AT4050

Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

MSRP* US$895.00
Five-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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  • Overview


    Meet the studio condenser that captures every nuance. With three switchable polar patterns, the large-diaphragm Audio-Technica AT4050 exhibits a remarkable combination of qualities: high-SPL capability with transparent and airy uppers/mids complemented by rich low-end qualities. Its dual large diaphragms are gold-vaporized and aged for consistent, outstanding performance. A precision-machined, nickel-plated brass acoustic element baffle provides rock-solid element stability and exceptional sensitivity.

    Check out audio samples and interior views of the AT4050 and other 40 Series side-address condensers

    Ideal for studio use and live sound productions with vocals, piano, strings, drum overheads, guitar amps, and more.

    Audio-Technica’s AT4050. For performance that legends are made of.
  • Features


    • Transparent uppers/mids balanced by rich low-end qualities combine with advanced acoustic engineering for extensive performance capabilities and highest quality

    • Dual-diaphragm capsule design maintains precise polar pattern definition across the full frequency range of the microphone

    • The 2-micron-thick, vapor-deposited gold diaphragms undergo a five-step aging process so that the optimum characteristics achieved remain constant over years of use

    • Three switchable polar patterns: omni, cardioid, figure-of-eight

    • Transformerless circuitry virtually eliminates low-frequency distortion and provides superior correlation of high-speed transients

    • State-of-the-art surface-mount electronics ensure compliance with A-T's stringent consistency and reliability standards

    • Switchable 80 Hz hi-pass filter and 10 dB pad

    • Custom shock mount provides superior isolation

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTExternally-polarized (DC bias) condenser
    POLAR PATTERNSCardioid,
    Omnidirectional,
    Figure-of-eight
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE20-18,000 Hz
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 12 dB/octave
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY-36 dB (15.8 mV), re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE100 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL149 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.;
    159 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal)
    NOISE17 dB
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)132 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO77 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS48V DC, 4.2 mA typical
    SWITCHESPolar selection;
    Flat, roll-off;
    10 dB pad (nominal)
    WEIGHT18.0 oz (510 g)
    DIMENSIONS7.40" (188.0 mm) long,
    2.10" (53.4 mm) maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORSIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8449 shock mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; microphone dust cover; protective carrying case
    AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLER1
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    POLAR PATTERN
    CARDIOID
    POLAR PATTERN
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    OMNIDIRECTIONAL
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    POLAR PATTERN
    FIGURE-OF-EIGHT
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    FREQUENCY RESPONSE
    CARDIOID
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE
    OMNIDIRECTIONAL
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE
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    FIGURE-OF-EIGHT
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE



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  • Downloads

    AT4050 Specification Sheet (pdf 411.12 KB)
    AT4050 Submittal Sheet (pdf 530.14 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaAT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone
     
    5.0

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    • Guitar (7)
    • Vocals (6)
    • Guitar amp (5)
    • Drums (4)
    • Strings (4)

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    5.0

    Great mic!

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    Pros

    • Drums
    • Field Recording
    • Guitar
    • Guitar Amp
    • Vocals
    • Voiceover/Dialog

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone:

        This Mic is my go to mic for vocals. Multi pattern and able to be used in any situation.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Expert
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Over a year
         
        5.0

        The ultimate studio workhorse

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        from Tampa, FL, USA

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        Pros

        • Ambience
        • Bass Amp
        • Brass
        • Drums
        • Guitar
        • Guitar Amp
        • Harmonica
        • Piano
        • Strings
        • Vocals
        • Voiceover/Dialog
        • woodwinds

        Cons

        • the only con is that i don't own more of them...

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone:

          I first began using the AT4050 back in 1997, and nearly 20 years later, it still has a prominent place in my mic locker, probably racking up more overall use than any other single microphone I have. Talk about reliability! Not only reliable, but it's a flexible mic as well - It has served me incredibly well on snare, drum overheads, room, cabs, vocals, acoustic guitars, and just about anything else you can think of. The 3 polar patterns, pad, and bass roll off add to its flexibility. It absolutely is the best all-around condenser mic that I have.

          Sometimes, being good at many things can translate to being GREAT at nothing, but this is NOT the case with the 4050. When choosing mics for specific clients/situations, the 4050 regularly wins out as the best sounding mic, even when compared to more expensive mics.

