The C 414 XL II (the successor of the famous C 414 B-TL II) differs from the C 414 XLS by offering a slight presence boost and by providing the spatial reproduction capability of the legendary AKG C 12 microphone. This characteristic response and spatial detailing makes lead vocals and solo instruments stand out, even in a densely packed mix. This signature up-front sound is also excellent for distant miking applications making the C 414 XL II ideal for classic music recording or drum ambience miking. And because of its 9-pattern design, leading-edge technology, state-of-the-art components, and reference-quality results, the AKG C 414 XL II ushers in a new standard in microphone versatility.
The C414 XL II offers nine pickup patterns which enable you to choose the perfect setting for every application. In addition to the five patterns traditionally offered by the C 414 (omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, and figure eight), you also get four intermediate settings that let you dial in the best pattern to suite your environment. It also features an astoundingly low noise floor and a 152dB dynamic range, making the C 414 XL II ideal for any musical environment. A locking mode allows you to disable all of the C 414 XL II's controls for live-sound applications and permanent installations, and a special "Peak Hold" LED displays even shortest overload peaks.