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Christian Henson's Condenser Shootout

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One of the best mic shootouts I've seen/heard. Only 4 mics in the test, and they're all fairly expensive. However, the least-expensive one (AKG C414) held its own against the clear winner (Neumann U67). 

 

 

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I still own my C414 (modded to transformeless) form 1984-85ish.

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U67 Collectors Edition is $7KUSD at Sweetwater.

Non Collectors Edition is $3.6KUSD.

Pass.

 

Edited by Bapu

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The C414 has long been a  favorite of mine, although I've never owned one myself.

If, like most of us, you can only afford one good condenser then the 414's a good choice due to its versatility.  I'm still content with my KSM-44,  which is almost as versatile, about the same price, and offers that legendary Shure durability (it's survived multiple gravity-related mishaps).

But if I could go back in time to when my original short list came down to the Shure and the AKG, I'd probably reconsider and go with the C414. I have to admit, the deciding factor back then was that I thought the AKG was ugly. Stupid.

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The C414 was on Johnny's desk for years.

My modest vocal mic cabinet includes:

C414

AEA R84

AKG The Tube

 

My  studio drum mics are:

2x SM57 (top and bottom snare)

D112 MKII (kick out)

Sennheiser e-602-II (Kick In)

4x Sennheiser e-604 (toms)

2x Sennheiser e-614 (overheads)

 

I also have 2x MCA SP-1 

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