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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.
A decent mic for the money but the freq response "voice" may not be to everyone's liking. It has scooped mids and boosted uppers which give it an overly warm sound with noticeable siblence. Sounds decent on acoustic guitar but think I prefer a flatter more natural response. Very different to it's big brother the c414 to which it is often compared.
Je fais du rap depuis 4ans j’ai travaillé avec le rode nt1-a , et bin je peut vous dire le changement etttt fouuuu Point négatif : -entoucas pour la prise de voix , lesss (fffffff) ou les (sssssssss) son un peu trop présent malgré mon très bon filtre anti pop Met un bon un coup d’eq et c’est réglé 💪 Sinon je recommande ! En plus j’ai reçu hyper rapidement le colis 📦 💪
Excellent micro, mais beaucoup trop sensible pour être utilisé dans un appartement en milieu urbain, (capte tous les bruits ambiants) doit être impérativement utilisé en studio; vraiment dommage pour ceux qui n'en possèdent pas!!!
Die Qualität des Mikrofons ist nicht schlecht, besonders bei Gesang. Manchmal muss man allerdings zuerst etwas sagen, bevor man anfängt aufzunehmen, da sonst das Mikrofon zu spät merkt, dass aufgenommen wird. Das nervt zwar manchmal, ich bin mir aber auch nicht sicher, ob das allen so geht. Preis-Leistungsverhältnis top.
Der Grund, wieso ich dies überhaupt schreibe, ist, dass ich zuerst von Amazon eine Fälschung zugeschickt bekomme. Innerhalb von Amazon unbedingt mit einem anderen Händler arbeiten, dessen Webseite man sich vorher kurz angeguckt hat!
So let me preface this by saying the ONLY reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because I came from an (unmodded) MXL990s for years, and thought this would be a MASSIVE upgrade. It wasn't. That being said, I absolutely love this microphone, and when I do get another one, I can't see myself selling the 214. I just wanted to let everyone know that there are a lot of other upgrades that can be done in your signal chain, and to let you know that the microphone is only a small part of that. The highs can be a bit sibilant with this microphone, but that was something I was aware of beforehand, and something I kind of wanted. I'd say my style of singing is similar to that of Chris Martin, so having a mic that is a bit "bright" is something I was going for. I have mine paired with a Steinberg UR44, and it's an extremely quiet setup. I think I need to tweak my settings a little though because unless i have the 0dB pad on, I'm not getting the best results when I'm 12-16" away from the mic. Again, I think this is something I need to tweak in my setup, and not something directly related to the 214. Unfortunately, I have not gotten to try this on anything other than higher-register male vocals, but I have heard that it is a good mic for hip-hop, and will update my review (can I do that?) when I get a chance to record some rappers that I know.
I was really tossed up between this and a used 414XLii, and I think I'm going to eventually scoop up the 414 as well. Some of my friends who work in studios told me I was dumb for thinking this could hold up against a C414, but I didn't know if it wold justify the extra $300-400 for the 414. I guess if I could do it again, I probably would've gone for the 414, but hey I guess that's life. I'm in no way unsatisfied with this purchase, but can definitely see myself upgrading sooner than if I had just gotten the 414 the first time. I don't necessarily need the polar patterns, but the 414 is industry standard, and the 214 is still going to be seen as a "budget" model.
If you're on a budget, I would definitely recommend this mic, but if you can afford something a little more industry standard, I would definitely choose the latter.
Again though, I still love this mic and don't plan on parting with it even if I choose to upgrade.