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AKG C 214 Condenser microphone

Price: 452,40 € EUR 390.00
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SKU: AKGC214
Manufacturer: AKG
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AKG C 214  Condenser microphone

AKG professional large-diaphragm condenser microphone

The versatile AKG C 214 condenser microphone is ideal for professional studio and live applications. Its excellent acoustics are based on the large diaphragm system of the C 414. As an affordable alternative to the legendary reference microphone, the AKG C 214 has its globally valued double diaphragm capsule. The cardioid polar pattern results from the capsule structure with one membrane (instead of two on the C 414). Switchable 20dB pre-attenuation and switchable low cut filter enable loud instruments such as drums, guitar amplifiers or wind instruments to be picked up.
Used in pairs, the C 214 is ideal for choirs and classical music recordings in a stereo arrangement. The ultra-low noise electronics deliver high dynamics (143dB) with maximum sound pressure peaks of up to 156dB SPL and low noise. The integrated elastic capsule bearing protects against impact noise. A double screen grille of the speaker basket ensures optimal shielding against electromagnetic interference and mechanical influences without affecting the sound.
The AKG C 214 is extremely robust and masters the toughest requirements in everyday studio and stage life with ease. The scratch-resistant surface of the AKG C 214 keeps it looking good for a long time.

Technical specifications

  • 1" Large-diaphragm microphone
  • Polar pattern: cardioid
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 20 mV / Pa
  • preattenuation pad: 20 dB
  • Phantom power: 12 - 52V
  • Connection: 3-pin XLR connector
  • Dimensions (L x Ø): 160 x 55 mm
  • Weight: 280 g

Scope of delivery

  • Elastic spider suspensions
  • Metal case
  • Windshield
  • Stand adapter

AKG C 214 ST Stereo-Set Stereo set with tuned frequency response

AKG C 214 ST Stereo-Set Stereo set with tuned frequency response

AKG C 214 ST Stereo-Set Stereo set with tuned frequency response

AKG C 214 ST Stereo-Set Stereo set with tuned frequency response

AKG C 214 ST Stereo-Set Stereo set with tuned frequency response

Lead Vocals, Solo vocalist.

Working distance: 6 to 12 in. (15 to 30 cm). Bass cut: ON. For best results, be sure to use a pop screen, e.g. the PF 80 from AKG. If no pop screen is available, use at least the supplied W 214 windscreen. To give the talent better control of their own voice, recommend adding the talent's track to their headphone monitor signal.

Choir/Backing Vocals

To mic up a large choir, we recommend using a pair of microphones plus one spot microphone each for the soprano, alto, tenor, and bass sections. In rooms with perfect acoustics, using just a pair of high quality microphones is a proven way to get superb-sounding recordings.
  • Backing vocals/technique 1: If enough tracks are available, we recommend overdubbing each voice separately. Refer to section Lead Vocals above.
  • Backing vocals/technique 2: If only one or two tracks are available for backing vocals, use one microphone each for two or three vocalists maximum. Place the vocalists in a semicircle in front of the microphone.

Vocal

Violin, Viola

  • Solo violin: Direct the microphone to the f holes from a height of 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.5 m) above the floor.
  • Large string sections: Use a combination of a pair of microphones in an XY, ORTF, or other stereo configuration and close-in spot microphones.
  • Viola: Direct the microphone to the f holes from a height of 7 to 10 ft.(2.2 to 3 m) above the floor.

Double bass

Align the microphone with one of the f holes from a distance of about 16 in. (40 cm). If you need to record the double bass together with an ensemble, place the microphone closer to the instrument to prevent leakage from other instruments into the microphone.

Cello

  • Cello/technique 1: Refer to "Double bass" above.
  • Cello/technique 2: Use a close-in microphone as in technique 1 above plus a distant microphone. Set the level of the close-in microphone approx. 20 dB lower than the distant mic level.

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Acoustic Guitar

Place the microphone 20 to 40 in. (0.5 to 1 m) away from the guitar and aim it obliquely at a point between the sound hole and neck. Using two microphones gives you even better control of the sound. Point a C 214 at the sound hole from a distance of one to two feet (30 to 60 cm). Place a small-diaphragm microphone (e.g., a C 451B) 20 to 40 in. (0.5 to 1 m) away from the guitar and align it with a point between the sound hole and neck.

acoustic guitar

Flute

  • We recommend using two microphones. Place mic 1 above and to one side of the player (to reduce blowing noise) and align it with the player's mouth, and aim mic 2 at the instrument from the side.
  • If you prefer to use a single microphone, place the microphone as mic 1 above at a distance of about 7 to 8 1/2 ft. (2 to 2.5 m) above the floor.

Clarinet

Point the microphone at the lowest key. To minimize key noise, place the microphone a little ways to the side of the instrument.

Flute, Clarinet

Tenor and Soprano Saxophones

Aim the microphone at the middle of the instrument from a distance of about 2 to 3 1/2 ft. (50 cm to 1 m).


Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Aim the microphone at the middle of the instrument from a distance of about 2 to 3 1/2 ft. (50 cm to 1 m).
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Grand piano

  • Aim a single C 214 or an XY or ORTF pair of C 214s at the middle strings from a height of 5 to 7 ft. (1.5 to 2 m).
  • For a rock/pop sound, place two C 214s roughly 8 to 16 in. (20 to 40 cm) above the strings. Align mic 1 with the treble strings and mic 2 with the bass strings, both at a point about 6 in. (15 cm) behind the dampers.

Upright piano

Use the same technique as for the grand. Open the lid and have the microphones "peek into the instrument" from above.

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