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Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone

You Pay: $599.00
Product Highlights
  • Dialog Boompole Microphone
  • AT4900b-48 Body
  • AT4053b-EL Hypercardioid Head Capsule
  • Direct-Coupled Balanced Output
  • Transformerless Circuitry
  • Switchable High-Pass Filter
  • -10dB Pad
  • Additional Capsules Available

The AT4053b from Audio-Technica is a professional-quality shotgun microphone ideal for field or studio use. The mic consists of 2 components, the AT4900b-48 mic body and an AT4053b-EL hypercardioid head capsule. The hypercardioid pickup pattern minimizes off-axis noise, improving the isolation of the desired sound source. Additional interchangeable head capsules with different pickup patterns are available separately.

The mic has a rugged turned-brass housing for exceptional durability. Internal transformerless circuitry greatly reduces distortion and provides excellent correlation of high-speed transients. The direct-coupled balanced output provides a clean signal, even under high-output conditions. Additional features of the mic include a switchable high-pass filter to reduce low frequency noise, and a -10dB pad for picking up loud sound sources. The mic comes complete with a mic stand clip, foam windscreen, and carrying case.

Professional Quality
The mic is specially engineered to meet professional standards
Rugged Build
The turned brass housing provides long-lasting durability
High-Quality Audio
The transformerless circuitry greatly reduces low-frequency distortion and provides excellent correlation of high-speed transients, while the direct-coupled balanced output provides a clean signal, even under high-output conditions
Hypercardioid Pickup Pattern
The hypercardioid mic capsule greatly reduces off-axis sounds, providing terrific isolation of the desired sound source 1
Filter and Pad
A switchable 80Hz high-pass filter and -10dB pad allow you to reduce low-frequency noises and extend the mic's headroom in order to capture loud sound sources
Phantom Power
The mic runs on 48V phantom power, which it receives via the standard XLR connector
RoHS Compliant
The mic is free from all substances specified in the EU directive on the reduction of hazardous substances
Accessories Included
The mic comes complete with a mic clip, windscreen, and carrying case
Transducer Externally Polarized (DC Bias) Capacitor
Polar Pattern Hypercardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 129dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 78dB
Maximum Input Sound Level 145dB
155dB (With Pad)
Power Requirements 48V Phantom
Impedance 50 Ohms
Output Connectors 3-Pin XLR
Pad Yes, -10dB, Switchable
Low Frequency Roll-Off 80Hz High-Pass Filter, Switchable
Dimensions (LxDiameter) 6.1 x 0.83" (155 x 21mm)
Weight 4.5 oz (127g)
Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone
  • AT4900b-48 Mic Body
  • AT4053b-EL Head Capsule
  • Mic Clip
  • Foam Windscreen
  • Carrying Case
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Audio-TechnicaAT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone
     
    4.5

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (13)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Compact (10)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Durable (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (14)
      • Amateur recording (7)
      • Home studio (6)
      • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Performances (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (13)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent microphone for indoors

      I have been using this microphone for the past two and a half months, recording indoor interviews. I record into a Tascam DR-100, which provides the phantom power (and other features)...Read complete review

      I have been using this microphone for the past two and a half months, recording indoor interviews. I record into a Tascam DR-100, which provides the phantom power (and other features) not available on my Canon 60D.

      This microphone's frequency response is fabulous, capturing the full vocal range. As a hypercardioid, the AT4053b is a significant improvement on the on the Sennheiser ME66, the microphone I was using for interviews before, which yields a very thin sound when used indoors.

      I boom the microphone, getting it as close as possible to the subject's mouth. As a result , the AT4053b's flat frequency response, you need to use an EQ, attenuating a few decibels between 100 to 200 dB. I wouldn't consider the flat frequency a drawback, as it is very useful in certain contexts (e.g., capturing someone with a deep voice). But it something you need to be aware of, especially when recording a few inches from a person's mouth.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      wasn't real impressed

      It is a decent mic but I found it a little lacking in mid tones, fullness and warmth.

      It is a decent mic but I found it a little lacking in mid tones, fullness and warmth.

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      5.0

      This mic did the trick

      By martinsvideo

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

        I bought the new Tascam DR-60DmkII 4-Channel Portable Recorder as a secondary device to record audio and tried my existing mic's with this unit. The problem was that both my other 2 mics did not pick up well without a lot of ambient noise too and definitely didn't do well in a "echoey" type room setting. Now I do have a couple of wireless mic's also but sometimes those don't fit the bill. I needed a mic, on a boom pole & stand that picked up good interviews that didn't have that "echoey" tone to it and also picked up the voice loud * clear enough so when I imported it into FCPX I had an audio track I could deal with and edit. After watching some video's of this mic and hearing some online samples, I thought I'd try this even though it was very pricey for mainly one purpose. Once it arrived I was really anxious to test it and after about an hour of testing, adjusting levels, bringing samples into FCPS & so on, I was very pleased. This is one thing I won't have to worry about anymore. So with the the Tascam recorder & this mic, and the extra wind screen, I got about what....$[$]into this solution. But audio is so important I felt relieved I had solved the problem. I also bought the Windtech 1200 Series - 3/4" Inside Diameter - Black Windscreen (B&H # WI1200B) to put on this mic because it's a little bulkier and helps block echo sound. The wind screen that comes with the mic is a little small & thinner.One more thing about this. I have the new Sony a7s, I will be hooking this camera up to the new Atomos Shogun monitor/recorder and using this mic with that unit, plugged right into the Shogun's XLR inputs for close personal interview type work.

