AKG C414 XL II/STItem ID: C414XLII/ST
Matcher Pair of Multi-Pattern Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphones Complete with Accessories and Hard Case
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A Matched Pair of Ultra-versatile Condenser Mics!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. Now, you can own a matched pair of C 414 XL IIs at an affordable price with the C 414 XL II/ST bundle.
The C 414 XL II/ST stereo condenser microphone matched pair bundle contains two C 414 XL IIs that have been selected from thousands of individual microphones and hand tested to for sensitivity characteristics that lie within 1dB of one another throughout the range of 300Hz to 8kHz in cardioid mode. They come with a full accessory kit that includes a pair of shock mounts, a stereo bar, two foam windscreens, and hardshell carrying case. You also get a copy of your microphones' performance charts to verify their matched performance characteristics.
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 C 414 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/ST Matched Pair of Multi-pattern Condenser Microphones Features at a Glance:
For versatile stereo miking, get the AKG 414 XL II/ST!
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Reviewsbased on 3 reviews
A serious pair of large diaphragm condensers!
by Paxson Helgesen from Chicago, ILI got the pair of 414 XLII's to use as drum overheads because of their flexibility of polar patterns. They have a very fast transient response for LDC's that make them an excellent choice for this app... read more [+]lication. I use one on vocals, as a spaced pair for acoustic guitar, room mics, and any other situation where a specific mic fails. The flexibility of these microphones are truly impressive.
December 26, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Musician
Unlike the XLS pair they have a resonance bump above 5kHz, making them brighter and more crisp. They still retain the smoothness a smoothness and body that my other LDC's lack. They take EQ incredibly well, and sits lead vocals and guitars up front in a mix.
I got these for a great price through Sweetwater like most of my studio gear, and I'll be using these for months to come. My only complaint? The included AKG shockmounts are not metal, and over a few years I can imagine issues with the threading. But for the next ~5 years it will do just fine. close [-]
by Chris Truitt fromHonestly is was hard to justify the cost of these mics. But wow. The are great for every thing. The possibilities seem endless, so the money was worth it.
February 25, 2012
Music Background: Recording, Composing, Production
Versatile and Modern
by Benjamin Trimpe from Seattle, WAThese things sound great and are exceptionally versatile. The high-end bump lends a presence to the sound of these mics that I find pleasing in many applications. The multi-pattern selectors, HPFs, a... read more [+]nd pads make these extremely handy in the studio.
May 13, 2013
Music Background: Recording Engineer
The multi-pattern stereo pair allows you to execute mid-side, XY, 2-figure 8, and just about every other stereo technique you can imagine. For acoustic guitars the presence bump imparts a very forward, modern sound. In that way these mics are ideal for acoustic heavy singer-songwriters. A twin figure 8 setup allows for wonderfully isolated vocal/gtr performances. I have recorded many sources with these mics and find vocals, acoustic guitars, and drum overheads to be where they really shine.
I do mostly rock music and I am not a big fan of these mics on a distorted gtr cabinet . The presence boost often tweaks the ranges around 2-3kHZ in ways I find harsh...though for ambience mics you can do some really creative stuff with all the polar pattern options. Up close to the cab for cleaner signals these mics can pick up some really awesome tones, but for close in, high-gain applications I go back to the 57 or other dynamic workhorse mics.
For vocals these mics can add a sheen to most performances. For screamers a/o really breathy singers the presence boost can be a bit much...especially in productions where many vocal overdubs are to be used. It's nothing a little subtractive eq'ing can't help...but I prefer the mic to fit the sound source whenever possible.
All in all I think these mics are amazing so long as you choose the them for the right applications. 90% of good sound is a good performance in a good space. Mics, pres, and signal processing is that other 10% and with a pair of these and a pair of regular 414s you'd be hard pressed to find a source that you cannot capture beautifully and in variety of ways. close [-]
Christopher , Savannah, GA
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