|Product Dimensions||28.7 x 21.84 x 9.91 cm; 1.43 Kilograms|
|Item Model Number||C214 Pair|
|Item Weight||1.43 kg|
AKG Pro Audio C214 Professional Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone, Matched Pair
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|Brand||AKG Pro Audio|
|Item weight||3.15 Pounds|
|Number of channels||1|
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- 2 x C214
- 2 x Elastic spider suspensions
- 2 x Windscreen
- 1 x Aluminum carrying case
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Perfect Twins for stereo recording of any acoustic 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. 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.
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Capture Every Detail
The AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Microphone is a premium-grade condenser microphone designed for multiple recording applications. The AKG C214 provides an affordable alternative for the high-end C414 family. The microphone utilises a high-end one-inch capsule with an integrated suspension for optimal audio performance.
The resulting sound is powerful with natural tones, capturing every nuance of your sound audio in great detail. The versatile design is suitable for everything from vocal performances to capturing drum overheads and electric guitars. Combining the dual-capsule system and custom Back-Plate technology, the C214 achieves an audio performance comparable to the legendary C414 XLII.
- AKG's Legendary 1" Edge-Terminated Large Diaphragm Sound
- Outstanding Dynamic Range (up to 156 dB SPL, Ultra-Low Noise)
- Integrated Suspension to reduce mechanical Noise
- Switchable 20 dB Attenuation Pad and Low Cut Switch
- Rugged double mesh Grill for high RF immunity but unaffected Acoustics
- Spider-type Shock Mount & Metal Carrying Case included
Sonic Character of the C414 XLII
The AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Microphone is a highly versatile, premium-grade studio microphone. The C214 bases its design on higher-end microphones from AKG, primarily the C414 family. The C414 range is renowned for its exceptional attention to detail and it’s natural, sparkling sound. AKG have taken the same sonic characteristics that made the C414 range so sought after and put them into this highly affordable condenser microphone. At the heart of the microphone is a premium-grade, one-inch capsule with an integrated suspension for reducing mechanical noise. The cardioid polar pattern and high-end components ensure optimal accuracy and audio fidelity.
Exceptional Audio Performance
Combining years of expertise with high-end components results in the AKG C214. The wide frequency range and high SPL capabilities make it one of the most versatile microphones available. It is highly suited to recording vocals, guitars, drum overheads, room ambience and more. The combination of AKG’s Back-Plate technology and dual-capsule system result in sparkling highs and a defined low-end, capturing every nuance of your source audio. The microphone also features a switchable 20dB attenuation pad, allowing you to record louder sources without distortion. The integrated suspension that the capsule sits in, helps to reduce mechanical noise for optimized signal integrity. It also boasts a switchable bass-cut filter, allowing you to record close-up without any proximity effects.
Robust, Sleek Design
As well as looking sleek, the AKG C214 is also great for both studio and stage applications; thanks to its robust exterior. The all-metal die-cast body features a shock and scratch-resistance finish, designed to withstand the rigors of extensive and prolonged use. The roadworthy design will fit in any studio space or live on stage, helping to bring out the nuances of your performance; whether it be as an ambient mic, drum overhead or used in closed-proximity. Additionally, the microphone comes complete with a H85 universal shock mount and a robust metal carrying case for storing and transporting your microphone, with maximum protection.
The AKG Legacy - Inspiring Greatness for Decades
For more than 65 years, AKG has helped create the iconic sounds of some of the world’s most well known recording artists, engineers and producers. Our designers and engineers have made it their life’s passion to find new ways to deliver breakthrough experiences for artists of all levels. Whether in the studio or on stage, when you use AKG, you’re seconds away from creating history.
|C214||C414 XLS||C414 XLII|
|Audio Frequency Bandwidth||20 to 20000 Hz||20 to 20000 Hz||20 to 20000 Hz|
|Sensitivity||20 mV/Pa||23 mV/Pa||23 mV/Pa|
|Equivalent Noise Level||13 dB-A||6 dB-A||6 dB-A|
|Signal to Noise||81 dB-A||88 dB-A||88 dB-A|
|Preattunation Pad||-20 dB||-6; -12; -18 dB||-6; -12; -18 dB|
|Bass Cut Filter||160 Hz||160; 80; 40 Hz||160; 80; 40 Hz|
|Electrical Impedance||200 Ohms||200 Ohms||200 Ohms|
|Recommended Load Impedance||1000 Ohms||2200 Ohms||2200 Ohms|
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If you buy a microphone at twice the price, it won't be superior to this when it comes to its ability to record sounds faithfully. I won't waste your time reiterating what other soundmen have written on this site, but suffice to say, it's damn good.
