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AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone   

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The AKG C 414 XL II condenser microphone is the successor to the famous AKG C 414 B-TL II mic. The AKG C 414 XL II mic shows the unique sonic signatu...Read More

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A classic redone with state-of-the-art components with 9 selectable pickup patterns, lock mode, and more.

The AKG C 414 XL II condenser microphone is the successor to the famous AKG C 414 B-TL II mic. The AKG C 414 XL II mic shows the unique sonic signature of the highly sought after AKG C 12 which enables lead vocals and solo instruments to be placed even in a dense mix. The unrivaled up-front sound is also well-known for distant miking applications like classic music recording or drum ambience miking.

The XL II mic version differs from the XLS version in one major respect-the capsule. Both the slight presence boost and the impressive spatial reproduction is similar to the legendary AKG C 12 microphones.

The AKG C 414 XL II offers 9 pickup patterns for you to choose the perfect setting for every application. For live-sound applications and permanent installations, all controls can be disabled easily enabling trouble-free use. A Peak-Hold LED displays even shortest overload peaks.

AKG ships the C 414 XL II microphone complete with carrying case, pop filter, windscreen, and a spider-type shock mount.

For over 60 years, leading musicians and engineers have used legendary AKG microphones to capture their sound so their audience hears every nuance. The C 414 family has been one of the world's most widely-used and respected studio and stage microphones in audio history. AKG has continually set new benchmarks for useful features, improved technical specifications, and ease of use to answer requests from ever-demanding recording studios, broadcast stations, and audio engineers.

FEATURES
  • Upgrade of the AKG C 414, a legend since 1971
  • Nine selectable pickup patterns enables to choose the perfect setting for every application
  • Lock Mode: all controls can be disabled easily for trouble-free use
  • Peak Hold LED even detects shortest overload peaks
  • Incredible Dynamic Range of 152dB
  • Three switchable different bass cut filters and three pre-attenuation levels
  • Leading-edge technology and state-of-the-art components ensure shortest signal path and extra protection against moisture
  • Designed, engineered, and built in Vienna, Austria
  • Excellent for:
  • Lead vocals
  • Lead instruments
  • Choir miking
  • Drum overhead miking
SPECIFICATIONS

C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

  • Polar pattern: Omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure eight and 4 intermediate settings
    Frequency range: 20 to 20,000Hz
    Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa (-34dBV) ± 0.5dB
    Max. SPL: 200/400/800/1600 Pa = 140/146/152/158dB (0/-6/-12/-18dB) for 0.5% THD
    Equivalent noise level: 6dB-A (0dB preattenuation) (IEC 60268-4)
    Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted): 88dB
    Preattenuation pad: 0dB, -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, switchable
    Bass cut filter slope: 12dB/octave at 40Hz and 80Hz; 6dB/octave at 160Hz
    Impedance: <=200 ohms
    Recommended load impedance: >= 2,200 ohms
    Supply voltage: 48 V phantom power to DIN/IEC
    Powering: approximately 4 mA
    Connector: 3-pin XLR to IEC
    Finish: dark grey/gold
    Dimensions: 50mm x 38mm x 160mm (2.0" x 1.5" x 6.3")
    Net weight: 300g (10.6oz.)
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AKGC414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
 
5.0

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (4)
  • Home studio (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AKG 414 XII

By Bmsongs

from Tyler, Texas

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Guitar Mic
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Fragile

Best Uses

  • Professional Recording
  • Vocals

Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

First, the mic is off the chart. I first used it in Rosewood Studios in Tyler. After that I had to have one at home. Clear, true and absolutely delivers. Multiple patterns are a plus.

Having said all that, Cam helped me with this Mic. I want go into all the things he did. Just say he is an incredible customer service agent that makes things work. My first purchase of this product I said, "OK dung it don't work". Cam fixed that so quick it freaked me out. GREAT JOB Musician Friend getting this guy. I will and have already told everyone about your great service, because of Cam.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great all-around micrphone

By Brad

from Dallas, TX

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

    great microphone for vocals and speach purposes! can't go wrong

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    DOES IT ALL- YOU CAN'T GO WRONG

    By Emmanuel

    from Ontario, Canada

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatility
    • Vocal Clarity

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Vocals

      Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

      This mic is the real deal. You can't possible go wrong with it. I will never ever sell this mic. Whether you are operating a home studio or commercial facility, this mic will not disappoint you. I actually own two of these. There are usually arguments about the importance of owning multiple mics in ones mic locker....well, this mic is technically 9 top notch mics IMO. It performs flawlessly in different pickup patterns. The bass cut really helps eliminate unwanted noises in your tracking. I don't record in the best of rooms, so that really saves me from my air conditioners noise and diverse sources of low frequency noise. This is about the third review I am writing in my life. I don't do this unless I experience stuff for myself and I am moved beyond satisfaction. I will get a third C414 with time. :)

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love at first hearing.

      By JAMMER123

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

        Whether the C414 XLII is your only microphone, or one of many in your closet, it is sure to perform. There is no instrument, no voice that would not benefit from XLII's ability to capture sound. It will take any recording situation (amateur, home, or professional) to the next level. Buy it and enjoy!

        (15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        C 414

        By Jarod Reichle

        from chico, ca

        Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

        This microphone is truly incredible. I've been working with it now for about a year and it never failed to upset everyone in the studio. It has awesome accuracy and great frequency response. We used it on almost every application in the studio...vocals, drums, guitar cabs, omni room mic, etc...never failed to add a clear track. Plus, with the digital switches for selecting different polar patterns, low cut, and attenuation pad, you can adjust the mic to your exact needs before even touching your console to adjust the tone. We recorded the same sessions with different mics and even some that cost $3000+ didn't sound as good. This is a great microphone that can do anything you need and is WELL worth the mone
        Selectable polar patterns, low cut, and attenuation make it incredibly easy to get any sound you want from any source
        Extremely well made. Solid built quality, heavy. Transient response and frequency accuracy is amazing
        A lot of mics 3 or 4 times more expensive don't sound this good. Such a great value for what you get

        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Microphone

        By Tavitocr

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

        This is one of the best microphones you can use for vocals. You want a sound that's pure, it delivers! Plus, you get digital controls for 9 polar patterns, attenuation and bass cut. Beautiful!Buy this microphone it is worht for the money. You'll love it!

        (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AKG C414 XLII

        By TREVOR-Y06j6

        from Ontario, Canada

        Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

        Great mics. Solid workmanship. I own a C414B XLII and it has been a great micrphone. Definitely the classic recording sound where your vocals stand out in the mix. I also have a C214 mich which i enjoy alot but these microphones are completely different beasts with different capsules.If your looking for a microphone to make your vox stand out in the mix - enjoy the C414 XLII - you won't be sorry.

        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Rap and singing vocals

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

        This microphone is classic. One of the best studio microphones.

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