AT2050

Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

MSRP* US$229.00
Two-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 versatile AT2050 provides consistent, superior performance in switchable cardioid, omnidirectional and figure-of-eight polar pattern settings. Its dual large diaphragms are gold-vaporized and aged to achieve optimum characteristics over years of use. Equipped with a switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and 10 dB pad, the microphone is ideal for studio and live sound use on vocals, piano, strings, drum overheads, guitar amps, and more.
  • Features


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

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

    • Large diaphragm for smooth, natural sound and low noise

    • State-of-the-art surface-mount electronics ensure compliance with A-Ts stringent consistency and reliability standards

    • Includes shock mount & protective pouch

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTExternally-polarized (DC bias) condenser
    POLAR PATTERNSCardioid,
    Omnidirectional,
    Figure-of-Eight
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE20-20,000 Hz
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 12 dB/octave
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY42 dB (7.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE120 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL149 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.;
    159 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal)
    NOISE17 dB SPL
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)132 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO77 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS11-52V DC, 4.7 mA typical
    SWITCHESPolar selection;
    Flat, roll-off;
    10 dB pad (nominal)
    WEIGHT412 g (14.5 oz)
    DIMENSIONS170.0 mm (6.69") long,
    52.0 mm (2.05") maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORSIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8458 shock mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch
    AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLER5
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    POLAR PATTERN
    CARDIOID
    POLAR PATTERN
    POLAR PATTERN
    OMNIDIRECTIONAL
    POLAR PATTERN
    POLAR PATTERN
    FIGURE-OF-EIGHT
    POLAR PATTERN
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE
    CARDIOID
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE
    OMNIDIRECTIONAL
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE
    FIGURE-OF-EIGHT
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE



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  • Downloads

    AT2050 Specification Sheet (pdf 464.86 KB)
    AT2050 Submittal Sheet (pdf 423.80 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaAT2050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone
     
    4.8

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    • Durable (3)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Good audio (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

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    5.0

    Soid mic !!

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    from Victoria BC

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

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        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone:

        This mic is easily one of the best mics I've ever used. I was trepidatious on what the quality would be because of the price range, but I was totally blown away. Being a metal vocalist who combines heavy and clean vocals, having a mic that can do the job for both styles is very important; and finding one that won't kill your wallet is equally as important. When I'm not recording in someone else's studio, this is my go-to for all my vox work.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Studio Musician
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Intermediate
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Over a year
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        5.0

        I will continue to buy this brand because it works good!!!

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        from Florida

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

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            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone:

            This is a great product!!!

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • House of Worship
            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
            • Novice
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            • Over a year
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            4.0

            Great sound, sturdy design

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            from Auckland

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

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                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone:

                I use this pretty much exclusively for ways in which it was not intended to be used with most of my recordings being of musicians performing outside in locations with water hazards, awkward placements and the general exposure to the elements. Creates a beautiful, big sound that leaves me totally satisfied, including excellent instrument reproduction and glorious vocals.

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Videographer
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                • Intermediate
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                • Over a year
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                5.0

                Well Designed Multi-Pattern Condenser

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                from Central New York

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                Pros

                • Ambience
                • Vocals

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                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone:

                    This microphone meets the expected versatily of a multi-pattern microphone with a sound quality that can be compared to its higher cost counterpart. Polar pattern, low-cut, and pad setting on this microphone can be changed easily without using a tool, and it fits nicely on its shockmount.

                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                    • Intermediate
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                    • Other
                    • How long have you used this product?:
                    • Less than a month
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                  • Q & A

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                    • Q:

                      I purchased one AT2050 several years ago. If I buy another now will they be compatible with one another to work as a stereo pair?
                      Asked on 2/21/2017 by GeorgeIP from Roswell, GA

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Audio-Technica Quality Control has such a high tolerance that no consecutive serial numbers will work as a stereo pair.

                        Answered on 3/1/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                    • Q:

                      How do I need to set the switches on this month for operation with my Electro Voice powered mixer
                      Asked on 12/22/2016 by David from U.s. Amory Mississippi

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Thank you for your inquiry. Set the pattern to cardioid, the pad to 0dB and the roll off to flat.

