solaris wrote:John Willett wrote:No - AKG is not really AKG anymore - first it was Harmanized and now it's Samsung.
I am not sure what to say about that. My 414's work great and they had a good review on SOS. Maybe it is the newer mics. I don't have enough knowledge about this....
Hmmm... It's certainly the case that the Harman empire -- now absorbed into the Samsung empire as JW says -- closed the original Austrian AKG production and R&D facilities... so JW's concern is that the manufacturing quality and the design of future 'AKG-badged' products will potentially not be as good as the legacy products. To be fair, though, it's far too early to tell...
...And C414s have always been very good studio workhorses, even if the different versions have brought different qualities and characteristics...
The AKG C 391 B is an old mic I think. 1-2 decades. It is strange that no one has any experience with it.
I have some experience of the Blueline series... it's basically a moderate-cost modular system with electret capsules. They're not in the same ballpark as the MKH mics, or Schoeps etc... but provided they are handled with care they can deliver serviceable results. The quality is not bad, although I found them a little noisier than similar-sized higher-end mics but that's unlikely to be an issue if you're recording relatively close sources.
Modular mics generally tend to be less reliable than fixed-capsule mics, but the CK capsules have an impedance converter built into the capsule itself, so the bayonet connection operates at low impedance, which is a very smart engineering move, improving reliability considerably.
Maybe I should buy two large capsule mics?
The MS technique is one stereo configuration where large-diaphragm mics can be used without compromise -- the typically poor off-axis response is far less significant in this application than in, say, an XY array.
As Sam suggests, your C414s could be used as an MS array very easily and effectively... been there, done that, very happy with the results! :-)