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AKG C414 XLS vs sE 4400a (part 2- vocals)

Should I go for an AKG or a Neumann? What do you think about the new sE? Have you checked the new DPA? Honestly, I think a Brauner sounds better than a Sontronics!
Naturally, since the dawn of time, sound engineers have always been dealing with such questions. Microphones represent in fact a very important element of the audio production process, probably even the most crucial.

AKG C414 XLS vs sE 4400a
AKG C414 XLS vs sE 4400a











As sound engineers themselves, AoA (AgeOfAudio) editors raised the some questions.
Therefore, since few months we started this video series in order to provide our readers with a proper and clear overview of the sound features of the instruments being tested.
Through these videos we do not aim at providing mere technical specifications that, although quite important, can be easily found on the official websites of the products; nor we claim to have the ultimate answer on the functionalities and peculiarities of these tools.
We rather want to explain in a direct and accessible way the subtle nuances of professional music equipment.

At this link you can find a first glimpse of the comparison between the AKG C414 xls and the sE 4400, two icons in the sector of Project Studio or Studio Pro. The mics were tested in the scope of male and female voiceover.
In this test we also summarily provided the technical specifications of the two microphones.

Today we give you the opportunity of checking out the different sonic characters of these AKG C414 xls and sE 4400 through the charming and sensual voice of vocalist Roberta Bianco.
We would like to thank the sound engineers of The Control Room studio and invite you all to have a look at our next tests and comparisons.
Your comments are welcome.

Enjoy the music!

Alfredo Capozzi

Technical specifications AKG C414 XLS

Polar pattern: omnidirectional, cardioid, wide cardioid, hypercardioid, figure-8.
Frequency range: 20Hz – 20000Hz
Sensitivity: 23mV/Pa (-33dBv)
Signal to noise ratio: 88dB-A
Powering: Phantom
Price: around 950 euro

Take 1 AKG C414 XLS
Take 2 AKG C414 XLS

Technical specifications Tecniche sE 4400

Polar pattern: Omnidirezionale, cardioide, ipercardioide, figura-8
Frequency range: 20Hz – 20000Hz
Sensitivity: 14.1 mv/Pa-37dB
Powering: Phantom
Price: around 550 euro

Take 1 sE 4400
Take 2 sE 4400


Singer: Roberta Bianco
Sound Engineer: Giorgio Durantino/Francesco Guarnaccia
Recording studio: www.thectrlroom.it

Translation (ITA-ENG) made by Mirko Ettore D’Agostino -> >For Contact

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