Demonstrating the performance and versatility of AKG microphones, the technical staff for rock icon Neil Diamond selected AKG microphones for his 2008/2009 world tour, celebrating the first chart-topping album of Diamondâ€™s storied career. Neil Diamond is one of the most successful adult contemporary artists in history and has sold well over 120 million records worldwide. Diamondâ€™s successful career has spanned over 40 years and his current tour illustrates why he is one of pop musicâ€™s most enduring and successful performers of all time.
Commenting on the tourâ€™s selection of the C 414, Neil Diamondâ€™s Sound Designer/FOH engineer Stan Miller states, â€œWe treat the microphones similarly to the way musicians treat their instruments.â€? Miller and his audio staff took extensive time to review the entire line of AKG products as well as those from many competitors. â€œWe had to be careful because there is a lot of risk when switching microphones, however choosing the C 414 was the perfect decision for the horn section and drum overheads.â€?
â€œThe May 6, 2008 release of â€œHome Before Darkâ€? has sparked life into Neilâ€™s career as it took him 42 years to finally top the album charts with an original work,â€? Miller stated. â€œThe 2008 world tour is a celebration of Neilâ€™s accomplishments and we wanted to produce a fitting showcase. In doing so, the decision to select AKG has proven to be a great success,â€? Miller continues. â€œNot only have we received tremendous results from the C 414, the WMS4000 wireless system and the IVM4 in-ear monitoring system have produced tremendous results as well.â€?
The C 414 delivers excellent sonic performance in a wide range of recording and live sound applications including pianos, percussion, acoustic guitars and orchestral recording. Its 1″ gold sputtered, edge-terminated dual diaphragm capsules have a very smooth and warm response and users have the ability to select from five different polar patterns including cardioid, hypercardioid, and wide cardioid omni-directional or figure-8 by using the easy-to-use pattern selector switch.
The C 414â€™s features include three switchable attenuation filters and three bass-cut filters that minimize undesirable low frequencies caused by wind vibration or proximity effect. Minimizing low frequency noise benefits artists such as Neil Diamond, who perform in a number of outdoor venues. The C 414 has been upgraded and improved several times over the past 37 years as technology has improved in response to the requirements of ever-demanding artists and engineers.