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AKG C214 - Cardioid Studio Condenser Microphone

You Pay: $399.00
Product Highlights
  • Large Diaphragm Condenser
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Patented Back-Plate Technology

The AKG C214 Studio Condenser Microphone is designed to provide a cost-effective alternative to the dual-diaphragm C414 studio microphone. The C214 delivers the pristine sound reproduction of the classic condenser microphone, in a single-pattern cardioid design.

The cardioid polar pattern minimizes off-axis noise and feedback which is suitable for vocal and instrument recording. Additional features include a -20dB Pad switch for maximizing headroom when capturing transient-rich sources such as guitar cabinets and drums. A low-cut filter switch is provided for minimizing hum and low-frequency noise.

Cardioid Polar Pattern
The cardioid polar pattern minimizes off-axis noise and feedback from nearby instruments, speakers, etc.
-20dB Pad Switch
A -20dB Pad switch maximizes headroom and minimizes distortion when capturing transient rich signals.
Low-Frequency Roll-Off
A low-frequency roll-off switch minimizes hum and low frequency noise.
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 123/143 dB (0/-20 dB) (A-weighted)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 13 dB-A to IEC 60268-4 (A-weighted)
Maximum Input Sound Level 136/156 dB SPL (0/-20 dB) (for 0.5% THD)
Power Requirements +48V
Output Impedance < = 200 ohms
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR
Pad -20dB Pad
Low Frequency Roll-Off Low-cut Filter Switch
Dimensions 6.3 x 2.2" (160 x 55mm)
Weight 0.62 lbs (280 g)
AKG C214 - Cardioid Studio Condenser Microphone
  • H85 Shock-mount
  • Soundtool Roadcase
  • W214 Windscreen
  • 2 Year Warranty
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    AKGC214 - Cardioid Studio Condenser Microphone
     
    5.0

    (based on 5 reviews)

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      • Home studio (3)
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      5.0

      Great Mic at a Great Price

      By Vince E

      from Delaware

      About Me Professional Musician

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            Comments about AKG C214 - Cardioid Studio Condenser Microphone:

            In my project studio I record various acoustic instruments such as guitar, upright bass and violin. I also record vocals and various hand percussion. I have traditionally used small condensers such as Neumann KM 184's and AKG C451-B's but was craving the sound that only a large diaphragm can deliver. I love AKG products especially those built in Vienna. So far have only used the 214 on vocals, acoustic guitar and middle eastern percussion and it more than met my expectations. I love the AKG sound. To me AKG's are not as transparent as Neumann BUT that is what I dig about it..it brings a bit of color and an openness. At the price point..this is a must have mic..you can never go wrong with AKG

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            5.0

            Open natural sound

            By Sam Kuwaiti

            from Kuwait city

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound

            Cons

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              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about AKG C214 - Cardioid Studio Condenser Microphone:

              Just perfect!!!
              I love this mic

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              5.0

              Finding the weakest link....

              By WannaBe

              from Midcoast, Maine

              About Me Novice

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about AKG C214 - Cardioid Studio Condenser Microphone:

                Home recording of woodwind horns is a balance of price and performance. This mic brings up the standard without breaking the budget. The bad news is the rest of the links in the signal change will need an upgrade for us to truly enjoy the benefits of this exciting new microphone.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                QUIET MIC WITH CLEAR SOUND

                By WILD BILL

                from MESA, AZ

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

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                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about AKG C214 - Cardioid Studio Condenser Microphone:

                  I PURCHASED THIS MIC AS THE BEST MIC I COULD GET FOR IN-CLOSE RECORDING THE CELLO AND UPRIGHT BASS ON A $500 BUDGET. THE BIGGEST PLUSES ARE THAT IT IS VERY QUIET AND DETAILED--JUST BLOWS AWAY MY AKG C2000B. ALSO, IT DOESN'T OVEREMPHASIZE THE LOW FREQUENCIES OR ADD "BOOMINESS" WHICH IS EASY FOR A MIC TO DO WHEN RECORDING STRINGS UP-CLOSE. SO FAR ON MY TRACKS: THE BASS SOUNDS TIGHT, FOCUSED AND MEATY WHEN I USE THE BASS ROLL OFF SWITCH. THE CELLO IS DETAILED SOUNDING BUT NOT HARSH AND THE MIC SEEMS TO ADD A CERTAIN WARMTH TO THE UPPER MIDS. THE ONLY CON IF IT REALLY CAN BE CALLED ONE IS THAT THE MIC IS SO SENSITIVE IT IS A CHALLENGE TO NOT HAVE YOUR BREATHING PICKED UP TOO LOUDLY IN THE RECORDING. OVERALL I'M PLEASED.

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                  (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect for Voice Over work

                  By Dougefreshproductions

                  from West Sarcramento, cA

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

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                      Comments about AKG C214 - Cardioid Studio Condenser Microphone:

                      Has excellent pick up.

                      Great for beginning voice over talent.

                      Seems to go the distance.

                      Was a nice package deal.

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