AT2050

Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

MSRP* US$369.00
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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    5.0

    Well Designed Multi-Pattern Condenser

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    • 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.

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        • 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

          1 answer

          • 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

          1 answer

          • 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

          1 answer

          • 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
        • Q:

          Hard Case for AT2050?

          Is there a recommended hard case for use with the AT2050? Perhaps a case that will fit 2 of them and shockmounts for easy and safe transport?
          Asked on 3/1/2013 by Hawk

          1 answer

          • A:

            Unfortunately, Audio-Technica does not manufacture a specific hard-shell case for the AT2050. However, I have used the SKB Small Mil-Std Waterproof Case with plenty of side-address microphones, because of its customized puzzle foam. There are many versions and sizes. Minimum size to fit a Mic and Shockmount will be 12" x 9" x 4". I would contact an audio retailer inquire of the SKB Small Mil-Std Waterproof Case.

            Thanks!

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

          What is the vertical pickup pattern for the AT2050 in each of the three polar patterns.
          Asked on 2/19/2012 by Gordon from Portland, OR, USA

          1 answer

          • A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. Please see the below link for the polar patterns of each setting.

            http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wired_mics/fb4dbcab747f4176/index.html

            Answered on 2/22/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
        • Q:

          Problem with sound output

          Trying to use my at2050 mic with Cubase LE5, it sounds beautiful, however, its only producing sound via left side or the right side, depending on what channel it plugged into. Is there anyway I can create a stereo output? I've tried everything I could think of from panning to the right to setting the output to the right side when its on the left and vise versa.
          Asked on 1/21/2012 by TrevMacC from Manchester, NH, USA

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          • A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. The AT2050 is a mono microphone. You cannot produce a stereo image with this microphone.

            Answered on 1/24/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
        • Q:

          best way to mic a Steinway Baby Grand B with 2 AT 2050's

          looking for position and direction of mic

          a colleague says to mic the pianos with the head of the mic not pointing down but pointing sideways

          i said it should be pointing down, the mic technique directions suggest I am right
          Asked on 10/9/2011 by jazz from Manhattan, New York, NY, USA

          2 answers

          • A:

            My suggestion is to mic the piano at full stick with the two AT2050 set to a cardiod pattern. Keep in mind that the AT2050 are side address mics, so the active sides should point toward the piano. Place the mics on stands about 4-5 feet away from piano in a near-coincident position at a height that would bisect the opening of the piano lid.

            You can also place mics on opposite sides of the piano, directly across from each other and at a height that is similar to the pianist's height when playing. Try it with the Omni pattern and moved the mics until the sound is almost exactly as what the Pianist hears. This should be done in full stick as well. A bit more difficult and time consuming to do, but the result might surprise you.

            Answered on 11/20/2011 by UnheardSound from Central New York
          • A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. With the microphones in cardioid pattern, the front of the mcrophones should be point downward toward the hammers. If using 2 microphone place one mic to cover low side and one the high side.

            Answered on 10/10/2011 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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