AKG 3059X00060 C414 XLII Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone


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

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