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Introducing the AKG C214 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone, the younger sibling of the renowned AKG C414 condenser microphone. Known for its versatility, transparent sound, and high SPL handling capabilities, the C214 offers comparable performance at a more affordable price point. Featuring a fixed cardioid pickup pattern and utilizing the same one-inch capsule as the C414, this microphone is ideal for capturing vocals and instruments in home studios.
The C214's fixed cardioid pattern delivers excellent off-axis rejection, ensuring focused and detailed sound capture. Its rugged all-metal die-cast body makes it well-suited for studio and live use, withstanding the rigors of demanding environments. The microphone's well-designed circuitry provides accuracy across all frequencies, offering a transparent and smooth sound with a slight boost at 15 kHz, allowing it to cut through any mix without harshness.
Whether on stage or in the studio, the AKG C214 excels in various applications. On stage, the microphone's capsule can handle an impressive 136 dB of sound pressure, ensuring upfront and detailed instrument miking. The integrated 150 Hz low-cut filter allows for complete attenuation of low frequencies, making it suitable for drum overheads, vocals, and ambient stage miking. When combined with the 20 dB attenuation pad, the C214 can handle a remarkable 156 dB SPL, accommodating even the loudest sources like drum overheads and close-miked guitar cabinets. Additionally, the microphone is resistant to RF interference, providing confidence during live performances.
In the studio, the C214's integrated capsule suspension system minimizes mechanical noise and resonances, allowing for accurate recordings even in less-than-perfect environments. The microphone's large dynamic range makes it ideal for close-miking aggressive vocals or loud sources such as guitar amps and horns. By placing the C214 close to the source, you can take advantage of the cardioid pattern's proximity effect, which boosts lower frequencies at close range. The switchable low-cut filter, rolling off frequencies below 150 Hz, can be used to offset this natural occurrence. Built using state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and high-quality components, the C214 is designed to withstand the test of time even in demanding studio settings.
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