                        Answered on 12/23/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                    • Q:

                      Hello!
                      I purchased the AT2050 a few years ago and we only used it once to record. After that, I tried to use it and it does not work. It has no damage, never been dropped, etc. It just won't produce any amplification through my Yamaha Stagepass 500. My purpose is to mic my elementary school choir.
                      I do not have a manual or any instructions. Can you tell me which input to use; which settings for the mic. Low cut or no? -10db or 0?
                      Finally, is there a way to unscrew the mic and check for any disconnected wiring?
                      I do not have teacher funds to repair it but hope I can try on my own.
                      Sincerely, Frustrated Music Teacher
                      Asked on 9/18/2016 by MizzLima from Jacksonville, Florida

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

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

                        Answered on 9/19/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                    • Q:

                      Hi, can you suggest a 'None' shock mount for this MIC on a boom arm? I don't wish to use a shock mount. Thanks.
                      Asked on 8/20/2016 by Volksdevil

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                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Thank you for your inquiry. This microphone is made to use a shock mount. We do not make another mount for it.

                        Answered on 9/1/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                    • Q:

                      Love my AT2050 as it is pretty versatile for an entry level mic! What is the best way to mic an acoustic in close proximity? Thank you.
                      Asked on 3/16/2016 by Rick 'Poppa Dawg' Halisheff from Canada

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                    • Q:

                      Can i order the Shockmount for AT2050? because i lost my original one.
                      Asked on 2/5/2016 by Kyaw from Singapore

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Yes you can! You need the AT8458.

                        Answered on 2/5/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                    • Q:

                      In what sonic or engineering ways is the AT2050 different from the AT4050?
                      Asked on 1/10/2015 by MentorGreg from NE Ohio

                      1 answer

                      • A:

                        Thank you for your inquiry. These are completely different microphones in two different lines. The 20 series is our entry level recording microphones, while our 40 series is our premier line of recording microphones. Most of the specs, which you can view on the product page for each, are completely different as well as the frequency response. The AT2050 is a very nice microphone, but not as nice as the AT4050.

                        Answered on 1/20/2015 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                    • Q:

                      What PreAmp should I use with the AT2050

                      I'm going to buy a AT2050 but am wondering what preamp is best for this microphone.
                      I was wondering if a Behringer 302USB Premium 5-Input Mixer with XENYX Mic Preamp has enough phantom power to use the AT2050. Thanks so much for the information and can't wait to buy my AT2050 as soon as i find a preamp.
                      Asked on 1/4/2015 by NormalNoah from Ottawa, ON, Canada

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                      • A:

                        The AT2035 operates 11-52v of phantom power. Please reference your preamp specs to identify compatibility.

                        Answered on 1/7/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                    • Q:

                      I've got an xlr to 3.5mm and a Phantom power supply but the microphone is still not working?

                      I read the question about the 3.5mm, from what I understood, it means that the AT2050 should now work because there is a power supply right? or it doesn't really work with the 3.5mm?
                      Asked on 6/3/2014 by Paull from Ontario, Canada

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                      • A:

                        Thank you for your inquiry. I think you need to talk with our Audio Solutions department. They can help with this. Call them at 330-686-2600 ext 5000.

                        Answered on 6/5/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                    • Q:

                      XLR To 3.5mm Plug

                      I just wanted to know if this mic works if you plug it directly inn to a PC via a male XLR to 3.5mm jack plug? Or is it required to have a mixer of some sort?
                      Asked on 3/2/2013 by Mazzor from Sandefjord, Norway

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                      • A:

                        The AT2020, and any other XLR Condenser microphone will not work with an XLR to 3.5mm cable. You would need to purchase a Phantom Power supply as well, as the AT2020, AT2035, AT2050 (etc.) all require 48v of Phantom Power. This is often supplied by a mixer, but you would need to make certain.

                        However, since you are located in Norway, please contact either:
                        -Scandec @ www.scandecsystemer.no
                        - Bergsala @ www.bergsala.se
                        for more information.

                        Takk!

                        Answered on 3/4/2013 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
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