AKG C 414 B-XL II (No Longer Available)
Large-diaphragm Vintage Transformerless Microphone with Five Switchable Polar Patterns
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An Improved Version Of A Studio/Stage Classic!With new useful features, improved technical specifications, ease of use and available accessories, AKG's C 414 B-XL II launches the next generation of AKG microphone quality. This update of a classic microphone maintains its distinctive timbre especially designed for recording or live reproduction of solo vocals and solo instruments.
AKG C 414 B-XL II at a Glance:
High sensitivity, low self noise for ultimate accuracy
The C 414 B-XL II is designed to provide high sensitivity for maximum response to any audio source. Its extremely low self-noise characteristics make it ideal for the most delicate source recording or the most demanding onstage application.
Five switchable polar patterns give you the mic you need, when you need it!
With your choice of omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, or figure eight patterns, the C 414 B-XL II will quickly become one of the most-used mics in your collection! And verifying your selected pattern is easy: a two-color LED provides a quick visual indication of the current pattern. Plus, an additional output overload LED gives you an immediate warning of mic clipping situations.
Elastic capsule suspension for minimal structurally-transmitted noise
AKG has almost completely eliminated structurally-transmitted vibrations that interfere and color the sound, thanks to a new elastic capsule suspension system. This ensures the C 414 B-XL II is as free of mechanical noise and vibration as possible.
All of these improvements to the C 414 B-XL II are answers to requests from ever-demanding recording studios, broadcast stations and concert engineers, but AKG has accomplished them without altering the basic sonic character that makes the legendary C 414 one of the most in-demand mics in the business!
AKG C 414 B-XL II Features:
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Save yourself several headaches and buy this mic.
by Rwileydeal from Whitewater, WII normally don't write reviews unless I feel truly that the product deserves one. Let me start out by stating the obvious for those who have done research. This is a VERY clean mic with the lowest n... read more [+]oise I have ever heard from a mic. If you hear noise, I guarantee that it's from elsewhere in the chain. I upgraded to this mic skeptical of the price difference (like so many others). Don't hesitate, it's well worth it, and will save you money in the long run. The sound is crisp with a hint of high end sheen and a very nice top end presence, but not anywhere near brittle. I recorded my acoustic and with less than 15 minutes of placement, my guitar sounded as good as commercial releases. I also play euphonium, but I could never get the sound I wanted for recording. I used this mic, and with a mere hour of placement, it was perfect. The warm, mellow tone of the instrument is impossible to capture without sounding restrained with any other mic I've tried (virtually every dynamic and low to mid level condenser). And vox, let's just say it's a charm and sits perfectly in the mix, no matter what or who you're recording. Save yourself several headaches and buy this mic, it works well on everything. close [-]
December 30, 2009
Music Background: Recording
Versatile mic for lots of applications!!!
by Brian Fanjul from Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, New York.This is the real deal.I used this Mic for years. Exellent for tracking some male vocals.It you use it like a stereo pair for O/H (over heads) or distance room mic's on drums or Mid Side Technique with... read more [+] Acoustic Guitars and is amazing. Also great for lots of Acoustic Instruments. Also I used this for some foley work on Post. close [-]
August 1, 2008
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Mixer, Sound Editor, Post Production ( foley ),Live Sound Engineer.
by Will Thompson from Lincoln, NE USARemember in "The Blues Brothers..."
June 11, 2008
Music Background: Pro Musician
Jake: You traded the Bluesmobile for this?
Elwood: No, for a microphone.
Jake: A microphone?
Jake: Okay I can... read more [+] see that.
This is that microphone. I upgraded from an AKG C 2000 B, and I was skeptical about the price difference equaling the quality difference. The quality exceeds the price by far. There's no need to hesitate on this investment. close [-]
No brainer... GREAT MIC!!!
by benjamoon from portland, OregonSimply wonderful mic! A dream on acoustic guitars. I have got much results from this mic on vocals than with the Blue kiwi which costs more than twice the amount. Durable and well made. LOVE IT!
May 12, 2008
Music Background: pro producer/ composer
I was lucky enough to have access to a pair of these C 414 B-XL IIs very early in their production for a session tracking drums with a Neve console and a rack of Neve 1064 pres. As drum over heads I was in awe! Simply amazing at capturing every nuance of the harmonic detail in the cymbals and tone of the drum set. During overdubs I had to do some electric guitar parts and plugged one of my new C 414 B-XL IIs straight into the pres onboard the 003. Still, they sounded amazing! These mics rock - overheads, electric guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar... Still a part of the vintage 414 heritage, but better!
Johlene, Richmond, KY
AKG C 414 B-XL II
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