Audio-Technica AT4050 Studio Condenser Microphone

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95 out of 100. Incorporating 200+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$699
Audio-Technica AT4050 Studio Condenser Microphone

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 95/100 is based on analysis of 200+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

At publication time this was on our recommended list for The Best Microphones for Recording Acoustic Guitar.

Considered by many retailers as one of their top sellers, the Audio Technica AT4050 is a professional studio mic that features dual gold-plated large-diaphragm condenser elements, low-noise transformerless design, and floating construction. These three features complement each other in giving the mic premium sound quality, studio quiet operation and pro-level isolation from vibration and noise.

Other notable features include its high maximum SPL of 149dB (which is remarkably high for a condenser mic) and its three polar pattern selector for added versatility.

While it is mainly used for capturing the human voice, the AT4050 is a workhorse studio mic that can be used on almost any type of instrument and sound source.

Notable artists that have used this mic include Chick Corea, Jack White, Ruby Amanfu, Kenny Garrett, Stanley Clarke and many more.

Features:

  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
  • Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 100 ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 149 dB
  • Attenuation: -10 dB
  • Power Requirements: 48V phantom power

Pros

Many users describe the mic as having a warm but neutral and overall transparent sound, some even go so far as to say that it is the most honest of the mics they have tried in the same price range. There are also those who appreciate the AT4050's warmth, which they report to work great with different vocal styles. Sound engineers have reported finding quite a lot of good uses for it, saying that it is a great mic to have in studios because it can be used to capture a wide variety of instruments.

Cons

While many prefer transparency, there are those who prefer subtle coloration, including one reviewer who reported that the transparent sound of the mic was unappealing to his preference. It's flat sounding response may make raw tracks sound dull.

Overall

If budget allows, and you're looking for a reliable, transparent and versatile dual-diaphragm mic, then the Audio-Technica AT4050 is highly recommended. It does vintage, raw and neutral sounding vocals best though for modern pop, a little more processing may be required to liven up your tracks.

At publication time this was on our recommended list for The Best Microphones for Recording Acoustic Guitar.

AT4050 cardioid frequency response chart
AT4050 omni frequency response chart
AT4050 figure 8 frequency response chart

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An audio engineer of nearly 20 years who specializes in rock and metal recordings, he also plays guitar and produces original music for his band and other content creators.