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AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic

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OVERVIEW

An affordable condenser that can handle high SPLs.

AKG's industry-leading C414 microphones are already a permanent fixture in the world's biggest recording studios and a highly respected workhorse for independent artists, broadcasting, and on-stage miking as well.

The new C214 is designed as a cost-effective alternative to the high-end, industry-leading C414 family. It captures sound combining one side of the legendary C414 dual-capsule system and AKG's patented Back-Plate Technology, which results in an outstanding performance very close to the famous C414 B-XLS.

Like the C414 models, the C214 is capable of handling the rigors of high-pressure sound such as amplified guitars, with a sensitivity perfect for voice and orchestral instruments as well. Additionally, the microphone offers a 20dB Attenuation pad, 13dB noise floor, and a low cut switch - all in an elegant but rugged package.

Additional features include an integrated suspension, a double mesh grill high RF immunity without affecting acoustics. The circuitry in the C214 provides maximum SPL capability with minimum noise and the gold-plated XLR-type output connector offers loss-free signals.

The C214 comes complete with carrying case, windscreen, and spider suspension mount included.

FEATURES
  • AKG's Legendary 1" Edge-Terminated Large Diaphragm Sound
  • Outstanding Dynamic Range (up to 156dB SPL, Ultra-Low Noise)
  • Roadworthy design
  • Integrated Suspension to reduce mechanical Noise
  • Switchable 20dB Attenuation Pad and Low Cut Switch
  • Rugged double mesh grille for high RF immunity but unaffected Acoustics
  • All-metal Die-cast body with shock- and scratch-resistant Finish
  • Spider-type Shockmount included
  • Metal Carrying case included
  • Designed, Engineered and Build in Vienna, Austria

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency range: 20 to 20,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa (-34 dBV)
  • Max. SPL: 136/156dB SPL (0/-20dB) (for 0.5% THD)
  • Equivalent noise level: 13 dB-A to IEC 60268-4 (A-weighted)
  • Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted): 81dB
  • Preattenuation pad: 0/-20dB (switchable)
  • Bass cut filter slope: 160Hz, 6dB/Octave, switchable
  • Impedance: <=200 ohms
  • Recommended load impedance: >=1000 ohms
  • Supply voltage: 12 to 52 V Phantom power to IEC 61938
  • Current consumption: < 2 mA
  • Dynamic range: 123/143 dB (0/-20 dB) (A-weighted)
  • Connector: IEC standard 3-pin XLR
  • Finish matte: grayish blue
  • Dimensions: 160 x 55mm (6.3" x 2.2")
  • Net weight: 280g (0.62lb.)
  • Shipping weight: 1450g (3.22lb.)
  • Patent(s): Electrostatic transducer (Patent no. AT 395.225, DE 4.103.784, JP 2.815.488)
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AKGC214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Compact (4)
  • Lightweight (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Like butter! Absolutely kills my mxl v69 for rap vocals.

This is a must buy for anyone's mic locker. Most people use it for backing vocals or overheads for drums but put it on your main vocal and you wont be let down. make...Read complete review

This is a must buy for anyone's mic locker. Most people use it for backing vocals or overheads for drums but put it on your main vocal and you wont be let down. make sure you have all the right gear to feed that little guy tho! nothing worse than someone giving a bad review on a good mic because of their horrible gear thats linked to it. This is my first AKG mic and it sure wont be my last!!!!!
The low cut and pad on it are very very nice. well made and sturdy. This mic feels really good in your hands and sounds amazing when its warmed up.
Superb quality! Akg is out of Austria and i trust that way more than China. Very solid and sturdy and i love the simplicity of it.
For the price this thing cant be beat! i was told by a salesman to give it a shot and boy was he right. matched up with my apogee duet and a gogami gold studio cable it will give thousand dollar mics a run for their money!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good mic for amateur recording ONLY

I'm posting an honest and objective opinion because I know there are two types of people in music so I won't be so critical. If you are doing serious recording and running your studio...Read complete review

I'm posting an honest and objective opinion because I know there are two types of people in music so I won't be so critical. If you are doing serious recording and running your studio as a business (Like me for example) I wouldn't recommend this mic. This mic is decent as long as you record vocals that aren't too high. Meaning, my singer's vocals didn't do well on this mic. The reason I know the difference is because the vocals were recorded on a Neumann before and we had to make 2 edits. When I made the edits I used the AKG. The loud notes that she recorded on the Neumann were perfect, on the AKG, muffled and just no good. I took the mic back immediately. If you are doing this just for podcasts, radio show, etc., it's fine. I don't see any advantage is getting this mic as opposed a less expensive one. If mics can't pick up every sound well, don't waste the money. Just get a cheaper mic

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Like butter! Absolutely kills my mxl v69 for rap vocals.

By sam harr

from South Dakota

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Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

This is a must buy for anyone's mic locker. Most people use it for backing vocals or overheads for drums but put it on your main vocal and you wont be let down. make sure you have all the right gear to feed that little guy tho! nothing worse than someone giving a bad review on a good mic because of their horrible gear thats linked to it. This is my first AKG mic and it sure wont be my last!!!!!
The low cut and pad on it are very very nice. well made and sturdy. This mic feels really good in your hands and sounds amazing when its warmed up.
Superb quality! Akg is out of Austria and i trust that way more than China. Very solid and sturdy and i love the simplicity of it.
For the price this thing cant be beat! i was told by a salesman to give it a shot and boy was he right. matched up with my apogee duet and a gogami gold studio cable it will give thousand dollar mics a run for their money!

