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Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone  

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Overview

  • Dual large gold diaphram capsule
  • 3 switchable polar patterns: omni, cardioid, figure-8
  • Transformerless circuitry virtually eliminates low-frequency distortion and provides superior correlation of high-speed transients
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A desert-island all-purpose mic that can give you silky vocals or screaming guitars.

Meet the Audio-Technica AT4050, a multi-pattern studio condenser microphone that captures every nuance. With 3 switchable polar patterns, the large-diaphragm Audio-Technica AT4050 exhibits a remarkable combination of qualities: high-SPL capability with transparent and airy uppers/mids complemented by rich low-end qualities. Its dual large diaphragms are gold-vaporized and aged for consistent, outstanding performance. A precision-machined, nickel-plated brass acoustic element baffle provides rock-solid element stability and exceptional sensitivity.

The AT4050 is an ideal microphone for studio use and live sound productions with vocals, piano, strings, drum overheads, guitar amps, and more.

•Transparent uppers/mids balanced by rich low-end qualities combine with advanced acoustic engineering for extensive performance capabilities and highest quality

•Dual-diaphragm capsule design maintains precise polar pattern definition across the full frequency range of the microphone

•The 2-micron-thick, vapor-deposited gold diaphragms undergo a 5-step aging process so that the optimum characteristics achieved remain constant over years of use

•Transformerless circuitry virtually eliminates low-frequency distortion and provides superior correlation of high-speed transients

•Open acoustical environment of the symmetrical housing assembly minimizes unwanted internal reflections

•State-of-the-art surface-mount electronics ensure compliance with A-T's stringent consistency and reliability standards


Requires phantom power.

Features

  • Dual large gold diaphram capsule
  • 3 switchable polar patterns: omni, cardioid, figure-8
  • Transformerless circuitry virtually eliminates low-frequency distortion and provides superior correlation of high-speed transients
  • State-of-the-art surface-mount electronics ensure compliance with A-T's stringent consistency and reliability standards
  • Switchable 80Hz hi-pass filter and 10dB pad
  • Custom shock mount provides superior isolation

An exceptional value and a great studio tool. Order your AT4050 today.

 

AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone Specifications:

  • Element: exterally-polarized (DC bias) condenser
  • Polar pattern: cardioid, omnidirectional, figure-of-eight
  • Frequency response: 80-18,000Hz
  • Low frequency roll-off: 80Hz, 12dB/octave
  • Open circuit sensitivity: -36dB (15.8 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
  • Impedance: 100 ohms
  • Maximum input sound level: 149dB SPL, 1kHz at 1% T.H.D., 159dB SPL, with 10dB pad (nominal)
  • Dynamic range (typical): 132 333dB, 1kHz at Max SPL
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 77dB, 1kHz at 1Pa
  • Phantom power requirements: 48V DC, 4.2 ma typical
  • Switches: polar selection; flat, roll-off; 10dB pad (nominal)
  • Weight: 18.0 oz. (510 g)
  • Dimensions: 7.40" (188.0 mm) long, 2.10" (53.4 mm) maximum body diameter
  • Output connectors: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
  • Accessories furnished: AT8449 shock mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; microphone dust cover; protective carrying case
  • Audio-Technica case style: R1
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Audio-TechnicaAT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
 
5.0

(based on 12 reviews)

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Pros

  • Guitar (5)
  • Vocals (5)
  • Guitar amp (4)
  • Strings (4)
  • Woodwinds (4)

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      Reviewed by 12 customers

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      5.0

      The ultimate studio workhorse

      By MattDWTM

      from Tampa, FL, USA

      Pros

      • Ambience
      • Bass Amp
      • Brass
      • Guitar Amp
      • Harmonica
      • Piano
      • Strings
      • Vocals
      • Voiceover/Dialog
      • woodwinds

      Cons

      • the only con is that i don't own more of them...

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

        I first began using the AT4050 back in 1997, and nearly 20 years later, it still has a prominent place in my mic locker, probably racking up more overall use than any other single microphone I have. Talk about reliability! Not only reliable, but it's a flexible mic as well - It has served me incredibly well on snare, drum overheads, room, cabs, vocals, acoustic guitars, and just about anything else you can think of. The 3 polar patterns, pad, and bass roll off add to its flexibility. It absolutely is the best all-around condenser mic that I have. Sometimes, being good at many things can translate to being GREAT at nothing, but this is NOT the case with the 4050. When choosing mics for specific clients/situations, the 4050 regularly wins out as the best sounding mic, even when compared to more expensive mics. This is great for dynamic vocals, unbelievably good when mic'ing the bottom of a snare, full and warm on acoustic guitars, and incredibly detailed as a drum overhead. The frequency response of this mic is not hyped - it instead captures sound with a very honest quality. At the same time, you can run it through a good mic preamp and add a little "air" with a good EQ and it will hold its own with many of the expensive tube mics on the market. If you are going into a session "blind" and can only take one mic with you, for me that mic is always that AT4050.

