AKG C314 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone with 155dB Max SPL, Switchable 20dB Attenuation, and Low-cut Filter
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A Great One-mic Solution

What are you recording today? A choir? A rock band? Voiceovers or Foley? When you need a mic that will accurately capture any source, you'll be impressed by the AKG C314 condenser microphone, sibling to the legendary C414. Made in the same factory in Austria, it uses AKG's famous XLS microphone capsule, which has been finely tuned to deliver a clear, full sound and an off-axis response that doesn't sound unnatural. The C314 offers an outstanding dynamic range and ultra-low noise, which means you'll be able to capture dynamic vocalists and instruments with the utmost detail. And with the C314's multi-polar-pattern design, you can use it for vocals, as a room mic, for recording large ensembles, and more.

AKG C314 Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • AKG's XLS mic capsule sounds great in any setting
  • Overload indicator helps you make better recordings
  • A great go-to mic for project studios
AKG's XLS mic capsule sounds great in any setting

Recording engineers at Sweetwater like AKG's XLS mic capsule because it produces great results from anything you put in front of it. We also like it because any off-axis sounds it picks up still sounds natural, unlike some mics that sound significantly different when off-axis sounds are introduced. So even if you've got some bleed from other sources, you'll still get great results from the AKG C314.

Overload indicator helps you make better recordings

While the AKG C314 microphone can handle impressive SPL levels (up to 155dB with the pad engaged), it also sports a peak indicator LED that tells you when you're overloading the mic. When you're setting up mics and doing a sound check you won't need to constantly reference your monitoring system to know excessive sound levels are distorting the mic.

A great go-to mic for project studios

While any recordist can appreciate the great sound and recording flexibility of the AKG C314, it really packs a lot of value for project studios that regularly record different sound sources. Even if your sessions for the week range from voiceovers, hand percussion, and choirs to string quartets, rock bands, and Foley for sound design, you'll get exceptional results with an AKG C314.

AKG C314 Condenser Microphone Features:
  • Multi-pattern condenser microphone with AKG's acclaimed XLS mic capsule
  • Cardioid, supercardioid, omni and figure-8 polar patterns give you plenty of recording options
  • High dynamic range and ultra-low noise for clear, detailed recordings that capture the expressiveness of the source
  • Internal capsule suspension reduces mechanical noises and resonances for more transparent recordings
  • Tames loud or boomy sound sources with switchable 20dB pad and low-cut filter
  • Includes metal case, shockmount, stand adapter, and windscreen
  • Requires +48V phantom power
The AKG C314 could be your new go-to condenser microphone!

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Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Supercardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 135 dB, 155 dB w/Pad
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 86dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 8dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 100Hz (-12 dB/octave)
Pads -20 dB
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 0.66 lbs.
Included Accessories 1 x Metal Case, 1 x Spider Shockmount, 1 x Stand Adapter, 1 x Windscreen
Manufacturer Part Number 3386Z00010

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I live in Nashville where I have a modest project studio. In my modest project studio I have a modest mic collection of what I consider to be very good and versatile mics. AEA N22, Royer 121, Neumann TLM103, (2) AT 4033a, (2) Shure KSM141, AT 4050, Sennheiser e906 and other dynamic mics. Nothing to exotic, just good tools. All that is just to say, I have reasonable reference points for comparison. Many times I see reviews that say WOW, my new $700 mic is so much better than my $100 mic, well dah. I actually bought the C314 for a much more modest setup in my tiny condo in Toronto were I live during the week for work. There I have a simple setup with an Apollo Twin, my MacBook, a keyboard controller, a couple guitars and some good headphones. It's a high-rise condo, no monitors here. All that is just to say, all I'm running through is the Twin with a couple of unison (plug-in) preamps. Here's the review...I'm shocked at how good the thing sounds. As good as any preamp and mic pair I've worked with at home. I can't wait to take it back to Nashville and run it through my Rupert Neve 511, Shadow Hills Mono Gamma, API 512c's and UA 4-710d. I'm sure it will sound even better. I can honestly say, unless it sound completely different in my home project studio, it's the best large condenser I own. Buy one, if your disappointed I'll buy it from you (at a discount of course).
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