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Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone 

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OVERVIEW

An affordable dual diaphragm microphone suitable for many applications.

The versatile Audio-Technica AT2050 is a multi-pattern large diaphragm condenser microphone that provides consistent, superior performance. The AT2020 mic offers you switchable cardioid, omnidirectional and figure-eight polar pattern settings. The AT2050 mic's dual large diaphragms are gold-vaporized and aged to achieve optimum characteristics over years of use. Equipped with a switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and 10 dB pad, the Audio-Technica AT2050 microphone is ideal for studio and live sound use on vocals, piano, strings, drum overheads, guitar amps, and more.

FEATURES
  • Three switchable polar patterns: omni, cardioid, figure-of-eight
  • Switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and 10 dB pad
  • Large diaphragm for smooth, natural sound and low noise
  • State-of-the-art surface-mount electronics ensure compliance with A-T's stringent consistency and reliability standards
  • Includes shock mount & protective pouch
SPECIFICATIONS

AT2050 Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

  • Element: Externally-polarized (DC bias) condenser Externally-polarized (DC bias) condenser
    Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omnidirectional. Figure-of-Eight
    Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
    Low Frequency Roll-Off: 80 Hz, 12 dB/Octave
    Open Circuit Sensitivity: ”42 dB (7.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    Impedance: 120 Ohms
    Maximum Input Sound Level: 149 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.; 159 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal)
    Noise: 17 dB SPL
    Dynamic Range (Typical): 132 dB, 1 KHz At Max SPL
    Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 77 dB, 1 KHz At 1 Pa
    Phantom Power Requirements: 11-52v DC, 4.7 Ma Typical
    Switches: Flat, Roll-Off; 10 dB Pad (Nominal)
    Weight: 412 G (14.5 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-TechnicaAT2050 Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Durable (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Versatile (5)

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5.0

Soid mic !!

By Westshore84

from Victoria BC

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

      This mic is easily one of the best mics I've ever used. I was trepidatious on what the quality would be because of the price range, but I was totally blown away. Being a metal vocalist who combines heavy and clean vocals, having a mic that can do the job for both styles is very important; and finding one that won't kill your wallet is equally as important. When I'm not recording in someone else's studio, this is my go-to for all my vox work.

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Studio Musician
      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
      • Intermediate
      • How long have you used this product?:
      • Over a year
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      5.0

      I will continue to buy this brand because it works good!!!

      By Votan

      from Florida

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

          This is a great product!!!

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • House of Worship
          • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
          • Novice
          • How long have you used this product?:
          • Over a year
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          4.0

          Great sound, sturdy design

          By Widersound

          from Auckland

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

              I use this pretty much exclusively for ways in which it was not intended to be used with most of my recordings being of musicians performing outside in locations with water hazards, awkward placements and the general exposure to the elements. Creates a beautiful, big sound that leaves me totally satisfied, including excellent instrument reproduction and glorious vocals.

              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
              • Videographer
              • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
              • Intermediate
              • How long have you used this product?:
              • Over a year
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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing sound and flexability

              By bluesqat

              from Bonners Ferry, ID

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Amazing Sound For The
              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording
                • Vocals And Guitar

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                I have used AT microphones for over 30 years now. They are the most consistently good quality and solid made microphones for the money. This microphone is no exception. Amazing flexibility and sound for the money. It is fantastic on vocals and guitar. AT condensers have strong endurance and are well made. It will be the best investment you will make in a microphone

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great for background singers

                By Steve

                from Smith Mountain Lake

                About Me Experienced

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                  I used two of these mics to pickup six background singers during a recent charity concert. The ability to get good gain with the switchable patterns without picking up guitar or keyboard amps is a plus. Featured solo parts were also part of the performance.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Solid! (5 stars considering price)

                  By lemonsun

                  from Los Angeles

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Overhead
                    • Vocals

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                    I was fortunate to win won of these in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. For the money this is an excellent mic. Definitely worth considering for a home studio where you have a limited budget but need something solid and versatile. While compared to my Blue Kiwi and SE 5500 it underplays a touch, it really is a great mic for its value (those other mics are about 2000 and 600 respectively). This AT 2050 may not sound as 'big' as top end condensers but it really isn't that far behind. Clear, quality sound. A little bit of a high sheen and not the most impressive low end definition but I am being hyper analytical. This mic would work well for vocals, overhead, and other applications. It doesn't have a ton of unique character but creates a realistic impression of the sound. For around 200 this is an excellent buy and a mic you can get a lot of mileage out of in a home studio. For a pro studio it may not be totally necessary if you have great mics like U87 or other large diaphragm condensers but still a solid mic that has a lot of potential use.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Better than I had hoped!

                    By Jack Stott

                    from Rocky mtn

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                    We have a group of 12 in our high school who do a fantastic job performing the national anthem for events. They had performed It in our gym without sound support, but really needed some amplification. I also wanted to have them perform the national anthem before football games, but only had one mic jack in front of the stands. I was concerned whether the one mic would pic up the group. It far exceeded my expectations! We have used it in several venues since.
                    Switchable pattern works as advertised, decibel switch does the trick, shock mount holds mic tight.
                    Very solid. I've only had it for a few months so I can't comment on durability.
                    High marks For sound quality v price

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Well Designed Multi-Pattern Condenser

                    By UnheardSound

                    from Central New York

                    Pros

                    • Ambience
                    • Vocals

                    Cons

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                        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                        This microphone meets the expected versatily of a multi-pattern microphone with a sound quality that can be compared to its higher cost counterpart. Polar pattern, low-cut, and pad setting on this microphone can be changed easily without using a tool, and it fits nicely on its shockmount.

                        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                        • Intermediate
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                        • Other
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                        • Less than a month
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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Outstanding Mics

                        By Neil Talley

                        from Kannapolis, NC

                        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                        I bought 2 of these from MF looking for a reasonably priced condenser microphone to record my son's jazz ensemble at live performances. I was really impressed with the clarity and quality these deliver. The brass, woods, guitars, percussion, and keyboards are all splendid running them though my PreSonus 16.4.2. For the price, they can't be beat! They also work fantastically on vocals. The switchable patterns is also a great plus. I plan on ordering a couple more just to have on hand. They will replace my 58's for vocal mics.

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Amazing Clarity

                        By NPAve

                        from Charlotte, NC

                        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                        This mic will do everything you want, and more. I have successfully used it for vocals, acoustic instruments (guitar/upright/sax) and it sounds perfect. Amazing clarity. I was recording from the mic, through a decent Peavey mixer and into FL Studio and / or Ableton Live and / or Reason Record. Amazing mic, would recommend to anybody looking for an affordable, pro quality mic.

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