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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.

Vintage AKG 414's - cleaning questions

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9 years
@Boswell @Kurt Foster @pcrecord @audiokid, or anyone who can help

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.

AKG C414 XLS Vs Shure KSM44a Apollo preamp

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4 years 11 months
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

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15 years 7 months
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.

Best Use for the C414?

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6 years 5 months
I got a pair of B-ULS and a single (gold) XLS and ever since buying my SM7B and Great River preamp, I haven't used them. I either go for the SM7B or my AT4050 I'm trying to figure out if I should sell them or if there is some other practical use for them. Could they be used to record an upright bass? Audio Technica

The Different Versions of the AKG C 414...

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16 years 9 months
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

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9 years
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 Apogeeduet 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.


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14 years
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.