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AKG Pro Audio C414 XLII Stereoset Vocal Condenser Microphone, Multipattern, Matched Pair
AKG Pro Audio C414 XLII Stereoset Vocal Condenser Microphone, Multipattern, Matched Pair
AKG Pro Audio C414 XLII Stereoset Vocal Condenser Microphone, Multipattern, Matched Pair

AKG Pro Audio C414 XLII Stereoset Vocal Condenser Microphone, Multipattern, Matched Pair

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AKG Pro Audio C414 XLII Stereoset Vocal Condenser Microphone, Multipattern, Matched Pair
AKG Pro Audio C414 XLII Stereoset Vocal Condenser Microphone, Multipattern, Matched Pair
AKG Pro Audio C414 XLII Stereoset Vocal Condenser Microphone, Multipattern, Matched Pair

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Size: C414


style: Vocals


Configuration: Pair


Features

  • Sonic character of the famous AKG C12 delivers astounding sound quality for lead vocals and solo instruments
  • Nine selectable polar patterns for the perfect setting for every application
  • Three attenuation levels (-6/-12/-18dB) for close-up recording or high-output sources of up to 158dB SPL
  • Three switchable different bass-cut filters to reduce wind noise, stage vibration or proximity effect
  • Overload warning with audio peak hold LED to detect shortest audio peaks

Description

Size:C414 | style:Vocals | Configuration:Pair C414 XLII MATCHED PAIRMATCHED PAIR STEREO SET PERFECT TWINSfor stereo recording of any acoustic instruments in studio and on stage The C414 XLII reference multi-pattern condenser microphone offers a choice of nine polar patterns for the perfect sonic capture for every application. The C414 XLIIs slight presence boost and impressive spatial reproduction are both similar to the legendary AKG C12 microphone from 1953. Legendary One of the most famous recording, live sound and broadcasting microphones since 1971. The legendary C 414 needs no introduction – it is a tool found in most recording studios and has been used on thousands of hit records; it’s been on stage with artists of every musical genre and is also used by leading broadcast facilities the world over. Revolutionary Performance The C 414 XLS maintains the sonic character of the legendary C 414 B-ULS, the longest-lived C 414 model. Engineered for the highest linearity and neutral sound, it is the most universal and versatile large diaphragm microphone released in decades. Widely used for accurate, beautifully detailed pickup of any acoustic instrument, the new C 414 XLS combines proven reference quality, leading-edge technology and state-of-the- art components. Complete Package View larger The C414 XLII Matched Pair Stereo Set Package includes: • 2 x C414 XLII• 2 x Elastic spider suspensions• 2 x Windscreen• 1 x Stereo mounting bar• Aluminum carrying case• Measurement documents LOCK MODE View larger LOCK MODE Live-sound engineers as well as engineers for theater, opera, or musical productions often use the same microphones for the same purposes every night, and may even install some microphones permanently. In Lock Mode, all controls on the microphone are disabled so the settings you selected for a specific application (polar pattern, preattenuation pad, bass cut filter) cannot be changed unintentionally. Feature Chart View larger LEADING EDGE TECHNOLOGY • Audio Frequency bandwidth 20 to 20000 Hz• Sensitivity 23 mV/Pa• Equivalent Noise Level 6 dB-A• Signal to Noise 88 dB-A• Preattunation Pad -6; -12; -18 dB• Bass Cut Filter 160; 80; 40 Hz• Electrical Impedance 200 Ohms• Recommended Load Impedance 2200 Ohms NINE PICKUP PATTERNS View larger NINE PICKUP PATTERNS Nine pickup patterns provide the perfect sound for every application - without any compromise. Signal-bleeding from other sources can be minimized quick and easily. Moreover, for on-stage applications gain-before-feedback can be maximized. C 414 XLII View larger LEGENDARY SOUNDS • The successor of the famous C 414 B-TLII• Delivers the unique sonic signature of the highly sought after AKG C 12• Enables lead vocals and solo instruments to be placed even in a dense mix• Unrivalled up-front sound also in distant miking applications like classic music recording or drum ambience miking PEAK HOLD PEAK HOLD The polar pattern indicator LEDs also provide an overload indication. With conventional peak indicators, overload peaks lasting only for a fraction of a second may easily escape your attention. The new peak hold function makes sure you will notice even the shortest overload peak: If the output level of the microphone exceeds the overload limit, the currently active polar pattern LED will change to red for about 3 seconds.


