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Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone 

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OVERVIEW

The mic you need for demanding applications

The Audio-Technics AT4047 Condenser Microphone is designed for professional recording and critical applications in broadcast and live sound. Transformer-coupled output and a specially tuned element provide sonic characteristics reminiscent of early FET studio mic designs. The AT4047 mic has exceptionally low self-noise, wide dynamic range and high SPL capability. It sports a vintage silver-matte finish on the microphone and shock mount. Audio-Technica includes a protective case and AT8449/SV shock mount with the AT4047 microphone.
Requires phantom power.

FEATURES
  • Gold-plated, specially contoured and aged, dual-diaphragms
  • Switchable 80 Hz hi-pass filter and 10 dB pad
SPECIFICATIONS

AT4047 Condenser Microphone

  • Phantom power requirements: 48V (±4V)
    Cardioid pattern
    Frequency Response 20 - 18,000 kHz
    10 dB pad; roll-off
    Open circuit sensitivity -35 dB (17.7 mV), ±2 dB re 1V at 1 Pa
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Audio-TechnicaAT4047 Condenser Microphone
 
3.6

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Voiceover/dialog (8)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Film/video production (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Podcast (5)

Cons

  • Not durable (4)
  • Unreliable (4)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great sound, super simple setup

First off, read the manual before you plug in the microphone. It only takes a couple of minutes.

I'm using a Win7 laptop with an SSD, which means that it's the...Read complete review

First off, read the manual before you plug in the microphone. It only takes a couple of minutes.

I'm using a Win7 laptop with an SSD, which means that it's the quietest computer that I can find.

I am using this microphone for voiceovers for videos and for future studio use (voice only).

After reading the instructions, I attached the microphone to a mic stand, ran the cable from the microphone to my PC.

This is a substantial microphone in terms of size and weight. Not massive, but it's larger and heavier than you would expect.

It took about 30 seconds for Win7 to recognize the mic and install the drivers. I adjusted the microphone level.

I did a test reading for about 20 seconds, but the mic was reversed. Stupid me! It picked up my voice and the TV in the background.

Test reading two. Turned off the TV, turned around the mic and was very impressed by the sound quality.

I'm recording directly into Sony Sound Forge v9.0D and have found it to meet my needs.

I don't plan on using the mini-tripod. I will use a mic stand so when I do my voiceovers, I can stand and move my arms and have some freedom of movement.

In the attached photo, I've left plenty of slack at the USB connector, and I used Velcro to keep the cord against the mic stand pole. I also replaced the original USB cable with one that is about 12 feet long, which lets me move my laptop far out of the range of the audio.

In my test audio, you can hear the dog playing with his squeaky toy. He will be removed from the room during actual voiceover work.

Dislikes: The extremely bright blue LED. I slipped a label maker label over it. You can still see the blue, but it doesn't blind you. I tried the headphone jack. I need to do some more testing.

I want a longer USB cable to move it further from my computer. I replaced it with a much longer cable.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz

Microphone was fine for awhile. Now recently it has stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz.

In the attached image you can see the spectrum for a voice clip I...Read complete review

Microphone was fine for awhile. Now recently it has stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz.

In the attached image you can see the spectrum for a voice clip I recorded. (Played back in foobar2000)

It sounds extremely muffled, like I'm speaking through a door.

Hoping AT will stand behind their warranty.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You Cannot Go Wrong With This Mic

By e_scarab

from Kentucky

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Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

First let me say that I have no idea what GeorgeLikesMusic was running his through, but if it sounded tinny and weak, there is something wrong and he needs to consider returning it for a new one. This mic is anything but tinny and weak! It has about as full and powerful sound as I have heard. I have been using it primarily for voice over type work and with it set flat (no roll off) and about 6 inches away from the mic, it needs little if any EQ work and exhibits little if any plosives or sibilance. I pull out 138k specifically for my voice and it's a done deal. Far from tinny, this things is deep, warm, and smooth! In fact, for some voices and instruments, some might not find it "bright" enough, but those people are probably used to the high end of inexpensive Chinese mics. And it is not as "bright" as other AT mics, but that is the whole point of this mic. Please don't misunderstand, it has plenty of high end and has a very nice sheen, and again is very smooth, even on the top end. Whatever it may lack on a particular use can easily be dialed in with minimal EQ. I have used it through an SP VBT-1 with excellent results, a Saffire Pro 40 with excellent results, and a UA 710 Twin-finity with spectacular results. My only complaint is I couldn't afford the MP!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Happy

By Vain Melody

from Canada

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Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

I rented one of these for serval months and have since bought one. My vocals sound clear, warm and pleasant (I'm a male baritone). It doesn't add much colour to my voice. It isn't an aggressive mic.I would replace if lost/stolen/broken.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Driver Error with Windows 8

By CurlyLogic

from Virginia

Pros

  • Looks Nice

Cons

  • no drivers! completely dead!