Why have I said: 'Be careful what you wish for?' You will quickly learn that it will pick up sounds not heard by your good self when in the throes of making the recording, namely, you wish to produce sounds that are truly realistic ... but your recording may include sounds that you will swear weren't there. Air conditioning, fridges and freezers, a dripping tap ten feet away (3Mtrs), a car door being slammed three streets away ... this mike has 'ears on elastic'. If you have numerous Phantom Voltage settings, you will find solace in selecting a lower Phantom Voltage, as this will reduce the microphone's output amplitude.
Worthy of note; Although it may be a pretty tall order, this microphone can be overloaded if the sound source exceeds 100dB's ... along with the human ear!
My first experience with this microphone was to discover I had a single note on my piano, which had lost its damping felt, allowing the strings to sustain oscillation for a very long time. It wrecked the recording.
If you decide to buy this rather expensive mic, your recordings will step up to the next level ... now all you have to do is buy a speaker system with x-over network to do it justice!
I bought two of these which I feed through a pair of Joemeek VC3s and the quality of the sound is quite frankly excellent. I purposely didn't go for the matched stereo pair as I really don't think it matters and having two microphones that are ever so slightly different, to my ears anyway, gives a better and more interesting sound.
The C214 comes in a rugged case with a professional shock mount and windshield.
The signal delivered by the C214 is up there with the best of them and the only difference I can see between these and the more expensive C414 (which I have also used) is the extra polar patterns available. The sound is crisp and detailed, my guitar and vocals have never sounded better.
They are very sensitive mics and I would recommend using them in an acoustically treated environment to cut down on background noise... I hang a duvet on the wall behind me to cut down on room reflections. I employ the low cut filter to reduce the boom of both my bassy voice and the guitar as I like the sound of close miking. A 20db cut is also provided should you need it for louder sources such as drums.
For the hobbyist home recording studio the C214 is an excellent choice to make professional sounding recordings economically.
If you are an acoustic guitarist/singer then I can highly recommend these microphones. I just wish I had bought them years ago... They are so good that I am re-recording a load of my songs.....
These are my first foray into professional mics, so I have little else to compare them with (other than a little USB snowball mic!). But these are in a totally different class all together!! On setting up for my first test recording, I was simply blown away with the sensitivity and how accurately these mics will capture detail. On my first listen back to my recording through headphones, I had to double-take - as I actually thought someone was in the room with me physically playing my drums!! I simply was not prepared for what I was about to witness. The accuracy and realism of the recording was incredible! - These mics pic up every minute nuance of your performance, and even pick stuff up I couldn't humanly detect with my own ears. (For instance, they even picked up the sound of the click track playing in my in-ears with huge Peltor Ear Defenders over the top!). They have a lovely smooth top-end (admission: I didn't even know what this meant, until I listened back to my recording, and heard it for myself with my own ears!). The cymbals have a lovely wash to them when played, with no harsh overtones at all. The cardiod pickup pattern also does a great job of rejecting unwanted room noise from the recording, by rejecting everything from the rear of the microphone. With careful microphone placement you can achieve fantastic results. (Note: these mics are fixed at 'cardiod' - so if you are wanting omnidirectional mics, you will have to look at the more expensive C314, or C414 mics that come with different selectable polar patterns).
I didn't opt to buy a 'matched stereo pair' (it's a hotly debated topic in audio circles) so I saved a bit by buying individual mics separately. I'm not convinced I have a 'perfectly matched pair of ears', and in any case I dare say the average listener can't audibly detect the difference in a blind listening test - so that's good enough for me!!
The build quality is impressive too - they feel reassuringly heavy and rugged. The suppled flight case is well padded, and should hopefully keep these mics in tip top condition for years of useful service.
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.