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        5.0

        Great Sound, Great Value

        By VideoGuy

        from Eugene, OR

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

          Don't have enough money to buy a Schoeps? Obviously that's the Gold Standard, but the AT does an admirable job and it fit our budget a little better.

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          5.0

          A fantastic choice for a microphone

          By Tim the filmmaker

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

            I use this michrophone out in the field for recording in a boom capacity. The sound quality is the same with and without wind. It records sound as if you are in someones living room. For the price, the quality, and the performance... this product is a must purchase!

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            5.0

            This is perfect for me

            By Not a Beginner but not quite Pro

            from Oklahoma

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

              I am not an audio professional by any means but I have been learning more and more, and purchased this for indoor dialogue use. This is my first Hypercardioid, and it sounds absolutely wonderful to my somewhat untrained ear. In audio tests I listened to I will admit it doesn't sound quite as good as say a Sennheiser MKH-50 or a Schoeps CMC641, but for me those mics don't sound twice or three times as better than this... as the price of these would indicate. Law of diminishing returns in my opinion. This mic sounds great, appears fairly sturdy, comes with a foam windscreen, mic stand holder, and nice case.

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              5.0

              Incredible sound quality

              By DancingThroughLIfe

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

                Crisp, rich audio. Well-built, comes with a nice case.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Location dialog and music mic

                By Documentary guy

                from Menlo Park, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

                  I've been getting nice results in recording on location for documentary-style video work, including both dialog and acoustic music. It's been working well in a "zeppelin" style wind screen (by Rode) with a "dead cat" cover. Without the shock mount and wind protection, it's very susceptible to handling noise and air movement, but with protection, it's been really good.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect for Educational Purposes

                  By Journalism Teacher

                  from San Antonio, TX

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • No cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Educational Purposes
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

                  We purchased this microphone for our teen broadcasting class in our high school. It is perfect...excellent quality and easy to work with for our news broadcasts. I highly recommend it!!

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                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  wasn't real impressed

                  By David

                  from Long Beach CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound

                  Cons

                  • Lacks Warmth

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

                  It is a decent mic but I found it a little lacking in mid tones, fullness and warmth.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Microphone at a great price

                  By Seattle Stone

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

                    I expected to have to pay closer to $ for a Hypercardioid mic that sounds this good. The sound quality is great and I've used it on shoots paired with the Sennheiser 416 Supercardioid and the sound it comparable.

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                    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Hypercardioid Mic

                    By Bob Santos

                    from San Jose, Russia

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

                          Like the sound.

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent microphone for indoors

                          By Joel

                          from Toronto, Ontario

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • EQ Necessary

                          Best Uses

                          • Interviews
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

                          I have been using this microphone for the past two and a half months, recording indoor interviews. I record into a Tascam DR-100, which provides the phantom power (and other features) not available on my Canon 60D.

                          This microphone's frequency response is fabulous, capturing the full vocal range. As a hypercardioid, the AT4053b is a significant improvement on the on the Sennheiser ME66, the microphone I was using for interviews before, which yields a very thin sound when used indoors.

                          I boom the microphone, getting it as close as possible to the subject's mouth. As a result , the AT4053b's flat frequency response, you need to use an EQ, attenuating a few decibels between 100 to 200 dB. I wouldn't consider the flat frequency a drawback, as it is very useful in certain contexts (e.g., capturing someone with a deep voice). But it something you need to be aware of, especially when recording a few inches from a person's mouth.

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great mic for dialogue.

                          By Rikk Wolf

                          from Plattsburg, MO

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • ADR
                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Film Dialogue
                            • Home Studio
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

                            This is an impressive microphone, allowing the user to pick up crisp and clear dialogue from quite a distance (3' - 4').

                            It produces a great, natural sound from the room within its placed and is a great mic for indoor recording, as it is a hypercardiod mic. Excellent off-axis rejection is critical for an interior recording, especially a reflective one, and the AT4053b delivers within reason. Record in a shower and you'll get nasty echo, though - don't think this mic is the end all solution to unwanted reflections.

                            All in all, for the price, this is a good mic for Indie productions looking to capture good, clean dialogue. I'm unaware of a higher end hypercardiod mic.

                            It also makes a great overhead boom mic for recording acoustic guitars, provided the room is music-friendly.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Mic!

                            By Sammy Boy

                            from Mission, Tx

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Mobile DJ
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

                              I really love this microphone. It's light and the quality of sound is great.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              WOW

                              By T

                              from Fort Worth, TX

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Sensitive to Handling

                              Best Uses

                              • Events
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

                              First time I used it was to mic a performance in a concert hall (theater play with music and vocals through speakers). The sound guy would not let me hook into his board so this was my back up plan. I ran the mic from a mounted boom to my Panasonic DVX100b video cam. After adjusting the settings I got a clean record 100 ft from the stage. Had to clean some hiss in Soundbooth, but no problem. The lows were surprisingly clear for the distance. In the end the client was thrilled, so in turn I am very thrilled with the performance of this mic. I would not recommend mounting this mic to your camera as it is VERY susceptible to handling noise.

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                              (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Pretty Good

                              By vger

                              from Orlando, FL

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

                                Works well sounds good, but it's very susceptible to handling noise.

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