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  • Can't decide which mic to buy - Rode NT2K vs AKG414

    I have approximately 600-650 bucks to spend, and still can not make up my mind which mic to buy - torn between RODE NT2000 and AKG414



    help.
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  • #2
    you can get 414 for 650????

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    • #3
      used
      i did a search on ebay - completed listings - they sell in 550 - 700 usd range
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      • #4
        414 have so many "offspring" you really have to ask which 414 ? AKG did the model a great disservice by making so many variations over time. They're great mics, but if you get an NT2K at least you know what you're getting.
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        • #5
          I was thinking AKG 414 ULS
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          • #6
            What's the intended use ?
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            Originally Posted by braif

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            • #7
              Personally, I'd go 414 for the history. Even all the different lines, the WORST 414 is better than most. RODE is great but AKG 414 says, "I been in the industry for one million years recording hit after hit after hit".

              Sorry. I have unbridled lust for 414s, so I think I'm probably biased.

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              • #8
                If it's for one specific vocalist, ideally you'd want to try both and see which one was the better "fit".

                Personally, I prefer the C414EB (even the P48 version) over the ULS, but YMMV.
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                • #9
                  I've got a 414B/ULS and had it for years and years (bought it used in the late 80's). It is excellent on anything acoustic (not only guitars but the only mic I'd use for mando or recorder or many times sax for that matter). It works really well on many female vox and male tenor vox. Also really handy as it has patterns so even my low mid filled voice, I can put it in omni and it will get rid of the lows on close intimate vox. I think everyone needs a 414.
                  -David

                  (the artist formally known as DC before the move to HC)

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                  • #10
                    I have the 414B XLII (my only mic), which may be more what you are looking for if it's for solo vocal or guitar, since it has a bit of a lift at the top for some air. It's a very flexible mic, with 5 different patterns, which is important particularly if it's your only mic. I'm using it with a Solo/610, and probably the high lift is a good thing there as well, to offset some of the high end roll off of a tube based pre, though I could be wrong about that.
                    Dean Roddey
                    Chairman/CTO, Charmed Quark Systems, LTD

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