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Audio-Technica AT4050 Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone

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Audio-Technica AT4050 Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone
Key Features
  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums, and Cabs
  • Omni, Cardioid & Figure-8 Polar Patterns
  • Switchable -10 dB Pad Hinders Distortion
  • Low-Cut Filter Limits Bass Buildup
Boasting a dual-diaphragm condenser capsule with three polar patterns, transformerless circuitry, and specially designed physical elements all working together to deliver clean highs and mids along with rich low-end traits, the Audio-Technica AT4050 presents itself as a highly versatile microphone for instrument and vocal capture in the studio, at home, or onstage. The vapor-deposited gold diaphragms are pre-aged to stay sonically consistent over time, while the transformerless circuitry minimizes low-end breakup and contributes to enhanced transient response. Additionally, the precision-machined acoustic baffle yields increased stability.
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Audio-Technica AT4050 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2A Condenser for All Occasions
  • 3True Condenser Capsule
  • 4Transformerless Circuitry
  • 5Three Polar Patterns
  • 6Selectable Settings
  • 7Custom Shockmount
  • 8Features at a Glance

Boasting a dual-diaphragm condenser capsule with three polar patterns, transformerless circuitry, and specially designed physical elements all working together to deliver clean highs and mids along with rich low-end traits, the Audio-Technica AT4050 presents itself as a highly versatile microphone for instrument and vocal capture in the studio, at home, or onstage. The vapor-deposited gold diaphragms are pre-aged to stay sonically consistent over time, while the transformerless circuitry minimizes low-end breakup and contributes to enhanced transient response. Additionally, the precision-machined acoustic baffle yields increased stability.

Engage the -10 dB pad to increase headroom and capture incredibly loud sources—drums, blaring horns, and guitar cabs—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 AT4050 is a solid-state condenser with an XLR output, it should be mated to an XLR-equipped mic preamp capable of sending 48V phantom power. It comes with a vibration-mitigating shockmount, a protective storage case, and a dust cover.

A Condenser for All Occasions

With three switchable polar patterns, the large-diaphragm Audio-Technica AT4050 exhibits a remarkable combination of qualities—high-SPL capability with transparent airy highs, and mids complemented by rich low-end qualities.

True Condenser Capsule

The AT40540 side-address condenser microphone features dual large diaphragms that are gold-vaporized and aged in house for consistent, outstanding performance. It boasts an externally polarized (DC bias) condenser design.

Transformerless Circuitry

The AT4050's low-noise circuitry is transformerless, resulting in fast transient response and clean output signals for transparent reproduction of even the most troublesome of instruments and sound effects.

Three Polar Patterns

The availability of three polar patterns at the flip of a switch allows the AT4050 to serve studios as a versatile all-around workhorse.

  • 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 AT4050 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.

Custom Shockmount

The AT4050 features the AT8449a shockmount, providing maximum protection against noise caused by shock and handling of the microphone and stand.

Features at a Glance

  • Transparent uppers/mids balanced by rich low-end qualities combine with advanced acoustic engineering for extensive performance capabilities
  • Externally polarized (DC bias) true condenser design with dual diaphragms to maintain precise polar pattern definition across the full frequency range of the microphone
  • 2-micron, vapor-deposited gold diaphragms undergo a five-step aging process, so the optimum characteristics achieved remain constant over years of use
  • Omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8 polar patterns
  • Exceptionally low noise, wide dynamic range, and high SPL handling
  • Transformerless circuitry virtually eliminates low-frequency distortion and provides superior correlation of high-speed transients
  • Precision-machined, nickel-plated-brass, acoustic-element baffle provides enhanced element stability and optimal sensitivity
  • Open acoustical environment of the symmetrical housing assembly minimizes unwanted internal reflections
  • State-of-the-art surface-mount electronics ensure compliance with A-T's stringent consistency and reliability standards
  • Custom shockmount provides superior isolation
  • Switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and -10 dB pad
  • Operates on 48V phantom power
  • XLR 3-pin output connector
UPC: 042005103164

Audio-Technica AT4050 Specs

Microphone
Primary ApplicationsStudio Recording
Form FactorLarge Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesVocals, Instrument
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleElectret Condenser
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 18 kHz
Maximum SPL149 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD)
159 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD, with Pad)
Impedance100 Ohms
Sensitivity-36 dBV/Pa (Open Circuit Voltage)
Dynamic Range132 dB (1 kHz, at Max SPL)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio77 dB A-Weighted (1 kHz)
Equivalent Noise Level17 dB SPL A-Weighted
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Power
Bus PowerNone
Operating Voltage48 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption4.2 mA
Physical
ColorBlack
MountingShockmount (Included)
Included CaseHard Case, Mic Sock
Included FiltersNone
Dimensionsø: 2.1 x L: 7.4" / ø: 5.3 x L: 18.8 cm
Weight1.12 lb / 0.51 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.465 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.55 x 9.75 x 4.35"

Audio-Technica AT4050 Reviews

Excellent

By Grant
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-04-28

AT always delivers great mics for the money. The 4050 is no exception.

Best Bang For Your Buck

By Neilly
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2010-02-15

The AT4050 microphone is a great product. It gives an honest representation of sound whether you are recording vocals, flutes, or stringed instruments. I am a multi-instrumentalist and am very pleased with its capabilities in capturing the sonic qualities straight across the spectrum of musical instruments in numerous settings. The multi-pattern features are a huge bonus, along with the low cut and -10 dB pad switch. All I can say is that at the end of the day you got one heck of a good microphone.

good for the money

By rafael musician
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2008-09-13

Its not a neumann but is a VERY good mic!! Ive done some recordings for the university and it works great recording almost everything, from vibe to flute to saxophone to timpany... Ive used to record a flute in my new CD, if anyone wanna hear the sound, go to myspace - rafaeldelima, the music to listen is GAIA. we use a neumann u87 on sax, AKG c414 on guitar and acustic bass, neumann km184 on cello and 10 string guitar, just to number a few. If you compare the sound, the flute with the at4050 just sound very good side with this (well known) more expensive mics.

Very Nice!

By Rodrigo Tavares
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-10-29

I've had the AT4050 for less than a month and today I did some very fine recording with it. I was impressed and decided to write here. It is a very good mic, very professional sounding, no compromise kind of mic. No surprise it is the best selling mic in its price range. Buy with confidence.

Versatile Mic

By Astounding
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-03-07

Great mic, pattern options add for versatility. You may want to consider two mics for half this price though depending what you're doing.

Very good

By Albert
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2011-02-01

Very good mic, with lots of details, very clean, accurate and transparent. On voice, you can ear each breath of the singer. I didn't give 5 stars because I was Expecting more gain (than the shure ksm32)but it give just the same output level. But sound is lots better!

i would buy this product again and again

By Gabriel Jover
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2010-12-19

Its great , very great.

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