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AKG Launches BBB DFive Beatbox Microphone

Official Microphone for International Competitions, Designed Specifically to Meet Beatboxers' Requirements

FRANKFURT, Germany – Beatboxing, one of the "elements" of hip-hop, involves imitating drum-computer type sounds and other percussion rhythms using the mouth, nose, or throat. With no surprise, beatboxers need extremely reliable microphones. HARMAN’s AKG designed the dedicated BBB DFive to cater specifically to the needs of beatboxers. It has been developed in cooperation with the Beatbox Battle® network, the largest Beatboxing community worldwide.

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high quality headphones, microphones and wireless systems for professional use, AKG designed the BBB DFive by taking its world renowned D5 to a new level of performance, improving the acoustic clarity of the microphone already praised for its performance and reliability. In order to optimize D5 for beatboxing use, AKG added an even more effective internal windscreen that prevents unwanted explosive sounds without altering the brilliant sound of the microphone.

"The response to BBB DFive has been overwhelmingly favorable,” explained Alfred Reinprecht, VP Marketing, AKG.  “We are pleased to see our beatbox-focused mic is even more popular now among these sophisticated acoustic performance artists. This microphone is becoming the new standard tool for beatboxing."

The microphone made its performance debut at the German Beatboxing Championships in Berlin this February. The two finalists also used their BBB DFive Beatbox microphones at major German TV shows.

New C544 L Headset Microphone By AKG Combines Clear, Sensitive Response With Comfortable, Convenient Design For Head-Worn Miking Applications

  • “One size fits all” headband
  • Moisture shield
  • Shock mount for high mechanical-noise rejection

FRANKFURT, Germany – In an introduction that couples the company’s studio-proven audio performance with a rugged, comfortable and easy-to-use design, HARMAN’s AKG launches the C 544 L head-worn microphone. The new microphone is ergonomically optimized with a behind-the-neck headband to provide maximum comfort and comes with an external shock mount for high mechanical-noise reduction and a flexible frequency response to ensure optimum audio and intelligibility even in the most noisy of environments.

The C 544 L head-worn microphone is designed for sporting applications like aerobics instruction and gymnastics trainers etc., amplified presentations or on stage vocal performance. The cheek pad allows it to stay in place even if the users head is turned abruptly, and the capsule shock mount reduces handling noise to a minimum. There is a new moisture shield that prevents perspiration from penetrating into the transducer as well as other additional design features that provide optimum protection from moisture and sweat. C 544 L comes with an optimized frequency response for speech and vocals, features that ensure the headset carries on AKG’s proven heritage of superior audio performance.

“The new C 544 L head-worn microphone from HARMAN’s AKG provides the user with a fully functional system that is consistently reliable, even under the various stresses associated with high-energy performance,” commented Thomas Umbauer, product marketing manager PPA, AKG. “It’s the perfect solution for anyone who is going to be in constant motion and in need of a flexible design and intelligible audio. It’s extremely affordable, as well.”

Other features on the microphone include a mini XLR connector that allow the microphone to work with AKG’s efficient B 29 L battery operated power supply and a MPA III L external phantom power adapter. There is also a variant that conforms with AKG’s WMS bodypack transmitters, which employ AKG’s smart-battery power and re-chargeable technology for the most efficient use of energy available.

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