Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Cardioid, Omni and Figure-Eight
  • 80 Hz High-Pass Filter
  • -10 dB Pad Switch
  • Shock Mount and Protective Pouch
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The AT2050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone from Audio-Technica is designed for use in home studios, project recording, and live sound reinforcement applications. It can be used for capturing vocals, general instruments, and speaker cabinets. The side-address condenser microphone features user switchable cardioid, omnidirectional and figure-eight polar patterns for versatile operation. The element and output stage combine to produce a smooth yet natural audio quality with low noise. An 80 Hz high-pass filter switch minimizes low frequency hum and other associated noise and a -10 dB pad switch provides more headroom when capturing transient signals that may otherwise cause peak distortion.

Three switchable polar patterns: omni, cardioid, and figure-of-eight
Switchable 80Hz high-pass filter and 10 dB pad
Large diaphragm for smooth, natural sound and low noise
Surface-mount electronics are compliant with the company's consistency and reliability standards
Includes shock mount and protective pouch
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Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
  • Shockmount for 5/8"-27 Threaded Stands
  • 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 Threaded Adapter
  • Protective Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Audio-Technica AT2050 specs

    Analog Performance
    Transducer Condenser
    Polar Pattern Cardioid, Figure-8, Omnidirectional
    Pattern Selection Switched
    Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio 77 dB 
    Equivalent Noise Level 17 dB 
    Maximum SPL 149 dB SPL
    Pad -10 dB
    THD 1%
    Impedance 120 Ohms
    Sensitivity 7.9 mV/Pa
    Low-Cut Filter 12 dB/Octave @ 80 Hz
    Dynamic Range 132 dB
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Current Consumption 4.7 µA
    Operating Voltage 11 to 52 V
    Length 6.69" / 170.0 mm
    Diameter 2.05" / 52.0 mm
    Weight 14.53 oz / 412 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.8 x 9.6 x 3.0"

    Audio-Technica AT2050 reviews

    AT2050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 41.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Mic for it's Price! I'm a rapper and producer from Malaysia. Previously I was using the M-Audio Nova condenser mic. I wouldn't say that It was bad but I wasn't satisfied with the quality I got from it. So when i decided to change to another mic, I came across the AT2035 and purchased it. I must say I was more than amazed! Such quality and clarity! If you're really familiar with EQ's and compression, there's no doubt that you can get the sound want from the AT2035. I'm more than satisfied! Amazing mic! Amazing price! I'll do another review post soon with link to the video of my song recorded through AT2035. Till then, great job Audio-Technica! Wonderful product!
    Date published: 2013-11-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome sound capture - flawless AT2050 is a great multi-pattern microphone at better than half the price of other brands, Audio-Techinca has a winner with this condenser mic. We needed a microphone to add ambience to our recording and live streaming and this unit does the job excellently. We had previously used a condenser mic that was almost ten times the cost of this one and we can not tell the difference in the quality of the recording. We live stream all of our house concerts and archive them as well, we had people from all over the country call and tell us how great the audio quality was and that it was one of the best concerts they had ever listened to online. A++ on this one. Thanks B&H again!
    Date published: 2011-06-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Of Highest Quality at A Great Price About a year ago, while researching equipment for setting up my first small, home-recording studio, I settled on the AT2035, and this was simply because it provided the virtual flat, truly accurate response I was hoping to record, especially when attempting to capture the wonderful sound of my 1938 Gibson L00. Since I purchased two (for stereo recording), and since I've just now started using them, I've never been more satisfied with the professional quality of their construction as well as in their ease of use, especially when I add any other instrument (including voice# to the mix. If anyone was trying to do the same as me #especially with a limited budget), I know they would be fully content with the performance of the AT2035 - they are worth every penny.
    Date published: 2011-10-27
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor choice for Windows 7/Audacity Mic is extremely fussy with Audacity on a Windows 7 laptop. Mic works with other applications on the computer, but is almost impossible to use on a Windows 7 machine with audacity. Three of us fiddled with it for hours yesterday and eventually got it to work with the software. Couldn't replicate it again today; after several frustrating hours, it still won't work with Audacity. OTOH, I downloaded Audacity onto a desktop machine with XP and it worked flawlessly. The box says the microphone works with Windows 7, but the manual included with the microphone makes no reference to the setup and use of the microphone on a Windows 7 machine. I am very disappointed.
    Date published: 2014-04-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from AT2050 I bought this microphone to make a stereo pair with my AT-2035. Since you can put this microphone in cardioid pick up pattern I figured it would be identical to the AT-2035. It turns out that its cardioid output is 10db lower than the 2035. When I turn the pad on the 2035 their outputs are equal but this causes slightly more noise in my recording. Their outputs are equal when the 2050 is in omnidirectional pattern however this wouldn't make a very good stereo pair. The figure-8 pattern is disappointing. It has the lowest output and a good deal of noise. I don't think I would ever record in figure-8. Besides this small setback it is a great mic to use in mono for many other applications as well as in a stereo pair. The shock mount is very effective and the body seems durable.
    Date published: 2010-07-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES, it's worth the small price!!! Well, let me start by sharing... I owned a Music Store in the late 70s early 80s- We sold Audio Technica products even back then... I'm a Professional Musician, Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist... One has to step back from the instantaneous, social media- bash, dash, "hecto-confusing", gratification/confusion World we now live in... By stepping back... remember what you paid for this mic... It's well worth the admission , the set up ( plug and play), and the ever hanging ways to records music and voice. This , considering it's price, really checks all of the boxes... Enjoy your time, enjoy your music and enjoy LIFE :-) Thx AT- good Mic at this price point!!!
    Date published: 2017-07-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent value!!! I have used many studio mics over the years and never come across a mic that costs so little and sounds so great! I have A-B'd it against my TLM-103 and much prefer the sound of the AT-2035 to the Neumann. Considering I purchased three of them for less than a third the cost of one TLM-103, I am thoroughly satisfied!!! You won't find a better deal.
    Date published: 2012-05-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mic, easy to use I purchased a used AT2020 USB, to set up a home studio. I record vocals and voice overs, and wanted a quality mic. I am totally impressed with the recordings I've made with this mic! Not only is it easy to set up and use, but the sound quality is excellent. Highly recommended!
    Date published: 2011-11-26
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