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AKG C414 XLII Microphone and Universal Audio LA-610 Recording Kit

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AKG C414 XLII Microphone and Universal Audio LA-610 Recording Kit
Key Features
  • C414 XLII Multi-Pattern Condenser Mic
  • LA-610 MKII Recording Channel
  • Premium XLR Microphone Cable
  • Includes H 85 Universal Shockmount
The AKG C414 XLII Microphone and Universal Audio LA-610 Recording Kit from B&H includes the AKG C414 XLII multi-pattern large-diaphragm condenser microphone, a Universal Audio LA-610 MKII recording channel, a Mogami Gold Studio XLR microphone cable, an H 85 universal shock mount, a W414X microphone windscreen, a PF80 universal pop filter, an AC power cord, and a metal carrying case. This versatile kit can be used for capturing audio, tailoring it accordingly using EQ and a T4 opto-compressor as a front-end for tracking into a digital audio workstation.
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AKG C414 XL II Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2AKG C414 XLII Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone
  • 3Universal Audio LA-610 MKII Recording Channel
  • 4Mogami Gold Studio XLR Female to XLR Male Microphone Cable (25', Black)
By B&H Photo's

The AKG C414 XLII Microphone and Universal Audio LA-610 Recording Kit from B&H includes the AKG C414 XLII multi-pattern large-diaphragm condenser microphone, a Universal Audio LA-610 MKII recording channel, a Mogami Gold Studio XLR microphone cable, an H 85 universal shock mount, a W414X microphone windscreen, a PF80 universal pop filter, an AC power cord, and a metal carrying case. This versatile kit can be used for capturing audio, tailoring it accordingly using EQ and a T4 opto-compressor as a front-end for tracking into a digital audio workstation.

AKG C414 XLII Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone

The AKG C414 XLII Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone is an industry staple that extends the renowned heritage of the C414 B-TL II. Equipped with nine selectable polar patterns, three attenuation levels, and three switchable bass-cut filters, the C414 XLII remains one of the most versatile condenser microphones for recording vocals, drums, and acoustic and amplified instruments in the studio or on stage. This microphone is designed to closely approximate the sonic character of the vintage C12 tube mic while providing an updated and expanded feature set. A slight high-frequency rise at 3 kHz and above helps compensate for the natural loss of high frequencies that occurs at a distance, making the C414 XLII an excellent choice for miking vocals & instruments that are positioned far away.

The 1" edge-terminated, dual-diaphragm transducer combined with the low-noise electronic circuitry provide a wide dynamic range of 134 dB and can handle SPL up to 158 dB, for a detailed, linear, and natural tone. With full immunity to electromagnetic and electrostatic interference as well as high tolerance to humidity, the C414 XLII is well suited to withstand the rigors of demanding studio, stage, and broadcast applications. Special features include a peak-hold LED to alert you if overloading occurs, and a lock mode that prevents unintended changes to the microphone settings. The package includes a vibration-inhibiting shockmount, a pop filter, a windscreen, and a metal carrying case.

