AKG C214
Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic

The AKG C214 is a large-diaphragm FET condenser microphone. With just one polar pattern or one-sided 1-inch capsule, it is much more cost effective than it’s bigger brother, the C414. And yet, it claims to hold up to the same quality standards.

AKG C214 Specs

  • Frequency range: 20 – 20k Hz
  • Self-noise: 13 dB-A
  • Signal to noise ratio 81 dB-A
  • PAD switch -20 dB
  • Bass Cut Filter: 160 Hz
  • Impedance: 200 Ohms
  • Pick-up pattern: cardioid
  • Voltage: 9-52V
  • Connection: Balanced XLR
  • Rugged double mesh grill for high RF immunity but unaffected Acoustics

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AKG C214 Promises

If you are interested in voiceover, singing or instrument recording, AKG should ring a bell as it is one of the most known brands among microphone manufacturers. The AKG C214 features the same Capsule as the higher end models but lacks some of the features like multi-pattern and more settings. This means, if you do not rely on those features you can get a top-notch microphone for relatively little money! I am showing you what comes with the microphone and compare it to an inexpensive microphone. No EQ or other sound adjustments except normalizing the tracks to the same loudness and some compression only affecting the proximity test parts for you not to have your ears blown out.

  • AKG’s legendary 1“ edge-terminated large diaphragm sound
  • Sonic equivalent to the AKG C414
  • Incredible 143dB dynamic range (up to 156 dB SPL)
  • Integrated capsule suspension to reduce mechanical noise
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Legendary sound
  • Roadworthy construction
  • Engineered Excellence – Built in Vienna, Austria

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What’s In The Box?

While most manufacturers decide to give you a pouch, the AKG C214 comes in a nice and sturdy carrying case which is fully padded. On top of that, You will be provided with a phenomenally good H85 shock mount and a foamy wind-screen.

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How Does It Hold Up In Recording?

Frequency Response

The AKG C214 features a few unique properties which also reflect in its frequency response graph. The low cut filter is relatively high with a cut-off frequency of 160Hz. That said it is not a harsh cut-off but tapers down gently. For most microphones, we would expect a high-pass filter at a frequency range of 80-100Hz. AKG makes some conscious decisions here and with how it is implemented, I assume, they choose 160Hz to offset the proximity effect.

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AKG C214 Polar Pattern

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The AKG C214 is configured to have a cardioid polar pattern. This is a classic configuration for voice microphones not only in live situations but also in a studio environment. Being a front addressed microphone it picks sounds primarily from the front and rejects most of the frequencies coming in from the back side.

Being not as narrow as a hyper-cardioid patter it allows a talent to move in front of the microphone without having the tonal quality change which otherwise, might require more takes to get your recording right.

AKG C214 Comes With A Special Capsule Mount Construction

Akg’s capsule mount is very special!

All Geared Up AKG_c214_open-e1534715215688 AKG C214<br>Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic<br>[UNBOXING And REVIEW] audio hardware    Most condenser mics have either no internal shock absorption or they have the capsule or its frame mounted on a rubber decoupling piece. This gets rid of some vibrations but not all.

Akg has taken another route and mounted the C214’s capsule on a free-floating mount. The capsule is held in place by 4 rubber bands. This basically acts like a spider shock-mount but internally. You have almost no handling noise except the noise transferring straight into the capsule via air. On top of that, you get the impressive H85 shock mount!

Thoughts And Judgement

Again, the AKG C214 is an incredible mic. Especially for its price! If you are lucky, you can find yourself a deal for under $350 USD!

Considering this microphone plays in the same league as $1000 USD mics, this is a great value and a steal!

In terms of sound, the c214 is a very versatile microphone. However, with the dip in the high end, it also colors the sound. This characteristic is handy for voices in particular but might result in not being your first choice in every recording scenario.