Wondering What Mic Does PewDiePie Use? Well, you will be able to figure it out in the next few minutes, along with a bonus…
Philanthropist, comedian, and undisputed online celeb, Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg a.k.a PewDiePie is one of the highest-paid YouTubers today and the first vlogger to have 100 million+ subscribers.
What started as game walkthroughs and reviews later diverged into an emblem for an online pop culture with PewDiePie at its epicenter.
Despite the controversies, or rather because of it, he has a cult following and perhaps boasts of the largest online outreach in influence among non-artist or eminent personalities.
But PewDiePie is a celeb and if this is the first time you have heard off him, keep a check on the views of this latest PewDiePie video! He does have a serious follower count and earns substantially from subtle product sneak peeks on his videos.
And here, we are going to the look at the current PewDiePie microphone and then some more!
A cult mic for a YouTuber with a cult following, AKG is one of the holiest names in the audio recording industry. They were the first to manufacture multi-pattern remote-controlled condenser mics, the C12, popularly used by legendary names including Tom Petty, Michael Jackson and even Sinatra. The C414 XLS and XL II are just variants of this new-gen rendition from AKG.
But Why Did PewDiePie Picked This Mic?
Let’s look at some of the features it has to offer.
One mic for all – probably the easiest tag for the C414 XLS. It offers multiple polar patterns, pad shifts, and customizable high pass filters with rocker switches for adjustments. Simply, this mic has everything a mic can have. Now, let’s dive in to check out what all this means for the user.
Polar patterns determine how a mic can be used for audio. The most common polar pattern for the best condenser mics is cardioid.
In cardioid pattern, the mic will record audio only from up front and negate any input from the other sides. Similarly, in omni-directional pattern, audio recorded from all directions equally, in figure of 8 pattern, it is recorded only from the front and the back while negating input from the sides.
In short, this AKG C414 XLS can record in any mode you may want it to.
Pad shifts come in handy when you are throwing a lot of sound towards the mic. Drums or other instruments, or even a choir, mics are sensitive and loud noises can replace clarity for distortion. A pad shift helps manage the total audio input the mic will take.
With high decibel sounds, you can use a pad shift to cut the input level and record clear and detailed audio without chaos. With this mic, you get 3 pad switch options – 6, 8 and 12 dB. So, you can record high decibel vocals or drums within an enclosed space with ease, just like PewDiePie.
Where pad switches manage high decibel bursts, high-pass filter are vital to reduce unwanted low decibel audio hums. The AC, a fan, a fly – mics often tend to pick up all such noises. AKG and other audio biggies are yet to figure out a mic that will choose which noises to record.
Till then, high-pass filters are the way forward, and this mic comes with 3 filter options. Note that high-pass filter options are also commonly referred to as bass-cut filters as they also help reduce proximity effects like audio pops.
Going from the inside out, the C414 holds its own with its vintage gold grille and solid metal design. All filtering options can be physically calibrated with dedicated rocker switches with those for the polar patterns placed at the front and the other two options placed at the rear. You also get a recessed LED strip with the patterns.
This mic is smart – it will light up the green LED under the pickup selected but only when the audio is aimed correctly at it. If you set it on cardioid and start off from the sides, the LED strip will show red instead of green. Other than that, this mic looks exquisitely vintage with its golden grille and matte black metal body.
So far, this mic has everything it needs to deliver audio outputs par excellence. Now, let’s check out if it actually can.
First things first, the C414 XLS has a better if not bigger sibling, the C414 XL II, which is AKG’s flagship mic. But there is not much between them when it comes to audio quality and outputs.
The XLS does a better job with the bass notes while the XL II offers a clearer rendition on high notes. Vocals are top notch with evenly distributed depths and crispy clear pitches, especially with the XLS. The XL II is better suited for multiple individuals and instruments. In short, the C414 is one of the best condenser mics for podcasting.
Before the AKG, PewDiePie did not just use a mic. Instead, he used a whole mic kit – the RodeNT1 Kit.
Rode is another legendary name like AKG, and they have popularly stuck to their roots with their pro-graded products.
The mic is cardioid-only and Rode arguably does have make the best condenser cardioid mics. With the kit, you get a professional grade shock mount and an all-metal pop filter, just about everything you will need to vlog like PewDiePie.
This is an extremely sensitive piece of audio recording equipment, perfect for rich and professional vocals. But, bear in mind that you will not enjoy it much with a lot of background noise as this mic will record everything – from the deepest baritones in your voice to the AC humming next door.
How to Become a Successful Vlogger like PewDiePie?
Well, first sort out the content you want to publish. Keep your wits and grab the first opportunity to go viral. There is no quick guide to it. You just have to hit the iron when it’s hot. But make sure you are not using below-par hardware while at it!