AKG's Legendary 1" Large-Diaphragm Capsule
The legendary C414 is a tool found in most recording studios and has been used on thousands of hit records; it's been on stage with artists of every musical genre and is also used by leading broadcast facilities the world over. The C414 family has been one of the world's most widely used and respected studio and stage microphones in audio history. Added useful features and even greater ease of use make the XLII a worthy member of the renowned C414 line. The C414 XLII is the successor of the famous C414 B-TL II. It shows the sonic signature of the highly sought-after AKG C12, which enables lead vocals and solo instruments to be placed even in a dense mix. The unrivaled up-front sound is also well known for distant miking applications like classical music recording or drum ambience miking.
Nine Selectable Polar Patterns
The C414 XLII is the multi-instrumentalist in your microphone rig ready to fill in wherever needed. Whether it's omni, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure-8, or the four intermediate polar patterns, there are plenty of ways to get the most natural sound from any instrument—electric and acoustic guitars, drums, and much more. Employ a hypercardioid pattern to reduce drum spill, then quickly switch to a figure-8 pattern to balance out two vocalists. These easy-to-access options make the AKG C414 XLII suitable to any studio with limited space in its mic locker.
Overload-Detection LED and Bass-Cut Filter
The AKG C414 XLII empowers you to make better recordings. When acting as both artist and engineer, the mic's overload-detection LED makes it easy to see when your input levels are too high. This helps you take full advantage of the mic's dynamic range and only engage the pad when necessary. Its bass-cut filter helps you curb rumbles, vibrations, and loud, boomy sounds and minimizes the proximity effect for balanced recordings. For live sound applications and permanent installations, all controls can easily be disabled for trouble-free use.
Rugged Metal Housing
The all-metal body ensures efficient rejection of RF interference so you can use the microphone near transmitter stations, along with wireless microphones or other communications equipment.
Features at a Glance
  • Maintains the sonic character of the legendary C12
  • Successor of the C414 B-TL II
  • Acoustic resistor provides a slight high-frequency rise at 3 kHz and above
  • 1" edge-terminated capsule with dual diaphragms sputtered in gold on one side
  • Nine selectable polar patterns for every application
  • 158 dB maximum SPL (-18 dB pad on)
  • Switchable pad (-6, -12, or -18 dB) and low-cut filter (40, 80, or 160 Hz)
  • Integrated capsule suspension to reduce mechanical noise
  • Completely immune to electrostatic and electromagnetic interference
  • All switchable components operate in low-impedance circuits for ultrahigh reliability even in extremely humid conditions
  • Operates on 48V phantom power (accepts 44 to 52 VDC phantom power)
  • XLR 3-pin output connector
  • Includes metal carrying case, shockmount, windscreen, and pop filter
UPC: 885038025924
Universal Audio LA-610 MKII Recording Channel

The LA-610 Mk II from Universal Audio brings vintage all-tube sound to the modern channel-strip format. The unit combines a 610 Mic-Pre / EQ / DI section based on console modules developed by Bill Putnam in the 1960s, with a T4 Opto-compressor, and houses them in a 2 RU rackmount enclosure. The 610-tube preamp, DI and EQ deliver a sound that is as timeless as it is legendary, and a hallmark of many classic recordings. The simple operation and program dependent nature of the T4 compressor provides extremely musical control.

The LA-610 MkII is sonically very versatile and can function as an ideal front-end for tracking into a digital audio workstation. The preamp is augmented with two bands of shelving EQ, followed a T4 based optical compressor. Although not an exact LA-2A clone, the compressor circuitry nevertheless shares its signature sound by utilizing its unique combination of an electro-luminescent panel and photo-resistors. Three 12AX7A tubes, a single 6072A and 6AQ5 tube combine to provide warmth and overall even tonal balance.

The Mk II delivers several enhancements over the original LA-610. A true compressor bypass switch is now available which completely avoids the compressor circuitry. Other changes improve the performance of the output signal, improved consistency with input gain values and feedback-style shelving EQ improves the EQ stability. An auto-sensing, universal power supply is included, along with larger and better lit metering.

Single-channel vintage channel-strip
Design based on legendary Bill Putnam's 610 tube microphone preamp and EQ console modules, used on countless classic recordings
Microphone preamp features Gain and Level controls, variable impedance switching, and Instrument DI for recording tone "color"
Improved stability with feedback-style shelving EQ
Authentic Teletronix LA-2A-style T4 opto-compressor with continuous peak reduction and makeup gain
Compressor circuitry can be fully bypass with the inclusion of a true bypass switch
15dB pad switch and polarity reverse switch
Improved metering with meter source selector switch
LED jewel "power on" indicator light never needs replacement
Auto sensing universal power supply
UA build quality and heritage, audiophile components and hand-assembled in the USA
UPC: 819937000072
Mogami Gold Studio XLR Female to XLR Male Microphone Cable (25', Black)

The black, 25' Mogami Gold Studio XLR Female to XLR Male Microphone Cable is a high-quality, 4-conductor cable engineered for maximum rejection of RFI and EMI, accurate signal transmission with low noise, and durability. It uses the company's Neglex twisted, double-conductor quad cable with a spiral, bare copper shield, which is effective in maintaining signal integrity, even when used with unbalanced equipment, in professional or home studios suffering from wiring and grounding problems.

The cable is terminated with black-body, gold-plated XLR connectors, and features a 0.236" diameter jacket, ideal for applications where a small-diameter quad mic cable is required.

