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AKG C414


User reviews on AKG C414 products

9 pickup patterns (AKG - C 414 B-XL II)

By sw80, 17/12/2012
The AKG C 414 XL II is a condenser microphone that gives you the choice of 9 different pickup patterns. You will have a pickup pattern choice for each application you may need it for. This microphone is great for over head drum miking and instruments as well as lead vocals. The frequency range is 20 to 20,000 Hz. This microphone does a great job of picking up your instrument or vocals cleanly. You can use this mic for live or studio use because of the polar patterns. The polar patterns are great, the ones that I end up using the most are omnidirectional, hypercardioid, figure eight, and wide cardioids.
This microphone has a standard 3 pin connector making it compatible with basically everything. Using this microphone on an acoustic guitar has really opened my eyes to how much quality I was losing using one of my Shure microphones to record the acoustic guitar with.


The AKG C414 XL II was a great decision for us, it does cost more than we wanted to spend but after we purchased it we knew that it was going to be a keeper. When you buy this microphone you will get a really nice hard case with it to carry it in, it also comes with a windscreen and mic clip. With it being so versatile, I know understand why so many people love this microphone. I didn’t want to believe that it could be worth this much money but after using it I fully understand why it cost this much. You will not have any feedback problems with this mic and you will not pick up any unwanted noises during a recording or show as long as you use the correct polar pattern. Choosing your pick up pattern will determine everything with this microphone, I do suggest doing some research on pick up patterns so you can have a full understanding on how to use them before you invest in this microphone so you can know if it is something you want to invest in.

A must have. (AKG - C 414 B-ULS)

By robdelap, 29/07/2014
A Large Diaphragm Condenser (LDC) microphone, this mic has passed the test of time and even evolved into his C 414 XLS cousin. This one should be in any serious engineer's mic locker.

It features 4 polar patterns: Omni, figure 8, cardioid and hyper cardioid. On the back you'll find an attenuation switch (0, 10 and 20dB) and a HPF (0,75 and 150).

I've seen this mic in several packaging versions. Mine came with a sturdy and practical shockmount that holds the mic with a twist on the base and a slide-on pop filter, all of this in a lunch box plastic case with the foam cutout for holding everything in place.


I use this mic on everything, mostly voices and overheads, but also on metals and guitars and as a room mic. It has never failed me in achieving the sound I wanted, but is wise to remember that mic position goes a long way in achieving the correct tonal balance. It's pretty flat without being 'boring', a quality that somehow similar counterparts such as Shure's KSM 32 has given me on past recordings.

I've paired it with it's modern counterpart and there's no clear distinction when using it on cymbals. I'm not too fond of overly-crispy overheads, so this one does that just right. On metals like trumpets using it a bit far and on omni on a decent room you get all the throaty-ness that makes them sound real and expressive and the highs that let them cut through a mix. On guitars i'd rather use a dynamic like the trusty 57, but perhaps some styles could benefit from the higher detail.

Voices vary and so does the mic to record them. I own an AKG Solidtube and sometimes, specially for dull male voices, that one fits perfectly because it's higher high end, but most of the time I use this one because of it's higher fidelity in the upper mid range, and using it on cardioid and close miking I can get that proximity effect to show on deeper voices.

This mic is expensive, BUT you can often find deals for it at really, really lower prices. I've seen it in the $1,500 USD range, specially one the modern version, but this one I found for $650!

Bottom line: Get it if you find a good deal for it, you won't regret it and it'll make a frequent weapon of choice un your arsenal.


Vintage AKG at its best (AKG - C414 EB)

By radiobomb, 02/02/2015
I have a consecutive pair of these amazing mics. Multipattern [4-pole discrete on-body switch] and Pad [0, -10, -20]db and Highpass switch too.
Front side silver grill, rear of mic has black grill for easy orientation at a glance.
Super precise and accurate, with a large diaphragm to capture all the low-end goodness. Each pattern truly does what it should, and the rejection difference is noticable per pattern, which makes mic placement relatively easy.
Fairly heavy mic, aprox 7-800g, but feels incredibly solid, compact, and oozes quality. The XLR is integral to the stalk under the mic body which also is the area the mic clips attach to.
The sound is 'rich' and detailed, from lows to highs. The soundscape is supremely beleivable from a stereo pair.
Difficult to see how it could get better than this at any price.
The 414EB were the Daddy to the other 414-varieties out there . [Although not the 1st from AKG in this shape]. Vintage, and built to last a lifetime these are serious studio mics [I don't take them out the studio, too much risk at a gig].
Awesome mics.

Theres' a reason this mic is considered a classic! (AKG - C 414 B-ULS)

By Robert Coates, 05/11/2015
Bought a mini condition B-ULS for my male vocals and acoustic guitars. Fantastic sounding mic. No EQ needed for my voice. Simply perfect. Small mic with a big sound. I've had so many large diaphragm condenser mics, some cheap, some expensive, that I've owned/tried in the past 20 years that I lost track of how many. The 414 B-ULS beats all of them IMHO