Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone with Low-cut Filter, 10dB Pad, Multiple Pickup Patterns, and Custom Shockmount
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This Multi-pattern Condenser Mic Is an Amazing Bargain

The Audio-Technica AT2050 large-diaphragm condenser microphone gives you premium performance and incredible versatility! The AT2050 includes three switchable pickup patterns (cardioid, omni, and figure-8) and features an 80Hz highpass filter and 10dB pad. It comes complete with a custom shock mount and protective pouch. A great choice for everything from project and pro studios to live applications, this mic gives you great performance in both studio and live applications. Plus, its ability to handle high sound pressure levels makes it useful on a range of sound sources. The AT2050 is a great addition to any mic locker!

Audio-Technica AT2050 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone Features:
  • A versatile mic
  • Reliable, consistent
A versatile mic

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 80Hz highpass filter and 10dB pad, the microphone is ideal for studio and live sound use on vocals, piano, strings, drum overheads, guitar amps, and more.

Reliable, consistent

Along with its rugged construction and high-performance specifications, the AT2050 provides an exceptional level of consistency from model to model. It comes equipped with a protective pouch and a custom shock mount.

Audio-Technica AT2050 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone Features:
  • Large diaphragm for smooth, natural sound and low noise
  • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range
  • Element: Externally-polarized (DC bias) condenser
  • Polar patterns: Cardioid, omni, figure-8
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Low-frequency roll-off: 80Hz, 12dB/octave
  • Impedance:120 ohms
  • Maximum input sound level: 149dB SPL, 1kHz at 1% T.H.D.; 159dB SPL, with 10dB pad (nominal)
  • Switches: Polar pattern selections; flat, roll-off; 10dB pad
  • Weight: 14.5 oz
  • Output connector: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
  • Accessories: Shock mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch
  • Requires +48V phantom power
The Audio-Technica AT2050 gives you great multi-pattern performance at a great price!

Additional Media

AT2050 Spec Sheet
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 0.8" (20.3mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 149dB (159dB w/10dB Pad)
Output Impedance 120 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 77dB
Self Noise 17dB
Low Cut Filter 80Hz (-12dB/octave)
Pads -10dB
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 0.9 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Microphone Pouch
Manufacturer Part Number AT2050

Customer Reviews

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Audio Technica AT2050

This is probably the best condenser mic for the money. The multi-patterns are easy to eliminate or add other sounds. Both superb clarity and tonal reproduction!
Music background: Guitar and Bass player

Great for Voice

We evaluated about a dozen different mics for studio voice recording. We did rigorous tests with different voices and miking techniques. There were 8 people evaluating and we narrowed the choice down to two mics. Both were Audio Technica - the AT4033a and the AT2050. They both blew away the other more expensive mics we tested. While I preferred the AT4033a for its richer and more transparent sound, after running all the recorded mics through the same expansion and compression settings we normally use, the overall preference was the AT2050. The most amazing aspect of this mic is its unique ability to handle plosives. I can't figure out why or how but it just does - and nothing comes even close to it. Anyway, I don't write reviews but since we did so much work to locate a great mic for voice work we thought it would be worth sharing here and hope you find it helpful.
Music background: Engineer

No Complain

Honestly, in this price range, I have no complain! If you need a multiple pickup pattern in a tight budget! I think this is the one! Or if not, go to AT2035! By the way, be careful to use the shock mount, it's a little bit hard to identify which is the up and bottom!
Music background: Recording Engineer

Amazing Microphone

I can use this microphone on anything. I've used it mainly with vocals, violin, and piano and it sounds great.

Audio Technica AT2050

Great quality and sound. It's possible to get pro results from this piece. It's very convenient to have multi-pattern ability at this price.
Music background: Professional musician and recording engineer.
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