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AT2050

Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone


U.S. Two-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Downloads
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

  • 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
    Click on the chart to view the larger image
    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

    Stay away from this if you have windows 10

    1

    I spent a lot of money on this, and the quality has always been poor. Volume levels are very low even if you talk into the microphone at very close range. The only fix is to digitally up the volume with all the hiss and hum that this brings with it. It turns out it's a windows driver issue, and audio-technica have completely failed to provide a replacement driver. Quite frankly, I feel as though I've had my money stolen from me.

    UK

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    Stay away if you are using windows 10

    1

    Was a great mic when I first bought it and used it with windows 8. After uppgrading to windows 10 the sound quality is really bad. It still "works" but the recorded volume is extremely low. If you raise the volume, the noise will get so high that the recording is trash. Many people have complained about this, but no action is made by Audio Technica or Microsoft.

    Norway

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    Will not work on my Windows 10 laptop.

    4

    Worked great on my laptop until I updated it from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Worked great while I could use it...

    Camp Hill, PA

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    May not work with Windows 10

    4

    I like this microphone, but it appears as it it will not work with Windows 10.

    Camp Hill, PA

    I am impressed

    5

    First off, I am not a professional in this field. In fact this is the most expensive microphone that I have ever used. However that means I went into this blind and I have a pretty different perspective in this field. This prouduct was very easy to use. I just plugged it in and it worked. I use the microphone for some YouTube videos and it was very simple to use in every program. Just to test, I I tried it out in the windows camera app as well as some apps like skype and google hangouts. In those programs you're not really going to want to buy a mic this expensive and you may want to go for something cheaper. In the end this is an easy and good sounding mic that is a great choice if your just starting out.

    Springfield Missouri

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    YES, it's worth the small price!!!

    5

    Well, let me start by sharing... I owned a Music Store in the late 70s early 80s- We sold Audio Technica products even back then... I'm a Professional Musician, Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist... One has to step back from the instantaneous, social media- bash, dash, "hecto-confusing", gratification/confusion World we now live in... By stepping back... remember what you paid for this mic... It's well worth the admission , the set up ( plug and play), and the ever hanging ways to records music and voice. This , considering it's price, really checks all of the boxes... Enjoy your time, enjoy your music and enjoy LIFE :-) Thx AT- good Mic at this price point!!!

    Southern USA

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    Great Mic

    5

    This is one of the best usb mics on the market. I use this microphone to do voice overs and a twitch talk show. I love it, it's easy to use and has no static like the Bule yeti.

    NewYork

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    Excellent on acoustic guitars!

    5

    I've used this Microphone for three years now and love it! It makes recording my acoustic guitar fun and easy. I aim it at the 12 fret, about 10 inches away and its magic everytime! This microphone showed me that you dont need to spend $2K to get high quality!

    Portland Oregon

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    Taking back to shop

    1

    I bought this mic, plugged it in and had an afternoon of low-quality, low-level recording issues in Audacity, Ableton Live and then Adobe Audition. A quick lookup on the web revealed that there are a multitude of issues with nearly all USB powered mics since the release of Windows 10. I also note that the mic has been discontinued (without explanation) by audo-technica.

    Perth, Australia

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    Best Mic for USB radio production on the road!

    5

    This is a great product. I have a daily radio program and this mic is my favorite usb mic. I was using various Blue usb mics and had loads of white noise. None with the AT2020. No need for bulky secondary mixing gear. I replaced the small travel stand with a drum kick mic stand, which works great. I bought an after market foam pop filter. My sound quality rivals what I get on the radio studio pro E.V. voice mics. I also have the xlr version which had to have a mixer. When I travel I use the small stand or take my desk mic stand in two pieces. I do the initial edits in sound studio, an elegant little program that does effective linear editing, then I drop my edits into Logic X. I can get an amazing warm sound with no ad ons! There is no latency in the earphone jack as well.

    Miami, Florida

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    AT2050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

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  • Q & A

    At work I have a few of these AT2050's to use for recording podcasts. I'm currently using a Dragon Pad pop filter but I'd like a better looking solution to block out plosives. Is there a recommended pop foam windscreen to use for this microphone? I was hoping to find one made by Audio-Technica. Also, would a windscreen, being thicker than a dragon pad, affect the audio in any way? (I'm new to recording so forgive the naivety.)

    TokyoColucci

    You may contact Audio-Technica Japan for further assistance. http://www.audio-technica.com/world_map/

    Brent

    Does the at2050 come in a matched pair

    Killer

    Thank you for your inquiry. They are not sold as a matched pair.

    AudioSolutionsManager

    So when I go to attach the AT8458 shock mount to the microphone stand itself, do i just screw it on or do I attach the 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter to the end of the microphones boom (the end facing me that holds the mic) then screw on the AT8458 shock mount?

    Michae White

    If your microphone stand you are connecting the microphone mount to is 5/8-27" threading, you may remove the adapter but if the microphone stand is 3/8-16" threading, you may either put the adapter on the stand threading first or leave it in the threading of the mount.

    ATUS_Specialist3

    What boom stand is suggested to use this condenser? Or does it already come with one?

    SneakyViking

    You may connect the included AT8458 shock mount to any standard 5/8-27" threaded microphone stand.

    ATUS_Specialist3

    How do you properly insert the mic into the shockmount? Do you just slide it in or remove elastics on shockmount first?

    Tim

    The microphone will slide into the shock mount and the elastic bands will hold the microphone.

    ATUS_Specialist3

    What accesories and other products should I purchase to maximize the use of this particular microphone?

    Emily

    It all depends on how you want to use the microphone. You may plug the microphone into a proper microphone preamp and if you are using the microphone for vocals, you may use a pop filter or windscreen.

    ATUS_Specialist3

    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?

    GeorgeIP

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

    ATUS_Specialist3

    How do I need to set the switches on this month for operation with my Electro Voice powered mixer

    David

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

    AudioSolutionsManager

    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

    MizzLima

    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.

    ATUS_Specialist4

    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.

    Volksdevil

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

    AudioSolutionsManager