AT4053b

Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone

MSRP* US$695.00
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


    This versatile studio performer may be used with confidence in a wide variety of professional miking applications. Featuring direct-coupled balanced outputs for clean signals in high-output conditions, the microphone is totally free of the distortion associated with conventional transformer-coupled outputs. And its fast response to transients contributes to the open, transparent reproduction of even the most difficult-to-capture instruments. The microphone is fully RoHS-compliant Ė free from all substances specified in the EU directive on the reduction of hazardous substances (RoHS).

    The AT4053b consists of two modular subassemblies: an AT4900b-48 body and an AT4053b-EL hypercardioid head capsule (both available separately). Additional interchangeable capsules are available in omnidirectional (AT4049b-EL) and cardioid (AT4051b-EL).
  • Features


    • Specially engineered to meet the most critical acoustic requirements of professional recording, broadcast and sound reinforcement

    • Hypercardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source

    • Direct-coupled, balanced output results in a clean signal even under high-output conditions

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

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

    • Rugged turned-brass microphone housing for enduring dependability

    • State-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques ensure compliance with A-Tís stringent consistency and reliability standards

    • RoHS-compliant Ė free from all substances specified in the EU directive on the reduction of hazardous substances (RoHS)

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTExternally polarized (DC bias) capacitor
    POLAR PATTERNHypercardioid
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE20-20,000 Hz
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 12 dB/octave
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY-34 dB (19.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE50 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL145 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.;
    155 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal)
    NOISE16 dB SPL
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)129 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO78 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS48V DC, 4.8 mA typical
    SWITCHFlat, roll-off; 10 dB pad (nominal)
    WEIGHT127 g (4.5 oz)
    DIMENSIONS155.0 mm (6.10") long,
    21.0 mm (0.83") maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    OPTIONAL INTERCHANGEABLE ELEMENTSAT4049b-EL (omnidirectional);
    AT4051b-EL (cardioid)
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8405a stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; windscreen; protective carrying case
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    AT4053b Specification Sheet (pdf 463.36 KB)
    AT4053b Submittal Sheet (pdf 370.84 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
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    im going to start recording and i have made some pretty good idea boards which is final material to, but ive been using a shotgun mic my dad found, then my ipod microphone, and then an audio technica one, it wasnt a condenser microphone from you, it was a hanheld one m dad took away but i didnt look at the model number, but i just trust you, your company is really good, and people like you, wel that i trust that they know what there doing, apple, you, native instruments, i like and i like these type of mices, later in about a year im getting a portable recorder from tascam, and im getting this microphone, a at 4073, a ribbon from the 40 series and a akg from the 40 series, and thank you for all the wonderfull things you brought to this word, nice sound, and good engineres, companies like you will make the world a good place especialy because you give morea vaiable parts of your word, for example, technicolor has gaven us cinestyle, does not have a curve or a push to the whites but its flat, and flat in color also brings shadows, like you, you have gaven us the atr series, which are really good, this question was to ask if this is a slip in to say your good by askig you the question to, so thank you audio technica
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    Thank you for your inquiry and your comments. The AT4053b is a very versitile microphone, especially for instrument recording.
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    AT4053..no A or B at end of model number

    I have two AT 4053 mics; there is no A or B at the end of the model number. The capsule and body have serial #
    Capsule/Body: 0154/0499
    ....................: 0159/0959
    How do my two microphones differ from the AT4053A or the AT4053B models. I suspect they must be an early model. Are the new capsules compatible?

    These mics are superior to any other mics that I've used to record acoustic guitar. I will not mention other brands but I've recorded with other well respected brands.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. The difference between an AT4053 and an AT4053a was that we re-did the circuit board for surface mount construction. The performance was kept very close. The element did not change, and the resulting surface mount construction gave us just a touch higher sensitivity and slightly better noise. The heads are totally interchangeable and the difference from mic to mic old to new would all fall within the production tolerance of the older non-a versions. The b version has a pad and better signal to noise ratio (it's quieter).
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