Best Uses

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

    After buying this product to my dismay I found that while it worked on my laptop running Windows 7, Windows 8 could not find a driver for it. I am extremely dissatisfied with this as I was planning on mainly using the mic with my desktop.

    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
    • Intermediate
    • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
    • Computer
    • How long have you used this product?:
    • Less than a month
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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A step up

    By PTCOLE

    from Austin, TX

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    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

    A giant leap forward if you have been using Chinese microphones. I have owned several of the popular chinese mics and have found myself spending hours adjusting EQ and effects to get a passable vocal sound. This microphone moves the vocal forward in your mix. It gives the impression that a vocal is projecting from the very front edge of the monitor speakers. The sound is so rich and warm, that you may even forget to experiment with EQ and effects.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Smooth and warm

    By Adam-YcS8p

    from Seattle, WA

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    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

    The response curve of this microphone shows a gentle rise in the bass. The sound tends to reflect this, having a warm, mellow character. I used this microphone to record a female vocalist with a soft, sultry voice. I connected it to a dbx 386 tube preamp, feeding its digital S/PDIF output to my Digi-002R. This made for an incredibly clean and present vocal channel that captured her very essence. Very little post-processing was done to the vocal track (a little high-shelf to bring out some sparkle, some comp to smooth things out, and a little reverb for presence).I've also used it to record nylon acoustic guitar, and piano. For the former, its sound is slightly dull, but very smooth and clean. A little high-shelf EQ can add back some sparkle. For the piano... It was a 7' Steinway grand. While someone played, I moved my head around inside the piano to find sweet spots. With the 4047 and an Audio Technica 4050 placed in the sweet spots, I was able to beautifully capture the sound of this magnificent instrument (played for jazz).Summary: Use this microphone anywhere you desire a warm, smooth tone. It is very well suited for female vocals (I haven't tried it for male vocals yet) and piano, but really will sound good on just about anything.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Wow Just Wow But

    By jacobt6y

    from New York

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

      I love it but the stand breaks way to easy ive been trying to fix mine i really was expecting it to have a better stand

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Computer
      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
      • Expert
      • How long have you used this product?:
      • Less than a month
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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Microphone for Price

      By iccowan

      from North Carolina, USA

      Pros

      • Film/Video Production

      Cons

      • none at all.

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

        For $100, this is an excellent microphone. It doesn't have as many features as the $300-$600 ones though. I have used this microphone for almost 2 years. I use this is a YouTube recording studio setup, and it does everything I need it to. It works with Windows and Mac very cleanly. All I had to do was plug it in, enable it in the settings, and it worked great. There is no static in the background of the audio. Great microphone and audio quality. I highly recommend this mic.

        The mic is very sensitive to clicks and taps on a desk, so I use a microphone stand and pop filter to keep it from picking up on every mouse and keyboard click.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Novice
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Studio
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Over a year
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        (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Its alright

        By Shockmount

        from Los Angeles

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        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

        I'm going to be honest, this is a terrible mic to have if its going to be your only large diaphragm condenser. I use it solely as an instrument mic. The vocals sound tinny and weak wit this mic, even preamped. However, it is a great addition to guitar cabs to beef up an SM57, and its sound on acoustic guitars is natural and full. I even use it on kick drum and snare every once in a while. Bottom line: terrible as an all around or vocal mic, excellent as an instrument mic.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz

        By Nick Name

        from Canada

        Pros

          Cons

          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

            Microphone was fine for awhile. Now recently it has stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz.

            In the attached image you can see the spectrum for a voice clip I recorded. (Played back in foobar2000)

            It sounds extremely muffled, like I'm speaking through a door.

            Hoping AT will stand behind their warranty.

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Computer
            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
            • Intermediate
            • How long have you used this product?:
            • Up to a year
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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Would recomend investing in something else.

            By RJ Lambert

            from Boston, MA

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily
            • Limited Functions
            • Pricey / Poor Value
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

              Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

              The Pros here really don't outweigh the cons. This product has poor durability, so bad that I think the one that I bought was manufactured improperly. I'm not exaggerating when I say that after 4 months of light usage, the stand provided with the microphone literally broke at every joint. When I opened it up, I was confused as to why the setup didn't work properly, but then I realized that the grooves inside the base of the microphone weren't cut deep enough to screw into stand, so it had to be balanced very precariously on my desk whenever I used it. The flickering blue light is a bit irritating, and was inconsistent when recognizing whether or not the device was functioning at any given time. The USB 2.0 type B port in the base that was used to connect microphone to the cable ended up putting the mic out of usage when the prongs in the port ended up bending after being plugged in. I got the port repaired, but unfortunately, now no device will even recognize the microphone as a microphone. The Microphone promised limited interference, but the only way to prevent it from being overwhelmingly present in my recordings was to put a stocking over the Mic, or to use a pop screen. The sound quality is generally good, but I could easily find it in another product for cheaper. It was easy enough to use, but what with all the problems I encountered, I wouldn't even recommend this product to someone new to recording.

              • 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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