AKG’s Mid Range Microphone – The C214

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The AKG C214 is quite an attractive, vintage looking mid range microphone. It comes with a compact carrying case, foam windscreen, and the AKG’s H85 shock mount which is considered slightly less sturdy! The mount is somewhat dainty, but that’s not much to worry about if handled with care. The C214, priced at about £365, serves as an excellent alternative for the home or project studio for someone who is looking for a nice flat frequency response without all the added luxuries of the C414, such as multiple polar patterns. C214 uses the same capsule as the C414, but is rather affordable because the polarity on it is fixed at Cardioid. It tends to feel a little smoother on top than the 414. Officially, the AKG Company claims the large-diaphragm condenser microphone to be designed as a cost-effective alternative to the high-end C414. The C214 captures the sound by combining one capsule of the infamous C414 dual-capsule system.

It works best if used to record one vocalist at a time. When in recording, the two words that define the output produced by C214 are ‘clarity’ and ‘fat’. It does require a bit of upper midrange EQ, but apart from that there isn’t a lot more of anything else needed from the EQ. C214 is good for both, on stage performance and studio use. In imperfect studio environments, such as during home recordings, it reduces the mechanical sounds and noises. As music radar puts it; C214 works well on recording vocals, piano, organ, and electric/acoustic guitars.

The AKG C214 is very easy to use, comes with a lot of accessories and offers a complete package for any mid range microphone user. It is without a doubt a decent equipment for both, home and studio use. Definitely worth it!

This mic has a very nice clean rich sound. I like the shock mount design with a quick release twist. Seems like a well put together mic. I’m very happy with it.

The C214 is a solid performer for anyone who wants to record a variety of instruments in the studio.

I previously used the “Blue Yeti Pro” for recording for the past year and a half, and after using the AKG C0214 for the first time, I was blown out of the water on the sound quality difference!! Absolutely a great purchase!!

I am getting great sound from every guitar rig I come across and I rarely have to move it once I set it. I even use the old loop-the-XLR-cable-around-the-handle-of-the-amp trick with excellent results being that it is side-address. Best Guitar Amp Microphone I Have Found.

  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency range: 20 to 20,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa (-34 dBV)
  • Max. SPL: 136/156dB SPL (0/-20dB) (for 0.5% THD)
  • Equivalent noise level: 13 dB-A to IEC 60268-4 (A-weighted)
  • Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted): 81dB
  • Preattenuation pad: 0/-20dB (switchable)
  • Bass cut filter slope: 160Hz, 6dB/Octave, switchable
  • Impedance: <=200 ohms Recommended load impedance: >=1000 ohms
  • Supply voltage: 12 to 52 V Phantom power to IEC 61938
  • Current consumption: < 2 mA
  • Dynamic range: 123/143 dB (0/-20 dB) (A-weighted)
  • Connector: IEC standard 3-pin XLR
  • Finish matte: grayish blue
  • Dimensions: 160 x 55mm (6.3″ x 2.2″)
  • Net weight: 280g (0.62lb.)
  • Shipping weight: 1450g (3.22lb.)
  • Patent(s): Electrostatic transducer (Patent no. AT 395.225, DE 4.103.784, JP 2.815.488)

http://www.akg.com/C214-1039.html?pid=1022

http://www.musicradar.com/reviews/tech/akg-c214-172209

http://www.thomann.de/gb/akg_c214.htm

Sound quality85
Worth it?90
Features60
Reader Rating6 Votes77
Positives
Easy to use. Reasonably priced. Maximum SPL capability with minimum noise. Matte grayish blue finish.
Negatives
Not so great for electric bass.
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