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A studio classic, voiced for vocal reproduction and distance miking of instruments.
The AKG C 414 B-XL II Condenser Microphone is designed to make soloists sound great. The AKG C 414 has been a studio workhorse for many years and has undergone numerous refinements. Based on the C3414, the C414B-XLS has a vastly improved capsule shockmount, and new, switching 1" diaphragm. It has 5 switchable polar patterns: omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, and figure 8. 2-color LEDs indicate polar pattern and output overload. It has 3 switchable bass cut filters and 3 pre-attenuation pads with LEDs for quick reference and delivers a huge 20Hz-20kHz frequency range. The signal-to-noise ratio of 88dB, A-weighted offers the kind of performance required for digital tracking sessions. The C414B-XLII has the distinctive timbre of the classic C414 and is designed for adding presence to vocals and for distant miking of instruments. It comes with the H 85 professional shockmount/stand adapter, PF 80 external pop filter, and W 414 X external windscreen.
Requires phantom power.
It's a studio standard and now better than ever—a must for your mic locker. Order today.
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This mic is very versatile. It sounds great on Acoustic guitar, vocals, piano, bass, and really shines as a room mic. I don't have any other mics that bring out the same kind of detail that this one does. It has the high end boost, but it is not harsh like almost all chinese made knock-off condensers. This could easily be used as overheads on drums too. It can do everything the XLS version can. I really wish I had another to make a stereo pair given that the specs matched. oh.. thats another thing... The frequency response graphs shipped with these mics are hand signed. These mics must be individually tested for response. Other mics that I have just have some kind of "average" graph put in the user manual. Theres a reason this thing is a studio standard.
This mic is every bit as awesome as everyone claims it to be. But for the price a decent METAL shockmount would be nice, but instead the included mount is the cheapest, sorriest piece of recycled garbage! I broke mine just trying to take it off the mic stand! Then I did some research and discovered that a replacement is not cheap! This is outrageous and pathetic! Still, the mic is one of the best I've ever used! I use it on chamber music, choirs, opera, piano etc. GREAT sound quality!!!!
this mic is amazing, the one i have been using has incredible frequency response, not to mention it has the ability to switch to any polar pattern out there. I've recorded a lot of vocals with it ranging from folk to metal and it's still my first choice when it comes to the voice. A great mic for anyones mic locker.
This is no doubt the best condenser mic which is why it became part of all major to project studio this days. Its simply the best mic on almost everything, espicially on act gtr, I am so impress with the 414, I ve been using u87 as well for a long time, but the 414 comparing to u87 price tagg is almost a steal. This is one of those mic that once you have it, you wont sell it. For the price, you may probably get a neu tlm103, which I have to honestly say is a piece of s***, get the rode nt1a if you like the tlm103 sound, no joke, I am serious, try it ur self, talk to pro, anyway, 414 rocks. Thanks akg!
This is simply just THE microphone to use for professional studio applications. I have also owned the Neumann U-87 and U-47, but even those don't have the high-end detail and low-noise performance offered bij the AKG 414 B-XLII. Besides that the internal shock-mounting is great, the microphone is not too large (can even be used on stage), and the microphone switching is all digital...what more can say...uhh just look at this beauty....!