AKG C414XLIIItem ID: C414XLII
Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone with Nine Switchable Polar Patterns
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Discover the Power of a Reinvented Classic Condenser!From the leading broadcast facilities world-wide to the recording studios and the performance stages that have hosted the top musical artists of all genres for more than 60 years, the AKG C 414 multi-pattern condenser microphone needs little introduction. There are few microphones that are as widely accepted as a de facto part of any professional engineer's mic locker as this famous microphone. Part of what has maintained the C 414 as an industry standard has been its impressive versatility, and AKG has pushed the envelope again with the addition of the C 414 XL II this famous line.
The C 414 XL II (the successor of the famous C 414 B-TL II) differs from the C 414 XLS by offering a slight presence boost and by providing the spatial reproduction capability of the legendary AKG C 12 microphone. This characteristic response and spatial detailing makes lead vocals and solo instruments stand out, even in a densely packed mix. This signature up-front sound is also excellent for distant miking applications making the C 414 XL II ideal for classic music recording or drum ambience miking. And because of its 9-pattern design, leading-edge technology, state-of-the-art components, and reference-quality results, the AKG C 414 XL II ushers in a new standard in microphone versatility.
The C414 XL II offers nine pickup patterns which enable you to choose the perfect setting for every application. In addition to the five patterns traditionally offered by the C 414 (omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, and figure eight), you also get four intermediate settings that let you dial in the best pattern to suite your environment. It also features an astoundingly low noise floor and a 152dB dynamic range, making the C 414 XL II ideal for any musical environment. A locking mode allows you to disable all of the C 414 XL II's controls for live-sound applications and permanent installations, and a special "Peak Hold" LED displays even shortest overload peaks.
AKG C 414 XL II Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone Features at a Glance:
The AKG 414 XL II raises the benchmark for multi-pattern condenser mics!
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Christopher , Savannah, GA
Reviewsbased on 7 reviews
Great sounding on Acoustic and Female Vocals
by Jeff from Wyckoff, NJOn the recommendation of a producer my band is currently working with, I bought this mic to record female vocals. It is amazing! Very smooth, very accurate and sits in the mix perfectly without any ... read more [+]eq.
February 11, 2013
Music Background: 20 years recording music
I have also used it on acoustic guitar and it shines! Again, very accurate and sticks out in the mix. I hear it's great on guitar amps as well but I have not tried that yet. close [-]
Great multi purpose mic!
by Chris Leyland from Greenville, SCThis is a great mic! I own a pair of these and they sound amazing. Very, very, very low noise and detailed clarity. With up to 9 pick up patterns you can use this mic on almost everything. This mic is... read more [+] my go to mic for drum overheads and sounds great on acoustic guitar. Crystal clear vocals with a nice little boost around the upper mids and highs ( 2khz- 16khz in cardioid) give it great presence and will cut through the most dense mixes. Since it can handle such high SPL sounds really good with close miking electric guitar as well!! My only regret is not getting the matched pair. If you ca afford to get the matched pair don't think twice because if you only get one I guarantee you're going to want another. Learn from my mistakes! :)
January 31, 2013
Music Background: 4 semesters at Berklee College of Music as a performance major, Recording engineer, Producer, Guitar Instructor, Composer and arranger
My only regret is I didn't get a matched pair. close [-]
Shines on Acoustic Guitar and Vocal
by Pat from PennsylvaniaOn acoustic guitar and on male vocals this mike is heavenly. Having nine polar pattern settings on one mike makes it indispensable. I can't think of any applications this mike wouldn't handle. My r... read more [+]ecordings have been greatly improved by the use of this mike. close [-]
October 4, 2011
Music Background: guitarist for 30 years. Songwriter. Hobbyist.
Don't even think about it.....JUST GET IT!!!
by Jordan Henry from JamaicaI by no means am the most experienced when it comes to mics but one thing I can tell you, when you hear quality you will know. This bad boy is definitely a step in the right direction if you want prof... read more [+]essional sounding vocals (sits well in even the most crowded mixes), haven't tried it on any other sound sources though but from what i've heard it impresses on all application its intended for. AKG has not disappointed one bit, money well spent!! close [-]
April 2, 2011
Music Background: Producer/Musician/Engineer
The amazing C414 tradition continues - WOW!!!
by Jerry from MidwestI've been in the recording game since 1969 and have used the best mics in the world over the years, as well as having a very nicely equipped personal mic cabinet in my home. Aside from owning some of... read more [+] the traditional C414-B-ULS, when I first tried out the C414-B-TLII I was floored!!! I bought four of them back in the day - yeah they're stellar!!!
January 27, 2011
Music Background: Recording since 1969
Constantly intrigued by new offerings from "reputable" mic manufacturers this AKG C414 XLII, with an amazing nine polar patterns, instantly caught my attention, as their contemporary offering to replace the discontinued TLII. Finally got one to try out and after a number of hours working with it and doing quite a few A~B tests between this and my TLII's, I have only one thing to say - WOW!!!!!
AKG has done it again, yep, incredible sound quality which exceeds that of the venerable TLII. This XLII features incredibly low noise, very high sensitivity (loud!!!), nice pad and roll-off selection, and the nine polar pattern selection. Also comes nicely nestled in a sturdy case with shockmount, windscreen, and pop-filter.
The XLII sound has all the sweetness of the TLII, but also has improved mid and upper mid detail and clarity over its predecessor.
This truly is an incredible microphone, more of them will find their way into my cabinet very soon, and I strongly suggest you get one or two for yourself!!! close [-]
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