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Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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The Audio Technica AT2035 is a large diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone designed for critical home, project, professional studio applications, a...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 09-28-2017

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A large diaphragm microphone with rugged construction and high-performance specs.

The Audio Technica AT2035 is a large diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone designed for critical home, project, professional studio applications, and live performance. This side-address cardioid studio condenser mic delivers exceptional detail and low noise. Equipped with a switchable 80Hz high-pass filter and 10dB pad, the AT2035 microphone handles high sound pressure levels with ease. Along with its rugged construction and high-performance specifications, the Audio-Technica AT2035 is a microphone that provides an exceptional level of consistency from model to model. Audio-Technica equips the AT2035 mic with a protective pouch and a custom shock mount.

FEATURES
  • Large diaphragm for smooth, natural sound and low noise
  • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
  • Custom shock mount provides superior isolation
  • Switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and 10 dB pad
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
  • Includes custom shock mount & protective pouch

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Element: Fixed-Charge Back Plate, Permanently Polarized Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Low Frequency Roll-Off: 80 Hz, 12 dB/Octave
  • Open Circuit Sensitivity: -33 dB (22.4 Mv) Re 1v At 1 Pa
  • Impedance: 120 Ohms
  • Maximum Input Sound Level: 148 dB SPL, 1 Khz At 1% T.H.D.; 158 dB SPL, With 10 dB Pad (Nominal)
  • Noise: 12 dB SPL
  • Dynamic Range (Typical): 136 dB, 1 KHz At Max SPL
  • Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 82 dB, 1 KHz At 1 Pa
  • Phantom Power Requirements: 11-52v DC, 3.8 Ma Typical
  • Switches: Flat, Roll-Off; 10 dB Pad (Nominal)
  • Weight: 403 G (14.2 Oz)
  • Dimensions: 170.0 mm (6.69") Long, 52.0 mm (2.05") Maximum Body Diameter
  • Output Connector: Integral 3-Pin XLRM-Type
  • Accessories Furnished: AT8458 Shock Mount For 5/8"-27 Threaded Stands; 5/8"-27 To 3/8"-16 Threaded Adapter; Soft Protective Pouch
  • Audio-Technica Case Style: R5
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Audio-TechnicaAT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
 
4.7

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Pros

  • Good audio (12)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Durable (7)
  • Vocals (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (7)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

overhead mic for drums

By Great-FDkJV

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

Put them in a drum cage as overhead mics at my church. It sounds like you're standing next to the cymbals instead of them being in a cage and muffled. Totally worth the money.

Granted, we went from having some SM58s on the cymbals (NEVER do that) to these guys so...

We have a decent drum mic set on the toms. You can turn all the tom mics off and can't tell much of a difference between the drum mics and these as overheads. Much more sensitive than dynamic mics, tons of headroom, very accurate reproduction of what you're hearing... by my ears anyways.
Don't use the 10dB pad, but it could become useful.

Would have been nice to be a little more clear of "front and back" for the mics, but they're clean and professional looking and it only takes a little bit to figure out which direction they should face.
They're HEAVY mics! Make sure you don't have lousy stands for them, and the stands have a sturdy base. If you have to put them out a ways on an arm, better make sure you have something to hold down the mic stand with.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

one of the greats

By frankilo

from new hampshire

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Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

this mic is amazing! you can read all the other reviews and they will tell you that this is a great mic. i have had it for almost a week and all i ever want to do is record with it. if you are thinking of getting a mic or a new mic and dont want to spend all of your money or if you just want a good all around mic. this is the mic for you! i swear you wont regret spending your hard earned dough on this.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great mic!! Nothing better under $200......

By LG414

from Milwaukee, WI

Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

I use this mic in a home recording studio for Rap & RnB.... Good clean sound...the 10 db pad helps to pull out alot of the background noise and the 80hz low end filter pullout the hum and rumble noise. Makes for less work in post production. Im sure there are higher end mics out there with better sound quality but they probably cost alot more.... In the $200 range this is def A-1.

