AKG’s C 214 recording microphone.Northridge, CA (July 21, 2008)–AKG has added to its C 414 family with the C 214 recording microphone. It offers a single-capsule, cardioid-only design that performs with the same dual-capsule as the C 414, but using only one diaphragm instead of two.
According to the company, due to its 20 dB attenuation pad and ultra-low noise electronic design, the C 214 can be used in sound fields as high as 156 dB SPL. The C 214 features an integrated capsule suspension system that reportedly minimizes chassis-borne noise and resonances.
Thomas Stubics, product manager at AKG, explains, “The AKG C 414 has been successful for more than 30 years due to continuous improvement of technical specifications, useful features and ease of use. The evolution of the C 414 has been accepted by recording studios, broadcast stations and live sound engineers. Our new C 214 was designed as a budget-friendly alternative to the leading-edge C 414 family. Because the C 214 uses the same 1-inch diaphragm as the C 414, the essence of that heralded C 414 sound has been captured in this newest model.”
The C 214’s double-mesh, all-metal grille reportedly protects the capsule and ensures high RF immunity without affecting acoustical performance. The C 214 has road-tough construction quality with a modern scratch-resistant finish, a dent-resistant, metal grille and a gold-plated XLR-type output. It comes with a spider-type shock mount, windscreen and metal carrying case.