AT4033/CL

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

MSRP* US$595.00
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


    The classic edition of the legendary AT4033 microphone, the side-address AT4033/CL offers low-noise, symmetrical, transformerless circuitry that results in exceptional transient response and clean output signals. A studio classic and bluegrass favorite, the AT4033/CL cardioid studio condenser is the microphone that broke the US$1000-barrier in its class. A strong up-front presence characterizes the sonic signature of this 40 Series pro-audio classic. The AT4033/CLs 80Hz high-pass filter easily switches between flat frequency response and a low-end roll-off that diminishes ambient noise and popping with closely-miked vocals.

    Check out audio samples and interior views of the AT4033/CL and other 40 Series side-address condensers
  • Features


    • 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

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

    • Floating-construction capsule assembly provides isolation from noise and vibration

    • 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 shock mount provides superior isolation

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTFixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
    POLAR PATTERNCardioid
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE30-20,000 Hz
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 12 dB/octave
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY-32 dB (25.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE100 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL145 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.;
    155 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal)
    NOISE17 dB SPL
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)128 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO77 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS48V DC, 3.2 mA typical
    SWITCHESFlat, roll-off;
    10 dB pad (nominal)
    WEIGHT13.4 oz (380 g)
    DIMENSIONS6.69" (170.0 mm) long,
    2.10" (53.4 mm) maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 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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    FREQUENCY RESPONSE
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  • Downloads

    AT4033/CL Specification Sheet (pdf 62.96 KB)
    AT4033/CL Submittal Sheet (pdf 377.92 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaAT4033/CL Cardioid Condenser Microphone
     
    4.5

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    5.0

    Just as good as the expensive mics

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    from Texas, USA

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    Pros

    • Podcast
    • Voiceover/Dialog

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT4033/CL Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

      I've been using this mic for 20 years, to record self-improvement albums. I wanted something that made my voice sound like those great radio and television announcers - intimate, powerful, great presence, warmth, power. With a little EQ and some compression in post (post production) it does exactly that.

      In 1990 we had an opportunity to record an album for Nightingale Conant, and I spent a lot of time talking with their recording engineer. We used an AKG 414C, which is supposed to be one of the best mics for recording a male voice. When I got home, I compared the recordings I made in the Nightingale studio with the recordings in my home studio and to me they sound equally good.

      The only difference I could hear - they leave more bass than I do. I EQ'd it out because we were still delivering the product on audio cassettes, and the sound was more clear when there was less bass.

      I've done a lot of recording with this mic, in my home studio, and it has always come through for me. I recommend it highly.

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      • Studio
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      • Over a year
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      4.0

      Excellent mic for the money...

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      from TX

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      Pros

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

      Cons

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          Comments about Audio-Technica AT4033/CL Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

          I've had one fo these in the cabinet for about 15 years (?!) now. It was my "go to" mic for quite a while, now it's simply for secondary use, ambient and the like. Noise floor is a little bit high, but you have to spend twice the $ to do much better. If you use a good mic-pre, you'll be all set (avoid the pre's that are built in to many mixers, but a stand alone, it's worth the $).

          For primary vocals, it has a bit of a bump in the 4-5k range, so you get some "up front" presence. Good for lead vocals.

          The only improvement I might make is to sell it at a lower price. HA!

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          • Q:

            Our AT4033 mic has suddenly gone real quiet. In testing it out, I note that when I engage the pad switch to either O or -10db the volume shoots back up to where I think it should be and then within 5-10 seconds, it fades to a very low output level.
            Asked on 4/23/2016 by Patrick from Vancouver, Canada

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

              Answered on 4/27/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
          • Q:

            Hi,
            I have three of these great microphones. 1 at4033 and two at4033A's.
            One of the 4033As is 3.5dB quieter than the others but similar sound, perhaps not quite as deep.
            Is this a fault? (it was bought second hand)
            Kind Regards
            Roy
            Asked on 4/7/2016 by Roy from Keighley West Yorkshire

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Thank you for your inquiry. I suggest that you call our Audio Solutions at 330-686-2600 ext. 5000 and they can help you trouble shoot this issue.

              Answered on 4/7/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
          • Q:

            The string and rubber band on my AT4033 shock mount have both lost their elasticity. Where can I find replacements so that I can restring my shock mount?
            Asked on 3/14/2016 by Ken

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at Parts@atus.com for assistance with this.

