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All user reviews of 4/5 for the Audio-Technica AT4050

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 15 reviews )
 10 reviews67 %
 4 reviews27 %
 1 user review7 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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James...'s review"Not just for vocals"

Audio-Technica AT4050
This is one of AKG's best large condenser mics. The price definitely reflects that also. You usually only find these in higher end studios but they pop up sometimes when big bands are on tour. In general the application is meant for studio vocals but in my opinion it can do a lot more.


I feel like the easiest way to review this mic is to go through all its applications one by one.

Vocals - Obviously this is where the 4050 really shines. It's a very warm mic and when coupled with a solid preamp it can make pretty much anyone sound good. I would agree with this. I've had one in my studio for a couple of years now. For tenor male vocals it is probably one of my favorite mics. There are other more expensive mics that will sometimes beat it out for different singers, but this one at least gives them a run for their money. Honestly there is not much difference between this mic and the $3000 ones. Especially if you don't have a really good preamp. For the money it's a solid vocal mic for any studio.

Acoustic gtr - Okay, to be fair I usually pair it with some kind of pencil condenser, but I have tried it by itself and it's pretty amazing. If you use a lot of Jumbo guitars it might not work too well because of how warm the mic is. I have a Taylor GS with a lot of bass and this mic makes it sound much to boomy. For smaller acoustics it's one of my favorite mics though.

Guitar cabs - I don't use it like people might imagine. I will close mic the cab with some kind of dynamic and then stick this one a few feet back for ambient stuff. The warmth really gives my tracks the extra fullness they need.

I have never used this thing live. It gets used in my studio probably once a week at least. Usually for vocals and certain acoustic guitars. It works well as a room mic too.

Locksher's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good"

Audio-Technica AT4050
CHARACTERISTICS See the manufacturer's website.


Then use 4 years on the catch of votes (hip hop song). Micro trs rgulirement versatile compared to 414 in this area.
C'tait one of my first microphone.
What I like about this mic is its transparency and its small bump in the medium, can make warm voice, despite a lack of precision lightweight.
Today I made my decision to vote with a Neumann, but it is not uncommon for me out my 4050 for vocals.
Good qualitprix. It's not the case but the shekel is worth money.
Yes I would do this choice, if I had no more budget lev.
Cinematic Garden04/27/2010

Cinematic Garden's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Audio-Technica AT4050
What kind of microphone? (Song, sound, mixed ..)

Everything but the kick for me. I use it a lot in voice, electric and acoustic guitars and Overhead. It works very well, transparent and faithful to sources, a light slope in the high range.
Monstrous if one takes several of these mics to a symphony orchestra.
Percussive instruments such Xylo, Marimba have much definitions with this microphone.


For how long have you been using it?

1 year

Have you tried many other models before acquiring this one?

Many, but for a first pair I needed a versatile tool that is why I chose this one. 

What about in terms of price/quality ratio?

Honorable but a little promo does not hurt.

domos's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Audio-Technica AT4050
CHARACTERISTICS See the manufacturer's website.


I use it for 6 years dj. I haven 't ever convinced by the microphone. I find it dull. It is far from being a bad microphone, but I must tell you that since I have a couple of studio projects C3, 4050 my rank is often in his little box! Indeed, the C3 suprieur well for me, transparent, finesse, put in default the audio technica. On a snare drum, it has no picture, on the votes, it has still not picture!
No notice 'that engages me, but if it' silent again, I 'achte directly studio projects.

Added 06/12/2009

I have sold my 4050 and AT C3, replaced by Neumann and KMS105 BEYER MC930.
The AT4050 lacked DEFINITIONS, poor rponse transient and complements "largus" compared to micro KMS105 voice, even on the instruments.