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METAlliance Certifies HARMAN’s AKG C 414 XLS and XL II Microphones

New Models Feature Nine Selectable Pickup Patterns

Pictured (L-R) at Avatar Studios in NYC are METAlliance co-founders Frank Filipetti, Elliot Scheiner, George Massenburg, Al Schmitt, Phil Ramone, Chuck Ainlay, and Ed Cherney. Photo by Guillaume Chadalliac.

HARMAN’s AKG, manufacturer of highly acclaimed professional-grade microphones, has had its new C 414 XLS and XL II series microphones certified by the Music Engineering and Technical Alliance (METAlliance).

“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 on-stage and recording performance,” states Alfred Reinprecht, VP marketing and product development, AKG. “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.”

AKG was founded in Vienna in 1947, and was 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 a number of different models that have carried the designation “C 414” in various forms.

“AKG 414’s have been a mainstay in my recording arsenal my entire career,” commented, 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.”

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

Al Schmitt, winner of more Grammys than any engineer in history, added, “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.”

AKG’s new models C 414 XLS and C 414 XL II offer nine pickup patterns for the perfect setting within any application. Widely used for accurate, beautifully detailed pickup of any acoustic instrument, the new AKG microphones combine proven reference quality, leading-edge technology and state-of-the-art components.

The METAlliance is comprised of a group of globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers who have been deeply involved in establishing techniques and technical standards that are the foundation of modern music recording. The METAlliance founders are Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Phil Ramone, Elliot Scheiner and Al Schmitt.

Established in 2005, the METAlliance is a collaborative community that allows producers, engineers and audio technology manufacturers to work together to ensure the highest standards of audio production. Recognizing the industry’s success in bringing products offering convenience and low cost, the METAlliance is dedicated to the passionate commitment of securing the art of music through recording technologies that best deliver the music in all its many modern forms. To accomplish this goal, quality requires recognition and support.

Alongside platforms for research and development, standardization and education, the METAlliance also works closely with manufacturers to evaluate and certify products that offer the highest levels of quality in the recording chain. To date, only a handful of products have achieved this accolade.

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METAlliance : strategic union of music producers and engineers dedicated to the highest standards of audio and delivery of music, securing the art through recording technology in all its evolving modern forms.