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AKG C414 XLII Condenser Mic

Product Code: 419170

A version of the C414 with a brighter sonic signature, emulating the highly sought after AKG C 12 capsule, now with nine pickup patterns.

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The C414 XLII is the successor of the famous C 414 B-TL II. It shows the unique 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 unrivalled up-front sound is also well-known for distant miking applications like classic music recording or drum ambience miking.

The XL II version differs from the XLS version in one major respect - the capsule. Both, the slight presence boost and the impressive spatial reproduction is similar to the legendary C 12 microphones.

For over 60 years, leading musicians and engineers have used legendary AKG microphones to capture their sound so their audience hears every nuance. The C 414 family has been one of the world's most widely-used and respected studio and stage microphones in audio history. AKG has continually set new benchmarks for useful features, improved technical specifications and ease of use to answer requests from ever-demanding recording studios, broadcast stations and audio engineers.

* AKG C 414 - A legend since 1971
* Nine selectable pickup patterns enables to choose the perfect setting for every application
* Lock Mode: all controls can be disabled easily for trouble-free use
* Peak Hold LED even detects shortest overload peaks
* Incredible Dynamic Range of 152 dB
* Three switchable different bass cut filters and three pre-attenuation levels
* Leading-edge technology and state-of-the-art components ensure shortest signal path and extra protection against moisture
* Designed, Engineered and Built in Vienna, Austria


Polar pattern Omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure eight and 4 intermediate settings
Frequency range 20 to 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity 20 mV/Pa (-34 dBV) ± 0.5 dB
Max. SPL 200/400/800/1600 Pa = 140/146/152/158 dB (0/-6/-12/-18 dB) for 0.5% THD
Equivalent noise level 6 dB-A (0 dB preattenuation) (IEC 60268-4)
Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted) 88 dB
Preattenuation pad 0 dB, -6 dB, -12 dB, -18 dB, switchable
Bass cut filter slope 12 dB/octave at 40 Hz and 80 Hz; 6 dB/octave at 160 Hz
Impedance <=200 ohms
Recommended load impedance >= 2,200 ohms
Supply voltage 48 V phantom power to DIN/IEC
Powering approximately 4 mA
Connector 3- pin XLR to IEC
Finish dark grey/gold
Dimensions 50 x 38 x 160 mm (2.0 x 1.5 x 6.3 in.)
Net weight 300 g (10.6 oz.)
Patent(s) Electrostatic transducer (Patent no. AT 395.225, DE 4.103.784, JP 2.815.488)
Microphone Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Microphone Impedance: 200 ohms
Microphone Maximum SPL: 140dB SPL (0.5% THD); 158dB SPL w/18dB Pad
Microphone Dynamic Range: 134dB
Microphone Signal-to-Noise: 88dB (A-Weighted)
Microphone Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa (-34dBV) ± 0.5dB
Microphone Self Noise: 6dB (A weighted)
Microphone Connector: 3-pin XLR to IEC
Microphone Pad Switches: -6, -12, and -18dB (Switchable)
Microphone Powering: 48V Phantom Power
Physical Height: 50 x 38 x 160mm
Physical Weight: 300g
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Magazine Reviews
Sound On Sound ""One of the all-time classic microphones gets a 21st-century makeover.""
Customer Reviews
  • Verified Customer
    on 15 August 2011
    i've used this mic for about 3 years now in the studio. I'd definately say its my go to mic for vocals, acoustic guitar, even on kick ambience. wouldn't really consider using any other mic for vocals now, does everything you need it to do and more
  • Verified Customer
    on 13 July 2011
    On balance, I would have to say the C414 XL II is probably my favourite mic. I love the sound of these capsules, and the versatility of this mic makes it the obvious choice for pro studios. The 'presence lift' is just right, making it perfect for acoustic instruments and vocals whilst the pad and roll off features make it useful as an all-purpose instrument mic. For the price, and I would argue for any price, this mic is hard to beat. If all you need is Cardioid then check out the C214.