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Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone

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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 pr... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Includes AT8449/SV shockmount
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 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
 
3.1

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

44%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Voiceover/dialog (8)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Film/video production (5)
  • Podcast (5)

Cons

  • Not durable (5)
  • Unreliable (5)
  • Limited functions (3)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

really great vocal and acoustic guitar mic

Definitely a great,rich sounding,well balanced and detailed microphone for vocals and acoustic guitar. It's transformer coupled output instead of solid state. I've done AB tests with the TLM 103 and U87....Read complete review

Definitely a great,rich sounding,well balanced and detailed microphone for vocals and acoustic guitar. It's transformer coupled output instead of solid state. I've done AB tests with the TLM 103 and U87. The AT4047 sounded wonderful on vocals (male and female vocalists) and beat the TLM103 on vocals and acoustic guitar. I found the U87 to be about even on vocals. Both the tlm103 and U87 sounded a bit too bright at about 10 khz. All comparisons were done using An Avalon VT737. The AT4047 his not a hyped up mic in the treble range.It's quite flat and has a small peak at 5khz at about 2 db. It's very smoothe and sounds great !!

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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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(47 of 47 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

really great vocal and acoustic guitar mic

By Brad

from big apple

Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

Definitely a great,rich sounding,well balanced and detailed microphone for vocals and acoustic guitar. It's transformer coupled output instead of solid state. I've done AB tests with the TLM 103 and U87. The AT4047 sounded wonderful on vocals (male and female vocalists) and beat the TLM103 on vocals and acoustic guitar. I found the U87 to be about even on vocals. Both the tlm103 and U87 sounded a bit too bright at about 10 khz. All comparisons were done using An Avalon VT737. The AT4047 his not a hyped up mic in the treble range.It's quite flat and has a small peak at 5khz at about 2 db. It's very smoothe and sounds great !!

(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 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    looks and charm

    By Bo Osborn

    from KC, MO

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

    This mic is awesome. I bought it to change up my constant use of the NT1-A. In comparison to that, it's more substantial in lower registers, like male (even female) vocals. In no way is it harsh. Great on acoustic guitars. It's less pronounced in upper registers, perhaps it's a slower transient response (than the Rode)... which the 4047 really requires a good preamp to bring out the presence. The mic is sincere and sounds rich and its detail is unprecedented.

    (2 of 3 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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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        This is everything you will need

        By ThorinEk

        from Småland

        Pros

        • Bang for the buck
        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Maximum decibel input level is low

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

          You can't scream into this microphone from close distance, otherwise the audio quailty is fantastic and can be compared to the AT2020. The only reason not to buy this would be if you want more flexibility with an xlr mic. Oterwise there is no reason to buy any other usb mic than this one. A lot of people complain about the build quality which I have has no problem with. The stand is not good, but you can just get a boom arm, and besides, the stand does work.

          • 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?:
          • Over a year
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          (1 of 2 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 3 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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Amazing Product for Beginners!

                By JesusEstradaCHZ97

                from Saratoga Springs, UT, USA

                Pros

                • Field Recording
                • Film/Video Production
                • great beginner mic!
                • Guitar
                • Podcast
                • Vocals

                Cons

                • loose cord

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                  This product is great for anyone who's looking for a cheap but good quality mic!! I been using it for awhile now and I don't regret spending my money on it!

                  However there is times that the mic cord has a hard time but betides that everything is just amazing!

                  • 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?:
                  • Up to a year
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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  great mic. stand not great

                  By EnglishmanInNY

                  from New York, NY, USA

                  Pros

                  • Ease of Use

                  Cons

                  • stand is poorly constructed

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                    Bought the mic over a year ago but didn't use it until earlier this summer for voiceover and other recording. The mic is easy to use and is easily recognizable by my Mac. The headphone connection is very helpful. I love it.
                    The stand, though, is not good. The thread stripped far too easily and I'm trying to find a way to replace it. I don't love it. At all.

                    This would have been a five star review if the stand hadn't failed.

                    (apologies. review was mistakenly posted by me as a comment)

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

                     
                    5.0

                    Sleek and Effective.

