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AT 4040 vs. 4050


Does the AT 4040 utilize the same 2-micron gold diaphragm as the 4050? (& the same transformerless solid-state circuitry?) Is the only difference between the two the added pickup patterns on the 4050?
Would the 4040 sound the same as the 4050 in a cardioid pattern?
Or is the 4050 better quality all the way around?
Still looking for a quality studio LDC vocal mic; & have narrowed my search down to Audio Technica. I have tested the 4040 with my voice, but certain tracking types are telling me to go with the 4050...but is the only difference I'm seeing the added pickup patterns on the 4050? Someone else told me the 4050 is a better LDC mic for "digital" recording...but, then again...I thought that's what we all do.
Please help.
November 6, 2004 @01:48am

They sound different, no question. Some things sound better with the 4040, some with the 4050. I don't really find one to be "better" than the other, it just depends on what the application is.
The 4050 sounds more neutral to me, a little less bright, and a little more scooped out in the mids.
November 6, 2004 @03:26am

I like them both, too. But for breathy vocals I prefer the 4040 (and maybe even vocals, overall - really depends on the application). Most often I use the 4050.
November 8, 2004 @04:24pm

Mike & Dan,
Forgot to come back & thank you guys.
Going with the 4050. Can't hear it first, tho...so I hope it's the right choice.
November 11, 2004 @01:27am