AKG C414 XLS

AKG was created in 1971. The AKG C414 XLS was created in 2009. It originated from the C12. The C414 was available in 2 versions. Either, the C414E, with cannon type connector or, the C414C with a connector to the “Din standard”. The C414XLS comes with a AKG custom mount, its versatile, has three attenuation levels (-6,-12,-18dB), three different switchable bass-cut filters (to reduce noise, subsonic noise or for proximity effect) and a overload warning with audio peak hold LED. By far my favourite feature is the ability to choose from multiple different polar patterns. You can switch from a cardioid pattern (heart shaped), a figure 8 pattern, a hypercardioid pattern, an omnidirectional pattern or a wide cardioid pattern. All polar patterns pictures are below.

The AKG C414 XLS gets a 5 star rating form me because I love how you can customize it so much. It makes it able to record professional studio recordings, professional stage miking, lead vocals & lead instruments, classical music recording and even ensemble recording. My experience with this is that it sounded really nice, I used it to mic over head a drum and it worked very well I had no problems with the sound. To hear it click here. Some other members in this microphones family are the C12A, the C12B, the C412 and the C414Eb.

Sources:

http://www.saturn-sound.com/curio’s/story%20of%20the%20akg%20c414.htm

http://www.akg.com/pro/p/c414xls

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/akg-c414-xls-reference-multi-pattern-condenser-microphone

https://soundcloud.com/fransatsounddecision/sample-1-akg-c414-xls-ii

http://www.trustmeimascientist.com/2011/09/05/curing-condenser-confusion-an-audio-history-of-the-akg-c-414/

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