The $99 Harman AKG Ara microphone gives you pro-level sound without the pricetag for all your recording needs

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The foundation for all successful audio projects begins with a great sound setup whether you’re trying to get the acoustics just right on a new track or nailing the perfect vocal pitch for the recording. Without crisp, clear sound, your musical endeavors won’t be the best they can be.

Enter the AKG Ara, a two-pattern USB-C condenser microphone built for streaming, recording or capturing audio at a 24-bit, 96kHz resolution for crystal-clear speech clarity and stunning vocal and instrument tracks, no matter your medium, with the ability to handle up to 120 dB max SPL.  This is exactly the type of technology musicians will want to elevate their recording setup for vocals, instrumentals, solo or as a group.

Perhaps even more appealing? The $99 price tag that delivers pro-level results at a fraction, making this compact mic enticing for novices and professionals alike.

AKG mics are the go-to classics in studios and stages around the world, and now, they’re fully accessible to musicians, singers, songwriters and sound engineers of all backgrounds looking for superior, high fidelity sound with the convenience and ease of USB connectivity to their personal devices. 

ARA is built with dual pickup patterns that let you focus on a single voice or instrument… or every voice in the room. Easily switch between patterns to suit your needs: The directional Front (cardioid) pattern can focus on sound directly in front of the mic while rejecting sound from other sides, or use the Front + Back (omni) pattern to pick up sounds all around the mic, such as a band performing as a group.

Monitor sound in real time with the 3.5mm stereo headphone jack for zero-latency monitoring. With a set of headphones (choose your favorites) you can hear exactly what the mic is picking up and connect to your computer to add backing tracks to mix in the live sound, which is great for musicians or vocalists. 

The Ara has a modern, contemporary design with a compact, durable metal body that can be taken and plugged in essentially anywhere. It has wide compatibility with MAC and Windows computers, Gaming consoles, Android and iOS devices via usb. It has easily accessible front-of-mic controls like headphone volume control, microphone mute with LED indicator and a pattern selector puts you in easy control of the sound. 

The Ara is extremely portable and compact. It comes with an integrated desktop base stand, which can be unscrewed and attached to a standard microphone stand or desktop boom arm.

Finally, better sound and quality recordings are nothing without how they are eventually mixed together, the Ara comes with a free subscription to Ableton Live 11 Lite, which is software that helps artist and sound mixers compose, recorde, arrange, mix, and mastering for unlimited creativity in adding in effects, instruments and creating new sounds.