Item Weight: 5.41 pounds


Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 12.5 x 3.9 inches


Item model number: 3059Z00240


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer: No


Date First Available: April 13, 2004


Connector Type: XLR Connector


Size: C414


Size: C414


style: Vocals


Configuration: Pair


Features

  • Sonic character of the famous AKG C12 delivers astounding sound quality for lead vocals and solo instruments
  • Nine selectable polar patterns for the perfect setting for every application
  • Three attenuation levels (-6/-12/-18dB) for close-up recording or high-output sources of up to 158dB SPL
  • Three switchable different bass-cut filters to reduce wind noise, stage vibration or proximity effect
  • Overload warning with audio peak hold LED to detect shortest audio peaks

Description

Size:C414 | style:Vocals | Configuration:Pair C414 XLII MATCHED PAIRMATCHED PAIR STEREO SET PERFECT TWINSfor stereo recording of any acoustic instruments in studio and on stage The C414 XLII reference multi-pattern condenser microphone offers a choice of nine polar patterns for the perfect sonic capture for every application. The C414 XLIIs slight presence boost and impressive spatial reproduction are both similar to the legendary AKG C12 microphone from 1953. Legendary One of the most famous recording, live sound and broadcasting microphones since 1971. The legendary C 414 needs no introduction – it is a tool found in most recording studios and has been used on thousands of hit records; it’s been on stage with artists of every musical genre and is also used by leading broadcast facilities the world over. Revolutionary Performance The C 414 XLS maintains the sonic character of the legendary C 414 B-ULS, the longest-lived C 414 model. Engineered for the highest linearity and neutral sound, it is the most universal and versatile large diaphragm microphone released in decades. Widely used for accurate, beautifully detailed pickup of any acoustic instrument, the new C 414 XLS combines proven reference quality, leading-edge technology and state-of-the- art components. Complete Package View larger The C414 XLII Matched Pair Stereo Set Package includes: • 2 x C414 XLII• 2 x Elastic spider suspensions• 2 x Windscreen• 1 x Stereo mounting bar• Aluminum carrying case• Measurement documents LOCK MODE View larger LOCK MODE Live-sound engineers as well as engineers for theater, opera, or musical productions often use the same microphones for the same purposes every night, and may even install some microphones permanently. In Lock Mode, all controls on the microphone are disabled so the settings you selected for a specific application (polar pattern, preattenuation pad, bass cut filter) cannot be changed unintentionally. Feature Chart View larger LEADING EDGE TECHNOLOGY • Audio Frequency bandwidth 20 to 20000 Hz• Sensitivity 23 mV/Pa• Equivalent Noise Level 6 dB-A• Signal to Noise 88 dB-A• Preattunation Pad -6; -12; -18 dB• Bass Cut Filter 160; 80; 40 Hz• Electrical Impedance 200 Ohms• Recommended Load Impedance 2200 Ohms NINE PICKUP PATTERNS View larger NINE PICKUP PATTERNS Nine pickup patterns provide the perfect sound for every application - without any compromise. Signal-bleeding from other sources can be minimized quick and easily. Moreover, for on-stage applications gain-before-feedback can be maximized. C 414 XLII View larger LEGENDARY SOUNDS • The successor of the famous C 414 B-TLII• Delivers the unique sonic signature of the highly sought after AKG C 12• Enables lead vocals and solo instruments to be placed even in a dense mix• Unrivalled up-front sound also in distant miking applications like classic music recording or drum ambience miking PEAK HOLD PEAK HOLD The polar pattern indicator LEDs also provide an overload indication. With conventional peak indicators, overload peaks lasting only for a fraction of a second may easily escape your attention. The new peak hold function makes sure you will notice even the shortest overload peak: If the output level of the microphone exceeds the overload limit, the currently active polar pattern LED will change to red for about 3 seconds.


