Made in Vienna
AKG C314 fills a little gap that we didn’t even know existed – between the venerable C414XLS multipattern studio legend, and the C214 single diaphragm cardioid condenser.
For those who have recorded with nice microphones, C414XLS needs no introduction, so it’s easy enough to go straight to the bullet points for the all-new C314:
4 polar patterns – Cardioid, Supercardioid, Omnidirectional and Figure 8.
There is a switch for ‘flat’ or 100 Hz ‘roll off’
A nice new feature is the ‘intelligent pad’ found on the side of C314. You can leave it in the 0dB position (135dB Max SPL), and check out the LED just below the switch. If it’s glowing green, you’re in business. Should it change to RED, your input is clipping the microphone, so flick the -20dB pad into position.
Of course, C314 has years of AKG sound built in. The computer-matched dual diaphragms are based closely on the sound of C414XLS. A very versitile microphone, indeed.
For a great little (6 min) demo video featuring C314 on drum overheads, D12VR on kick and C451B on snare and ride cymbal, check out the video tab below.