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I recorded some samples simultaneously through this mic and a Rode NT1a and when I shared the recordings with some friends no one was able to tell which one was the AKG C414 XLS and these are guys that are sound engineers. They also seemed to prefer the Rode NT1a but that's probably because it is slightly sweeter in the high range.
The mic itself is very good quality and produces a very flat sound, using the figure of eight pattern I've been able to get some really good mid-side stereo recordings when used with the Rode NT1a. For home recording I am very pleased.
El AKG C414 XLS es un buen micrófono de condensador, polivalente, con varios patrones de captación y cortes de frecuencias y de intensidad. No es barato pero no es tan caro como otros que gozan de merecido prestigio, pero cuyos precios se disparan y a los que no es fácil llegar si no eres un profesional del sector de la ingeniería de sonido. Muy contento con la compra, llego pronto y las tomas que he realizado me resultan muy satisfactorias
Este micrófono suena de maravilla para voces e instrumentos acústicos, por algo lo tienen en los mejores estudios de grabación del mundo. A mi personalmente me gusta mas que el U87 de Neumann que cuesta tres veces mas. Lo recomiendo para instrumentistas y cantantes de todo genero.
First of all I gotta say I personally love the sound of this mic and used it alot of times before. But Amazon ruined the whole experience for me kudos. 1. I got a defective piece right of the bat, the front capsule was not picking up any sound. And had a lot of noise, tried changing cables didn't solve anything. Unboxing experience ruined, got soo frustrated having to spend soo much money waiting 7 -10 days for the delivery and getting that experience right of the bat. 2. Called customer service everyday and they kept giving me different excuses everytime and kept delaying the refund process. (Also they didn't have a replacement option,hence the refund, which ruined the experience even more for me) 7 days already passed and I have to wait another 7-10 days or even more who knows? For the product to get picked up and returned and another 4-5 days for the refund process. And all they could tell me was "let's hope for the" that's very assuring thanks Amazon. 3. I had to postponed a few recording sessions of my clients, costing me alot of money and wasting my time unnecessarily. And bring me a lot of frustration and headaches. Thanks again. . My advice if you love this mic like I do (or planning to buy any expensive electronics) save yourself from this kind of unnecessary frustrations and headaches. Go to a store and get it offline or elsewhere where there is proper quality check of the products before they send out the product. Cheers hope this helps 👍