                    By UltimaBurnie

                    from Ohio

                    Pros

                    • Podcast
                    • Vocals
                    • Voiceover/Dialog

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                        This microphone is a great way to get started with a majority of projects. I personally use it for Voice Acting and Vocals. I have received several compliments on having professional sound quality. I highly recommend purchasing this microphone!

                        • 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?:
                        • Up to a year
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                        5.0

                        I would recomend this to people who are getting into youtube

                        By ThatGuyBOb

                        from Md

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Great Sound Quality
                        • Long Lasting

                        Cons

                        • Noisy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                          I use this for youtube. Great audio quality. But i does not sound good in voice chatting apps.

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                          • Up to a year
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                          1.0

                          Abject junk

                          By Drew

                          from Jacksonville, FL

                          Pros

                          • Great Sound Quality
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Unreliable

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                            The packaging was lackluster at best. In windows 10 the mic had a terrible time of trying to configure. I ended the test right there because in today's age of plug and play this is considered unacceptable. Spend a little more to get quality.

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                            • Less than a month
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                            5.0

                            Decent Mic

                            By Cayman

                            from Nor Cal

                            Pros

                            • Budget Mic
                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Bulky/Heavy

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                              It's a great Product Ive had it for a little over eight months now, I honestly will say It's built like a tank, there is no way you would break it unless you threw it at a wall. Its not hard to use, simply plug it into a USB port and make sure its the enabled device on your PC and you will be set.

                              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                              • Film/Video Production
                              • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                              • Intermediate
                              • How long have you used this product?:
                              • Up to a year
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                              4.0

                              You'd be better off saving up an extra $50 for an AT2020USB+

                              By Catjackdi

                              from S San Fran, CA

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Breaks Easily
                              • Limited Functions

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                                I've used this mic for a few months to replace my Blue Yeti (since the Yeti was way too big and heavy for the equipment I had). I normally used it for Let's Plays on YouTube, and up until a week ago, it'd been serving me fine. Unlike most who bought this, the desk stand wasn't the problem... it was the mic's USB-B port. I had this hooked to an arm and when I was rearranging the mic setup, the USB cord fell out and I noticed that there was a part embedded in the cable. Turns out a part had snapped within the port and now the prongs were unusable alongside the rest of the mic. I'm hoping I can either get this repaired or replaced by another mic of the same price and/or quality.

                                • 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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                                (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                1.0

                                This microphone is one of the worst. Bad quality. DO NOT BUY

                                By Julian Jackson

                                from San Francisco, California

                                Pros

                                • Compact

                                Cons

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

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                                  HORRIBLE. DO NOT BUY! LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE AND DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.

                                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                  • Live Sound
                                  • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                                  • Expert
                                  • How long have you used this product?:
                                  • Less than a month
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                                  5.0

                                  love this mic, and all audio tech really

                                  By kenny

                                  from greenville sc

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                  • Breaks Easily

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                                    love this product. please make more mic's like this one.

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

                                    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    2.0

                                    Very sensitive to noise

                                    By ComradeMuffin the youtuber

                                    from London, England

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                    • Falls easily
                                    • Sensitive to noises
                                    • Unreliable

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                                      This mic was bought to do gaming commentaries on for my YouTube channel. I thought it looked like a good mic but if you just raise your voice it like cuts off the sound. Also the mic is way to heavy for the stand. It always tips over. Horrible mic. I should return it

                                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                      • Film/Video Production
                                      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                                      • Intermediate
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                                      • Less than a month
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                                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      1.0

                                      No....Just No

                                      By kyler

                                      from Undisclosed

                                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                                      The sound quality is terrible,it doesn't even sound as good as my laptop's built in microphone not that you can even hear the quality because the volume is so quiet. I maxed the volume on a couple different machines and it is still practically inaudible. The mic also has a rattle coming from inside that was audible when i took it out of the box. I would suggest avoiding this mic unless you are looking to buy a very expensive baby toy.

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                                      • Intermediate
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                                      (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      1.0

                                      Horrible

                                      By Robert1105

                                      from Undisclosed

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Doesn't work at all

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                                          I doesn't even work with my computer! I tried everything. Overall, this was a complete waste of my time and I am better off buying a new microphone.

                                          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                          • Intermediate
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                                          • Computer
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                                          • Less than a month
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