AKG C414 XLS Multi-Pattern Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Cardioid, Omnidirectional & Figure-8
  • Dual 1-Inch Capsule
  • Switchable 6, 12, & 18 dB Pads
  • Three Switchable Bass-Cut Filters
  • Lock Mode to Disable Controls
  • Peak-Hold LED
  • Shockmount, Pop Filter, Case
  • Designed and Manufactured in Austria

AKG C414 XLS Overview

The classic C414 XLS Multi-Pattern Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone from AKG is a staple within the audio industry. Equipped with nine selectable polar patterns, three attenuation levels and three switchable bass-cut filters, the C414 XLS remains one of the most versatile condenser microphones for recording vocals, drums, and acoustic & amplified instruments in the studio or on stage.

This microphone is designed to closely approximate the sonic character of the vintage C414 B-ULS. The 1" edge-terminated dual-diaphragm transducer combined with the low-noise electronic circuitry provide a wide dynamic range of 134 dB and can handle SPL up to 158 dB, for a detailed and natural sound.

Features include a peak-hold LED to alert you if overload peaks occur, and a Lock Mode so the microphone settings cannot be changed unintentionally. The elastic capsule suspension minimizes structurally transmitted noise from chassis vibration. The rugged all-metal body ensures efficient rejection of RF interference and makes this microphone well suited to withstand the rigors of studio and stage handling.

Built and designed in Austria, the C414 XLS comes with a metal carrying case, a spider-type shockmount, a pop filter, and a foam windscreen.

  • Dual-diaphragm 1” edge-terminated transducer
  • Nine polar patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure-8, wide cardioid, and the intermediate patterns in between
  • 134 dB dynamic range (up to 158 dB SPL)
  • Lock Mode for live operation – all controls can be conveniently disabled
  • Peak-hold LED displays overload peaks
  • All-metal body rejects electrostatic and electromagnetic interference
  • Three switchable bass-cut filters to reduce wind noise and proximity effect (40, 80, & 160 Hz)
  • Three attenuation levels for close-up recording and high-output sources (-6,-12,-18 dB)
  • Elastic capsule suspension minimizes structurally transmitted noise from chassis vibration
  • Designed and manufactured in Austria
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Manufacturer AKG
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AKG C414 XLS Specs

Analog Performance
Polar PatternCardioid, Figure-8, Hypercardioid, Omnidirectional, Wide-Angle Cardioid
Pattern SelectionSwitched
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio88 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level6 dB A-Weighted
Maximum SPL140 dB SPL
Pad-6 dB
-12 dB
-18 dB
Impedance200 Ohms
Load Impedance2200 Ohms
Sensitivity23 mV/Pa
Low-Cut Filter@ 40 Hz
@ 80 Hz
@ 160 Hz
Output Connectors1 x 3-Pin XLR
Operating Current Consumption4.5 mA
Operating Voltage44 to 52 V
48 V
Operating Temperature14 to 140°F / -10.00 to 60.00°C
Length6.30" / 160 mm
Diameter1.97" / 50 mm
Weight10.58 oz / 300 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.24 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.3 x 9.45 x 5.4"
AKG C414 XLS Multi-Pattern Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone 
AKG C414 XLS Multi-Pattern Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone