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Studio condenser mic engineered for professional recording, broadcast, and sound reinforcement.
The side-address Audio-Technica AT4050ST Stereo Condenser Microphone is externally polarized (DC bias). Its independent cardioid and figure-eight elements are configured in a mid-side arrangement with switch-selectable internal matrixing.
Select from either a left-right stereo output (wide 127° or narrow 90°) via the microphone's internal matrixing system, or choose discrete mid-side signals for later manipulation. The Audio-Technica 4050ST mic is designed to meet the most critical acoustic requirements of professional recording, broadcast and sound reinforcement.
The AT4050ST microphone includes a 5.0m (16.5') dual output cable terminating in a 5-pin XLRF-type to 2 standard 3-pin XLRM-type connectors. The microphone output is a 5-pin XLRM-type connector. The AT4050ST microphone is equipped with a switchable 10 dB pad and a switch selects flat response or low-frequency roll-off (via integral 80Hz high-pass filter).
Audio-Technica encloses the AT4050 microphone in a rugged housing. The included AT8449 shock mount provides superior isolation and permits mounting on any microphone stand with 5/8"-27 threads. A dust cover and a protective carrying case are also included.
Operation and Maintenance
The AT4050ST requires 48V phantom power on pins 2 and 3 of both XLR3M-type connectors for operation. Wiring must be balanced throughout, and all mic cables in the system must be wired consistently: pin 1-to-pin 1, etc. If connecting to unbalanced inputs, good-quality balanced line transformers must be used.
Mid-Side Operation: In M-S mode, the microphone provides independent Mid and Side signals. This allows the width of the stereo image to be adjusted in post production or in the field with a matrix mixer.
Matrixed Stereo: The microphone offers two internally matrixed modes which provide traditional "left-right" stereo without the need for external mixers. To accommodate varying acoustic environments, the user may select between a wide pattern (127°) with increased ambient pickup, and a narrow pattern (90°) which offers more rejection and less ambience. Output phase is "Pin 2 hot."
For correct left-right stereo orientation, position the microphone so the raised Audio-Technica emblem is facing the sound source. In the internally matrixed modes, locating the microphone nearer the sound source enhances the apparent width of the stereo image, while decreasing room ambience. Moving away from the sound source will result in a narrower stereo image and more room sound.
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Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050ST Stereo Condenser Microphone:
Absolutely the most flexible, accurate and transparent mic you will ever find. Couple that together with 3 stereo patterns and 2 mono patterns and you have a complete arsenal of mics in one. My only complaint is the price. You can buy 2 at4050's for the price but I got a great deal on this so I jumped on the chance. If you buy 2 mics you can get the same configurations but with some serious work in positioning. I put this mic in front of a boys choir, a string quartet and a round table discussion and the stereo image and transparency were astounding. I played the video clips for people without prepping them for the sound and the first thing they said was it "sounds like I'm there."I put it about 3 feet above the front of my drummer's kit and it was far better than listening to the actual set. The closer you are to the source the more pronounced the stereo effect.The M/S setting worked like a charm at a roundtable discussion. I pointed the front capsule at the main speaker and everyone else around the table was picked up by the figure 8 capsule.I was considering shure ksm44's but we had such good results from my band mate's at4037 that I took the chance on this mic and will NEVER be without it.