          This is great for dynamic vocals, unbelievably good when mic'ing the bottom of a snare, full and warm on acoustic guitars, and incredibly detailed as a drum overhead.

          The frequency response of this mic is not hyped - it instead captures sound with a very honest quality. At the same time, you can run it through a good mic preamp and add a little "air" with a good EQ and it will hold its own with many of the expensive tube mics on the market.

          If you are going into a session "blind" and can only take one mic with you, for me that mic is always that AT4050.

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          • Expert
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          • Studio
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          • Over a year
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          5.0

          One of the best

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          from Dalton OH

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          Pros

          • Ambience
          • Bass Amp
          • Field Recording
          • Guitar
          • Guitar Amp
          • Voiceover/Dialog

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone:

            I've used this to record vocals, guitars, as a room mic, drums...you name it...this thing sounds incredible...

            I also recorded Thunder, Lightning, and rain...and it was movie quality...

            This is what the pro's use for a reason...I have a small home studio and consider this one of the best investments I've ever made..

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Novice
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            • Live Sound
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            • Over a year
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            5.0

            My go-to microphone.

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            from San Francisco

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            Pros

            • Guitar
            • Strings
            • Vocals

            Cons

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                Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone:

                I have other mics, some much more expensive. In the studio, I always feel obliged to try my other mics, but most often I wind up using a trusty AT4050. I've yet to find a situation where it doesn't perform at least as well as anything else in my locker, particularly for vocals, both male and female. The multipattern capability makes it useful for live stereo recording, too, in pairs -- particularly mid-side stereo. Incredible value -- punches far above its weight class!

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                • Studio
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                5.0

                Desert island mics!

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                from Seattle

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                Pros

                • Brass
                • Drums
                • Guitar
                • Guitar Amp
                • Piano
                • Vocals
                • woodwinds

                Cons

                • None!

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone:

                  I've owned a pair of 4050s for many years and they continue to be used on every session, both along side many more expensive microphones and many times instead of those other mics. They have a neutral character without being "boring" or clinical.

                  They've been favorites for drum overheads, male vocals, horns/sax, guitar amps and room mics.

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                  5.0

                  A Quality Product and the Best Bang for the Buck

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                  from Atlanta, GA, USA

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                  Pros

                  • chamble ensembles
                  • choirs
                  • Guitar
                  • orchestras
                  • Piano
                  • Strings
                  • Vocals
                  • woodwinds

                  Cons

                  • brass

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone:

                    I do classical music location recordings and I have been elated with the results from my 4050s (2). The quality of stereo image and detail is equal to and sometimes surpasses microphones that are twice or three times the cost. These are more than an incredible value they are an invaluable tool for the work I do.

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                    • Expert
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                    • Other
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                    • Up to a year
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                    5.0

                    One of my favorite microphones

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                    from Massachusetts

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                    Pros

                    • Ambience
                    • Brass
                    • Drums
                    • Guitar
                    • Guitar Amp
                    • Strings
                    • Vocals
                    • woodwinds

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone:

                      I had one of these on loan to me for a couple of months and when it was time to return it, I immediately ordered a new one for the studio. Clean, transparent, no nonsense. I've used it on everything from vocals to guitar amps. One of the most versatile mics in my cabinet. It's ability to capture the nuances of a baritone voice is quite impressive. Get one!

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                      • Q:

                        What windscreen shall I order for this microphone?

                        Have some outdoor gigs that I need the 4050 for. Would like to windscreen it if the wind is too strong. What windscreen fits this mic?
                        Asked on 5/18/2015 by 57johnson

                        1 answer

                        • A:

                          You may use the AT8137 with the AT4050 microphone.

                          Answered on 5/27/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                      • Q:

                        Cutting out

                        My 4050cm5 is cutting out when I get close during a vocal. Not really loud vocals just close even talking. Is there some kind of circuit protection going on? I have had this mic since 96 and I don't remember having this happen.

                        Thanks

                        Phil
                        Asked on 12/14/2014 by Philhart

                        1 answer

                        • A:

                          Before Service with ATUS is recommended, we recommend contacting the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                          audio-solutions@atus.com

                          Please include your original question in the email, and provide detailed information related to your setup, and what you are hoping to accomplish.

