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AT4053b

Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone


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  • Features
  • Specifications
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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
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE20-20,000 Hz
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 18 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
    AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLES1
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  • Downloads

    AT4053b Specification Sheet (pdf 346.03 KB)
    AT4053b Submittal Sheet (pdf 228.40 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

    Great mic for the money

    4

    Ive been using this mic for 4 years for interior dialog and sit down interviews . It sounds great and being a hyper cardiod helps to reduce reflections and room reverberations. Its a third of the price of the most widely used hyper cardiod but sounds way better than you would expect at this price.

    East Coast

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    Great Mic

    5

    Great mic I recently used this mic over a percussion section for a live band with choir. The mic was centered 3.5 to 4 feet up from the tops of the congas, and aimed over the area. There were 3 congas, 2 bongos and several other instruments including a chime set, cow bells, and shakers. The person playing these instruments was expert with his craft - and the AT4053b mic captured ALL of the sound beautifully on what was a fairly live stage (live monitors were for the choir only). There was only a nominal level of stage noise getting into the mix from this mic and it was not a problem. The sound of the percussion with this mic as heard from the house PA was absolutely gorgeous and natural. There were no issues in getting the percussion section to the levels needed and to sit properly in the house mix. This mic was purchased with film/video audio in mind as well, where it is inappropriate to use a shotgun. In tests so far, this mic is performing admirably.

    Eastern NC

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    Great mic

    5

    I recently used this mic over a percussion section for a live band with choir. The mic was centered about 3 feet up and aiming over the area. There were 3 congas, 2 bongos and several other instruments including a chime set, cow bells, and shakers. The person playing these instruments was expert with his craft - and the AT4053b mic captured ALL of the sound beautifully on what was a fairly live stage (live monitors were for the choir only). There was only a nominal level of stage noise getting into the mix from this mic and it was not a problem. The sound of the percussion with this mic as heard from the house PA was absolutely gorgeous and natural. There were no issues in getting the percussion section to the levels needed and to sit properly in the house mix.

    Eastern NC

    For talking heads

    4

    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.

    Midwest U. S.

    AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone

    4.5 4

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  • Q & A

    Hi , I'm new to audio recording, I'm looking for a microphone for ASMR style, found this is good inside the studio , but could you explain a bit about the outdoor , since there's not battery within, can I use this with my BOOM H5 ? what kind of adapter do I need ? or do I need a power outlet ? Thanks, Jeannie

    jeannie

    The Zoom H5 should provide +48v of phantom power needed to operate the AT4053b microphone. You may plug the microphone in via an XLR connection into your recorder. https://blog.audio-technica.com/audio-solutions-question-week-phantom-power-need/

    Brent

    What shock mount would be compatible with the 4053b?

    Sab

    Thank you for your inquiry. The following shockmount models are compatible with the AT4053b: AT8410a:https://www.audio-technica.com/cms/windscreens_mounts/59ffe32bf2065ffb/index.html AT8415:https://www.audio-technica.com/cms/windscreens_mounts/bda042714ac39d81/index.html

    ATUS_Specialist4

    Howdy. My original foam windscreen that came with the 4051a package is now ripped. What is the part # for the replacement foam windscreen? Alternatively, can you tell me what 'body style' the AT405x series has so I can match it to your online catalogue. Thanks.

    BJ

    You may find compatible accessories for the AT4053b here: http://www.audio-technica.com/cgi-bin/product_search/optional/wm.pl?options=S1 The body case style for each microphone is found in the specifications and for the small diaphram 40 Series (like the AT4053/41/49) is "S1.)

    ATUS_Specialist3

    hI, will the AT4053B-EL capsule work with my AT4051a mic?

    zred5

    Yes.

    ATUS_Specialist3

    What is the difference between a 4053, 4053a and 4053b?

    Lars

    There are slight changes in specifications of the generations of the microphone but the biggest changes were RoHS complaint. Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for additional assistance with this.

    ATUS_Specialist3

    Any advice for tool to use for the pad and hipass switches? Am I supposed to use a paperclip or something?

    CuriousaboutAT4053b

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

    AudioSolutionsSpec3

    Where is the AT4053b manufactured?

    CuriousaboutAT4053b

    The AT4053b Microphone is made in Japan.

    AudioSolutionsSpec1

    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?

    SpiderWayne

    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.

    AudioSolutionsSpec1

    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.

    Wainwright

    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).

    AudioSolutionsManager

    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

    javieralza

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

    AudioSolutionsManager