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C 414 XL II Microphone Sets

9 polar patternsAKG Acoustics C 414 XL II

Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

The C414 XL II is a multipattern FET condenser microphone built around AKG’s famed CK12 capsule. It is the latest in the TLII/XLII series of studio microphones, which feature a presence boost rather than a neutral frequency response. The primary new feature of the revised mic is that it offers 9 polar patterns, rather than the B-XL II’s five.

C414 B-XLII and XLIIPattern for pattern, the frequency response of the XL II matches that of the B-XL II. The self-noise is the same, 6dBA. The new mic is slightly less sensitive (20mV/Pa) than the B-XL II (23mV/Pa).

The pattern, pad, and filter are selected via pushbutton controls on the body of the microphone. Current selections are indicated by LEDs. As on the B-XL II, the controls can be locked to prevent accidental reconfiguration during handling.

The clip indicator LED introduced on the B-XLS and B-XL II is improved on the 2009 models (XLS and XL II), in that the LED stays lit for 3 seconds.

C 414 XLS Cutaway ViewLike the B-XL II, the new XL II employs surface-mount components within its circuit boards. (Pictured is the XLS, which shares much of the circuitry of the XL II.)

The amplifier circuit is a low-noise design, making the mic one of the lowest-noise mics we have seen (6dBA in all polar patterns).

C 414 XLII KitThe C414 XL II ships with a low-profile shockmount (AKG p/n H 85), a foam windscreen (W414), a detachable pop filter (PF80), and an aluminum “Soundtool” flight case.

The C 414 XL II is also available in matched stereo pairs. AKG’s matching criteria requires the two microphones to produce frequency response within 1dB, between 300Hz–8000Hz. The stereo kit, AKG p/n C 414 XL II/ST, includes two shockmounts, two windscreens, and a stereo mounting bar, and ships in an oversized Soundtool flightcase. (No pop filter is included.)

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The mic was released in 2009.


Frequency Response - OmnidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
C 414 XL II Omnidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
C 414 XL II Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - HypercardioidClick Graph to Compare!
C 414 XL II Hypercardioid Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - BidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
C 414 XL II Bidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - Wide CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
C 414 XL II Wide Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (20 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (20 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Hypercardioid (20 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (20 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Wide Cardioid (20 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -6dB (Via Switch)
  • Pad: -12dB (Via Switch)
  • Pad: -18dB (Via Switch)
  • Filter: -12 dB/octave @ 40 Hz (Via Switch)
  • Filter: -12 dB/octave @ 80 Hz (Via Switch)
  • Filter: -6 dB/octave @160 Hz (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 25mm
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 158 dB
Self-noise: 6.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
300g (10.58oz) 160mm (6.30'') n/a
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power

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