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AKG C214 Professional Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
- Sonic character of the C414 XLII for beautifully detailed recording of lead vocals and solo instruments
- Outstanding dynamic range and ultralow noise for close-up recording of high-output sources of up to 156dB SPL
- Switchable 20dB attenuator and bass-cut filter for close-up recording and reduction of proximity effect
- Integrated suspension to reduce mechanical noise and vibration from stage
- Roadworthy design all-metal die-cast body with shock- and scratch-resistant finish
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C214ENGINEERED EXCELLENCEfor recording of lead vocals and solo instruments in studio and on stage
The C214 large-diaphragm condenser microphone has been designed as a cost-effective alternative to the high-end C414 family. Like the C414, the C214 offers a supreme one-inch capsule on an integrated suspension to reduce mechanical noise. A switchable 20dB attenuation pad allows recording of loud sources of up to 156dB SPL. A switchable bass-cut filter allows close-up recording with almost no proximity effect. The C214 captures sound by combining one capsule of the legendary C414 dual-capsule system and the patented AKG Back-Plate Technology, resulting in an outstanding performance close to the famous C414 XLII.
C214 Details Map
The new C 214 is designed as a cost-effective alternative to the high-end, industry-leading C 414 family. This new microphone uses the same 1-inch dual-capsule as the legendary C 414 in a single-diaphragm, cardioid-only design. The result is a class-leading performance close tothat of the famous C414 B-XLS.
Legendary Large-Diaphragm Sound
The C 214 has AKG’s legendary large-diaphragm sound and is capable of incredible 143 dB dynamic range for uncompressed, life-liketransients. The C 214’s edge-terminated capsule delivers a highly-detailed, up-front sound that brings out every nuance of any voice orinstrument. Thanks to its switchable 20-dB attenuation pad and low cut filter, the C 214 can be used in sound fields as high as 156 dB SPL –so it can be used on stage for close-up miking for even very loud applications like drum overheads, guitar amps or high-output brass.
AKG's Roadworthy Construction
The C 214 features an integrated capsule suspension that reduces mechanical noise and resonances for even greater sonic accuracy.The double mesh, all-metal grille protects the capsule and ensures high RF immunity without affecting acoustical performance. The C 214 hasa roadworthy construction quality with a modern scratch-resistant finish, a dent-resistant, metal grille and a gold-plated XLR-type output.
What's in the Box
The C 214 comes complete with carrying case, windscreen, and spider-type shock mount.
Professional Studio Recording
AKG’s legendary C 414 needs no introduction – it is a tool found in most recording studios and has been used on thousands of hit records; it’sbeen on stage with artists of every musical genre and is also used by leading broadcast facilities the world over.
- Audio Frequency bandwidth 20 to 20000 Hz
- Sensitivity 20 mV/Pa
- Equivalent Noise Level 13 dB-A
- Signal to Noise 81 dB-A
- Preattunation Pad -20 dB
- Bass Cut Filter 160 Hz
- Electrical Impedance 200 Ohms
- Recommended Load Impedance 1000 Ohms
- Polar Pattern cardioid
- Polar Pattern 1 Cardiod
- Polar Pattern Picture 1 9849
- Number 1
- Voltage 9 to 52 V
- Current 2 mA
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|Item Dimensions||11.3 x 8.6 x 3.9 in||2.6 x 4.6 x 9.8 in||26 x 6 x 13 in||9 x 5.5 x 9.8 in||11 x 9.8 x 4.5 in||1.9 x 1.9 x 8.8 in|
If you haven't heard of AKG's C 414, you've no doubt HEARD it. That baby is in practically every big recording studio around. It's also a stage favorite. And a broadcast favorite. You get the picture. Why are we telling you all this? Because the AKG C 214 was made to be the cost-effective alternative to that high-end C 414, that is still made in Austria. So now all of us with a project studio can actually put that AKG sound to work on our recordings. Not a bad thing, right? Definitely.
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As i stated above, there is a low noise floor with the setup i have. After doing some recording, it dawned on me that i was using low quality MIC and patch cables from the pre-amp to the sound card. I purchased two Hosa pro series balanced TRS patch cables and a 15 ft MOGAMI gold analog reference cable. Doing so has given me virtually no noise at all in the recording. Cable quality matters, especially if you are a mix engineer and the details are important. I'm not endorsing these brands, merely sharing the results I've obtained with these purchases and this setup.
When I want to record my tenor sax, I leave the mics on their drum overhead stands but I tilt the angle of the mics slightly into the room, down toward the sax, and they give a wonderful round, natural, full room-ambient stereo sound. To this I add my Neumann U87 right up the middle, and between the 3 mics, I get a killer fat sound on the horn, round and buttery and crispy-edged and everything you love about a tenor saxophone. Really makes me conscious of every nuance I play, because every nuance will be captured. I use this same 3-mic setup for vocals, too, with the same nice effect.
So, I apologize for the lack of tech-speak, all I can say is what I hear: these things sound great.
I own many mics and they all have their own characteristics. The standout characteristic of this microphone is it's very low self-noise. At 50dB gain, in my "quiet" room, on a very quiet Liquid Channel preamp, I register ~ -110dBFS across the spectrum. This is sensational for my recordings of quiet sound effects and acoustic guitar.
Particularly with an acoustic guitar, paired with a small diaphragm condenser mic, the sound is just beautiful. Quiet picking or a strum sustaining never gets caught up in the noise floor. I can crank the track all the way up in post and never hear more than room noise.
Vocals are great on this mic, both speaking and singing. I do adjust EQ a bit in post to boost some of the high end, but it works out fine. It handles loud and quiet segments beautifully without distortion or large swings in volume. Some of my mics require much more adjustment of the singers distance during recording than this mic. And since the noise floor is so low, I can compress my tracks much better.
It is expensive but it is a tough-built, all around mic with exceptional audio quality. Think of the price as relating to a lifetime of use, especially if you plan to make money recording with it. It will work so well for you, put up with abuse, and resell for a good price.
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This is perfect for a home studio. I mean of course you can have it in a pro studio but if you're not on a budget I'd probably aim for...Read more
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