Gold stars across the board for the Audio-Technica AT4081! Here in the studio, we recently recorded some vocals and guitars with it, and the results were great. Sure, there are other more expensive ribbon mics out there, but after hearing an acoustic guitar sound so rich and full, a Fender amp producing thick and crunchy tones, and such warm and present vocals, I would personally choose this mic.
Lovin' it on Acoustic and Vox!
Probably the best sounding mic I own right now. I have a shure sm7b and an AT4033/cl and a blue bluebird among others, but I really dig this mic. I'm a small studio and I don't have the best pre amps (presonus studio channel) but this mic makes the most out of what I have.
love this sound
I like the character of AT mics, this is perhaps there most natural sounding mic. I bought this from watching online videos, when it arrived I was very pleased with its clarity, smoothness, lack of hype in the top end. The bass is of course ribbon like and very warm and some of the low mids needed eq on my recordings but I do believe that after using this in a straight forward mid-side recording of classical guitar that I couldn't have got a better sound without spending another $500. The sound this mic captured with my tascam UH7000 was such a good clean palate that my mastering engineer was able to convert it into something worthy of Deutsche Grammaphon. I'm thinking about a second one now for future stereo recording.
As a side note it feels and looks great, perhaps one of the most aesthetic mics ever made (its like a lady) with refined and detailed shapes. I think the ribbon holes are a great innovation too.
Great ribbon sound...enough said.
My new favorite guitar amp mic
Stick it in front of an amp a hand width away. I run it flat with a bit of HPF. Sits in the mix effortlessly.
Not 5 star because the ribbon makes it not as rugged as I'd like for a road mic.