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 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-Ts stringent consistency and reliability standards

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

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTExternally polarized (DC bias) capacitor
    POLAR PATTERNHypercardioid
    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
    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
    AT4051b-EL (cardioid)
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8405a stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; windscreen; protective carrying case
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  • Downloads

    AT4053b Specification Sheet (pdf 463.36 KB)
    AT4053b Submittal Sheet (pdf 370.84 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews


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    For talking heads


    from Midwest U. S.

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    • Field Recording
    • Film/Video Production
    • Vocals


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        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone:

        I use the 4053b indoors when shooting a talking head. The pattern adds a bit more presence and reduces the spill from a live room. It's a better choice compared to a line gradient mic. The roll off helps to reduce the rumbles from the exterior and machinery. It's a keeper for me.

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        • Up to a year
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        • Intermediate
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        • Q:

          Recording a club gig

          Hello, I recently filmed a rock band in a club and although I think I would have had better results pulling audio from the PA system or using a stereo mic, I did get pretty good audio using my AT4053B. My question though, would I have gotten better video is I would have swapped out the capsule for the audio-technica AT4049b-EL Omnidirectional Condenser Mic Capsule?
          Asked on 11/12/2014 by SpiderWayne from Walnut Creek, CA, USA

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          • A:

            Compared to the cardioid element that you have been using, the omnidirectional element is going to pick up sound equally well from all directions around it. I would think this would produce a great amount of "room noise" which is probably not what you desire. If the microphone is mounted to your camera, the omnidirectional element is also going to pick up camera operator noise.

            Answered on 11/14/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
        • Q:

 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.
          Asked on 8/19/2013 by Wainwright from Florida

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          • A:

            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).

            Answered on 8/21/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
        • Q:

          is this the most universal type of mic there is

          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
          Asked on 3/11/2013 by javieralza

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          • A:

            Thank you for your inquiry and your comments. The AT4053b is a very versitile microphone, especially for instrument recording.

            Answered on 3/12/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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