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AKG C414 XLS User Instructions

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C414 XLS
C414 XLII
REFERENCE MULTIPATTERN
CONDENSER MICROPHONES
3
BEDIENUNGSANLEITUNG
Vor Inbetriebnahme des Gerätes lesen!
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USER INSTRUCTIONS
Read the manual before using the equipment!
50
MODE D'EMPLOI
Lire cette notice avant d'utiliser le système!
74
MODO DE EMPLEO
¡Consulte el manual antes de utilizar el equipo!

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  • Page 1 C414 XLS C414 XLII REFERENCE MULTIPATTERN CONDENSER MICROPHONES BEDIENUNGSANLEITUNG Vor Inbetriebnahme des Gerätes lesen! USER INSTRUCTIONS Read the manual before using the equipment! MODE D’EMPLOI Lire cette notice avant d’utiliser le système! MODO DE EMPLEO ¡Consulte el manual antes de utilizar el equipo!
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    4.6.4 Double bass/Cello 4.6.5 Acoustic Guitar 4.6.6 Flute 4.6.7 Clarinet 4.6.8 Tenor Saxophone / Soprano Saxophone 4.6.9 Trumpet/Trombone 4.6.10 Grand and Upright Pianos 4.6.11 Electric Guitar/Bass 4.6.12 Drums CLEANING Microphone Wind screen TECHNICAL DATA C414 XLS / C414 XLII MANUAL...
  • Page 3: Safety And Environment

    In case of scrapping the equipment, separate the housing, electronics and cables and dispose all the components in accordance with the appropriate waste disposal regulations. • The packaging is recyclable. Dispose of the packaging via an appropriate collection system provided for this purpose. C414 XLS / C414 XLII MANUAL...
  • Page 4: Description

    Introduction Introduction Thank you for your decision to buy an AKG product. Please read the user instructions carefully, before using the unit and keep them in a safe place so that you can refer to them in the future at any time. We wish you a lot of fun!
  • Page 5: Controls

    Controls Controls Unlike earlier versions of the C414, the C414 XLS / C414 XLII provides three separate bidirectional pushbuttons for selecting the polar pattern, preattenuation pad, and bass cut filter, each with an LED bar indicating the selected setting. The selectors and indicator LEDs are only active as long as power (48 V phantom power) to the microphone is on.
  • Page 6 Selector 1 on the microphone front panel (refer to fig. 1) lets you select one of nine carefully designed polar patterns similar to those of the legendary C12 and C12 VR studio microphones from AKG, providing the optimum polar pattern for best possible results in the most diverse miking situations. All polar patterns are largely frequency-independent for realistic and uncolored off-axis sound.
  • Page 7 10 to 15 seconds to become fully active. Bass Cut Filter Figure 3: Bass Cut Filter Selector 3 on the microphone rear panel (refer to fig. 3) reduces low-end distortion cau- sed by footfall or wind noise, etc. The filter takes effect under 160 Hz and filters 6 dB/octave. The bass cut also minimizes the proximity effect that may arise in close-miking applications (less than 6 inches (15 cm)). C414 XLS / C414 XLII MANUAL...
  • Page 8: C414 Xlii

    With conventional peak indicators, overload peaks lasting only for a fraction of a second may easily escape your attention. The new peak hold function of the C414 XLS and C414 XLII, however, makes sure you will notice even the shortest overload peak:...
  • Page 9: Power Supply

    POWER SUPPLY Power supply The C414 XLS and C414 XLII provide extremely low self-noise yet high headroom. The only way to meet these strict engineering requirements was to limit the powering options for both microphones to 48 V phantom power to IEC 61938 only. This standard requires a positive voltage of 48 V with reference to the cable shield.
  • Page 10: Using The Microphone

    C414 has been in production, and the C414 has become an "industry standard" against which most competitive or new products are compared. You can use the C414 XLS for most musical instruments. Selector 1 lets you optimally adjust the microphone's polar pattern to the instrument to be recorded and the recording environment.
  • Page 11: Application Area

