AKG C 414 XL II Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
The AKG C414 XLII is a multi-pattern condenser microphone offering a choice of nine polar patterns for the perfect sonic capture for every application. A peak hold LED displays even the shortest overload peaks. For live sound applications and permanent installations, all controls can easily be disabled for trouble-free use. The C414 XLII version differs from the C414 XLS version in one major respect – the capsule. The C414 XLII's slight presence boost and impressive spatial reproduction are both similar to the legendary AKG C12 microphone from 1953.
- Sonic character of the famous AKG C12 delivering 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/-18 db) for closeup recording of high-output source up to 158 dB SPL
- Three switchable bass-cut filters to reduce wind noise, stage vibration or proximity effect
- Overload warning with audio peak hold LED to detect audio peaks
|Package Contents||Microphone, universal shock mount, metal carrying case, pop filter, and windscreen|
|Unit Weight||300 g|
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Polar Pattern||Bi-Directional / Figure-Eight, Cardioid, Hyper-Cardioid, Omni-Directional, Wide Cardioid|
|Number of Microphones||Single Microphone|
|Impedance||Electrical: 200 Ohms / Recommended load: 2.2 kOhms|
|Frequency Range||20 Hz - 20 kHz|
|input_pad||-6 dB; -12 dB; -18 dB|
|Filters||40 Hz; 80 Hz; 160 Hz|
|Sensitivity||-32.8 dBV/Pa (23 mV)|
|Max. SPL||140 dB; 146 dB with -6 dB pad; 152 dB with -12 dB pad; 158 dB with -18 dB pad|
Picked this up for an artist of mine. They have a unique high-mid/low-treble harshness to their voice that almost sounds like distortion in some cases. I've used plenty of mics including the Tlm103, Tlm49, U87, and even the lower end C214 on their voice and I always get the same problem. The harshness stands out extremely well. I was hesitant because I was under the impression a 414 was just a 214 with more polar patterns. I was wrong. Smoothest vocal sound I've ever gotten, and honestly one of my favorite vocal sounds period. Its a very natural sounding mic with a bit of sheen. With the right preamp I feel it would fit almost any session.
I was using a rode NT-1 prior to this mic. I have a fairly deep male voice and this mic handles it great. Gives a little sizzle in the upper mids which helps my voice cut through a mix. Great all-arounder.
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