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Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone

BH #AUAT4053B • MFR #AT4053B
Audio-Technica
Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone
Key Features
  • Dialog Boompole Microphone
  • AT4900b-48 Body
  • AT4053b-EL Hypercardioid Head Capsule
  • Direct-Coupled Balanced Output
The AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone from Audio-Technica features a professional-quality shotgun design, suitable for field and studio use. It consists of the company's AT4900b-48 microphone body and AT4053b-EL hypercardioid head capsule, providing a hypercardioid pickup pattern for minimizing off-axis noise and improving the isolation of your desired sound source. The microphone's internal transformerless circuitry reduces distortion and provides correlation of high-speed transients. There is a direct-coupled balanced output for a clean signal under high-output conditions and a strong turned-brass housing for durability. A switchable high-pass filter reduces low frequency noise, and a -10 dB pad picks up loud sound sources. The package includes a microphone stand clamp, a windscreen, and carrying case.
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Audio-Technica AT4053b Overview

The AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone from Audio-Technica features a professional-quality shotgun design, suitable for field and studio use. It consists of the company's AT4900b-48 microphone body and AT4053b-EL hypercardioid head capsule, providing a hypercardioid pickup pattern for minimizing off-axis noise and improving the isolation of your desired sound source. The microphone's internal transformerless circuitry reduces distortion and provides correlation of high-speed transients. There is a direct-coupled balanced output for a clean signal under high-output conditions and a strong turned-brass housing for durability. A switchable high-pass filter reduces low frequency noise, and a -10 dB pad picks up loud sound sources. The package includes a microphone stand clamp, a windscreen, and carrying case.

Note:
Separately sold interchangeable head capsules with different pickup patterns are available.
For professional recording, broadcast, and sound reinforcement applications
Hypercardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of the desired sound source
Direct-coupled, balanced output results in a clean signal under high-output conditions
Transformerless circuitry minimizes low-frequency distortion and provides superior correlation of high-speed transients
Switchable 80 Hz hi-pass filter and 10 dB pad
Turned-brass microphone housing for durability
RoHS compliant
UPC: 042005156023

Audio-Technica AT4053b Specs

Microphone
CapsuleCondenser
Polar PatternHypercardioid
Pad-10 dB
High-Pass Filter80 Hz, 12 dB/Octave
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL145 dB SPL
155 dB SPL
Impedance50 Ohms
Sensitivity-34 dB
Dynamic Range129 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio78 dB
Equivalent Noise Level16 dB
THD1%
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin
Power
Operating Voltage48 V
Operating Current Consumption4.8 mA
Physical
Dimensionsø: 0.83 x L: 6.1" / ø: 21 x L: 154.94 mm
Weight4.48 oz / 127 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.115 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.4 x 4.6 x 1.75"

Audio-Technica AT4053b Reviews

Big upgrade from shotgun mic

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-10

Can't believe how long it took me to learn that shotguns aren't a good choice for interior dialogue. Upgraded to the 4053b from an NTG 2 and haven't looked back.

Sounds amazing

By Joshua
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-28

This sounds amazing and will elevate your sound!

Best Mic I Own

By Jonathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-06

I have owned this mic for a little over 10 years now. I've used it for everything from outdoor boom mic, indoor boom mic, voiceover, multiple instruments (amazing on a cello!!).... simply put, it's better sounding and better control than any other mic I've used. When in doubt, put the 4053 on it, and you'll smile from ear to ear. It has yet to disappoint me. I eventually sold my NTG3 because this sounded better by a LOT. never used the NTG again after I got this mic. It's my favorite mic. I'm VERY tempted to get another... probably replace my studio podcast mic with it. It can sound full and warm without having that muffled/dark sound the SM7B and others of its ilk tend to sound like.

Good value, good sound.

By David
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-19

Recently I decided I wanted a hypercardioid condenser to compliment my Audio-Technica BP4029 MS stereo short shotgun (which works for about 80% of my sound recording scenarios). I was looking for something with a wider pattern. After some research and listening, I eventually settled on this microphone. With the generous B&H return policy, I had plenty of time to run several tests. After lots of recording and listening, decided It is perfect for recording dialogue and sound effects when you can get the microphone close to the source. The built-in low-cut filter is essential since the microphone has a very good (some might say exaggerated) low-frequency response that sometimes needs to be tamed right at the microphone. If you have the budget for a better sounding microphone, that’s great, but you’ll have to spend a lot more to find a hypercardioid condenser microphone that outperforms this little critter. This ain't no Schoeps, this ain't no Sennheiser, but it is a good solid value and when mounted in a good suspension with the right placement, it will provide you with good sound.

Great sound at much lower cost.

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-16

Great sound for great $$$. Considerably less expensive than its competition and sounds nice. The sound I got from it took EQ well. Pair it with the Rycote Softie-Lite 21 Fur Screen Kit (21 mm), a nice boom pole and you'll be a happy camper.

Excellent Fidelity

By Timothy R
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-13

The AT4053b was the right choice to upgrade our audio recording capabilities. Sound is crisp, sharp, clean, and precise.

Great quality for the price!

By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-10

Great quality for the price! I would recommend to anyone recording in a studio room!

I didn't know that my shotgun could be so much better.

By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-28

Great sound for an amazing little package.

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Does it need require phantom power?

Does it need require phantom power?
Asked by: Joshua
Yes. The Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone BH #AUAT4053B requires phantom power. Operating Voltage: 48 V Operating Current Consumption 4.8 mA
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2021-10-22

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How is the noise compared to a boom mic?
Asked by: Anonymous
A mic like the AT4053b would be recommended for indoor dialog capture. The pickup pattern is wider than a traditional shotgun, however for indoor were there are many reflective surfaces, this is a benefit as compared to a more directional mic.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2021-04-16

Does it require phantom power?

Does it require phantom power?
Asked by: Joshua
Yes. The Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone BH #AUAT4053B requires 48V phantom power.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2021-10-22
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