              Answered on 3/15/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
          • Q:

            will it work with a guitar amp?
            Asked on 2/8/2016 by michael from MERCED,CA.

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              A:

              This mic is great to record a guitar amp with! But if you are trying to plug the mic directly into the amp via a XLR-1/4'' cable, it won't work as this type of cable cannot distribute Phantom Power, which is needed to power the mic.

              Answered on 2/9/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Absolutely it will! This mic would operate best on more clean-type performances. This mic is transformerless which allows it to have excellent transience. This mic also has an 80 Hz high-pass filter so it can best adapt to whatever recording situation you are in!

              Answered on 2/9/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
          • Q:

            I was testing it though a fender amp and it will not work. will it work in a guitar amp?
            Asked on 2/8/2016 by michael from merced ca

            1 answer

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              A:

              The AT4033/CL is a condenser microphone and needs Phantom Power to be operated. When plugging it in to a guitar amp, you must use a XLR-XLR connection to pass the Phantom Power.

              Answered on 2/9/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
          • Q:

            Multi-pattern version?

            Is there a multi-pattern version of the 4033? Two of these in figure-8 blumlein would sound awesome on acoustic guitar.
            Asked on 7/5/2015 by Nathanael from Utah

            1 answer

            • A:

              Yes they would, but unfortunately there is not a multi-pattern version of it. We do have the AT2050, AT4050 and AT4047MP multi-pattern models however.

              Answered on 7/6/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
          • Q:

            Shipping to Antigua

            I want to buy the 4033 mic - how can I get it shipped to my island (Antigua and Barbuda)?
            Asked on 5/4/2015 by scottymeade1

            1 answer

            • A:

              Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

              Answered on 5/4/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
          • Q:

            Reduce feedback

            Hello.

            Could a shield or other device be used to reduce feedback and give our band more volume?
            We are experiencing lots of howling without much gain, even in a fairly large hall.

            HELP!!
            Asked on 5/12/2012 by markgriffiths1 from Wales, UK

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            • A:

              Thank you for your inquiry, Feedback, also known as the Larsen Effect, occurs when the amplified sound from any loudspeaker reenters the sound system through a microphone and is amplified again and again, causing a loop. To avoid or lessen the likelihood of feedback, try some of these steps:

              - Keep the microphone behind the loudspeakers to minimize the sound that can reenter the microphone. If the microphone is in front of the speakers, then feedback is nearly guaranteed.

              - Use a microphone with a unidirectional (cardioid) polar pattern. A cardioid microphone has its maximum rejection at the rear of the mic. Your AT4033 is a cardiod microphone. Keep monitors or loudspeakers in this area of maximum rejection.

              - Place the microphone close to the sound source. When you reduce the distance between the sound source and the microphone by half, you double the sound pressure level at the microphone. This increases your gain before feedback (i.e., it allows your sound system to produce more SPL before reaching a level that would induce feedback).

              - Adjust the equalization on you sound system or use a feedback eliminator to dampen the frequencies where feedback is occuring.

              Answered on 5/23/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
          • Q:

            Hi, is there an additional foam cover we can use to reduce wind-noise for outside use by a barbershop harmony chorus?
            Asked on 5/4/2012 by RandyJo from Newmarket, ON, Canada

            1 answer

            • A:

              Thank you for your inquiry. The AT8137 large studio microphone wind screen is the item you need.

              Answered on 5/11/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
          • Q:

            To disconnect the 4033/cl, is it proper to shut off the 48v supply prior to pulling a connector?

            My Audiogram 6 interface is supplying 48v to the AT4033/CL. I usually leave the computer, the interface and the microphone connected when performing other computer duties. Should I turn off the 48v. Should I disconnect the mic? Is it proper to shut off the 48v supply prior to pulling a connector? I love the microphone and just want to prolong it's useful life.
            Asked on 3/11/2012 by Butch from Pine Beach, NJ, USA

            1 answer

            • A:

              Thank you for your inquiry. Although, it should not harm the microphone it is always a good idea to shut down phantom power or at least mute the channel to keep the system form creating a very loud "poping" sound.

              Answered on 3/22/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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