Audio-Technica AT4050 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone with Multiple Polar Patterns
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Transparent Sound and Versatility for a Price That's Within Reach

The AT4050 is one of Sweetwater's best-selling vocal mics, and for good reason! Utilizing a low-noise transformerless design and multiple polar patterns, the AT4050 is ideal for use in the most demanding recording situations. It uses dual gold-plated, aged, large-diaphragm condenser elements for extended frequency response, while floating construction elements provide isolation from noise and vibration.

Audio-Technica AT4050 Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • Transparent highs, rich lows and low noise
  • Multiple polar patterns for versatility
  • Precision-built diaphragm and state-of-the-art electronics for reliable performance
Transparent highs, rich lows and low noise

The AT4050 produces transparent highs and mids balanced by rich low-end qualities, while its advanced acoustic engineering guarantees extensive performance capabilities and highest quality. The AT4050's transformerless circuitry virtually eliminates low-frequency distortion and provides superior correlation of high-speed transients.

Multiple polar patterns for versatility

Adding to the AT4050's value are the three polar patterns. You can select from cardioid, figure-8 or omnidirectional settings to tailor the AT4050 to any source you're recording. In addition, a switchable 80Ha highpass filter and a 10dB pad allow even more flexibility in capturing a multitude of sources. This mic can stand up to high SPLs and still deliver transparent sound!

Precision-built diaphragm and state-of-the-art electronics

The AT4050's 2-micron-thick, vapor-deposited gold diaphragms undergo a five-step aging process so that the optimum characteristics achieved remain constant over years of use. State-of-the-art surface-mount electronics make the AT4050 another of A-T's incredibly consistent and reliable microphones!

Audio-Technica AT4050 Condenser Microphone Features:
  • Superior performance for studio recording and live sound applications
  • Remarkable combination of warm, transparent sound and super-high SPL capability
  • Three switchable polar patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid, figure 8
  • Vapor-deposited gold large-diaphragm design for extended frequency response
  • Symmetrical direct-coupled electronics for excellent transient response and low distortion
  • Switchable 80Hz highpass filter and 10dB pad
  • Includes AT8449 shock mount
  • Requires +48V phantom power
For a versatile studio performer, your best bet is an AT4050!

Additional Media

AT4050 Spec Sheet
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 0.84" (21.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 149dB (159dB w/10dB Pad)
Output Impedance 100 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 77dB
Self Noise 17dB
Low Cut Filter 80Hz (-12dB/octave)
Pads -10dB
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 1.12 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Dust Cover, Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number AT4050

Customer Reviews

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Jack of All Trades-workhorse

What's there to say that hasn't already been said about these microphone? Dependable, great- sounding, and typical 'Audio Technica value. I've noticed that its tonality is particularly appealing in omnipolar mode. Thank you Sweetwater for the awesome sale prices I've acquired these for!

One of my Favorite Mics

The studio I work at has one of these, and I've begun experimenting with it on different instruments that come through. And I love the results I get with one of these plugged into a good preamp. It sounds great on an upright grand piano, accordion, trumpet, vocals, drum room, It's a little too bright for some solo acoustic guitars, but still useful. It's quickly becoming my go-to mic. I want to get another just so I have a matched pair.
Music background: Studio Recording Engineer

Pure Gold For Vocals

First let me say that I fully recognize and agree with other reviewers who have noted the versatility of this mic in its ability to perform flawlessly while recording various accoustic instruments (guitar, piano, etc.). I want to focus my review, however, on its performance as a vocal mic and hopefully offer some assistance to anyone who is currently weighing the multitude of options when it comes to purchasing your first (or second) vocal mic for your studio. The most important factor when deciding which dedicated vocal mic I wanted to purchase for my home studio several years ago was the price-to-performance ratio. In other words, as I moved up in price point to different microphones, was the performance significantly improved enough (or noticeable enough) to justify the next highest priced mic? I literally demo-ed dozens of microphones from the $200 price range up to those costing more than $2000, and this mic won HANDS DOWN!! I just didn't hear enough difference to justify spending that much more on a vocal mic, when that money could buy a bunch of other hardware or software that I needed, and since purchasing the mic 8 years ago, I have NEVER been disappointed in its performance as a vocal mic or wished that I had a different mic for any vocal tracks that I have cut. If you are looking for specifics, let me say that the response and reproduction of any high frequencies is incredible. You will literally hear every crack, pop, growl, and any other nuance that you put into your vocals come through exactly as you sang it. I have a voice in the higher range and sing rock music. I typically use my "scratchy" voice with lots of intentional cracks, and even need that "80s scream" from time to time, and this mic delivers perfectly every time. The only instance in which I could imagine someone finding a mic with a better performance/price ratio would be for someone with a deep bass or baritone voice. This mic does great for low vocals as well, but I am not familiar with other mics that may be better suited for very deep vocals. The bottom line is that before you spend your money on that mic "you just gotta have" that costs several thousand dollars, you NEED to try this one first. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed, and that you will also be very happy about all the other gear you can get with the money you didn't spend on your vocal mic!
Music background: Vocalist, Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer

The all time desert island microphone!!!!!

Without a doubt one of my favorite all around do everything WELL microphones. I've used these live on several tours on everything from Kick drum, snare drum, toms, bass guitars, electric guitars, overheads, leslie, saxophone, and vocals. For singer songwriters try two 4050's both in figure 8 position. Use the first to help cancel vocals in the guitar mic using the null point (ask your sales person for further polar pattern info) and use the second to cancel guitars in the vocal mic.
Music background: Live sound engineer: Evanescence, Stone Temple Pilots, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society

Neutral and versatile

I've had a pair of these for years and find them very neutral and flexible. The self noise is low, the electronics are quite clean and uncolored. The pair is great for recording jazz ensembles, acoustic instruments and amplified blues bands.

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Simon Picazo

I have used this mic to record everything from Yupik native drums, to harmonicas, to vocals, to grand pianos. Five CDs later I still put up my AT4050 before I try anything else. Try this with a 4040 for M/S recording for under $1000.
See also: Condenser Mics, Audio-Technica, Audio-Technica Condenser Microphones, Audio-Technica Condenser Microphones