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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Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone


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  • 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

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    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 4.7 out of 5 by 13.
    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 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 Best multi pattern in its price range. I use this mic in omnidirectional mode for group recordings with a small folk band. It's great as a reference recorder during rehearsals and helps us learn to play dynamically. It's also super for vocals (in cardiod mode). Very crisp. I personally like the frequency response but it's still yet to be tested with multiple vocalists. I wish it had a hard case - it only comes with a padded zipper bag that's not quite large enough to fit both the mic and shockmount in.
    Date published: 2011-06-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great choice for VO work. This microphone fit the bill perfectly for an upgrade from a dynamic mic I've been using to record voice-overs.But the REAL star was the guy that helped me decide which one to get. We spent a good 30 minutes in the microphone room testing and re-testing. He listened to my needs, the mics I came in leaning toward and didn't try to hard upsell me (a little, but I think they were hones suggestions and all but one within my target range). I ended up with this one which was on the low end of my range, but was the definite winner for me. Thanks B&H!
    Date published: 2014-09-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for a great price This kind of quality mic for the price can't be beat. As of now I've only been using it for v/o work, but it's just amazing. Couldn't recommend it highly enough.
    Date published: 2011-03-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soid mic !! This mic is easily one of the best mics I've ever used. I was trepidatious on what the quality would be because of the price range, but I was totally blown away. Being a metal vocalist who combines heavy and clean vocals, having a mic that can do the job for both styles is very important; and finding one that won't kill your wallet is equally as important. When I'm not recording in someone else's studio, this is my go-to for all my vox work.
    Date published: 2016-12-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Designed Multi-Pattern Condenser This microphone meets the expected versatily of a multi-pattern microphone with a sound quality that can be compared to its higher cost counterpart. Polar pattern, low-cut, and pad setting on this microphone can be changed easily without using a tool, and it fits nicely on its shockmount.
    Date published: 2011-11-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound, sturdy design I use this pretty much exclusively for ways in which it was not intended to be used with most of my recordings being of musicians performing outside in locations with water hazards, awkward placements and the general exposure to the elements. Creates a beautiful, big sound that leaves me totally satisfied, including excellent instrument reproduction and glorious vocals.
    Date published: 2016-09-12
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