Key Features
Studio and broadcast-quality microphone cable wired with Mogami 2534 Neglex twisted quad-conductor cable
Ideal for home studios suffering from wiring and grounding problems—maintains signal quality when used with unbalanced equipment
Served (spiral) bare copper shield for long-lasting protection against RFI and EMI
XLPE (Cross-Linked Polyethylene) conductor insulation
Terminated with black-body, 3-pin XLR connectors (XLR female to XLR male)
Gold-plated contacts to prevent corrosion
0.236" jacket diameter—for use where a small-diameter quad mic cable is required
Limited lifetime warranty
UPC: 801813075847

AKG C414 XLII Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone Specs

Microphone
Primary ApplicationsLive Sound, Studio Recording
Form FactorLarge Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesVocals, Instrument
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleCondenser
Diaphragm1" / 25.4 mm
Polar PatternCardioid, Figure-8, Hypercardioid, Omnidirectional, Subcardioid/Wide Cardioid
Pattern SelectionSwitched (Adjustable on Mic)
OrientationSide Address
CircuitrySolid-State
Pad-6 dB
-12 dB
-18 dB
High-Pass Filter40 Hz, 12 dB/Octave
80 Hz, 12 dB/Octave
160 Hz, 6 dB/Octave
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
Indicators13 x Single LED (Status)
On-Board ControlsHigh-Pass Filter, Pad, Polar Pattern
WindscreenFoam (Included)
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL140 dB SPL (.5% THD)
158 dB SPL (.5% THD, with Pad)
Impedance200 Ohms
Load Impedance≥ 2200 Ohms
Sensitivity-33 dBV (Open Circuit Voltage)
Output Level14 dBV (Max)
Dynamic Range134 dB A-Weighted
Signal-to-Noise Ratio88 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level6 dB A-Weighted
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Power
Operating Voltage44 to 52 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption4.5 mA
Physical
ColorGray
MountingShockmount (Included)
Included CaseHard Case
Included FiltersPop Filter
Construction MaterialMetal
Operating Temperature14 to 140°F / -10 to 60°C
DimensionsH: 1.5 x W: 2 x L: 6.3" / H: 3.8 x W: 5.1 x L: 16 cm
Weight10.6 oz / 301 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.33 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.4 x 8.8 x 5.5"

Universal Audio LA-610 MKII Recording Channel Specs

Number of ChannelsSingle
Inputs1 x XLR Microphone
1 x XLR Line
Outputs1 x XLR
Frequency Response20Hz to 20kHz, +/-0.5dB
Noise-72dBu (20Hz to 20kHz, line in/unity gain)
Preamp
Gain Range+77dB (microphone)
40dB Line
Maximum Output+23dBu (120VAC line)
Input Impedance500Ω or 2kΩ, selectable
Phantom Power+48V
Compressor
Threshold RangeProgram dependent
Ratio~3:1, soft knee, program dependent
Attack Time~10mSec, program dependent
Release TimeDual stage: ~60mSec for 50% release, followed by 1 to 15Sec, program dependent
SlopeNot specified by manufacturer
SidechainNo
Equalizer
Filter TypeLow and high shelf
Frequency BandsHF: 4.5, 7 and 10kHz
LF: 70, 100 and 200Hz
BandwidthNot applicable
Range (Boost/Cut)1.5, 3, 4.5, 6, 9dB, switchable boost/cut
Threshold RangeProgram dependent
Ratio~Infinity:1, soft knee, program dependent
Attack Time~10mSec, program dependent
De-Esser
Threshold RangeNot applicable
Frequency RangeNot applicable
Gate
Gate ThresholdNot applicable
Gate RateNot applicable
Physical
Power Requirements100/120/240V
30W power consumption
Dimensions19 x 12.25 x 3.5" (483 x 311 x 89mm)
Weight12 lbs (5.4kg)
SpecialtiesCustom Altran and Cinemag transformers
Auto sensing universal power supply
Packaging Info
Package Weight15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)22.2 x 17.4 x 7.3"

Mogami Gold Studio XLR Female to XLR Male Microphone Cable (25', Black) Specs

Cable Length25' / 7.6 m
Outer Diameter0.236" / 6 mm
ShieldingBare Copper Spiral
Conductor MaterialOxygen-Free Copper (OFC)
Number of Conductors4
Wire Gauge24 AWG
Contact PlatingGold
Jacket TypePolyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Insulation TypePolyethylene
Conductor Capacitance29.6 pF/ft at 1 kHz
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.11 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.3 x 8 x 1.1"

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