AKG C414 EB
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AKG C414 EB

C414 EB, Large diaphragm condenser microphone from AKG in the C414 series.

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moosers 09/11/2009

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The AKG C 414 EB is an older model in the classic line of 414 microphones.  This is designed for use in the recording studio and probably shouldn't be brought outside of the studio since it is an older microphone and in general is fragile.  The mic is a condenser microphone and it has a variety of polar pick up patterns to choose from including cardioid, figure eight, omnidirectional, and hyper cardioid.  It also has a switchable pad and a high pass filter.

OVERALL OPINION

I have only used the AKG C 414 EB a small number of times as they are hard to find and aren't often found in studios.  I have used other models of the C 414 many times and find that there are only a small number of differences between the newer models of the C 414 and this one.  While it would be hard for me to choose which one I like better as all of the models of the C 414 are great sounding microphones, the C 414 EB has the most unique sound of the bunch.  Like all of the 414s, this is an incredibly versatile microphone that can be used for a high number of different instruments because of all the features that this has to offer.  I have only this particular model for recording a few different things including acoustic guitar and violin and have found that it is great in all of the applications that I have used it in.  It generally has a grittier tone than the modern C 414s but still maintains a high quality and a lot of detail.  If you had a pair of these they would definitely sound great as drum overheads as well.  These are definitely a lot harder to come by than any of the other models in the line of 414s and therefore will cost you a bit more than the other 414s.  If you are into vintage microphones this is probably worth it as it does have a slightly different tone than the new ones because of the time period it comes from.  All in all, the AKG C 414 EB is an outstanding microphone that should definitely be known to all engineers.