    USING THE MICROPHONE Application Area Application Area We recommend the C414 XLS and C414 XLII for the following applications: Sound source C414 XLS C414 XLII Lead/solo vocals Backing vocals/choir Speech Acoustic guitar Electric guitar Electric bass Double bass Violin Cello...
  • Page 12: Hints On Microphone Placement

    Bass cut: ON (40 or 80 Hz) W414 X windscreen or PF80 pop screen recommended To give the talent better control of their own voice, we recommend adding the talent's audio track to their headphone monitor signal. C414 XLS / C414 XLII MANUAL...
  • Page 13: Choir/Backing Vocals

    Backing vocals/technique 3: If you use a single microphone for the entire group, select the cardioid or omni pattern and place the vocalists in a semicircle in front of the microphone. C414 XLS / C414 XLII MANUAL...
  • Page 14: Violin, Viola

    Direct the microphone to the f holes from a height of 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.5 m) above the floor. Large string sections: Use a combination of a pair of microphones in an XY, MS, ORTF, or other stereo configu- ration and close-in spot microphones. Viola: Direct the microphone to the f holes from a height of 7 to 10 feet (2.2 to 3 m) above the floor. C414 XLS / C414 XLII MANUAL...
  • Page 15: Double Bass/Cello

    Refer to "Double bass" above. Cello/technique 2: Use a close-in microphone as in technique 1 above plus a distant microphone. Set the level of the close-in microphone approx. 20 dB lower than the distant mic level. C414 XLS / C414 XLII MANUAL...
  • Page 16: Acoustic Guitar

    Figure 9: Miking the flute with a single microphone We recommend using two microphones. Direct Microphone 1 toward the player's mouth at an angle from above (little breath noise), and Microphone 2 at the instrument from the side. C414 XLS / C414 XLII MANUAL...
  • Page 17: Clarinet

    Soprano Saxophone Figure 11: Tenor Saxophone Figure 12: Soprano Saxophone Aim the microphone at the middle of the instrument from a distance of about 2 to 3 1/2 ft. (50 cm to 1 m). C414 XLS / C414 XLII MANUAL...
  • Page 18: Trumpet/Trombone

    For a rock/pop sound, place two C414s roughly 8 to 16 in. (20 to 40 cm) above the strings. Align mic 1 with the treble strings and mic 2 with the bass strings, both at a point about 6 in. (15 cm) behind the dampers. C414 XLS / C414 XLII MANUAL...
  • Page 19: Electric Guitar/Bass

    Electric bass: Use the same technique as for the electric guitar. You can use a DI box to add the direct signal of the line output on the bass amp to the microphone signal. C414 XLS / C414 XLII MANUAL...
  • Page 20: Drums

    EQ(s). Kick drum: Remove the resonance head and place the microphone right inside the shell. Be sure to switch the preattenuation pad in (-18 dB) because sound pressure levels may rise to 160 dB. C414 XLS / C414 XLII MANUAL...
  • Page 21: Cleaning

    Use a soft cloth moistened with water to clean the surface of the microphone body. Wind screen Wash the foam wind screen in soap suds. Do not use the wind screen before it has dried completely. C414 XLS / C414 XLII MANUAL...
  • Page 22: Technical Data

    Electrostatic transducer (patents nos. AT 395.225, DE 4.103.784, JP 2.815.488, US 7,356,151) This product conforms to the standards listed in the Declaration of Conformity. You can request the Declaration of Conformity by e-mail from sales@akg.com. C414 XLS / C414 XLII MANUAL...
  • Page 23 TECHNICAL DATA Frequency response Polar diagram Frequency response C414 XLS C414 XLS / C414 XLII C414 XLII Omnidirectional Wide cardioid Cardioid Hypercardioid Figure 8 C414 XLS / C414 XLII MANUAL...

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