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  • Studio Musician
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  • Intermediate
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  • Over a year
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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

review of AT-2035 large diaphram cardioid condenser mic

By William Barlak

from burbank ca

Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

all in all, for home recording, you can't beat it for the money.
group is two guitars, bass and drums with three vocals. we sit in room in my house and use an old yamaha aw4416 project box to record the vocal rehearsals. (no live drums during vocal rehearsals; use AR-18). turns out using sm58's to record the vocals is so lame. I had an old AT-3035 (now discontinued) we tried out on the lead singer. ab fab. went ahead and bought two AT-2035's (the 3035 replacement, I guess) to mic the rest of the singers. sounds great. the mics are so sensitive that when the windows are open, they pick up the birds singing outside and conversations of neighbors walking down the street! No problem with that, we're just recording rehearsals anyway. very solid mic. played the vocal rehearsals (including guitar, bass, and AR-18 tracks) for recording engineer buddy who said the quality of the vocal recording, excluding the bird sounds, was as good as any demo he has heard. seems the only diff between the old 3035 and the new 2035 is the change in color from silver to black, and the fact that the 2035's are made in Taiwan instead of Japan. now, liked the mics so much I bought a third so that the wife's all-girl vocal quartet can use them when they rehearse. guess whose idea that was.

2035's are so sensitive, I would never use them for live sound. but for home recording, they are really good.
so far so good. as good as the old AT-3035 that I've had for ten years.
Looked all over the net and the AT-2035 was the best value I found. Since I already had one AT-3035, it wasn't much of a gamble.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

At2035 For Studio Recording - Great mic for the price!

By Al David

from Near Nashville, TN

Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

For the price, verstility and vocal warmth the mic gives me, I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for excellent quality at a reasonable price. Loving it!
I like the db cut and 80z high filter...gives me lots of versatility. The warmth of the mic gives fullnes in the upper vocal register without the scratchiness...keeps the upper register full. Likewise, the lower vocal register is full without the "boom" effect. The mids are prevelant but without being shrill or noticeably thin, characteristics so often associated with mids. The sound is dynamic with just the right amount of trim at the top and the bottom.
I've only had the mic about a week, but it appears to be a quality component...It's heavy enough for its size! But, I've had no problems with it staying adjusted on the mic stand.
I doubt I will find a better mic for my needs anywhere near this price...great value.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My go-to mic

By skys3

from Birmingham, AL

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

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      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

      This mic is what I use when my more expensive mics don't do the trick. It would be worth twice the money for male vocals and overall neutral recordings. Get this mic and you will never give it up.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great on Toms!

      By SMW14042

      from Florida

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

        I originally bought two of these for drum overheads. They did great, but I moved on to Shure sm27's. Had these lying around and used them for vocals, guitar cabs and whatever need came up. No complaints on any of these applications. Experimented with them on toms and really took to them. I like them much better than dynamic mice that are more often used for toms. They are open and full without imparting the "character" that most dynamic drum mics bring to the table. This is obviously because of the relatively flat response these mics have. I can eq them to taste once the mics naturally capture the full spectrum of the toms' sound. I use the low cut and the pad and then eq to taste in the DAW. I suppose you'd have to have good sounding toms to want a natural reproduction of the sound, but that has nothing to do with the mic.

        I can also attest to their durability. I dropped one from about 4 feet onto a hard floor. I put it back on the stand and did a spoken word comparison to the other one. They sounded exactly the same. I've since used the "dropped" one on vocals and was happy with the sound. Great mic for the money.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AT2035 Microphone

        By Jack-ET5oc

        from Florida

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        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

        Totally satisfied with the purchase. Based on initial tests and usage, I would buy it again, and may buy a second for my studio.
        I bought this to replace an existing large diaphragm condenser microphone, that has good reviews. It will be used mainly for vocals in my home recording studio. After testing the AT2035 with both a male and female voice, and a recording session with a male singer, there is no contest, the AT2035 wins. It has a much better and flatter frequency response.
        Good value for how well the mic performs.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Of Highest Quality at A Great Price

        By JohnOneOne

        from Lancaster, PA, USA

        Pros

        • Guitar
        • Vocals

        Cons

        • i cannot think of any cons

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          Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

          About a year ago, while researching equipment for setting up my first small, home-recording studio, I settled on the AT2035, and this was simply because it provided the virtual flat, truly accurate response I was hoping to record, especially when attempting to capture the wonderful sound of my 1938 Gibson L00.

          Since I purchased two (for stereo recording), and since I've just now started using them, I've never been more satisfied with the professional quality of their construction as well as in their ease of use, especially when I add any other instrument (including voice# to the mix.

          If anyone was trying to do the same as me #especially with a limited budget), I know they would be fully content with the performance of the AT2035 - they are worth every penny.

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Novice
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          • Studio
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          • Up to a year
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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent value!!!

          By bastbnman

          from Clearwater, FL, USA

          Pros

          • Brass
          • Drums
          • Field Recording
          • Piano
          • Strings
          • Vocals
          • Voiceover/Dialog

          Cons

          • None!

