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Meet the Audio-Technica AT4050, a multi-pattern studio condenser microphone that captures every nuance. With 3 switchable polar patterns, the large-diaphragm Audio-Technica AT4050 exhibits a remarkabl... Read More

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Overview

Meet the Audio-Technica AT4050, a multi-pattern studio condenser microphone that captures every nuance. With 3 switchable polar patterns, the large-diaphragm Audio-Technica AT4050 exhibits a remarkable combination of qualities: high-SPL capability with transparent and airy uppers/mids complemented by rich low-end qualities. Its dual large diaphragms are gold-vaporized and aged for consistent, outstanding performance. A precision-machined, nickel-plated brass acoustic element baffle provides rock-solid element stability and exceptional sensitivity.

The AT4050 is an ideal microphone for studio use and live sound productions with vocals, piano, strings, drum overheads, guitar amps, and more.

¢Transparent uppers/mids balanced by rich low-end qualities combine with advanced acoustic engineering for extensive performance capabilities and highest quality

¢Dual-diaphragm capsule design maintains precise polar pattern definition across the full frequency range of the microphone

¢The 2-micron-thick, vapor-deposited gold diaphragms undergo a 5-step aging process so that the optimum characteristics achieved remain constant over years of use

¢Transformerless circuitry virtually eliminates low-frequency distortion and provides superior correlation of high-speed transients

¢Open acoustical environment of the symmetrical housing assembly minimizes unwanted internal reflections

¢State-of-the-art surface-mount electronics ensure compliance with A-T's stringent consistency and reliability standards


Requires phantom power.

Features
  • Dual large gold diaphram capsule
  • 3 switchable polar patterns: omni, cardioid, figure-8
  • Transformerless circuitry virtually eliminates low-frequency distortion and provides superior correlation of high-speed transients
  • State-of-the-art surface-mount electronics ensure compliance with A-T's stringent consistency and reliability standards
  • Switchable 80Hz hi-pass filter and 10dB pad
  • Custom shock mount provides superior isolation
Specifications
  • Element: exterally-polarized (DC bias) condenser
    Polar pattern: cardioid, omnidirectional, figure-of-eight
    Frequency response: 80-18,000Hz
    Low frequency roll-off: 80Hz, 12dB/octave
    Open circuit sensitivity: -36dB (15.8 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    Impedance: 100 ohms
    Maximum input sound level: 149dB SPL, 1kHz at 1% T.H.D., 159dB SPL, with 10dB pad (nominal)
    Dynamic range (typical): 132 333dB, 1kHz at Max SPL
    Signal-to-noise ratio: 77dB, 1kHz at 1Pa
    Phantom power requirements: 48V DC, 4.2 ma typical
    Switches: polar selection; flat, roll-off; 10dB pad (nominal)
    Weight: 18.0 oz. (510 g)
    Dimensions: 7.40" (188.0 mm) long, 2.10" (53.4 mm) maximum body diameter
    Output connectors: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
    Accessories furnished: AT8449 shock mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; microphone dust cover; protective carrying case
    Audio-Technica case style: R1
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One year parts and labor warranty.


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Audio-TechnicaAT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
 
5.0

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  • Guitar (7)
  • Vocals (6)
  • Guitar amp (5)
  • Drums (4)
  • Strings (4)

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5.0

Love this Mic

By Classical

from Phoenix AZ

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

    I had seen some videos online about this mic. I needed a large condenser mic to record my classic guitar tracks. I recorded with a TLM 103 and then with the AT 4050 and really could not hear any noticeable differences. WOW.. I love the TLM 103 for vocals but really couldn't afford buying a second. The AT 4050 is at a great price and worked great.

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    5.0

    Great mic!

    By Philhart

    from Undisclosed

    Pros

    • Drums
    • Field Recording
    • Guitar
    • Guitar Amp
    • Vocals
    • Voiceover/Dialog

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      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

        This Mic is my go to mic for vocals. Multi pattern and able to be used in any situation.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Expert
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Over a year

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        5.0

        The ultimate studio workhorse

        By MattDWTM

        from Tampa, FL, USA

        Pros

        • Ambience
        • Bass Amp
        • Brass
        • Drums
        • Guitar
        • Guitar Amp
        • Harmonica
        • Piano
        • Strings
        • Vocals
        • Voiceover/Dialog
        • woodwinds

        Cons

        • the only con is that i don't own more of them...