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        5.0

        One of the best

        By Bobbyeddy67

        from Dalton OH

        Pros

        • Ambience
        • Bass Amp
        • Field Recording
        • Guitar
        • Guitar Amp
        • Voiceover/Dialog

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

          I've used this to record vocals, guitars, as a room mic, drums...you name it...this thing sounds incredible... I also recorded Thunder, Lightning, and rain...and it was movie quality... This is what the pro's use for a reason...I have a small home studio and consider this one of the best investments I've ever made..

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          5.0

          My go-to microphone.

          By orisinio

          from San Francisco

          Pros

          • Guitar
          • Strings
          • Vocals

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

              I have other mics, some much more expensive. In the studio, I always feel obliged to try my other mics, but most often I wind up using a trusty AT4050. I've yet to find a situation where it doesn't perform at least as well as anything else in my locker, particularly for vocals, both male and female. The multipattern capability makes it useful for live stereo recording, too, in pairs -- particularly mid-side stereo. Incredible value -- punches far above its weight class!

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              5.0

              A Quality Product and the Best Bang for the Buck

              By tallislover

              from Atlanta, GA, USA

              Pros

              • chamble ensembles
              • choirs
              • Guitar
              • orchestras
              • Piano
              • Strings
              • Vocals
              • woodwinds

              Cons

              • brass

              Best Uses

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

                I do classical music location recordings and I have been elated with the results from my 4050s (2). The quality of stereo image and detail is equal to and sometimes surpasses microphones that are twice or three times the cost. These are more than an incredible value they are an invaluable tool for the work I do.

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                5.0

                Desert island mics!

                By bleen

                from Seattle

                Pros

                • Brass
                • Drums
                • Guitar
                • Guitar Amp
                • Piano
                • Vocals
                • woodwinds

                Cons

                • none!

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

                  I've owned a pair of 4050s for many years and they continue to be used on every session, both along side many more expensive microphones and many times instead of those other mics. They have a neutral character without being "boring" or clinical. They've been favorites for drum overheads, male vocals, horns/sax, guitar amps and room mics.

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                  5.0

                  One of my favorite microphones

                  By Philippe

                  from Massachusetts

                  Pros

                  • Ambience
                  • Brass
                  • Drums
                  • Guitar
                  • Guitar Amp
                  • Strings
                  • Vocals
                  • woodwinds

                  Cons

                  • none

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

                    I had one of these on loan to me for a couple of months and when it was time to return it, I immediately ordered a new one for the studio. Clean, transparent, no nonsense. I've used it on everything from vocals to guitar amps. One of the most versatile mics in my cabinet. It's ability to capture the nuances of a baritone voice is quite impressive. Get one!

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Bad Ass Affordable Mic

                    By Pine Mountain Casket

                    from Echo Park, CA

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

                    This mic is amazing for the price! I got mine used, which was priced even better. Nice, crisp tone for vocals and acoustic guitar and also great on guitar amps and percussion. I use it at home on all of these elements and sometimes on vocals in the studio.

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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Years Later...

                    By Honest Mango

                    from Texas

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

                    I purchased this mic maybe 4 years ago. I've bought many, but month after month, I get more use out of this mic than any other. A great microphone is not necessarily something you notice when you're recording...you notice it in the final product, and for vocals and acoustic guitars, this has become an absolutely essential piece of gear for me. I bought it for $500, and if it should break, I will immediately replace it for whatever price AT decides to charge for it.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Accurate sound capture...great mic!

                    By Anonymous

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

                    I purchased my AT4050 back in '02 when I was first breaking into the digital realm. I considered the KSM27, but I did not want the 'color' it offered (not a bad thing, just not what I wanted) since I have a dbx586 tube pre and a 1231 EQ that I can shape with. Recording acoustic guitar with this mic in single and near/far configurations yields exceptional results. I added my dbx166xl to the chain and vocals do well. In a good sounding room,try the figure 8 pattern on vox by singing close to mic and adjust mic distance/placement in room; it captures natural reverb beautifully. Does great on bass amps, distant mic on drums (djembe & congas...awesome response) electric guitar amps, and sax. Over-all, I LIIIKE it. The 4 1/2 stars on features was for the case - not terrible, just a little flimsy for a mic in this price-range. A great addition to my mic locker.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    AT 4050

                    By Marty Krkic

                    from Newcastle, New South Wales

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

                    The AT 4050 is great at registering & recording guitar amps. I own a VOX AC30 2X12 AMP and a MARSHALL DSL100MLB with a MC412 Half Stack. I mic each amp with one of these mics and a pair of SM57's. The AT 4050 is great because it doesn't "colour" the sound coming from my amps through the PA system at my church or when we record. So I get exactly the sound I want.I previously used the Sennheiser E906, people I know were saying that it was a great mic, butto me it was to "coloured", I'm not saying it's a bad mic, for my personal taste the AT 4050 is better, it's about 2 1/2 times the price the of the E906's, but it performs better, and simply put the lonely pair of SM57's needed some help, so I bought 2 AT 4050's, I'm glad I did. I own a couple of Fender Telecaster's and Gretsch G6128T-DSV Duo Jet with Fixed Arm Bigsby in Black. God bless.

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