October 16, 2019
NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced the AKG Lyra ultra-HD, multi-mode USB microphone.
Featuring advanced circuitry based on 70 years of legendary AKG acoustic engineering, the AKG Lyra delivers the highest audio quality in its class, with acoustically transparent, 4K-compatible, Ultra HD-grade 24-bit/192kHz audio resolution. Lyra features the innovative AKG Adaptive Capsule Array, which provides user-selectable capture modes that are optimized for any performance and makes it easy to deliver professional sound for any application. Plug-and-play operation allows creators of all experience levels to get set up with and start recording quickly, while easily accessible controls provide complete control and seamless ease of use. An internal self-adjusting shock mount minimizes contact noise, while a built-in sound diffuser and AKG’s proprietary Internal Element Overload Prevention automatically reduces noise, eliminates pops and improves signal levels.
“For 70 years, the world’s top recording studios and concert stages have relied on AKG microphones to craft today’s biggest hits,” said Chris Hansen, Director, Recording & Content Creation, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The AKG Lyra is built upon that same rich musical heritage, and brings legendary acoustic engineering to a versatile USB microphone that delivers the highest-quality audio in its class. Whether you’re going for a polished, modern sound or a classic vintage vibe, Lyra has everything you need to bring your ideas to life and sound your best—every time.”
The AKG Adaptive Capsule Array uses four versatile capture modes to adapt to performance needs, eliminating guesswork and enabling users to capture pristine audio quality in a wide range of recording scenarios. Front mode isolates the target sound from distracting background noise by rejecting unwanted sounds at the microphone back and sides, perfect for capturing or live-streaming spoken word, vocals, or close-mic’d instruments. Front & Back mode captures and blends together sound equally on all sides, which is ideal for face-to-face interviews and duets. Tight Stereo mode captures audio in true stereo with discrete left and right audio, providing great separation for side-by-side interviews or panel discussions, or for recording instruments like drums or piano. Wide Stereo mode captures audio with greater stereo separation, room ambience, and depth. This is ideal for dynamic situations where users want to capture sounds from all around the mic such as documentaries, field recordings, or spontaneous jam sessions.
Designed with plug-and-play simplicity, Lyra enables creators to set up and start recording quickly, regardless of experience level. With no assembly, no need for a separate audio interface and seamless software integration, Lyra is designed to work right out of the box. Lyra is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices, so users can quickly record ideas in the studio or on the go. From recording music in a digital audio workstation, to live streaming on Twitch or shooting a YouTube video, using Lyra is as easy as plugging in a USB cable and pressing go-live or record.
Lyra is equipped with a “zero-latency” headphone jack and headphone volume knob that eliminates the short delay between speaking into a microphone and hearing the signal in the headphones, so creators can stay focused on their performance.
Inspired by classic studio microphones like the legendary AKG C414, Lyra features a sleek design that combines fast and easy control with timeless aesthetics. Essential functions like capture modes, volume levels and mute are ergonomically placed and easily accessed right on the mic, so users can stay in the moment while always being in control. An integrated desktop stand with built-in cable management makes it easy to position Lyra on a desktop. The mic can also be mounted to a traditional mic stand or microphone boom arm for more flexibility in the studio. Lyra includes Ableton Live 10 Lite recording software, and works seamlessly with all major audio and video production software and online platforms.
The AKG Lyra will be available through authorized resellers starting in November 2019. For more information, please visit akg.com/lyra.