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akg c414


A legend since 1971 the most versatile microphone for vocals and instruments in studio and on stage. AKG C414 XLS multipattern condenser microphone its the perfect sonic capture.

Recording Vocals - Microphone choices

In the videos I have been producing, we've listened to a number of microphones and how they respond to voice and instruments, but for completeness, we'd not heard them on voices. I'd been working on a little job where I'm creating a stage track for a person I've worked with for years and I always send him the stems, and a guide vocal. He then replaces that with his voice, and does another of just the track which he uses live with a real voice and the tracks. I thought it an opportunity to put out an array of mics and record my vocals on the different mics.

Vintage AKG 414's - cleaning questions

Hey guys...
As some of you know, I have 2 Vintage AKG C-414's with the original Telefunken CK12 Brass Capsules.
These were the capsules that were used in the Telefunken ELAM and the AKG C12 mics. The C-414's also used this capsule until around 1980 or so, at which point they changed to a mylar diaphragm.

The thought occurred to me that neither of these have ever had the brass diaphragms cleaned.
I popped the grills off both sides of both the mics, and the capsules appear to be pretty dirty.

AKG C414 XLS vs. Shure KSM44a Apollo preamp

I am looking for a reliable workhorse microphone that will be used for 90% vocals. There will be both male and female vocalists focusing on pop and EDM. I will be running the mic through an apollo rack 8 and the room is nicely treated by gik acoustics. The problem is, I haven't been able to DECIDE which microphone to buy...and I can not afford both. I've narrowed it down to two, but I am open to other suggestions! I guess what I am really looking for is the microphone that will sound best on a variety of singers. I really appreciate the help.

AKG C414B-ULS with low output

Calling out to all mic gurus:

I have an AKG C414B-ULS with low output.
Please correct me if I'm wrong: these condenser mics have FETs that need to be calibrated to a certain voltage that polarizes the capsule. If this voltage is too high by just a few volts, it looses low frequency response, and if it's to low, the output is reduced drastically.
There are 1 or 2 FETs that regulate this voltage with a fixed resistor between gate (G) and source (S).
This resistor(s) might have drifted from its original value.

The Different Versions of the AKG C 414...

OK, so...
I have an AKG C 414B-XLS. A recent vintage, it has all the fancy electronic switching that they've employed
in their newer versions of that model. Silver-colored mesh, I like this mic for mois better than the U87 in the cabinet.
What is the difference between this one and the C 414B-ULS?
And what can you tell me about the C 414B TL II ?
I have a
I know that the differences are usually at the top end of the response curves, but I can't see any info as to what these differences are.
Any feedback would be appreciated...

Neumann TLM 102 vs. Neumann TLM 103 vs. AKG C 414

I have a small home studio and I am looking to purchase my first high end mic. It will be running directly into the preamps on my Apogee Duet interface. I will use it mainly for recording my Taylor GS5 and Vocals and will occasionally use it for piano as well. I have about 1000$ to spend and I am looking for the best mic. I have a lot of experience with the C 414, some experience with the TLM 103, and no experience with the TLM 102 but I hear that it is nice. I like the C 414 but I don't know the other mics well enough to say that one is better.


Does this mic sound as good as the other versions? I have a chance to get a pair cheap! I no its a good deal but I was wondering if there are any other versions out there that are better and more versatile than this one that I can buy new. Are the remotes and leds the only difference? Im going to be using them for every imaginable source and genre.



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