AKG Pro Audio C414 XLS Instrument Condenser Microphone
AKG’s C414 XLS offers a balanced, accurate, and neutral sound that has made it a top choice for those trying to tackle the beast of recording great-sounding electric guitar. The mic’s 9-pattern design ensures that you’re getting way more than you might figure from a single unit. Find the appropriate setting for each room, instrument, and project by switching between omnidirectional, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure eight, and four intermediate settings in the pickup pattern. The unit’s maximum SPL clocks in at 140dB (158dB with its 18dB pad), so you can turn your amplifier up to a volume loud enough to truly convey the natural sound of the instrument without walking on eggshells about overloading the microphone that is recording the performance. And just in case things do get overloaded, a handy peak hold LED display gives notice of even the most minuscule peaks.