I just really like how the AT mics record. They sound really good on final product. They feel good in the wallet too!!!
Best mic for the price. Period.
Honestly, this mic blows some of my $1,000+ mics out of the water on acoustic guitar. Vocals sound nice, but lack the body that you'd get from a quality LDC. I'd say if you're looking for a great mic for acoustic guitar, you've found your perfect match.
A great deal on a fantastic mic
I chose this mic because I work for an AT dealer, and had heard that it was generally well regarded, but hadn't heard any definite descriptions of it in a studio capacity. So I took a chance, and I couldn't be more pleased with the quality of these mics, and with AT mics in general. The sound is crisp and detailed but not harsh. The nuances of acoustic guitars come out beautifully. As an overhead, this mic really shines. The drums sound full bodied and detailed, and the snare has never sounded better for me. Of course there are much better mics out there, but in this price range, I can't imagine it getting better than this. I'm getting some of the best drum sounds I've ever gotten, even in the fairly crappy basement recording space that I have to work with. The downside is that they don't sell them in matched pairs, but the two that I purchased match up very well. You can't go wrong with this one!!!
I have a pair of the AT4041's and have used them for over 10 years. Not only do they sound great, they are tough as nails. Just as example, we were playing outdoors at a marina about 10 years ago when a torrential rain came and we quickly had to tear down. Unknown to me, one of my 4041's ended up getting dunked in a bucket of water...and stayed there *overnight*. I thought for sure that there was no way that mic would ever work again. I took it apart, washed all the parts in alcohol, let them dry thoroughly for a couple of days in the sun, put it back together again, and it sounds just as good today as the day I bought it. I use this mic exclusively as my drum overheads, so I can't honestly say how they perform in other applications, but for drum overheads, they are wonderful. If you want a reasonably priced small diaphragm condenser that sounds great, this one will get the job done very nicely.