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AKG C414 XLS Reference Multipattern Condenser Microphone

AKG C414 XLS Reference Multipattern Condenser Microphone front view

The highly sensitive AKG C414-XLS Reference multipattern condenser microphone offers a choice of nine polar patterns for the perfect sonic capture for a wide range of recording applications.

The AKG C414 XLS has become the industry standard condenser microphone and can be found in most recording studios, ideal for vocals, overheads, string, concert hall and brass and is an essential addition to any microphone collection

AKG C414 XLS Reference multipattern condenser microphone

European mics rule. Fact.

I don't care what anybody says, in my experience Chinese mics lack character and US made boutique mics are too fiddly and esoteric. If you want a mic to sit quietly and deliver day after day session after session, then trust your instincts (and generations of top engineers) and buy European.

I'm an AKG man. AKG, Milab, Beyer and Coles. Every engineer I've ever worked with has had a pair of AKG C414's (of whatever vintage) and a couple of AKG C451's in hers or his toolkit, and you know what? They're usually the first mics on the stands at every session, and I mean EVERY session.

Now cheaper than ever before (thanks to our bulk purchasing power combined with my never ending badgering of AKG) there's no excuse not to join the army of professionals who rely upon AKG C414's for overheads, snare, acoustic guitars, ambience and pretty well every other source material under the sun. If your first choice don't cut it, slam up a C414 and get on with the session.

One of those things I can't live without. Two, in fact. ~ Eccentric


AKG C414 XLS A legend since 1971

the most versatile microphone for vocals and instruments in studio and on stage

The AKG C414 XLS multipattern condenser microphone offers 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 XLS maintains the sonic character of the legendary C414 B-ULS, the most popular AKG C414 version since 1971. Engineered for highest linearity and neutral sound, it has been the most versatile large-diaphragm microphone for decades.

Engineered for highest linearity and neutral sound
for beautifully detailed recording of vocals and any acoustic instrument

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 different switchable bass-cut filters
to reduce wind noise, subsonic noise or proximity effect

Overload warning with audio peak hold LED
to detect shortest audio peaks

AKG C414 XLS multipattern condenser mic features

  • High sensitivity and extremely low self noise
  • Five switchable polar patterns for placement and application flexibility
  • Two-color LEDs provide quick visual indication of selected polar pattern and output overload
  • Elastic capsule suspension greatly minimizes structurally-transmitted noise from chassis vibration
  • H 85 professional shock mount/stand adapter, PF 80 external pop filter and W 414 X external windscreen.
  • A reference-quality microphone especially used for accurate, beautifully-detailed pickup of any acoustic instrument.

The legendary AKG C414 XLS Reference multipattern condenser microphone 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. The AKG C414 family has been one of the world’s most widely-used and respected studio and stage microphones in audio history. New useful features and even greater ease of use are the answer to the demands from our ever–growing customer base all over  the world.

The AKG C414 XLS and the AKG C414 XLII offer nine pickup patterns that enable it to choose the perfect setting for every application. For live-sound applications and fixed installations, all controls can be disabled easily for trouble-free use, and the peak hold LED displays even the shortest overload peaks. Both mics have three switchable bass cut filters as well as three pre-attenuation levels that allow lead vocals and solo instruments to be placed in even the densest mixes.

The AKG C414 XLS condenser mic maintains the sonic character of the legendary AKG C414 B-ULS, the longest-lived AKG C414 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 AKG C414 XLS combines proven reference quality, leading-edge technology and state-of-the-art components.

The AKG C414 XLII is the successor of the famous AKG C414 B-TL II. It shows the unique sonic signature of the highly sought-after AKG C12, 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 classical music recording or drum ambiance miking.

The AKG C414 XLS comes complete with everything you need to create great sound recordings, including: a carrying case, a pop filter, a windscreen, and a spider-type shock mount. In addition, AKG offers both the XLII and XLS in stereo sets. The stereo sets are created by AKG’s sophisticated matching method for stunning, threedimensional recordings.

AKG C414 XLS Additional features:

  • High sound pressure level capability and wide dynamic range
  • Completely immune to electrostatic and electromagnetic interference from digital gear, computer monitors, etc. thanks to solid metal housing and transformerless output stage
  • Three switchable bass cut filters and three pre-attenuation pads with LEDs for quick visual indication
  • All switchable components operate in low impedance circuits for ultra-high reliability even in extremely humid conditions
  • Optional R 414 remote control unit (under development) offers full control of all switchable parameters via standard microphone cable and 3-pin XLR-type connectors

The AKG C414-XLS Studio Condenser Microphone Is Suitable for:

  • Strings
  • Gerneral Recording
  • Concert hall
  • Brass
  • Vocals
  • Drum Overheads

The AKG C414-XLS Included accessories:

  • H85 Universal Shockmount
  • PF80 Pop Filter
  • W414 Windscreen
  • Metal Carrying Case
Justin Hurwitz, 2016 Academy Award winner for Best Score in A Motion Picture La La Land:

"My piano is mic'd with a pair of AKG 414 XLS. I'm blown away by their warmth and detail.“

Also available in stereo pair AKG C414 XLS/ST.

AKG C414 XLS Reference Multipattern Condenser Microphone Specifications

Polar pattern Omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure eight
Signal/noise ratio 88 dB
Preattenuation pad -6 dB, -12 dB, -18 dB, switchable
Bass cut filter slope 12 dB/octave at 40 Hz and 80 Hz; 6 dB/octave at 160 Hz
Impedance  
Recommended load impedance >= 2,200 ohms
Supply voltage 48 V phantom power to DIN/IEC
Current consumption approximately 4.5 mA
Dynamic range 134 dB minimum
Connector 3-pin XLR to IEC
Dimensions 50 x 38 x 160 mm (2.0 x 1.5 x 6.3 in.)
Net weight 300 g (10.6 oz.)
Patent(s) Electrostatic transducer (Patent no. AT 395.225, DE 4.103.784, JP 2.815.488)

AKG C414 XLS Studio Condenser Microphone Polar Patterns:

AKG C414 XLS Studio Condenser Microphone Polar Patterns: Cardioid

AKG C414-XLS Studio Condenser Microphone Polar Pattern Cardioid

AKG C414 XLS Studio Condenser Microphone Polar Patterns: Figure-eight

AKG C414-XLS Studio Condenser Microphone Polar Pattern Figure Eight

AKG C414 XLS Studio Condenser Microphone Polar Patterns: Hypercardioid

AKG C414-XLS Studio Condenser Microphone Polar Pattern Hypercardioid

AKG C414 XLS Studio Condenser Microphone Polar Patterns: Omnidirectional

AKG C414-XLS Studio Condenser Microphone Polar Patterns

AKG C414 XLS Studio Condenser Microphone Polar Patterns: Wide cardioid

AKG C414-XLS Studio Condenser Microphone Polar Pattern Wide Cardioid

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