AKG C414 XLS Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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 C414 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 C414 as an industry standard has been its impressive versatility, and AKG has pushed the envelope again with the addition of the C414 XLS this famous line.

The C414 XLS is an astonishing microphone. Engineered for highest linearity and neutral sound, it maintains the reliable sonic character of the legendary C414 B-ULS (the longest-lived C414 model) while introducing some astonishing new features. The 5-pattern C414 has been one of the most universal and versatile large diaphragm microphone for decades — widely used for accurate, exquisitely detailed pickup of acoustic instruments. Now, the C414 XLS sets a new benchmark in microphone versatility by introducing a 9-pattern design, while achieving reference-quality results through leading-edge technology and state-of-the-art components.

The C414 XLS 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 eight), you also get four intermediate settings that let you dial in the best pattern to suit your environment. It also features an astoundingly low noise floor and a 152dB dynamic range, making the C414 XLS ideal for any musical environment. A locking mode allows you to disable all of the C414 XLS's controls for live-sound applications and permanent installations, and a special "Peak Hold" LED displays even shortest overload peaks.

AKG C414 XLS Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone Features at a Glance:
  • Omni, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure eight, and four intermediate pickup patterns
  • Lock Mode disables all controls easily for live and installation use
  • Incredible Dynamic Range of 152 dB
  • Three different bass cut filters and three pre-attenuation levels
  • Peak Hold LED detects even shortest overload peaks
  • Includes carrying case, pop filter, windscreen, and spider-type shock mount
  • Frequency range: 20 to 20 000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa (-34 dBV) +/- 0.5 dB
  • Max. SPL: 200/400/800/1600 Pa = 140/146/152/158 dB (0/-6/-12/-18 dB) for 0.5% THD
  • Equivalent noise level: 6 dB-A (0 dB preattenuation) (IEC 60268-4)
  • Signal/noise ratio: 88 dB
  • Preattenuation pad: 0 dB, -6 dB, -12 dB, -18 dB, switchable
  • Bass cut filter slope: 12 dB/octave at 40 Hz and 80 Hz; 6 dB/octave at 160 Hz
  • Impedance: <=200 ohms
  • Recommended load impedance: >= 2,200 ohms
  • Powering: approximately 4 mA
  • Connector: 3-pin XLR to IEC
  • Dimensions: 50 x 38 x 160 mm (2.0 x 1.5 x 6.3 in.)
  • Net weight: 300g (10.6oz.)
  • Requires +48V phantom power
The AKG 414 XLS raises the benchmark for multi-pattern condenser mics!

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/Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 0.66 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Mount, Shock Mount, Pop Screen, Windscreen, Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number 3059Z00050

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Is Great !!!

With this mic l can record all good, lm loved , is the best!!!
Music background: techical recording
5/5

Solid Mic

Compared this to my brothers Neumann tlm 103 it doesn't have the same boost in the high end but it seemed very accurate and it didn't feel like there was anything missing from that range. Flipping through the different patterns there is quite a spread of different tones you can get out of the mic. I can tell this will be a mic that I hold on to for a long time.
Music background: Hobbyist
4.5/5

My Top Choice by AKG

I got this mic a little over 6 months ago. I already owned a C214 and a C414B-XLII. My first run through it was kinda blah. 2nd session in I started working through the polar patterns and WOW! Out of all my mics - this mic is flat but has life and makes those beautiful radio sounding vox if you spend the time on your tracks! I tend to go for this mic when wanting to produce a very upfront clear - defined vocal line. The extra - intermediate polar patterns make a world of difference. Im very tempted to buy the current XLII version of it and see if these extra polar patterns make the difference on that mic as well!
Music background: my own thing!
4/5

Great Mic Package

Have purchased four total. Great for micing up my choir.

Sweetwater Advice

Ashton Vaudt

The AKG C414XLS has been a saving grace in my studio. The best way I can describe it is that once I started using it, so many sources instantly sat better in my mixes. I can put it in front of vocals, guitars of all kinds, drums, percussion, strings... no problem! The C414XLS can handle it all!
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