AKG C414B-XLS Guitar Recording microphone

AKG C414B-XLS as a guitar recording microphone

Founded in Vienna, Austria in 1947, AKG (formerly known as Acoustical and Cinema Equipment) introduced the C12 tube condenser microphone in 1953 and quickly established itself as a world-class brand. It became a leading condenser microphone brand, so much so that other manufacturers began selling imitations of the C12. The C414-XL2 is the current model of the C414 series, which has inherited the lineage of the C12. The C414-XL2 has the traditional characteristics of the C12, but also features 9-step directivity switching, a 4-step pad, and a low-cut filter, allowing for a wider range of settings.

This microphone has the characteristic of raising frequencies above 4 kHz, which are unique to C12 capsules, and the bright sound with a clear outline makes the presence of the instrument stand out. The metal body design, which is a feature of the 414 series, is also effective as a noise countermeasure. It is also used as a microphone for electric and acoustic guitars, and its exquisite atmosphere and transparent sound are useful for recording and live stages. It is no exaggeration to say that the history of AKG is the tradition of the C414 series itself, and this machine that embodies that evolution will surely meet the expectations of players.

Retains the characteristics of the C12, the model that laid the foundation of the brand
9 switchable directional characteristics (omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, bi-directional and in-between)
Equipped with 4-step switchable pad and low-cut filter (0/-6/-12/-18db)
Two diaphragms are arranged in parallel to minimize proximity effect and to provide clear sound in all bandwidths
The diaphragm is held in place by an elastic suspension with four rubber points for enhanced resistance to vibration noise
Maximum SPL is 140dB, which can handle high sound pressure sources
LED lights to warn the user when the output is about to overload
The C414-XL2 has the same basic specifications as the C414 XLS, but it uses a different diaphragm, and the C414-XL2 has a high rise characteristic
The sound of the guitar is not buried even when you sing along, and has a reputation for recording acoustic guitars

Product Specifications
Type: Condenser type

Directivity: 9 levels (omnidirectional / wide cardioid / cardioid / hypercardioid / bi-directional and between each)

Frequency range: 20Hz to 20kHz

Sensitivity: -34dB (± 0.5dB) re 1V/Pa

Output Impedance: 200 ohm or less

Maximum SPL: 140dB SPL (Pad OFF, THD 0.5%)

Pad: 0/-6/-12/-18dB switch

Low cut filter: Flat/40Hz(12dB/oct)/ 80Hz(12dB/oct)/160Hz(6dB/oct)

Power supply: Phantom 48V DC / approx. 4.5mA

Connector: XLR 3-pin

Dimensions: W 50 x H 160 x D 38 mm

Weight: 300 g

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