AKG C414 XLS Reference Multipattern Condenser Microphone

AKG C414 XLS Reference Multipattern Condenser Microphone

AKG C414 XLS Reference Multipattern Condenser Microphone

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The AKG C414 XLS Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone is an industry staple that extends the renowned heritage of the C414 B-ULS. Equipped with nine selectable polar patterns, three attenuation levels, and three switchable bass-cut filters, the C414 XLS remains one of the most versatile condenser microphones for recording vocals, drums, and acoustic and amplified instruments in the studio or on stage. This microphone is designed to closely approximate the sonic character of the vintage C414 B-ULS while providing an updated and expanded feature set.

Combined with the low-noise electronic circuitry provides a wide dynamic range of 134 dB and can handle SPL up to 158 dB, for a detailed, linear, and natural tone. With full immunity to electromagnetic and electrostatic interference as well as high tolerance to humidity, the C414 XLS is well suited to withstand the rigours of demanding studio, stage, and broadcast applications. Special features include a peak-hold LED to alert you if overloading occurs and a lock mode that prevents unintended changes to the microphone settings. The package includes a vibration-inhibiting shock mount, a pop filter, and a metal carrying case.


Key Features of the AKG C414 XLS Reference Multipattern Condenser Microphone

  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • Nine Selectable Polar Patterns
  • 1" Capsule Maintains C414 B-ULS Sound
  • Completely Immune to EMI and ESI
  • Highly Reliable in Humid Conditions
  • Switchable Pad at -6, -12, or -18 dB
  • Low-cut filter at 40, 80, or 160 Hz
  • Shockmount Inhibits Vibration Noise
  • Windscreen, Pop Filter, and Metal Case
  • Operates on 48V Phantom Power

AKG's Legendary 1" Large-Diaphragm Capsule

The legendary C414 is a tool found in most recording studios and has been used on thousands of hit records; it's been on stage with artists of every musical genre and is also used by leading broadcast facilities the world over. The C414 family has been one of the world's most widely used and respected studio and stage microphones in audio history. Added useful features and even greater ease of use make the XLS a worthy member of the renowned C414 line. The C414 XLS maintains the sonic character of the legendary C414 B-ULS, the most popular AKG C414 version since 1971.

Nine Selectable Polar Patterns

The C414 XLS is the multi-instrumentalist in your microphone rig ready to fill in wherever needed. Whether it's omni, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure-8, or the four intermediate polar patterns, there are plenty of ways to get the most natural sound from any instrument—electric and acoustic guitars, drums, and much more. Employ a hypercardioid pattern to reduce drum spill, then quickly switch to a figure-8 pattern to balance out two vocalists. These easy-to-access options make the AKG C414 XLS suitable for any studio with limited space in its mic locker.

Overload-Detection LED and Bass-Cut Filter

The AKG C414 XLS empowers you to make better recordings. When acting as both artist and engineer, the mic's overload-detection LED makes it easy to see when your input levels are too high. This helps you take full advantage of the mic's dynamic range and only engage the pad when necessary. Its bass-cut filter helps you curb rumbles, vibrations, and loud, boomy sounds and minimizes the proximity effect for balanced recordings. For live sound applications and permanent installations, all controls can easily be disabled for trouble-free use.

Features at a Glance

  • Maintains the sonic character of the legendary C414 B-ULS
  • 1" edge-terminated capsule with dual diaphragms sputtered in gold on one side
  • Nine selectable polar patterns for every application
  • 158 dB maximum SPL (-18 dB pad on)
  • Switchable pad (-6, -12, or -18 dB) and low-cut filter (40, 80, or 160 Hz)
  • Integrated capsule suspension to reduce mechanical noise
  • Completely immune to electrostatic and electromagnetic interference
  • All switchable components operate in low-impedance circuits for ultrahigh reliability even in extremely humid conditions
  • Operates on 48V phantom power (accepts 44 to 52 VDC phantom power)
  • XLR 3-pin output connector
  • Includes metal carrying case, shock mount, windscreen, and pop filter


  • MPN - C-414XLS
  • GTIN - TBA
Form Factor Large Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound Sources Vocals, Instrument
Sound Field Mono
Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
Element Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Figure-8, Hypercardioid, Omnidirectional, Subcardioid/Wide Cardioid
Pattern Selection Switched (Adjustable on Mic)
Orientation Side Address
Circuitry Solid-State
On-Board Controls High-Pass Filter, Pad, Polar Pattern