What I like about the AKG D230:

Low handling noise

I really struggled with handling noise when I used a shotgun microphone, even with a boom. That’s why I love the AKG 230. I can hold it in my hands and move it between myself and the interviewee and get hardly any handling noise. This is because it’s got an internal shock mount to stop excess noise that you might get from handling the microphone or wind noise.

High quality sound

The AKG 230 has great sound quality for the price. The microphone is omni-directional and thus, doesn’t pick up excess room noise. It has maximum intelligibility of close-in speech and you need to hold it near the interviewee’s mouth. An internal hum compensation coil means you can use the microphone in places where there might be significant AC hum fields like near a PA system.

Easy To Use

Instead of focusing on technical issues like not moving the microphone in your hand so you don’t get any handling noise, with the AKG 230 you can just focus on doing the interview. The most important thing! Plus there's no on-off switch. If it's got power, it's on.

Look and feel

  • Solid, rugged and durable
  • Light weight
  • Die cast metal with a dark matte finish (non-reflective surface which makes it good for filming)
  •  Long shaft- easy to handle

Who uses this microphone:

The AKG 230 microphone is used by radio reporters, television news reporters, journalists, radio producers, public speakers and oral historians.


Polar pattern: omnidirectional Frequency range: 40 to 20,000 Hz

Finish: dark matte/grey Net weight: 225 g / 7.9 oz.

Connect to recorder: 3-pin XLR Sensitivity: 2.5 mV/Pa (-52 dBV)

Impedance: 320 ohms

Recommended load impedance: >1000 ohms

Buy now

You can purchase the AKG D230 microphone costs around $150-$250, you can buy one from here.


Please note that the above links are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. I recommend this microphone because it is awesome and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on this gear unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your radio goals.