occurs.To get the drop on dropouts, AKG has developed new, complementary technology that wrestles them into submission.

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Australian Pink Floyd Show

Cover Band

Posted on 12th May 2014

As cover bands go, The Australian Pink Floyd Show stands apart on many counts. Having sold more than four million tickets to concerts in 35 countries certainly distinguishes them from run-of-the-mill cover acts. But perhaps their boldest boast is that David Gilmour – yes, that David Gilmour – had them perform at his 50th birthday celebration. It’s a testament to their success in getting the sound, the feel and the experience right. And AKG gear plays a key role in that success.

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Karo Glazer

Vocal artist extraordinaire

on 27 May 2014

If a true artist is one who’s never content to safely stick with what’s worked in the past, then count jazz vocalist Karo Glazer as one. Not only is she considered one of the most original jazz artists in recent years, she’s driven by a need to constantly explore new territory, push boundaries and create something altogether new. And whether it’s in the studio or performing live, she entrusts her artistic creativity to AKG gear.

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Ghost Capsules - Inside

presented by They shoot music and AKG

on 21th April 2014

It was in Vienna where London-born Bomb The Bass DJ Tim Simenon, Spanish singer Laura Gomez and the Vienna locals Roman Lugmayr (drums) and Georg Lichtenauer (keyboard) started their collaboration and created such a dark and atmospheric sound paired with a danceable and catchy pop-appeal.

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Au Revoir Simone - Somebody Who

presented by They shoot music and AKG

on 16th April 2014

A few years have passed since the Brooklyn-based trio Au Revoir Simone has released their last record. Now sitting in the backstage area of a theater in Vienna and listening to "Somebody Who", the outtake of their new album "Move in Spectrums", it feels like having this long-desired warm shower after a grey winter day.

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Steaming Satellites - How Dare You!

presented by They shoot music and AKG

on 11th April 2014

In this episode of Popfest, Salzburg-based Steaming Satellites make a trip to Vienna to do an impressive and soul performance of their song, "How Dare You!" on the roof of the magnificent baroque church, Karlskirche.

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Red Bull Music Academy 2013 - NYC

Posted by Alyssa on 20th Jan 2014

Founded in 1998 in Berlin, the Red Bull Music Academy supports up-and-coming singers, musicians, producers and DJs from around the world during their first important steps into the music business. Founded in 1947 in Vienna, AKG is well known for manufacturing microphones, headphones and wireless audio systems for professionals.

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AKG Varimotion Technology

Posted by Alyssa on 16th Jan 2014

The heart of any headphone or microphone is the diaphragm. It's the component that handles the challenging task of turning its mechanical motion into the electrical signal that delivers the sound. Varimotion from AKG is a unique, patented technology that allows the production of a diaphragm whose thickness varies along its diameter.

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Steve Stevens with the AKG DSR700

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Steve Stevens

Guitar hero

Posted on 12th Dec 2013

When Billy Idol’s punk group Generation X disbanded in the early ’80s, the British rocker relocated to New York in hopes of building a solo career. It was there that he crossed paths with Brooklyn-born guitarist Steve Stevens. Apparently, there was chemistry there – some 30 years later they’re still performing together, with Steve relying on the AKG DSR700 V2 wireless system for their live shows.

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    "It's absolutely night and day. I am still shocked as to just how much difference the DSR700 wireless system makes to our tone, both throughout the crowd fill and on-stage."
    » Steve Stevens

    Steve Stevens with the AKG DSR700

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Sounds Like Elektro Guzzi

presented by Red Bull Music Academy and AKG

Posted by Alyssa on 2nd Dec 2013

In 2010, after five years of preparation, Vienna-based techno group Elektro Guzzi released their debut album via Berlin's Macro label. Jakob Schneidewind, Bernhard Breuer and Bernhard Hammer got together in Vienna in 2004 and have since become stars of the techno scene.

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Modern Music School

AKG inside

Posted by Alyssa on 27th Nov 2013

Judging from today's music, just about anything goes when making music. At the Modern Music School, with its well trained teachers, creative concepts and well-honed teaching methods, students learn that just about anything can go into their music, which motivates them to have fun and create with enthusiasm.

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Sounds Like Tim Exile

presented by Red Bull Music Academy and AKG

Posted by Philipp on 21st Nov 2013

While other kids were merely listening to music, Tim Exile was already playing an instrument. At age 12 he took up the violin, and later, after years of experimentation with electronic music, put out his first drum and bass release in 1999.

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Sounds Like TOKiMONSTA

presented by Red Bull Music Academy and AKG

Posted by Alyssa on 14th Nov 2013

"Beatmaker" is the perfect description for what TOKiMONSTA – aka Jennifer Lee – does. This California-based producer/DJ, with limited tools, transformed her bedroom into a recording studio, from where she now crafts her sample-based, sun-drenched beats.

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'Sounds Like...' Teaser

presented by Red Bull Music Academy and AKG

Posted by Alyssa on 31st Oct 2013

... the perfect name for a series of mini documentaries produced by the Red Bull Music Academy in cooperation with AKG. Both a close look behind the scenes and tribute to the craft of music making, 'Sounds Like...' is a series of web videos featuring numerous respected RBMA artists.

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Sounds Like BadBadNotGood with Bootsy Collins

presented by Red Bull Music Academy and AKG

Posted by Philipp on 7th Nov 2013

Post bop. Instrumental hip hop. Jazz. Electronica. Don't know what these are? If you Googled them you might just come up with BadBadNotGood, the genre-mixing sensation from Toronto, Ontario.

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Steve Vai with AKG D40 dynamic microphone, WMS4500 D7 wireless microphone, C214 condeser microphone, D12 dynamic bass microphone

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Steve Vai

Guitarist, songwriter and producer

Posted on 21st Oct 2013

With six Grammy® nominations (and three wins), two million Facebook "likes," hundreds of music magazine covers, and sales of over 15 million albums, this guys isn't just any guitarist/songwriter/producer. This guy is Steve Vai. In over 30 years in the music business, Vai has not only learned from the best, he's toured with the best – clearly, he IS one of the best. And he chooses to work with the best: AKG.

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Parov Stelar Band with AKG DMS700 wireless microphone system, AKG D5 Dynamic vocal microphone, C519 condenser instrument microphone

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Parov Stelar Band

Electro swing from Austria

Posted on 25th Sep 2013

Whether they're in Seoul, London, San Francisco or Vienna – with Parov Stelar Band, swing is definitely back in town. Their brand of electro swing requires professional, clear sound, and since 2011, AKG has been one of the secrets to their success.

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    "If you're feeling emotional when you're creating something, it'll sound that way."
    » Steve Vai

    Steve Vai with AKG D40 dynamic microphone, WMS4500 D7 wireless microphone, C214 condeser microphone, D12 dynamic bass microphone

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large-diaphragm 
condenser microphone

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Life Ball 2013 supported by AKG

Posted by Philipp on 1st Oct 2013

Bill Clinton did it. Katy Perry did it. And Gerry Keszler, Ivana Trump, Eva Longoria and many more did, too: fought against HIV and AIDS. Life Ball and AKG have been working to bring people together in order to understand how important it is to stand up and educate others about this disease. Since 2007 AKG has supported the annual Life Ball in Vienna, Austria, as an official partner and sponsor.

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