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AKG C214MP Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Matched Pair)

BH #AKC214MP • MFR #3185X00110
AKG C214MP Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Matched Pair)
Key Features
  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • Cardioid Pattern Lowers Stage/Room Noise
  • Switchable Pad Prevents Distortion
  • Low-Cut Filter Suppresses Bass Buildup
The versatile matched pair of AKG C214MP Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones is designed to record lead vocals, drums, acoustic instruments, and guitar amplifiers in the studio, on stage, or in broadcasting situations. Conceived as a cost-effective alternative to the renowned C414 microphone, these microphones use the same 1" capsule but in a single-diaphragm, cardioid-only configuration. The transducer features technology that allows the membrane to vibrate freely, resulting in a wide frequency range and detailed transients, even at high sound-pressure levels.
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AKG C214 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Sonic Character of the C414
  • 3Low Noise and High Dynamic Range
  • 4Pad and Low-Cut Filter
  • 5Integrated Suspension
  • 6Rugged Construction
  • 7Features at a Glance

The versatile matched pair of AKG C214MP Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones is designed to record lead vocals, drums, acoustic instruments, and guitar amplifiers in the studio, on stage, or in broadcasting situations. Conceived as a cost-effective alternative to the renowned C414 microphone, these microphones use the same 1" capsule but in a single-diaphragm, cardioid-only configuration. The transducer features technology that allows the membrane to vibrate freely, resulting in a wide frequency range and detailed transients, even at high sound-pressure levels.

With the additions of a switchable -20 dB pad and a 160 Hz low-cut filter, the C214 is well suited for close-miking applications as well as overhead placement. The C214 is a rugged microphone built to withstand the severities of professional studios or the road. The integrated capsule suspension helps reduce mechanical noise and resonance for a cleaner sound. The die-cast metal body with shock- and scratch-resistant finish features a double-mesh grille which protects the capsule and ensures efficient rejection of RF interference without affecting acoustics. The pair of C214 comes with a metal carrying case, two stand adapters, and two spider-type shockmounts.

 

Sonic Character of the C414
AKG's legendary C414 needs no introduction as it is a tool found in most recording studios and has been used on thousands of hit records. Plus, it has been on stage withartists of every musical genre and is also used by leading broadcast facilities the world over.

The C214 is designed as a cost-effective alternative to the high-end, industry-leading C414 family. This microphone uses the same 1" dual-capsule as the legendary C414 in a single-diaphragm, cardioid-only design, giving it performance close to that of the C414.
Low Noise and High Dynamic Range
The C214 has AKG's legendary large-diaphragm sound and is capable of incredible 143 dB dynamic range for uncompressed, life-like transients while delivering low self-noise of 13 dBA. The C214's edge-terminated capsule delivers a highly detailed, up-front sound that brings out nuances of any voice or instrument.
Pad and Low-Cut Filter
Thanks to its switchable -20 dB attenuation pad and 160 Hz low-cut filter, the C214 can be used in sound fields as high as 156 dB SPL. So, it can be used on stage for close-up miking for even very loud applications like drum overheads, guitar amps, or high-output brass.
Integrated Suspension
The C214 features an integrated capsule suspension that reduces mechanical noise and resonances for even greater sonic accuracy. The double mesh, all-metal grille protects the capsule and ensures high RF immunity without affecting acoustical performance.
Rugged Construction
The C214 has a roadworthy construction quality with a scratch-resistant finish, a dent-resistant metal grille, and a gold-plated XLR output.
Features at a Glance
  • Cost-effective alternative to the C414 family
  • Same capsule as C414 B-XLS in a single-diaphragm, cardioid-only design
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of stage bleed and room ambience
  • 143 dB dynamic range (pad on)
  • 156 dB maximum SPL (pad on)
  • Switchable -20 dB pad and 160 Hz low-cut filter
  • Integrated capsule suspension to reduce mechanical noise
  • Rugged double-mesh grille for RF immunity but unaffected acoustics
  • Operates on 48V phantom power (accepts 12 to 52 VDC phantom power)
  • Spider-type shockmounts and metal carrying case included
  • All-metal die-cast body with shock- and scratch-resistant finish
  • Designed, engineered, and built in Vienna, Austria
UPC: 885038025849

AKG C214 Specs

Key Specs
Form Factor
Large Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Element Type
Condenser
Polar Pattern
Cardioid
On-Board Controls
High-Pass Filter, Pad
Frequency Range
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
136 dB SPL
156 dB SPL (with Pad)
Analog Output
1x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Microphone
Primary Applications
Live Sound, Studio Recording
Form Factor
Large Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound Sources
Vocals, Instruments
Sound Field
Mono
Element Type
Condenser
Diaphragm
1.0" / 25.40 mm
Polar Pattern
Cardioid
Orientation
Side Address
Circuitry
Solid-State
Pad
-20 dB
High-Pass Filter
160 Hz, 6 dB/Octave
On-Board Controls
High-Pass Filter, Pad
Performance
Frequency Range
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
136 dB SPL
156 dB SPL (with Pad)
Impedance
200 Ohms
Load Impedance
1000 Ohms
Sensitivity
-34 dBV
Dynamic Range
123 dB A-Weighted (without Pad)
143 dB A-Weighted (with Pad)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
81 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level
13 dB A-Weighted
Connectivity
Analog Output
1x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Power
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Operating Voltage
12 to 52 V (Phantom Power)
Physical
Dimensions
H: 1.7 x W: 2.1 x L: 6.3" / H: 4.3 x W: 5.3 x L: 16 cm
Weight
9.88 oz / 280 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
5.195 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
15.6 x 12.3 x 4"

AKG C214 Reviews

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is this an output to thunderbolt 3 for mac?

is this an output to thunderbolt 3 for mac?
Asked by: Bo
Apollo Twin is compatible with all Apple Mac computers that have an available Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 2, or Thunderbolt 3 port. For Mac computers that feature Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C, a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter is required.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2019-09-02

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How does it work on upright bass?
Asked by: Anonymous
It should work very well. As a lower-cost alternative to the fabulous C414 family of mics, the C214 will offer you a fine low-end for recording an upright string bass.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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