AKG C414 XLII Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone with 9 Switchable Polar Patterns
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Discover the Power of a Reinvented Classic

The AKG C414 multi-pattern condenser microphone needs no introduction. Because of its ability to handle many different sources, it's been used in some of the world's leading broadcast facilities, recording studios, and performance stages. AKG has upped the game with the addition of their C414 XLII, improving the C414's already legendary adaptability. With its nine polar patterns, leading-edge technology, state-of-the-art components, and reference-quality results, the AKG C414 XLII condenser microphone ushers in a new standard in microphone versatility.

Sonic character of the legendary AKG C12

The C414 XLII has been improved by offering a slight presence boost and by providing the spatial reproduction capability of the legendary AKG C12 microphone. This characteristic response and spatial detailing makes lead vocals and solo instruments stand out, even in a dense mix. This signature upfront sound is also excellent for distant miking applications, making the C414 XLII ideal for classical music or drum ambience miking.

Nine polar patterns for multiple applications

This multi-pattern workhorse mic sounds amazing on just about anything. The C414 XLII 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 C414 (omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, and figure-8), you also get four intermediate settings that let you dial in the best in-between pattern to suit your application and environment.

Great control features give you great flexibility

If the nine polar patterns aren't enough to get the sound you need, the C414 XLII offers a bevy of other control options to fine-tune the microphone to your needs. The C414 XLII offers three different bass cut filters and three switchable pre-attenuation pads at -6dB, -12dB, and -18dB. The mic also carries a clipping LED right on the face, so you know if you're overloading it. And all the controls can easily be disabled for live sound applications.

AKG C414 XLII Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone Features:

  • Multi-pattern condenser microphone for a variety of applications
  • 9 switchable polar patterns
  • Lock mode disables all controls for live and installation use
  • Incredible dynamic range of 152dB
  • 3 bass cut filters and pre-attenuation levels
  • Peak hold LED detects overload peaks
  • Includes carrying case, pop filter, windscreen, and spider-type shockmount
  • Frequency range: 20hz-20kHz
  • Pre-attenuation pad: 0dB, -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, switchable
  • Bass cut filter slope: 12dB/octave at 40Hz and 80Hz; 6dB/octave at 160Hz
  • Requires 48-volt phantom power

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Omni, Wide Cardioid, Cardioid, Hypercardioid, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 140dB (158dB w/18dB Pad)
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 88dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 6dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 40Hz, 80Hz (-12dB/octave), 160Hz (-6dB/octave)
Pads -6dB, -12dB, -18dB
Color Dark Grey/Gold
Connector XLR
Weight 0.66 lbs. (Per Mic)
Included Accessories Stand Mount, Shock Mount, Pop Screen, Windscreen, Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number 3059Z00060

Customer Reviews

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Great Investment

I must say that I am truly blown away by the clarity and warmth of this mic! I was debating between the Neumann TLM 103 and this and I am beyond happy that I chose the AKG! If you are looking for a good solid mic, look no further!

Hands down my favorite mic.

Have had it for 48 hours, have only slept for about 10 hours... I just can't stop using it. Every little vocal idea / melody I have is going through this baby. I literally haven't been able to fall asleep yet. Also, my sales engineer was Mike Harris, just want to leave another huge thank you to you mate!

Fantastic on vocals, acoustic guitar, just about anything!

This mic is a beast and is amazingly versatile. I have not yet had the opportunity to test out all the polar patterns, but I can attest to its stellar performance on vocals, acoustic guitar, and banjo. Highly recommended.

Great Mic.

What a Great Mic. I should have bought this mic a long time ago.
Music background: Producer/Musician


This mic is definitely awesome, i had avantone cv 12 , now i will just sell it, i don't think i would ever use that mic after C414 , i used C414 with my avalon m5 preamp, it is just perfect.perfect results!!thank you again, awesome on female vocal !!!!
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