Pictured (L-R) at Avatar Studios in NYC are METAlliance co-founders Frank Filipetti, Elliot Scheiner, George Massenburg, Al Schmitt, Phil Ramone, Chuck Ainlay, and Ed Cherney. Photo by Guillaume Chadalliac.New York (April 5, 2011)—AKG’s new C 414 XLS and XL II series microphones have been certified by the Music Engineering and Technical Alliance (METAlliance).
"HARMAN's AKG is proud to meet certification standards of the METAlliance for our C 414 XLS and XL II microphones, as it reinforces our standards for excellence in on-stage and recording performance," states Alfred Reinprecht, VP marketing and product development, AKG. "The group itself has proven its expertise in the industry and we look forward to providing artists and engineers the finest quality products that continue to earn industry-leading accolades."
AKG was founded in Vienna in 1947, and was acquired by Harman International Industries in 1994. Among its professional products is the first C 12 (introduced in 1953) and its successors and alternate versions, which include the Telefunken Ela M 250 and M 251 (1960), the C 24 stereo microphone, the C 412, and a number of different models that have carried the designation "C 414" in various forms.
"AKG 414s have been a mainstay in my recording arsenal my entire career," commented, METAlliance co-founder Ed Cherney. "The new 414s have upped the ante. Being able to choose and place a microphone and not have to reach for an equalizer is simply the best."
Elliot Scheiner remarked, "I recently tested the new AKG-414s on acoustic piano and as drum overheads. I found them to be beautiful and transparent. I'm positive they'll work in a multitude of situations."
Al Schmitt, winner of more Grammys than any engineer in history, added, "I think the new AKG 414 mics are just great. So far, I've found them to give me exceptional results with piano and guitar."