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HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings Studio Quality Vocals to the Stage at NAMM with AKG C636 Microphone

January 25, 2018

Updates to the legendary C535 include a custom-tuned capsule and multi-layer protection, offering best-in-class sound quality and onstage reliability; now shipping worldwide

NAMM (Booth #14811), ANAHEIM, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today presented the AKG C636 master reference handheld condenser microphone to the U.S. market at the 2018 NAMM show, and announced its immediate worldwide availability.

The C636 combines the sound quality of the legendary C535 microphone with new innovations to provide professional singers with tour-grade reliability and stage performance. Featuring a custom-tuned capsule and state-of-the-art design, the C636 perfectly captures every nuance of a vocal performance, while rejecting feedback, handling noise and pop noise.

“We took the legendary C535 vocal microphone and updated it to meet the rigorous live performance requirements of today’s most discerning vocalists,” said Christopher Palmer, Solutions Manager, Microphone, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The C636 delivers true studio-quality vocals in an extremely rugged design, combining best-in-class sound quality and onstage reliability. We’re excited for our customers to experience the unparalleled transparency and studio fidelity of the C636 at NAMM 2018.” 

The AKG C636 features three proprietary technologies that are designed to address several common problems singers face on stage, including feedback, handling noise and pop noise. 

  • Combining a uniform cardioid polar pattern throughout the entire frequency spectrum with a specially designed suspension and grille for the capsule, the C636 virtually eliminates feedback. This unique approach to housing the capsule avoids unwanted sound reflections on the back of the capsule, ensuring feedback and spill over rejection.
  • The C636 features the world’s first double shock suspension system, greatly reducing unwanted handling noise. The capsule sits on a highly absorbent rubber bearing that eliminates any structure-based noise, while an adjustable balancing network cancels vibrations over a wide frequency range. 
  • A multilayer protection system prevents unwanted pop noises. The protection system consists of the grille, a foam layer behind the grille and a magnetically attached computer-modeled mesh layer on top of the capsule—providing singers with a clear, plosive-free vocal performance. This three-layer protection system is unique to AKG and sets a new industry standard for pop noise suppression. 

In addition, a robust, zinc-alloy housing with a spring steel grille and 24-carat gold-plated capsule ensures the C636 is extremely rugged and durable enough to last a lifetime of performances.

The AKG C636 master reference handheld condenser microphone is now available from authorized HARMAN resellers worldwide. The C636 WL1 Wireless Master reference condenser vocal microphone head will be available in March 2018. For more information please visit http://www.akg.com/.