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AKG C414 XLS Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone

BH #AKC414XLS • MFR #3059X00050
AKG C414 XLS Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone
Key Features
  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • Nine Selectable Polar Patterns
  • 1" Capsule Maintains C414 B-ULS Sound
  • Completely Immune to EMI and ESI
The AKG C414 XLS Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone is an industry staple that extends the renowned heritage of the C414 B-ULS. Equipped with nine selectable polar patterns, three attenuation levels, and three switchable bass-cut filters, the C414 XLS 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 C414 B-ULS while providing an updated and expanded feature set.
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AKG C414 XLS Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2AKG's Legendary 1" Large-Diaphragm Capsule
  • 3Nine Selectable Polar Patterns
  • 4Overload-Detection LED and Bass-Cut Filter
  • 5Rugged Metal Housing
  • 6Features at a Glance

The AKG C414 XLS Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone is an industry staple that extends the renowned heritage of the C414 B-ULS. Equipped with nine selectable polar patterns, three attenuation levels, and three switchable bass-cut filters, the C414 XLS 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 C414 B-ULS while providing an updated and expanded feature set.

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 XLS 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, 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 XLS a worthy member of the renowned C414 line. The C414 XLS maintains the sonic character of the legendary C414 B-ULS, the most popular AKG C414 version since 1971.

Nine Selectable Polar Patterns

The C414 XLS 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 XLS suitable to any studio with limited space in its mic locker.

Overload-Detection LED and Bass-Cut Filter

The AKG C414 XLS 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 C414 B-ULS
  • 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: 885038025917

AKG C414 XLS 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 Weight4.24 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.3 x 9.45 x 5.4"

AKG C414 XLS Reviews

By ruhtra
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-06

I have the AKG 414 xls. use it in my home studio ,and bring it to other studios. we have done many shoot outs against everything you could imagine either vintage or recent, even those costing ten time more, and the 414 constantly is the last choice.

Review of AKG C414 XLII Microphone

By Wild Bill on the Hill
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-20

The microphone sounds absolutely delicious. It surpassed my expectations. I sound so very good on it as not in real life. LOL. My voice is bassy and it did not enhance it although it mellowed it out. The high end was also spectacular -- sharp but not harsh. I use it for voice-overs and radio commercials. Buy one if you can afford it! ~Bill

Incredible workhorse.

By Joshery
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-27

This mic's honesty to the source, smooth top end, rock-solid midrange, and present low-end make it easy to mix in just about any scenario. The polar patterns are actually each pleasant and unique, something I find lacking on other high-end microphones--this increases the versatility even more. Add in multiple pads and roll-offs, and there's just about no scenario this mic can't handle.

One of the best

By Gabriel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-25

My wife and I have both recorded audiobooks on the XLS for seven years. One of the reasons we like this mic is it works well with both of our voices. It's a work horse of a mic! The variable polar patterns as well as in mic low cut options are great perks to this classic mic.

You'll pry this mic from my fingers at my wake!

By Joel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-23

Nah, that's probably a bit of false bravado-- also not alot of Irish traditions in my family, and to say that my admiration for this mic will extend to my dying day, that I will breathe my last breath holding onto it and capturing some musical performance-- a nice picture, but how realistic, really? I guess I just metaphorically, in a Clint Eastwood kinda way, want to impress on you that, if we were all cowboys, this mic would be the six-shooter that everyone longed to have-- lawman, outlaw, everyone in between. There's a reason it's a standard of the industry and you've heard its coolly accurate wondrous alive-sounding exceptional capture on a gabazillion records. It gets and gives you what's really there. The self noise is so low, 6 decibels, that there is no self noise. Everything comes through crisply and clearly. I will confess to you-- I've cobbled together a subsistence farming kind of audio life, recording singers and ensembles, and I've always made do with gear that checked in much lower on the food chain than this. So when the house tech at a classical quartet concert had a pair of these and set them up just basically at the front edge of the stage, and offered to feed them into my tape deck, I swooned. Back in the studio mixing that performance, the 414's were smooth and airy and cast a lovely perspective on the players. Okay, that's it, I am getting myself a pair! What did I hear when I set up a pair of these for the first time in front of a guitar player? Within the ringing density of the guitar sound, a whole rainbow of colors, a detailed picture down to the granular level. The dual capsule will give you any and every polar pattern, from omni to hypercardioid, with halfway settings in between each setting! Also, four versions of low-cut roll-off, and also three levels of volume pads. A finely crafted German-engineered shockmount, and double sided (the best kind!) pop filter to affix to a mic stand. And a windsock. There are going with me everywhere from now on. Although-- this overblown elaborate packaging with all this cut-out foam-- no, give me all-put-together-and-ready-to-go in the smallest space, please. (I attach a picture of the pair suited up and ready for the showdown.)

Quite disappointed

By Cecilia
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-31

I didn’t try both at the same time until yesterday. I bought the pair recently. I have to say that I am quite disappointed. They didn’t match at all. One of them is much darker and with less gain than the other. I don’t understand why. I bought it as a pair for avoiding it. Very desalinated.

Best for ORTF classical recording

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-08

I use these in an ORTF stereo setup to record a baroque orchestra and chorus. Medium sized church. Apogee Element interface with Logic Pro. These are extremely quiet. Very natural sounding microphones. No muss, no fuss. You can do worse. You can't do much better. No matter how much money you spend.

Sound

By Arthur
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-05

I have the AKG 414 xls. use it in my home studio ,and bring it to other studios. we have done many shoot outs against everything you could imagine either vintage or recent, even those costing ten time more, and the 414 constantly is the first choice.

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