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AKG Gem

By JAMMER123

from Austin, TX

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

    AKG completely owns the market on condenser mics under five hundred bones. This mic is exceptionally versatile, and can be easily used for male/female vocals, acoustic instruments, percussion, and to mic amps. All sound great. The 214 is the 414's little brother that occasionally beats 414 in sports.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for vocals and Saxophone!

    By B.o.N.a

    from Sydney, Australia

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Great For Alto Saxophone
    • Great for vocals
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording
      • Recording Saxophone
      • Recording Vocals

      Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

      I own quite a few microphones however I will compare the C214 to my Rode classic 2 Limited edition. Understandably the Rode is a better microphone for SOME vocals (Its hard to say all because that is a very broad answer and depending what your target outcome is it might not be as good as another microphone however for Hip hop/rap vocals its perfect)

      I have used the C214 for hip hop/rap vocals and some singing as well and it does a great job for a cheap microphone! It will give you a brighter vocal especially compared to the Classic II however this is not necessarily a bad thing.

      I have used the C214 to record saxophone and it has to be one of the best saxophone microphones for under 2000. If your a saxophone player I highly recommend this microphone (just remember you will need a room with a good acoustic to record it)

      All in all WELL WORTH IT TO START OUT!

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      C214 is the real deal!

      By 519tbarr

      from Ontario, Canada

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

        This was my first real mic purchase. Since purchasing this in 2009 I have since purchased 2 414's and a sterling audio ST-77. This mic is a definite go to mic. It's consistent, reliable, smooth on the top end and well worth the money you pay. This mic gets used about 60-70 percent of the time in my studio. It's price point is incredible as well. Don't hesitate to buy this mic. I do find there's a little more headspace in this mic than your standard 414 but there's a little less bottom in the mic as well. The minor lack of bottom doesn't bother me with the right pre-amp. And on another note it does record a pretty killer electric guitar sound!

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        EXCELLENT BUDGET CHOICE!

        By Ariel Sanchez

        from New York

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        Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

        It easily beats any other mic in it's price range.I've only used it on vocals straight to the audiointerface and it sounds just right!Not as many features as the 414 series, but your paying less than half the price.I highly recommend it.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very pleased with the results.

        By Super Loser

        from Boise, ID

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Presence
        • Not Harsh
        • Sounds great
        • Warm Tone

        Cons

        • Nothing

        Best Uses

        • Vocals

        Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

        This is my first lower mid level mic purchase and I am very happy with it. Recorded with it the other day and the singer was blown away at the improvement over my last mic. I do not think that I will have to do much to the vocal recording when mixing. Just awesome.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Quite a steal at this price

        By Wildcat

        from Amherst, Ma

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

          If you suspect that your inexpensive mics are not really recording worthy, but are reluctant to plunk down $4000, you have a lot of choices out there...unfortunately, most of the mid-priced ones are not much of an upgrade....this mic is the exception.....it will do an exceptional job on so many different sources: sax, female vocals, acoustic guitar...even drums (try it on hi hat!)....male vocals are such a matter of taste (witness the many rock guys who prefer the $few hundred Shure sm7B to MUCH costlier Neumanns)....for me, this was similar to 7B on male vocals, and far superior on all the aforementioned stuff...what a steal...gonna buy 2 more

          (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good mic for amateur recording ONLY

          By Studio Guy

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

          I'm posting an honest and objective opinion because I know there are two types of people in music so I won't be so critical. If you are doing serious recording and running your studio as a business (Like me for example) I wouldn't recommend this mic. This mic is decent as long as you record vocals that aren't too high. Meaning, my singer's vocals didn't do well on this mic. The reason I know the difference is because the vocals were recorded on a Neumann before and we had to make 2 edits. When I made the edits I used the AKG. The loud notes that she recorded on the Neumann were perfect, on the AKG, muffled and just no good. I took the mic back immediately. If you are doing this just for podcasts, radio show, etc., it's fine. I don't see any advantage is getting this mic as opposed a less expensive one. If mics can't pick up every sound well, don't waste the money. Just get a cheaper mic

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I did buy it again

          By Dan

          from Cape Cod

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

            This is the second one i"ve bought from MF about 2 years apart . When compared side by side they sounded like a matched pair . Great quality control from AKG .

            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice piece of equipment

            By Dan

            from Cape Cod

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

              I'm completely satisfied with the C214 and the MF price point for the mic .

               
              5.0

              Nice and quiet when adjusted correctly. Faithful recording.

              By tboy

              from Alberquerque, NM

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

                The AKG C214 is my first mic purchase in this high a price range. I bought it on the recommendation of a friend and pro studio engineer. Additionally, I had just purchased the ART MPA Pro II mic preamp. So upon hooking up the C214 for the first time, I had two new pieces to contend with. My unfamiliarity with the preamp didn't help the mic any but after about an hour I was able to get these two pieces to work well together. For me, this mic didn't just jump off the charts because it was a different breed than others I have been using. I had to get to know it and how to use it and it rewarded me with a much improved result.
                Experiment with distance and settings and you will get very quiet excellent results on vocal and acoustic.

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