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Next Mics and c414 differences?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by bradb, Dec 24, 2004.

  1. bradb

    bradb Guest

    Hello Everyone,

    I need to get a pair of good LDCs, for general use, especially for Overheads and vocals.

    Here's what I have now:
    m-audio delta 1010
    mackie 1604 vlz pro
    Hamptone VTP2 on the way

    2 c1000s
    1 c3000b
    2 sm57
    1 sm58
    1 at pro37
    1 akg d112
    1 sennheiser md421

    I'm thinking about the AT4050 and the many versions of the AKG c414.

    1) Is there a message thread (anywhere?) that discusses the differences between the various c414 models, ULS XLS TLII ad infinium?
    found some here: http://mixonline.com/mag/audio_akg_cbxls_cbxl/index.html

    2) Im leaning toward a matched pair of some kind of c414, with my tube pre, which would be an ok choice for vocals?

  2. johnwy

    johnwy Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    Smithtown, NY
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    here's the brochure in a pdf file for the 414's from the akg website


    it goes more into depth than the mix mag article. Basically it boils down to if your going to use the 414's more for solo vocals/ instruments or not. With the XLS version having a flatter response, its more of an all purpose mic than the XLII. It seems like the XLII is better suited for lead vocals.

    hope this helps
  3. bradb

    bradb Guest

  4. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    A lot of people use the ULS/XLS for vocals as well though. Some people find this version more versatile than the TLII/XLII as it doesn't have the presence peak.

    John Stafford

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