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

          I first began using the AT4050 back in 1997, and nearly 20 years later, it still has a prominent place in my mic locker, probably racking up more overall use than any other single microphone I have. Talk about reliability! Not only reliable, but it's a flexible mic as well - It has served me incredibly well on snare, drum overheads, room, cabs, vocals, acoustic guitars, and just about anything else you can think of. The 3 polar patterns, pad, and bass roll off add to its flexibility. It absolutely is the best all-around condenser mic that I have.

          Sometimes, being good at many things can translate to being GREAT at nothing, but this is NOT the case with the 4050. When choosing mics for specific clients/situations, the 4050 regularly wins out as the best sounding mic, even when compared to more expensive mics.

          This is great for dynamic vocals, unbelievably good when mic'ing the bottom of a snare, full and warm on acoustic guitars, and incredibly detailed as a drum overhead.

          The frequency response of this mic is not hyped - it instead captures sound with a very honest quality. At the same time, you can run it through a good mic preamp and add a little "air" with a good EQ and it will hold its own with many of the expensive tube mics on the market.

          If you are going into a session "blind" and can only take one mic with you, for me that mic is always that AT4050.

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          • Expert
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          • Studio
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          • Over a year
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          5.0

          One of the best

          By Bobbyeddy67

          from Dalton OH

          Pros

          • Ambience
          • Bass Amp
          • Field Recording
          • Guitar
          • Guitar Amp
          • Voiceover/Dialog

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

            I've used this to record vocals, guitars, as a room mic, drums...you name it...this thing sounds incredible...

            I also recorded Thunder, Lightning, and rain...and it was movie quality...

            This is what the pro's use for a reason...I have a small home studio and consider this one of the best investments I've ever made..

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Novice
            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
            • Live Sound
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            • Over a year
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            5.0

            My go-to microphone.

            By orisinio

            from San Francisco

            Pros

            • Guitar
            • Strings
            • Vocals

            Cons

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                Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

                I have other mics, some much more expensive. In the studio, I always feel obliged to try my other mics, but most often I wind up using a trusty AT4050. I've yet to find a situation where it doesn't perform at least as well as anything else in my locker, particularly for vocals, both male and female. The multipattern capability makes it useful for live stereo recording, too, in pairs -- particularly mid-side stereo. Incredible value -- punches far above its weight class!

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Expert
                • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                • Studio
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                • Over a year
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                5.0

                Desert island mics!

                By bleen

                from Seattle

                Pros

                • Brass
                • Drums
                • Guitar
                • Guitar Amp
                • Piano
                • Vocals
                • woodwinds

                Cons

                • None!

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

                  I've owned a pair of 4050s for many years and they continue to be used on every session, both along side many more expensive microphones and many times instead of those other mics. They have a neutral character without being "boring" or clinical.

                  They've been favorites for drum overheads, male vocals, horns/sax, guitar amps and room mics.

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                  • Expert
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                  • Studio
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                  • Over a year
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                  5.0

                  A Quality Product and the Best Bang for the Buck

                  By tallislover

                  from Atlanta, GA, USA

                  Pros

                  • chamble ensembles
                  • choirs
                  • Guitar
                  • orchestras
                  • Piano
                  • Strings
                  • Vocals
                  • woodwinds

                  Cons

                  • brass

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

                    I do classical music location recordings and I have been elated with the results from my 4050s (2). The quality of stereo image and detail is equal to and sometimes surpasses microphones that are twice or three times the cost. These are more than an incredible value they are an invaluable tool for the work I do.

                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                    • Expert
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                    • Other
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                    • Up to a year
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                    5.0

                    One of my favorite microphones

                    By Philippe

                    from Massachusetts

                    Pros

                    • Ambience
                    • Brass
                    • Drums
                    • Guitar
                    • Guitar Amp
                    • Strings
                    • Vocals
                    • woodwinds

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

                      I had one of these on loan to me for a couple of months and when it was time to return it, I immediately ordered a new one for the studio. Clean, transparent, no nonsense. I've used it on everything from vocals to guitar amps. One of the most versatile mics in my cabinet. It's ability to capture the nuances of a baritone voice is quite impressive. Get one!

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Expert
                      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                      • Studio
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                      • Over a year
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                      5.0

                      Wonderful microphone

                      By Brian Kutscher

                      from Canton, MI

                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

                      I've been using AT 4050s in my home studio for about 13 years. Several CDs that have hit the market and many others for private interests have been recorded here with them. They are good for nearly every application from vocals to guitars to orchestral instruments to drums. I only use smaller mics for situations where there isn't enough room for the 4050 to fit in. The adjustable pattern feature makes them truly universal mics.

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