AKG C214 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone with 143dB Dynamic Range, Switchable 20dB Attenuation, and Low-cut Filter
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Legendary AKG Sound

The AKG C214 is the younger brother of AKG's legendary C414 condenser - similar to the 414's legendary sound, but at an entry-level price. The affordable C214 actually uses the same one-inch dual-capsule as the C414 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 C414 B-XLS. Now you can get that epic AKG sound on any budget with the new C214!

A versatile addition to any mic locker

Incredible dynamic range

The AKG C214 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 C214. And while it's well worth the investment for that quality alone, you'll find that the C214 performs just as well on a variety of instruments. Thanks to its switchable 20dB attenuation pad and low-cut filter, the C214 can be used in sound fields as high as 156dB SPL - you can use it onstage for close miking loud applications such as drum overheads, guitar amps, or high-output brass. Whatever your needs, the C214 is an excellent mic to have on your side.

Quality AKG Construction

AKG mics are engineered from the ground up to truly perform. The C214 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 C214 features a modern scratch-resistant finish, dent-resistant metal grille, and gold-plated XLR output.

AKG C214 Features:

  • Capsule: 1" large diaphragm condenser
  • Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa (-34 dBV)
  • Frequency range: 20 to 20,000Hz
  • Equivalent noise level: 13dB-A (IEC 60268-4)
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Max. SPL: 136/156dB SPL (0/20dB Pad)
  • Dynamic range: 123/143dB-A (0/20dB Pad)
  • Low-cut filter: 160Hz, 6dB/Octave, switchable
  • Attenuation pad: 20dB, switchable
  • Patents: AT 395.225, DE 4.103.784, JP 2.815.488
  • Dimensions: 160 x 55 mm (6.3 x 2.2 in.)
  • Net/shipping weight: 280/1450 g (0.62 / 3.22 lbs)
  • Included accessories: H 85 Shockmount, W 214 Windscreen, Metal Carrying Case
  • Requires +12V to +52V phantom power

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide
Check out how this microphone fared in our vocal mic shootout!

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 136dB (156dB w/Pad)
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 81dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 13dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 160Hz (-6dB/octave)
Pads -20dB
Color Matte Grey Blue
Connector XLR
Weight 0.62 lbs.
Included Accessories H85 Shockmount, Metal Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number 3185Z00010

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 37 reviews
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5/5

Fantastic!

What a great mic! It has that warm, creamy like midrange quality to it that I've always associated with good AKG microphones! Something about it just gels with my voice especially. It makes my voice so easy to fit in a mix somehow! Love it!
5/5

Incredible

This mic captures my Marshall (Plexi) better than any mic (any price) I have tried.
5/5

fantastic sounding mic love it on vocals one of my best choices thus far your moneys worth.

probably the best mic I ever used its perfect for vocals and you don't need to eq much, this is a perfect mic for any home studio go pick it up you will not be dissapointed.
Music background: dj and recording engineer
5/5

Look out for this one!

Receaved my new akg c214 today. Sounds very huge and open on my male voice, with a zing of fizz thats not harsh, but very detailed and natural! Tomorrow I'll mic my Mesa Tremoverb and Dr.Z MAZ 18. and see if it will do what I want it to be.
Music background: semi pro artist
5/5

wow! what can I say

mic'd Mesa Temoverb and Dr Z MAZ18. What can I say, this mic will blow away anything in it's price range and modeling want a beeeez. If you want to capture the real deal of your sound you better check this one out!
Music background: Semi Pro Artist

Sweetwater Advice

Mike Hammond

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!

Tyler Berggren

The C214 is perfect for drum recording. I love this mic on toms, snare, and even kick! I can mic up an entire kit with C214's and grab the awesome tone of a C414, without worrying about a stray stick hit denting a substantially more expensive mic.
See also: Condenser Mics, AKG, AKG Condenser Microphones, AKG Condenser Microphones