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AKG C 414 B-XL II Condenser Microphone

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The AKG C 414 B-XL II Condenser Microphone is designed to make soloists sound great. The AKG C 414 has been a studio workhorse for many years and has undergone numerous refinements. Based on the C3414... Click To Read More About This Product

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The AKG C 414 B-XL II Condenser Microphone is designed to make soloists sound great. The AKG C 414 has been a studio workhorse for many years and has undergone numerous refinements. Based on the C3414, the C414B-XLS has a vastly improved capsule shockmount, and new, switching 1" diaphragm. It has 5 switchable polar patterns: omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, and figure 8. 2-color LEDs indicate polar pattern and output overload. It has 3 switchable bass cut filters and 3 pre-attenuation pads with LEDs for quick reference and delivers a huge 20Hz-20kHz frequency range. The signal-to-noise ratio of 88dB, A-weighted offers the kind of performance required for digital tracking sessions. The C414B-XLII has the distinctive timbre of the classic C414 and is designed for adding presence to vocals and for distant miking of instruments. It comes with the H 85 professional shockmount/stand adapter, PF 80 external pop filter, and W 414 X external windscreen.
Requires phantom power.


  • Voiced for vocal reproduction
  • High sensitivity and extremely low noise
  • High sound pressure level capability and wide dynamic range
  • 5 switchable polar patterns
  • Completely immune to electrostatic and electromagnetic interference from digital gear, computer monitors, etc.
  • 2-color LEDs provide quick visual monitoring of polar pattern and output overload
  • 3 switchable bass cut filters and 3 pre-attenuation pads with LEDs
  • All switchable components operate in low-impedance circuits
  • Elastic capsule suspension greatly minimizes structurally transmitted noise
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Manufacturer's Warranty
AKG Acoustics, U.S. Limited Warranty

Amended July 19, 2005

AKG Acoustics warrants AKG products against defects in material or workmanship for a period of two years from the date of original purchase, and agrees to repair or, at our option replace any defective unit without charge for either parts or labor. AKG grants a three-year warranty covering selected products (C 12 VR, C 414 B-ULS, C 414 B-TLII, C 414 B-XLS, C 414 B-XLII, C 426 B, C 451 B, C 480 B, C 391 B, C 1000 B, C 2000 S, C 3000 B, C 4000 B, C 4500 B, SolidTube) against defects in material and workmanship.

Warranty is valid for AKG products purchased and delivered within the United States for the original purchaser only. The purchaser's Bill of Sale will serve as proof of sale and warranty validity in the U.S. Shipment of defective items to AKG for repair will be at the customer's own risk and expense. AKG will assume the return shipping cost for all items repaired under warranty.

IMPORTANT: This warranty does not cover damage resulting from accident, misuse or abuse, lack of reasonable care, the affixing of any attachment not provided with the product, loss of parts, or connecting the product to any receptacle other than specified.

This warranty is void unless AKG Acoustics, U.S.'s service center performs the repair. No responsibility is assumed for any special, incidental or consequential damages caused by the consumer. However, the limitation of any right or remedy shall not be effective where law prohibits such.

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AKGC 414 B-XL II Condenser Microphone

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The only microphone you need!

By Buck Buchanan

from Toledo, Ohio

Comments about AKG C 414 B-XL II Condenser Microphone:

If you're a project studio owner looking for that high end mic sound without spending upwards of $3000, the C414BXLII is your ticket to ride. Multiple polar patterns, pad, and rolloff settings ensure that this microphone will be versatile enough to suit any voice or instrument. For vocals I use this mic exclusively because of the fact that I rarely have to use equalization once inside of Pro-Tools. The vocals sit perfectly in the mix with just a small amount of compression! In the last few years I have fell in love with re-amping samples and the C414BXLII is once again the mic I always turn to. It has that warm "crispy" sound we all love without ever sounding harsh or brittle. Don't sell your projects (or your clients') short by using an inferior product. Undoubtedly you've heard the 414 on countless recordings over the last 30+ years. It's tried and true and will provide you with the "major label" results you desire! Stereo sampling? They're available in matched pairs!

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


One of the Best Mics Ever

By RipThorn

from WA

Comments about AKG C 414 B-XL II Condenser Microphone:

I have heard a lot about the 414 XL II and thought that some of the comments might be a little hyped. Then I tried it. This microphone has a lot of warmth, yet is clear, detailed and crisp all at the same time. I prefer the TL II because it uses the old C12 capsule, but the capsule in the XL II is still magnificent. With selectable polar patterns, it is great for any application from straight up vocals to drum overheads or toms. A pair of these can give a piano an outrageously good sound. I was so impressed with this microphone that I can't say enough good things about it. The point is that this microphone is worth the price. If you are looking for a go-to mic that will do the job right every time, then save up if you have to in order to get this mic.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Flight Case

By Project Runway composer

from Pasadena, CA

Comments about AKG C 414 B-XL II Condenser Microphone:

Obviously a great mic with long reputation. Just remember the "flight case" is really plastic. The handle snapped off as I unpacked it. Not worth the hassle of replacing I'm afraid.


Amazing Clarity

By Thomas

from Georgia

Comments about AKG C 414 B-XL II Condenser Microphone:

We used this mic yesterday in the high school's studio to record a rapper and a singer into Pro Tools for a song about graduating from 8th grade. I was STUNNED by the clarity of this mic... being 14, I can't afford it, but if our group ever gets really famous, we're definately going to buy this thing. It was just amazing how great this sounded. We all talked about it for a long while after we finished recording. If you have the money to get this thing, you should. It's amazing


very good mic

By 2dboo

from vicksburg,ms

Comments about AKG C 414 B-XL II Condenser Microphone:

all i can say is, you get what you pay for. i been looking for clear vocals that mix wit the beat for years.(now)i found may think a 2 or 3 hundred dollars sound good; and it does but you will tell the different trust me im a beleaver now. c414 is a work horse.if you want your work to sound good spend the money.

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