Quote: Originally Posted by drethe5th I did 75% of my project on AKG 414. The mic other was a neuman. I did hear some differences in the headphones between the two but in general once the music kicked in and its mixed, there wasn't a night and day difference to me. The preamp used was the Blue Robbie & UA 1176 and ADL600. Im sure there are better combo's and depending on the engineer you could get better results using that exact same combo. But in general I dont have a problem with the 414, as Ive done most of my work past and present with one. And on the same token I am not converted fanboy of Neuman. I saw more character with it, but not some mind blowing change. Here is a sample so you can get an idea of what the outcome was. iTunes - Music - Contradiction by Dre the Fifth Sounds nice man, vocal sound kinda reminds me of Jeru the damaja nice n thick but up front too , Which rev of the 414 did you use ? btw cover looks dope !