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AKG C 214Item ID: C214
Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone with 143dB Dynamic Range, Switchable 20dB Attenuation, And Low Cut Filter
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From Our Research Team:
Legendary AKG SoundThe AKG C 214 is the younger brother of AKG's legendary C 414 condenser - the mic you've heard on thousands of hit records, on stage with countless artists, and on air from leading broadcast facilities all over the world. The affordable C 214 actually uses the same one-inch dual-capsule as the C 414 in a single-diaphgram, cardioid-only design. The result? Highly-detailed, up-front sound on both voices and instruments with an overall performance close to that of the famous C 414 B-XLS. Now you can get that epic AKG sound on any budget with the new C 214!
AKG C 214 at a Glance:
Incredible Dynamic Range
The AKG C 214 delivers AKG's classic large-diaphragm sound - and it's also capable of an impressive 143dB dynamic range for uncompressed, natural transients.
Use it on a Variety of Sources
If you want a premium vocal mic, you've found it with the AKG C 214. And, while it's well worth the investment for that quality alone, you'll find that the C 214 performs just as well on a variety instruments. Thanks to its switchable 20dB attenuation pad and low cut filter, the C 214 can be used in sound fields as high as 156dB SPL - you can use it on stage for close miking loud applications such as drum overheads, guitar amps, or high-output brass. Whatever your needs, the C 214 is an excellent mic to have on your side.
Quality AKG Construction
Built in Vienna, Austria, AKG mics are engineered from the ground up to truly perform. The C 214 features an integrated capsule suspension that reduces mechanical noise and resonances for even greater sonic accuracy. Plus, the double mesh, all-metal grille protects the capsule and ensures high RF immunity without affecting the mic's acoustical performance. This is one roadworthy mic, too - the C 214 features a modern scratch-resistant finish, dent-resistant metal grille, and gold-plated XLR output.
AKG C 214 Features:
The affordable AKG C 214 delivers that premium AKG sound!
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Kathy, Wilmington, NC
Reviewsbased on 16 reviews
Best Guitar Amp Microphone I Have Found
by Micah from Boise, IDAs a FOH engineer I have struggled with getting perfect and consistent sound when miking guitar amps. I used the old standard SM57 for the longest time and I was constantly moving the mic around the ... read more [+]amp looking for the sweet spot. One day I decided to try out the 214 after reading that it was capable of handling high SPLs (up to 156). Now I am getting great sound from every guitar rig I come across and I rarely have to move it once I set it. I even use the old loop-the-XLR-cable-around-the-handle-of-the-amp trick with excellent results being that it is side-address. close [-]
January 22, 2013
Music Background: Live Sound Engineer, Pro Musician
Pros and Enthusiasts Alike
by Mark Bolton from Florence, MS USAI bought this mic as my first large diaphragm condenser, for mainly usage on vocals, and sometimes as hihat/overhead mic on drums.
September 17, 2012
Music Background: Home Recording, Student, Hobbyist, Recording Engineer
I've used it only on three preamps: a cheap Art pre, an Alesis... read more [+] MultiMix 4, and now on my Focusrite Saffire Pro 40. All of them made this mic sound great, and for two of those three, that's really saying something.
The frequency response on it is quite bright, somewhat like a less exaggerated C12, but not too bright.
If you're looking at the Blue Bluebird, like I was, I'm glad I went with this, because it definitely has more character. Go look at some frequency response grafts, and see how perfect it is!
The only thing I'd change, is possibly have more patterns, and of course maybe a tube version!
YOU CAN'T GO WRONG! close [-]
by mal rodgers from nashville,tnpretty simple i bought a new 414 and a 214 the same day because i was really curious about how the 214 stood up to the 414. In the channel i used an la2a and an eddie kramer vocal plugin. I recorded t... read more [+]he with both and picked the 214. Seem to have a little more air to it. Now I'm gonna buy another one to have. close [-]
August 24, 2012
No, it's not a C414
by Joe Drzewiecki from Phoenix, AZ... and thank goodness! I've performed and recorded using various 414s. Sure, they're great $1000 mics. This little beauty captures every nuance of the saxophones I've mic'd with it - accurate, well-d... read more [+]efined and warm. I don't miss the other polar patters at all. close [-]
December 27, 2011
Finally! The C214 is the solution for many of my clients that could not afford the 414 model and only needed the cardiod pattern anyway. Sweet mic!
AKG C 214
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