AKG C214 by joe_04_04
I purchased the AKG C214 for my first large diaphragm condenser mic months ago because I needed a decent vocal mic for a great deal. The mic was suggested to me by Eyal Amir of Project RnL who owned a AKG C414. He was the first one to tell me that that the C214 used the same capsule as the C414, but was cheaper and more affordable because the polarity on the C214 was fixed at Cardioid. This was perfect for me because I intend to only ever record one vocalist at a time.
When I first got it, I plugged it in and noticed that the mic gave my vocals more "clarity" than any of the previous mics I had been using for vocals (all sub-par mics). Another term that comes to mind about this mic is "fat." It seemed to give my vocals a sense of thickness where other mics I had used sounded thin and weak. Out of my own speculation, I feel that this "thickness" is due to the fact its a mic from the classic era. One thing I noticed about this mic was that it inherently had a bit of a darker tone. It requires a bit of upper midrange EQ, but besides that it, it doesn't need much more of anything else from EQ.
Overall, I love the mic. I've used it on vocals, acoustic guitars, and random percussion such as tambourines and maracas and such. It works well on everything. So having the same great tone quality as the C414 in cardioid mode, and being half the price, I'd say this mic was the best option for me. I love it and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great home studio mic.