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The Rode is brighter and beefier, which I like. I preferred it. I have a feeling the AKG would sound better on something like a bass clarinet, where you want a darker sound.
 

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I have the AKG C214 and am happy with it, but I'm far from an expert on microphones. Don't you want a fairly neutral one that you can post-process with a good EQ anyway?

I did also slightly prefer the Rode in your video though.
 

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I have the Rode NT2A and like it a lot for many different things. But I've not used the AKG C214before, only it's bigger, more expensive brother the C414, which is in a whole other class of microphones.
 

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I have the Rode NT2A and like it a lot for many different things. But I've not used the AKG C214before, only it's bigger, more expensive brother the C414, which is in a whole other class of microphones.
Actually I've understood that 214 is the same as the 414 besides you can't change pattern?
 

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Actually I've understood that 214 is the same as the 414 besides you can't change pattern?
I daresay that they use the same capsule, or capsules that are not up to snuff for a 414, but I'm also sure that the electronics are not the same as a 414.
 

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I had a Rode NT2A and switched to a AKG 214. Never looked back, however both are good. NT2A brighter as I remember. Not really complimenting a Sax depending on your setup.
 

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I prefer the C214, it's seems to capture a better low end.
 

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The C214 has a little more energy both in the presence region and the lows which I find especially beneficial on the tenor - gives it a lot of presence and size. I'm torn on which one I like more on alto! Either way, both sound great.
 
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