AKG C214 Cardioid Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
Although mostly used for recoding vocals, the AKG C214's ability to capture sonic nuances has made it a favorite mic for recording acoustic guitars. It continues to gather quite the number of impressive positive ratings and reviews, thanks to its incredible dynamic range, versatility, reliability and stylish look. For a large diaphragm condenser mic, the AKG C214 has an impressively high max SPL of 156dB (with the built-in pad), which makes this mic capable of handling loud acoustic guitar strumming and is even known to work quite well with guitar amps.
- Type: Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 200 ohms
- Maximum SPL: 136 dB
- Attenuation Pad: 20 dB
- Low-cut Filters: 160Hz, 6dB/Octave
- Power Requirements: 12V to 52V phantom power
The general consensus for this mic is that its solidly built, reliable and gives you more quality than what you actually pay for. There's nothing really outstanding about it on paper, but the AKG C214's workhorse worthy quality makes it a great mic for recording acoustic guitars in both live and studio scenarios. And it's interesting how they crammed all its features inside a compact form factor that is only 0.62 lbs light. Being a large diaphragm condenser, this mic can handle a wide variety of sound sources, even those with increased low frequencies - so you're actually getting an all around mic and not just a good mic for acoustic guitars. Check this one out if you're into playing soft and expressive lines or if you want to recreate the boom of your jumbo or dreadnought acoustic.
We are currently recommending this mic in our guide The Best Studio Mics For Vocals.