AKG C414 XLS
Reference multipattern condenser microphone
The AKG C414 XLS condenser microphone comes with multipattern, Nine selectable polar patterns. The AKG C414 XLS multipattern condenser microphone offers a choice of nine polar patterns for the perfect sonic capture for every application. A peak hold LED displays even the shortest overload peaks. For live sound applications and permanent installations, all controls can easily be disabled for trouble-free use. The C414 XLS maintains the sonic character of the legendary C414 B-ULS, the most popular AKG C414 version since 1971. Engineered for highest linearity and neutral sound, it has been the most versatile large-diaphragm microphone for decades.
C414 XLS Features:
- Engineered for the highest linearity and neutral sound: For the beautifully detailed recording of vocal and any acoustic instrument
- Nine selectable polar patterns: For the perfect setting for every application.
- Three attenuation levels (-6, -12, -18db): For close-up recording or high-output sources of up to 158db SPL
- Three different switchable bass-cut filters: To reduce wind noise, subsonic noise, or proximity effect
- Overload warning with audio peak hold LED: To detect the shortest audio peaks
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C414 XLS Overview
A recording studio staple since the 1970s, the AKG C 414 microphone hardly needs an introduction. This instantly-recognizable large-diaphragm condenser has seen a handful of revisions over the years, as AKG has responded to engineers’ demands for ever-greater headroom, sensitivity, and linearity. As an update to the B-ULS, the longest-lived C 414 design, the C 414 XLS is AKG’s most neutral-sounding 414 model. The cutting-edge XLS is intended for accurate and detailed sonic reproduction, but it also retains the classic C 414 signature of extended low frequencies, crisp top end, and a gentle low-mids dip that rounds off the harsh edges of voices or instruments. Holding up its predecessors’ reputation as a go-to mic for piano, drum overheads, classical ensembles, vocals and much more, the C 414 XLS adds unmatched versatility with an impressive nine pickup patterns.
Introducing the Nine-Pattern C 414
A multi-pattern microphone allows you to dial in a particular sound right at its source. If you’re going for a natural character, choose a wider pattern; for a more direct, “in-your-face” quality, lean toward the hypercardioid pattern. The XLS’ rocking switch rotates through omni, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, bidirectional figure-8, and four intermediate settings for a total of nine patterns, for more flexibility than typical 3-to-5-pattern mics. With the C 414 XLS, you can always go a little narrower to add a heightened sense of reality or eliminate bleed from surrounding sources when recording an ensemble. Plus, the plethora of pickup patterns on the C 414 XLS makes it possible to place multiple mics in X-Y stereo, middle/side setups, ORTF pairs, Blumlein pairs, or even a Decca Tree configuration.
LEDs Display Pickup Pattern and Switch Settings
When you connect your C 414 XLS to phantom power, you’ll see LEDs illuminate in green as you select your pickup pattern. If phantom power is interrupted, the C 414 XLS keeps its last pickup pattern in memory, so your mic will power on to the exact setting you left it — which is especially useful if you have your XLS mics hanging in hard-to-reach spots over a choir or a large drum kit. Once you’ve made your pickup pattern selection, lock it in by holding the switch for three seconds to prevent bumping during handling. The LED lights provide quick visual confirmation for your settings. And with an eye toward visual confirmation, this update to the classic C 414 design has a distinctive silver grill on the front and a black grill on the back, so you can tell which way your 414 is facing from across the studio.
Pads and Filters: Dynamic Range to Spare
Flip the mic around to find the LEDs and rocking switches for the -6/-12/-18 dB pad and 40, 80, or 160 Hz bass roll-off filter, two of the most useful features on the C 414 XLS. Padded down to -18 dB, this mic can now handle a sound pressure level of an incredible 158 dB. But since you probably won’t be making location recordings of space shuttle launches anytime soon, you’ll be glad to know that the C 414 XLS is well-equipped to record much quieter sources, thanks to its transformerless design and internal capsule suspension system resulting in extremely low self-noise of 6 dB-A. The XLS model also introduces a peak hold function: if the output level of the microphone approaches its overload limit, the polar pattern LEDs will light up in red for about three seconds — alerting you to engage the mic’s pre-attenuation pad (or to perhaps ask that overzealous trumpet player to step back from the mic a few inches.)
|Model No.||C414 XLS|
|Type||Multipattern condenser microphone|
|Audio frequency bandwidth||20 - 20000 Hz|
|Equivalent noise level||6 dB-A|
|Signal to Noise||88 dB-A|
|Preattenuation Pad||-6; -12; -18 dB|
|Bass cut filter||160; 80; 40 Hz|
|Electrical impedance||200 Ohms|
|Recommended load impedance||2200 Ohms|
|Polar Patterns||Cardioid, Figure of eight, Hypercardioid, Omnidirectional, and Wide Cardioid|
|Net Weight||300 g|
|Voltage||44 to 52 V|
|Piano / Strings||Yes|
|Horns / Woodwinds||Yes|
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
- 1 x C414 XLS Microphone
- 1 x H85 Universal Shock Mount
- 1 x Metal Carrying Case
- 1 x PF80 Pop Filter
- 1 x W414 Windscreen C414