AKG Ara Microphone Review

AKG Ara Overview

Out of the box, the AKG Ara has quite a bit of heft to it, which is due to the solid metal body that makes up the lower portion of the microphone itself. The design of the Ara brings to mind sort of an old-school look, something you might seen in an old recording studio or radio booth. The two-tone color scheme of matte silver and navy blue is a great combination that gives the Ara high-end look.

AKG Ara Microphone

The top portion of the microphone contains the two condenser capsules, and is surrounded by a perforated plastic grille. Behind this silver grille is a built-in pop filter to help remove the plosives that can make or break your audio production quality. This grille makes its way all the way around the microphone body, which is exactly what I would expect to see from a microphone that boasts two polar patterns for both front and rear recording.

AKG Ara Microphone

The two condenser capsules found inside the Ara each have a frequency pickup of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, which is the range that is often given regarding human hearing capabilities. The Ara has a fixed bit depth and sample rate of 24-bits and 96 kHz, which should be plenty for most audio recording needs for the user base this microphone is designed for.

At the very top of the microphone we find a flat panel with the AGK logo in the center. No tap-to-mute function here, unfortunately.

AKG Ara Microphone

Moving down to the lower portion of the Ara, we find two dials front and center. The top dial offers two positions, and allows you to select between the two polar patterns – Front (Cardioid) or Front/Back (Omnidirectional).

AKG Ara Microphone

The lower dial serves two purposes; the first is to adjust the volume for the 3.5mm headphone out jack on the bottom of the mic, and the second is to enable the mute function of the microphone. Situated between the two dials is a mute indicator light that glows red when that function is enabled.

AKG Ara Microphone

At the bottom of the Ara’s body are the USB 2.0 Type-C connector, as well as the 3.5mm headphone jack for in-line monitoring. Both of these connections are placed in a recessed portion of the microphone body which reduces how much the USB and headphone jack connectors stick out from the bottom of the microphone, which helps out when adjusting the position of the microphone in the included stand.

AKG Ara Microphone

Along the sides of the microphone we find adjustable knobs that are used to tighten the microphone into a position that best fits your mounting solution.

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The back of the microphone is mostly bare, aside from the circular badge with the AKG name that separates the top and bottom of the microphone, as well as the headphone and USB labeling for the bottom-mounted ports.

AKG Ara Microphone

Moving on to the included stand brings us to a pretty standard setup. The arms that connect to the Ara body feature the same silver color treatment, and they come together in a threaded base that can be paired up with a microphone arm or stand. The removeable base threads right into the arms and has just the right amount of weight to keep the Ara in place on your desk.

AKG Ara Microphone

A nice foam bottom keeps the base from scratching your desk surface, and dampens any vibrations that might try to make their way into the microphone.

AKG Ara Microphone