HARMAN Professional Solutions has introduced the AKG Ara, a 2-pattern USB condenser mic. Ara lets content creators and musicians capture studio-quality, 24-bit, 96kHz audio for excellent speech clarity and vocal and instrument tracks. 2 pickup patterns focus on a single source or everyone in the room. The directional Front (cardioid) pattern captures sound directly in front of the mic while rejecting sound from other sides. This makes it suitable for podcast hosts, bloggers and gamers, as well as for videoconferencing and recording voice and instruments. The Front + Back (omni) pattern picks up sound evenly from all sides, making it suitable for recording interviews with multiple speakers.
Ara’s essential functions, including pattern selection, mic mute and a headphone volume knob, are located on the front of the mic for easy access. A 3.5mm headphone jack allows latency-free monitoring.
Ara’s footprint and mounting options make it suitable for both desktop use and studio scenarios. Set Ara on a desktop using the included yoke and base stand or attach to a boom or standard mic stand; record on the go with a mobile device and optional adapter.