                          Thanks!

                          Answered on 12/22/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
                      • Q:

                        Can you buy replacement bands for the shock mount

                        Do you sell replacement bands and cords for the shock mount? If so, how can I get some to keep on hand?
                        Asked on 9/28/2014 by ITBAudio from Littleton, CO

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                        • A:

                          Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our parts department at 330-686-2600 option 4. They can help with this.

                          Answered on 10/7/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                      • Q:

                        Is there a significant difference in sound quality between the AT4050/CM5 and the newer AT4050?

                        It's used for recording vocals to ProTools 11.
                        Asked on 7/15/2014 by MDKEYS6161 from Virginia

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                        • A:

                          The AT4050 (current) is the same microphone as the AT4050/CM5 (discontinued). Some minor updates were made to meet lead free solder regulations (RoHS Compliant) and a different shockmount is currently used (current shockmount is the AT8449). Other than that, the microphones are the same.

                          If you have any further questions, or for any additional correspondence, please include your original question and this response, and contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                          audio-solutions@atus.com

                          Thanks!

                          Answered on 7/25/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
                      • Q:

                        why does my microphone make clicking sounds as i record

                        when i record my vocals i hear clicking sounds like it clicks the more i start singing is there a way it can be removed or reduced?
                        Asked on 3/31/2014 by JohnnyVilca from Queens, NY, USA

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                        • A:

                          could be any number of things... could actually be mouth noise - most people don't realize how much noise they make. It could also be that your preamp has a problem. Without a little more understanding of your signal path and an audio sample, its hard to really say...

                          Answered on 4/11/2014 by MattDWTM from Tampa, FL, USA
                        • A:

                          Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Audio Solutions team at 330-686-2600 ext. 5000. They can help with this.

                          Answered on 4/1/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                      • Q:

                        AT4050 phantom power question

                        I would like to understand the 48VDC phantom power requirements for the AT4050.

                        I assume that pin 1 should be the ground for the 48VDC, but is the + side of the 48V DC pin 3?

                        Thanks!

                        Eric
                        Asked on 9/20/2011 by Eric from Dallas

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                        • A:

                          DC phantom power is transmitted simultaneously on both pin 2 and 3, with the shield (pin 1) being the ground. Since the DC voltage on the ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ pins (2 & 3) is identical, it is seen by equipment as “common mode” noise and rejected, or ignored, by the preamp or mixing board. This wiring also prevents damage to dynamic microphones that don't require phantom power when they're mistakenly hooked up to phantom power. That's assuming everything is wired correctly!

                          If you go to your mixer and put a volt meter on pins 1 & 2, or pins 1 & 3, you will see the 48v DC, but if you meter pins 2 & 3 (the audio signal path) you will see no voltage difference since they are both 48v above ground.

                          Answered on 10/27/2011 by orisinio from San Francisco
                        • A:

                          Thank you for your inquiry. Phantom power is DC voltage sent down the microphone cable to power the preamplifier of a condenser mic capsule.

                          A balanced mic cable has three conductors; Pin 1 is ground, Pin 2 is audio positive, and Pin 3 is audio negative. Most microphones produce a positive voltage on Pin 2 when sound pressure is applied to the diaphragm.

                          Phantom power is 9 - 52VDC applied across Pin 1 and Pin 2 - and at the same time applied across Pin 1 and Pin 3. The term 'phantom power' was assigned because if you take a measurement across the two audio lines - Pin 2 and Pin 3 - you find 0 Volts DC. The voltage does not affect the mic signal.

                          Answered on 9/22/2011 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                      • Q:

                        Trying to use the 4050 with a USB cable for my Voice-Over work and it doesn't work. Is it possible to use with my laptop?
                        Asked on 8/15/2011 by Lisa from San Jose, CA

                        2 answers

                        • A:

                          the at4050 requires phantom power. Does your USB cable provide that?

                          Answered on 8/19/2011 by TyFord from Baltimore, MD USA
                        • A:

                          Thank you for your inquiry. Most XLR to USB cables do not provide phantom power. You will need to use a USB audio inteface that provides a full 48V of phantom power.

                          Answered on 8/16/2011 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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