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AKG C 414 B-XLS/ST Multi-Pattern Studio Condenser Microphone - Stereo Pair
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AKG C 414 B-XLS/ST Multi-Pattern Studio Condenser Microphone - Stereo Pair

Item #: MP.C414B-XLS-ST

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C 414 B-XLS/ST

The matched pair consists of two C 414 B-XLS microphones that are within 1 dB to each other in sensitivity and also within 1 dB to each other in the range of 300 Hz to 8,000 Hz of the individual frequency response when used in cardioid mode and are selected from a large quantity of individual microphones using the described criteria by using a proprietary computer program.

Using this matched pair for stereo recordings utilizing various techniques will provide for a good and stable balance without frequency-dependent shifting of the stereo panorama. The kit includes all the standard accessories of the deluxe package (excluding the PF 80) along with a stereo bar and proof of performance charts in an attractive carrying case (large Soundtool case).

C 414 B-XLS

A reference-quality microphone especially used for accurate, beautifully-detailed pickup of any acoustic instrument.

With the introduction of the Next Generation C 414 B-XL models, AKG sets new benchmarks for useful features, improved technical specifications, ease of use and available accessories. All of these improvements are answers to requests from ever-demanding recording studios, broadcast stations and concert engineers, but with the basic sonic character of the legendary C 414 unaltered. Comes with H 85 Universal shock mount PF 80 Pop screen, W 414 X Windscreen, and Soundtool hard shell road case.


  • High sensitivity and extremely low self noise
  • Five switchable polar patterns for placement and application flexibility
  • Two-color LEDs provide quick visual indication of selected polar pattern and output overload
  • Elastic capsule suspension greatly minimizes structurally-transmitted noise from chassis vibration
  • H 85 professional shock mount/stand adapter, PF 80 external pop filter and W 414 X external windscreen.
  • High sound pressure level capability and wide dynamic range
  • Completely immune to electrostatic and electro-magnetic interference from digital gear, computer monitors, etc. thanks to solid metal housing and transformerless output stage
  • Three switchable bass cut filters and three pre-attenuation pads with LEDs for quick visual indication
  • All switchable components operate in low impedance circuits for ultra-high reliability even in extremely humid conditions
  • Optional R 414 remote control unit (under development) offers full control of all switchable parameters via standard microphone cable and 3-pin XLR-type connectors

  • Type: 1-inch large-diaphragm pressure gradient microphone
  • Polar pattern: Omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure eight
  • Frequency range: 20 to 20,000 Hz (see frequency response traces)
  • Sensitivity: 23 mV/Pa (-33 dBV) ± 0.5 dB
  • Max. SPL: 200/400/800/1600 Pa = 140/146/152/158 dB SPL (0/-6/-12/-18 dB) (for 0.5% THD)
  • Equivalent noise level (CCIR 468-2): 20 dB (0 dB preattenuation)
  • Equivalent noise level: 6 dB-A (0 dB preattenuation) (DIN 45 412, A-weighted)
  • Signal/noise ratio: 88 dB
  • Preattenuation pad: -6 dB, -12 dB, -18 dB, switchable
  • Bass cut filter slope: 12 dB/octave at 40 Hz and 80 Hz; 6 dB/octave at 160 Hz
  • Impedance: <=200 ohms
  • Recommended load impedance: >= 2,200 ohms
  • Supply voltage: 48 V phantom power to DIN/IEC
  • Current consumption: approximately 4.5 mA
  • Dynamic range: 134 dB minimum
  • Environment: Temperature range: -10° C to +60° C (14° F to 140° F) Relative humidity: 95% (+20° C/68° F), 85% (+60° C/140° F)
  • Connector: 3-pin XLR to IEC
  • Dimensions: 50 x 38 x 160 mm (2.0 x 1.5 x 6.3 in.)
  • Net weight: 300 g (10.6 oz.)
  • Patent(s): AT 395.225, DE 4.103.784, JP 2.815.488

Absolute reliability
The solid metal housing and transformerless output stage combine to make the C 414 B-XL microphones immune to electrical interference from digital equipment, video monitors or from rf from wireless microphone or other communications systems.

Five polar patterns
The twin-diaphragm system gives you a choice of five different polar patterns (omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, and figure eight). The diaphragm is made from a special gold-sputtered plastic foil and the gold layer is deposited on the diaphragm only on the outer sides to prevent short circuiting to the back plate if strong blasts of air are applied.

Elastic capsule suspension
Structurally-transmitted vibrations that interfere and color the sound are almost completely eliminated thanks to a new elastic capsule suspension system.

Three switchable pre-attenuation levels
Pre-attenuation levels are controlled by changes in the polarization voltage of the capsule and permit increases of 6, 12 or 18 dB in the maximum sound pressure level for close-up recording or for use on high output sources.

Three switchable bass filters
The switchable bass-cut filters reduce sonic coloration and the risk of lowfrequency distortion. The slope of the 40 and 80 Hz filters is more than 12 dB-per-octave and these are especially useful in combating wind noise or vibrations from stage floors. The 160 Hz filter has a gentler 6 dB-per-octave slope useful in minimizing proximity effect.

Predictable performance even in humid conditions
To minimize the negative effects of humidity, all switching circuits are located in a sealed low-impedance section to prevent problems. To test the stability of our microphones' performance, they are tested in simulated climatic conditions between -25° C (-13° F) and +65° C (+149° F) as well as relative humidity as high as 99% (immediately below point of condensation) above +20° C (+68° F). The new C 414 B models can handle temperature extremes anywhere and still deliver perfect performance.

Matched stereo pairs
The new C 414 B models are also available in factory-matched pairs. The matched pairs consist of two microphones that come closest to each other in sensitivity and frequency response when used in the cardioid mode. The kit includes all the standard accessories of the deluxe package (excluding the PF 80) along with a stereo bar and proof of performance charts.

Optional remote control
All switchable functions of the microphone can also be controlled by the optional R 414 remote control unit (available by the end of 2004). The remote control transmits its commands to the microphone over conventional two-conductor shielded microphone cables to maintain complete interface compatibility with your other equipment.

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