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Large-diaphragm general-purpose condenser microphone

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Classic AKG performance

Looking for a high-performance condenser microphone you can use for range of purposes around your studio? Check out AKG's versatile C414 XLS. It offers the same sonic performance as AKG's legendary C414-B-ULS, a highly popular mic used worldwide by professional studio engineers and admired for its detailed, accurate response. Nine selectable pickup patterns accommodate a wide variety of applications, from close-miking vocals or an acoustic guitar to capturing ambient room sounds. Three switchable bass cut filters and three pre-attenuation levels let you adjust for different sound sources and recording situations. For live concert use, all controls can be disabled easily so settings can't be changed accidentally.

Accurate sound and versatility

The C414 XLS has a wide dynamic range and features a large 1" diaphragm that can deliver finely detailed sound. A 20 dB attenuation switch lets the C414 handle high sound pressure levels, so you can use it for sources like drum kits, guitar amps and brass instruments.

Important extras

The microphone comes with a windscreen and pop filter for vocal recordings. Also included is a universal shock mount. And all of this gear fits in the included foam-cushioned aluminum carry case.

Product Highlights:

  • side-address condenser microphone
  • selectable cardioid, omnidirectional, hypercardioid, and figure eight polar patterns
  • 1" large diaphragm
  • all-metal die-cast body with shock- and scratch-resistant finish
  • switchable low-frequency filter
  • 20 dB attenuation switch for handling extremely high sound pressure levels
  • gold-plated connectors for optimal signal transfer
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • output impedance: 200 ohms
  • sensitivity: -33 dBV/Pa
  • max. SPL: 200 dB
  • weight: 10.6 oz.
  • XLR connector
  • requires 48-volt phantom power on your mixer or audio interface
Included Accessories:
  • aluminum carrying case
  • spider-type suspension
  • windscreen
  • pop filter
Other Info:

Why a condenser mic?

Need to pull the full harmonic complexity from a solo cello? Want to make the most of that magnificent German studio grand piano you spent way too much for? Or maybe you understand that the magic of swing comes from the insistent ping of a deftly controlled ride cymbal, and you're determined to capture it in glorious detail. You'll likely end up with a condenser mic; these simply designed, yet incredibly precise, recording instruments are far more responsive to sonic vibration than their "dynamic" cousins (who, with some exceptions, are more appropriate for PA systems). Whatever your hi-fi recording needs, there's a condenser mic out there with your name on it.

AKG C414 XLS Reviews

Preliminary info from the manufacturer

Features and Specs

Application For studio use
Polar Pattern Multiple (9)
Frequency response 20Hz-20kHz
Sensitivity 23 mV/Pa
Max SPL 158
Diameter 2
Length 6.3
Weight 10.6 lbs
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years

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Expand your recording options with a matched set of headphones.

The AKG C414 XLS (Matched Pair) features a matched pair of AKG C414 XLS microphones in a carry case.