METAlliance Certifies Harman's AKG C 414 XLS, XL II Microphones

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The Music Engineering and Technical Alliance (METAlliance)—a collaborative community that allows producers, engineers and audio technology manufacturers to work together to ensure the highest standards of audio production—has certified the new C 414 XLS and XL II Series microphones manufactured by Harman's AKG.

Pictured at Avatar Studios in New York City are, from left, METAlliance co-founders Frank Filipetti, Elliot Scheiner, George Massenburg, Al Schmitt, Phil Ramone, Chuck Ainlay and Ed Cherney.

Photo: Guillaume Chadalliac

"Harman's AKG is proud to meet certification standards of the METAlliance for our C 414 XLS and XL II microphones, as it reinforces our standards for excellence in onstage and recording performance," states Alfred Reinprecht, AKG's VP of marketing and product development. "The group itself has proven its expertise in the industry, and we look forward to providing artists and engineers the finest quality products that continue to earn industry-leading accolades."

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AKG was founded in Vienna in 1947 and acquired by Harman International Industries in 1994. Among its professional products, especially noteworthy is the first C 12 (introduced in 1953) and its successors and alternate versions, which include the Telefunken Ela M 250 and M 251 (1960), the C 24 stereo microphone, the C 412, and different models that have carried the "C 414" designation in various forms.

AKG's new models C 414 XLS and C 414 XL II offer nine pickup patterns.

"AKG 414s have been a mainstay in my recording arsenal my entire career," says METAlliance co-founder Ed Cherney. "The new 414's have upped the ante. Being able to choose and place a microphone, and not have to reach for an equalizer, is simply the best."

"I recently tested the new AKG 414s on acoustic piano and as drum overheads," says Elliot Scheiner. "I found them to be beautiful and transparent. I'm positive they'll work in a multitude of situations."

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Multiple Grammy Award–winning engineer Al Schmitt adds, "I think the new AKG 414 mics are just great. So far, I've found them to give me exceptional results with piano and guitar."

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Watch a Mix TV video of the AKG C 414 XLS and XL II microphones in demonstration at the AES 2009 show.