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

            I have used many studio mics over the years and never come across a mic that costs so little and sounds so great! I have A-B'd it against my TLM-103 and much prefer the sound of the AT-2035 to the Neumann. Considering I purchased three of them for less than a third the cost of one TLM-103, I am thoroughly satisfied!!!

            You won't find a better deal.

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            • Expert
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            • Studio
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            • Up to a year
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            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great for the price!

            By Tony G

            from Rose Bud, AR

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            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

            Works excellent in an acoustic setup! We havent mic'd nothin & it picks up everything! If you amp it up it'll hold up, but its workin hard! Overall it's awesome!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My first studio condenser

            By gshome

            from Fernley, NV

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Frequency response
            • LOW NOISE
            • Very sensitive

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Live Streaming
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

            I bought this microphone for my streaming music studio and also plan to use it for voiceovers. The sound is far superior to my dynamic microphones I've been using in the past.

            The weight of it is a bit on the heavy side, so make sure you have a strong enough stand to support it.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Flat and True

            By e.scarab

            from Lexington, Ky

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            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

            I have several of these now as they are simply the best mic anywhere this price range for overall quality, sound, and consistency. They do not have the brittle high end of most Chinese mics. They basically give back what goes in them. If you are looking for the coloration of a FET mic or something, look elsewhere. But if you want a nice, clean, very flat mic that gives excellent results on just about anything, this is the one you cannot go wrong with. The better the pre amp, the better they sound. I use mine with a SP VBT1 and my Focusrite Saffire Pro 40. They both give excellent but different results. If you have a tube pre or such, it will warm these right up and they also respond well to good tube/saturation plug-ins. I also got an AT 2050 for $142.00 and even at full price you can't really touch them for the money.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A step up.

            By Evil Jon

            from Durham, NC

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

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              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

              This is my second mic of this type which I will be using in my home studio primarily for acoustic instruments and vocals. I was previously using an MXL 990. After a comparison tracking acoustic guitar directly into my interface with both mics I can say that I do hear a noticeable difference in the sound. The AT2035 is more pronounced in both the low and high middle frequencies which makes it sound a bit less compressed than the MXL. It's a subtle difference and I don't think I'm going to get rid of my 990 but I would probably lean toward using the AT for this type of application going forward.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love this microphone!!

              By churchmusician

              from Troy, SC

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

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                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                I use this microphone in my church for my small choir. This is one of two microphones. It is wonderful. I highly recommend it. Very warm and picks up voices from a good distance.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Drum overheads

                By perryj

                from St Louis

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                I bought these to use for over heads on drums only and I can say they do the job.. nice pings from the ride cymbals and they helped with the over all color & sound of the drums..

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The Best Mic for it's Price!

                By KronikleVII

                from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

                Pros

                • Vocals
                • Voiceover/Dialog

                Cons

                • None!

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                  I'm a rapper and producer from Malaysia.
                  Previously I was using the M-Audio Nova condenser mic. I wouldn't say that It was bad but I wasn't satisfied with the quality I got from it. So when i decided to change to another mic, I came across the AT2035 and purchased it. I must say I was more than amazed! Such quality and clarity! If you're really familiar with EQ's and compression, there's no doubt that you can get the sound want from the AT2035. I'm more than satisfied! Amazing mic! Amazing price!

                  I'll do another review post soon with link to the video of my song recorded through AT2035.

                  Till then, great job Audio-Technica! Wonderful product!

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                  • Intermediate
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                  • Studio
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                  • Less than a month
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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great with high gain..

                  By Rob Richards

                  from 90210

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                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                  The source range on this thing is perfect. Equally suitable for live and studio applications. I have tried many mics in this price range and this is the only one that stays tame with a high gain setting. This mic finally made me stop second guessing my pro-channel preamp and has made 1/3 of my mic locker obsolete.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Bargain surprise!

                  By e.scarab

                  from Lexington, Ky

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                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                  I purchased mine while on sale for $95, $4 bux cheaper than the 2020 w/o pad and bass roll off so for me it was a really good bargain. It is fairly smooth and consistent across the frequency bandwidth and with a decent preamp sounds surprisingly good. The high SPL handling is a large part of why I bought it. Just don't try to push it to its limit because it does get a bit distorted.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent on acoustic guitars!

                  By BrianM

                  from Portland Oregon

                  Pros

                  • Balanced sound
                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Great price

                  Cons

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                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                      I've used this Microphone for three years now and love it! It makes recording my acoustic guitar fun and easy. I aim it at the 12 fret, about 10 inches away and its magic everytime! This microphone showed me that you dont need to spend $2K to get high quality!

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                      • Other
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                      • Intermediate
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                      • Over a year
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