AKG C 414 B-XLS
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AKG C 414 B-XLS

C 414 B-XLS, Large diaphragm condenser microphone from AKG in the C414 series.

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moosers 15/01/2011

AKG C 414 B-XLS : la opinión de moosers (content in English)

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The AKG C 414 B-XLS is the newest version of the ever popular 414 condenser microphone. I've mostly used a few different older models of the 414, but have used this a few times over a friend's small home studio/bedroom who has it. It's got a slightly different look to it than the other 414's, as this one has rounded off edges. In general it's a bit sleeker and more modern looking, although this doesn't affect it's use at all. It still has the same sound and features as far as I cant tell. The mic has five different polar pick up patterns to choose from, including omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, and figure eight. It also has a three way pad and three position low cut switch. It's best suited in the studio, but could be used for live sound as well.

OVERALL OPINION

While I think all of the AKG 414's are pretty close in sound and ability, the AKG C 414 B-XLS is definitely as good as any of them. This is the one that I've used the least amount, as it hasn't been out for nearly as long as the other models. Again, I don't see any difference in sound between this and other 414's, so I'd say to go with whatever is going to give you the best deal. The AKG 414 in general is a very versatile microphone, suitable for use on all sorts of applications. I tried this particular out on vocals and acoustic guitar separately, but it's definitely suitable for all stringed instruments and for a variety of other purposes. It's overall one of the most versatile microphones I've ever used. The AKG C 414 B-XLS in particular might be the most expensive since it's the newest in terms of used models, so if you're looking for a used one it might be cheaper to get one of the older ones.