Item Weight: 5.41 pounds


Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 12.5 x 3.9 inches


Item model number: 3059Z00240


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer: No


Date First Available: April 13, 2004


Connector Type: XLR Connector


Size: C414


Top Amazon Reviews


4.0 out of 5 stars | Colton Braun
Great mic to add to the Collection

So let me preface this by saying the ONLY reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because I came from an (unmodded) MXL990s for years, and thought this would be a MASSIVE upgrade. It wasn't. That being said, I absolutely love this microphone, and when I do get another one, I can't see myself selling the 214. I just wanted to let everyone know that there are a lot of other upgrades that can be done in your signal chain, and to let you know that the microphone is only a small part of that. The highs can be a bit sibilant with this microphone, but that was something I was aware of beforehand, and something I kind of wanted. I'd say my style of singing is similar to that of Chris Martin, so having a mic that is a bit "bright" is something I was going for. I have mine paired with a Steinberg UR44, and it's an extremely quiet setup. I think I need to tweak my settings a little though because unless i have the 0dB pad on, I'm not getting the best results when I'm 12-16" away from the mic. Again, I think this is something I need to tweak in my setup, and not something directly related to the 214. Unfortunately, I have not gotten to try this on anything other than higher-register male vocals, but I have heard that it is a good mic for hip-hop, and will update my review (can I do that?) when I get a chance to record some rappers that I know. I was really tossed up between this and a used 414XLii, and I think I'm going to eventually scoop up the 414 as well. Some of my friends who work in studios told me I was dumb for thinking this could hold up against a C414, but I didn't know if it wold justify the extra $300-400 for the 414. I guess if I could do it again, I probably would've gone for the 414, but hey I guess that's life. I'm in no way unsatisfied with this purchase, but can definitely see myself upgrading sooner than if I had just gotten the 414 the first time. I don't necessarily need the polar patterns, but the 414 is industry standard, and the 214 is still going to be seen as a "budget" model. If you're on a budget, I would definitely recommend this mic, but if you can afford something a little more industry standard, I would definitely choose the latter. Again though, I still love this mic and don't plan on parting with it even if I choose to upgrade.

~ Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2018

5.0 out of 5 stars | Travone aka "BMOREBEATZ"
A clean, clear and crisp microphone.

If your looking for a professional high quality MIC to add to your collection or looking for your first professional MIC, this is it. Many are asking the question on what MIC do i buy, what pre-amp do i get etc.... I use this MIC with a PRO MPA II pre-amp made by ART. It sounds awesome. Its clear, clean and crisp. The MPA II has a low noise floor and works very well with this MIC. Any frequencies you don't like, you can cut them out during the mix phase. I do plan to buy another MIC pre because i want to have versatility in my studio but i assure you, this MIC is a smart buy that wont disappoint you. UPDATE!!! As i stated above, there is a low noise floor with the setup i have. After doing some recording, it dawned on me that i was using low quality MIC and patch cables from the pre-amp to the sound card. I purchased two Hosa pro series balanced TRS patch cables and a 15 ft MOGAMI gold analog reference cable. Doing so has given me virtually no noise at all in the recording. Cable quality matters, especially if you are a mix engineer and the details are important. I'm not endorsing these brands, merely sharing the results I've obtained with these purchases and this setup.

~ Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2017

5.0 out of 5 stars | Amazon Customer
I've tested a lot of mics

It was a struggle to determine just how much to spend on a mic for our start-up podcast. Everyone says start small, you can always upgrade. Well, my friends, I don't want to always be upgrading. You spend more, in the long run, that way. There are other places to save money, but your voice IS the podcast. I read reviews for weeks, you know what I found out, people that write these reviews get a commission if you buy the mic from there link. Which made my skeptical mind think, just how unbiased are they? So I went to several guitar stores in my area and tested out every single mic they had in the store. $40 mics all the way $5,000 mics. What I found out was this: you know imediately which ones you hate. It comes down to how the mic makes your voice sound. I repeatedly found that the AKG mics work best for my voice. The sound is rich and warm without any tweaking. (Remeber I was testing in a guitar store, all controls were the same, just the mic was different.) When I saw the price tags, I had a mini heart-attack. Then I thought about my studio needs. So I did a mental budget check and decided I'd rather spend the money on the mic since it's the most important piece of equipment for a podcast. I couldn't be happier. It's solidly made and should last me for years to come. If I need to buy another mic, it will for more hosts on the show, not to replace this one.

~ Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2018

5.0 out of 5 stars | Stephan B.
A fantastic studio microphone.

I was hesitant to drop the cash on the AKG, but I'm glad I did. This microphone has a very warm, natural sound to it, and incredible fidelity. It feels sturdy enough to use on stage, though I wouldn't recommend it with a larger or louder band (e.g. Rock, Funk, Blues) as it does pick up a lot more ambient sound than a dynamic instrument mic (I use the Shure SM-57 or the Beta98 in those settings.)

~ Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2016