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Audio-Technica AT2050 Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone

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Audio-Technica AT2050 Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone
Key Features
  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • Omni, Cardioid & Figure-8 Polar Patterns
  • Switchable -10 dB Pad Hinders Distortion
  • Low-Cut Filter Limits Bass Buildup
Featuring three selectable pickup responses, strong audio performance, and reputable dependability, the Audio-Technica AT2050 multipattern condenser microphone offers a smooth and detailed sound along with versatile use cases for home-based musicians, vocalists, and project studio engineers. The dual large-diaphragm condenser capsule enables the mic to provide omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8 polar patterns, which gives the AT2050 the flexibility to serve a wide variety of voice and instrument miking applications. Plus, the supplied shockmount helps keep extraneous handling and foot noise down.
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Audio-Technica AT2050 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Ideal for Home, Studio, or Stage Use
  • 3Three Polar Patterns
  • 4Selectable Settings
  • 5Ready for Daily Use
  • 6Features at a Glance

Featuring three selectable pickup responses, strong audio performance, and reputable dependability, the Audio-Technica AT2050 multipattern condenser microphone offers a smooth and detailed sound along with versatile use cases for home-based musicians, vocalists, and project studio engineers. The dual large-diaphragm condenser capsule enables the mic to provide omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8 polar patterns, which gives the AT2050 the flexibility to serve a wide variety of voice and instrument miking applications. Plus, the supplied shockmount helps keep extraneous handling and foot noise down.

Engage the -10 dB pad to increase headroom and capture incredibly loud sources up to 159 dB SPL without distortion. When low-frequency rumble/hum or overwhelming bass invade your signal, turn on the 80 Hz high-pass filter switch to attenuate the lows without resorting to EQ. Since the AT2050 is a solid-state true condenser with an XLR output, it should be mated to an XLR-equipped mic preamp capable of sending 48V phantom power, or anything between 11 to 52 VDC.

Ideal for Home, Studio, or Stage Use

Designed for critical home/project studio applications and live performance, this side-address multipattern condenser mic delivers detailed sonics and low noise, even after years of use. With its smooth, natural sound, the AT2050 is ideal for musicians, producers, and recording engineers, whether it is used on vocals, acoustic instruments, drums, or speaker cabinets.

Three Polar Patterns

Outfitted with dual gold-vaporized large diaphragms, the AT2050 is a true externally polarized (DC bias) condenser microphone with three switchable polar patterns—omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8.

  • The omnidirectional polar pattern is sensitive to sound coming from all directions. Select the omni pattern to pick up several voices or instruments on the same microphone, to diminish proximity effect, and to preserve the location’s ambient sound.
  • The cardioid polar pattern is more sensitive to sound originating directly in front of the element, making it useful in controlling feedback, reducing pickup of unwanted sounds and providing isolation between performers.
  • The figure-8 polar pattern is more sensitive to sound originating in the front and back of the microphone, rejecting sounds from the sides. It is often used in conjunction with advanced stereo miking techniques.

Selectable Settings

Equipped with a switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and -10 dB pad, the AT2050 easily handles high sound pressure levels (up to 159 dB) and avoids the pickup of low-frequency ambient noise (such as traffic, air-handling systems, etc.), room reverberation, and mechanically coupled vibrations.

Ready for Daily Use

Along with its rugged construction and high-performance specifications, the AT2050 provides reliable consistency from model to model. It comes with a protective pouch and a custom shockmount.

Features at a Glance

  • Omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8 polar patterns
  • Smooth, natural sound and low noise
  • Dual-diaphragm capsule design maintains precise polar pattern definition across the full frequency range of the microphone
  • Dual large diaphragms are gold-vaporized and aged to achieve optimum characteristics over years of use
  • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide excellent versatility
  • Switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and -10 dB pad
  • Included shockmount provides superior decoupling from vibrations
  • Operates on 11 to 52 VDC phantom power from a range of devices such as portable mixers, desktop audio interfaces, or external mic preamps
  • Balanced XLR 3-pin output connector
  • State-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques ensure compliance with A-T's stringent consistency and reliability standards

Audio-Technica AT2050 Specs

Microphone
Primary ApplicationsLive Sound, Studio Recording
Form FactorLarge Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesVocals, Speech/Voice Over, Instrument
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleCondenser
Polar PatternCardioid, Figure-8, Omnidirectional
Pattern SelectionSwitched (Adjustable on Mic)
OrientationSide Address
CircuitrySolid-State
Pad-10 dB
High-Pass Filter80 Hz, 12 dB/Octave
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
IndicatorsNone
On-Board ControlsHigh-Pass Filter, Pad, Polar Pattern
WindscreenNone
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL149 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD)
159 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD, with Pad)
Impedance120 Ohms
Sensitivity-42 dBV/Pa (Open Circuit Voltage)
Dynamic Range132 dB (1 kHz, at Max SPL)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio77 dB A-Weighted (1 kHz, at 1 Pa/94 dB SPL)
Equivalent Noise Level17 dB A-Weighted
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Power
Bus PowerNone
Operating Voltage11 to 52 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption4.7 mA
Physical
ColorBlack
MountingShockmount (Included)
Included CasePouch
Included FiltersNone
Dimensionsø: 2.05 x L: 6.69" / ø: 5.21 x L: 16.99 cm
Weight14.5 oz / 411 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.885 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.75 x 9.7 x 2.85"

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