Nashville, TN (April 8, 2004)–For the last 33 years, AKG C 414 models have been among the “studio-standard” microphones. With this long, successful history as a foundation, AKG is now introducing the new C 414 family–the C 414B-XLS and C 414B-XL II. These new models supercede the C 414B-ULS that was introduced in 1986 and the C 414B-TLII that was introduced in 1992.
The new C 414B-XL models retain the sonic character and familiar look of its trend-setting predecessors, but every other facet of its performance has been improved with 15 new features, substantially lower noise and higher sensitivity. Both models of the new C 414B-XL family are electrically-identical with transformerless output sections bristling with new technology. However, their capsules are acoustically different so that two models can be used to cover a wide range of applications.
To test the sonic character of the new models, AKG went to Grammy award-winning engineers like Bill Schnee, Peter Wolf, David Bianco and others who tested the new models in their own studios. All thought that the new models had the essential sonic character of the legendary AKG C 414s but with improved detail thanks to their substantially lower noise and effortless dynamic range.
The C 414B-XL models have an impressive list of new features, including:
-A fifth polar pattern added for additional flexibility. Besides cardioid, hypercardioid, figure eight, and omni, the new C 414B-XL also provides a wide cardioid position.
-All switch positions, microphone output overload, and power on/off status indicated by LEDs. The user can see at a glance the operating status of the microphone. The LEDs are also useful in helping the engineer aim the microphone.
-All function selectors situated in the low-impedance section of the electronics to prevent problems in high humidity and to minimize switching transients.
-An elastic capsule shock mount system to minimize stand-transmitted and other chassis-borne vibrations from interfering with the audio.
-Pre-attenuation settings achieved by changing the polarization voltage to the capsule.
The XL models also feature very tight sensitivity tolerance (±0.5 dB) for superlative unit-to-unit consistency, higher sensitivity than previous C 414 models (+6 dB), and three high-pass filters (0 / 40 / 80 / 160 Hz) with 12-dB-per-octave slopes at 40 Hz and 80 Hz, and a 6-dB slope at 160 Hz for minimizing proximity effect. The high-pass filters and varying slopes gives much greater flexibility in use. Extremely low self-noise (6 dB-A) and wide dynamic range (134 dB) also characterize the new mic models
Precision-built in Vienna, Austria and backed by a 3-year parts and labor warranty, each C 414B-XL model comes with an all-metal carrying case, an H-85 shock mount, a windscreen, an external pop filter, a dust cover and a chart showing the frequency response of the microphone. The C 414B-XLS is designed to accurately reproduce all acoustic instruments, while the C 414B-XL II has AKG’s renowned “vocal-friendly” response that brings out the best in voices and for distance-miking of instruments in natural acoustic settings.
Available in May, the AKG C 414B-XLS has a suggested list price of $999 and the C 414B-XL II has a suggested list price of $1,049.