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AKG C414 XLII Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone

BH #AKC414XLII • MFR #3059X00060
AKG C414 XLII Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone
Key Features
  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • Nine Selectable Polar Patterns
  • Voicing Similar to Legendary C12 Mic
  • Completely Immune to EMI and ESI
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.
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AKG C414 XL II 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
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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

AKG C414 XL II 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 Weight4.265 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.35 x 9.35 x 5.4"

AKG C414 XL II Reviews

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

This Mic Shines!

By Jon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-11

Such an awesome mic! Really is amazing to think you get a C12 sound with this mic! Do happy with it!

C414 XL II TRANSFORMERLESS MICROPHONE

By Louis
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-14

Used it in the studio. Recorded very well.

Great for lead vocals

By Steve
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-28

I am a male vocalist. I record pop vocals (tenor range) going through the Apollo MKII. I am loving this mic. It gives me all the detail i need and retains the grit in my voice while getting rid of the annoying 1.5-2KHZ nasal sound. I highly recommend this mic to any vocalist who is willing to drop a few more bucks to get a pro level mic sound. I personally recommend it over the Neumann TLM series. As a subjective note: The shape of the mic offers a comfort level when singing at close range. Steve C.

Great Mic at that price point

By Seattle Sirens
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-20

One cannot find a better mic for the price for stage and studio

Percussionist and studio owner

By AudioForge
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-08-26

Excellent in all situations, ambient and room, direct in front of pretty much any source. I use my two sets of matched pairs mostly on toms..smooth and accurate..my go to tom mics

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.

God sent mic

By Mihaela
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-18

Flawless mic with an aura, brilliance and fullness !

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What is the warranty on this used C414 XLII?
Asked by: james
The C414 XLII Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone you are referencing is brand new and includes a 1 year warranty from AKG.
Answered by: David
Date published: 2022-04-25
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