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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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JimboSpins's review"One of the best vocal mics in this price range"

Audio-Technica AT4050
The AT4050 is a large diaphragm condenser that gives you the ability to change your polar patterns on the fly. So no matter where we were recording at we could easily adjust the polar patterns to give us the best possible quality. I have uses just about every single Audio Technica microphone that has come out over the last 10 years and this one was one of the more impressive ones to me. I was very worried at first when I saw the price tag because I thought they were just jacking up the prices but still keeping the same quality microphones.


You can use this microphone for instruments but I think it should stay on vocals. If you want to get the best out of it, you will need to use it on vocals. It will sound great with male and female vocals of all vocal ranges. To me this is one of the best reasonably price vocal microphones that is on the market. We have recorded with this microphone over 40 times and several different artist and bands. We have not received a complaint yet. I actually wanted to see how this microphone would sound live but I just haven’t had the time to do it yet.
You can switch from figure 8, cardioid, or omnidirectional polar patterns right on the microphone. It comes with a shock mount and it is very durable, I do not think there is any need to worry about dropping it because it is made out of durable metals and the grill is very solid too.
The highs are clean and very transparent, the lows are rich and full just like I like them. I have been using this microphone personally since 2009 and in about 2011 I started recording other musicians with it. It has sounded great with all vocals. I am still kind of anxious to try it live and really try it out on some instruments.

Anonymous 's review"Jack of all trades, this one."

Audio-Technica AT4050
The Audio-Technica AT4050 is one of Audio-Technica's high end studio condenser microphones, with the three standard multiple pickup patterns one would expect to find on a microphone with multiple pickup patterns: cardioid, figure 8, and omnidirectional. It has a frequency response of 20-18,000 Hz, with varying responses (peaks and valleys) depending on the pattern. The cardioid and omnidirectional are roughly the same, with a boost around 10k and a steep drop off after 18,000 Hz to 20,000 Hz. The figure 8 pattern has a raised shelf starting between 5,000 and 6,000 Hz, and then drops off the same way as the other two patterns.

The AT4050 also has the 80 Hz roll-off and 10 dB pad that one would expect to find on most microphones, and it has a respectable signal to noise ratio of 77 dB and self-noise of 17 dB.


Audio-Technica never ceases to amaze me with the consistency of their line. They have very few microphones that would be terrible in any given situation, most likely due to the fact that they still manufacture out of China entirely. Even their AT20-series microphones are manufactured in Taiwan, last I checked. The 40's are manufactured in Japan. This may not seem like a big deal on its own, but this difference is what causes Audio-Technica to stand out in the crowd. Even though many of their microphones can be considered entry level, they still seem to be far above many midrange products offered by any other company. This isn't to say that Audio-Technica makes the best microphones in the world; it's to say that when it comes to studio microphones, I can't exactly pick out any mic they make as bad.

The AT4050 is certainly one of the coolest microphones in existence. Its versatility and relative affordability (I say this because I just happened to get a chance to play with one, and am not a high-end studio owner who can afford this microphone) make it a great prospect for anyone. The AT4050 doesn't particularly seem to flatter any sort of sound, but it's a multiple pattern microphone; you're not buying it for a specific use. It's a workhorse, it will always get the job done, and while it may not be a perfect fit for that vocalist you had to pull the Blue Baby Bottle out for, it won't make that person sound awful either.

A jack of all trades.

moosers's review

Audio-Technica AT4050
The Audio-Technica AT 4050 is a large diaphargm condenser microphone designed for use in the recording studio. The mic is one of the best that Audio-Technica has to offer, and is overall a very popular model for it's nice sound and great price. The mic has three different polar pick up patterns to choose from, including cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure eight, which are the three basic pick up patterns that multi-pattern mics will have to choose from. The has both a -10 db pad and a high pass filter at 80 Hz. The AT 4050 also comes with a well built shock mount when purchased new.


While I'm usually not one to recommend the microphones made by Audio-Technica, the AT 4050 is surely the best sounding microphone I've used that they make. While it isn't as cheap as most of their other mics, it is for good reason, as the AT 4050 sounds way better than most of the other ones and also offers up a lot more versatility. I'm sure that the main usage that the AT 4050 sees is for vocals, but it can definitely be used for other applications like drum overheads and acoustic piano and guitar. The mic isn't the greatest design out there, but for the price there isn't anything to complain about. Most people I'm sure will look to Audio-Technica for mics cheaper than this even, but if you're a home studio owner and are looking for a go to vocal and/or condenser microphone, this is one of the best deals out there. Even so, I'd recommend checking out a bunch of other microphones in this price range, as there are really a lot to choose from - some are better and some are worse, but before buying you should definitely do your research to see what will work best for you. Personally I'd recommend spending a few extra bucks on the Neumann TLM 102 or 103, but the Audio-Technica AT 4050 is a fine mic in it's own right and is one that I'm sure makes a lot of home studio owners very happy...

boogie-raf's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" super - value"

Audio-Technica AT4050
Mambrane capacitor wide, variable directivity.


5 Years, I have a lot of microphones. It's close enough to AKG C 414, a bit less bright, which is not bad, and much cheaper. it is a very versatile mic. great sound, beautiful finish. We could do a whole album with that.

Ad's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Swiss Army Knife"

Audio-Technica AT4050
See site audio technica, versatile use


I love this mic I own for 4 years, I do not use it all the time, but it does very well on a lot of sources, including small drums that often come with a little hard enough static out with this silky micro. I use it often omni (OH mono, 1.5 m amp guitar, voice ...), with a little distance where he is doing the best for me. More conventionally used on a voice cardio when others do not work, in addition to eight other micro.
To respond to other opinions, sobriety is a trait ...

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

Audio-Technica AT4050
Versatile condenser microphone. We can say that it is a substitute for the AKG 414.
Microphone fairly neutral, which can collect high sound pressures, so no problem for the snare and bass drum (and other powerful sources).


I use it for a year in various configurations, overhead, singing microphone (depending on stamps of votes), making ambient sound, and other applications.

I tested others such as TLM103 microphones before, and I prefer the versatility of AT4050.

The suspension is heavy, with good elastic and the microphone is held by rubber bands, and not a clamp, which filter even better.

For its price, this microphone is an affordable luxury.

I could buy another couple of these mics, but I'd like to diversify the sound colors in my micro park by buying other microphones.

LPA94's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Audio-Technica AT4050
Hi All,



I put 8 because I think the suspension is not practical (it takes Russia is blocking the microphone between two elastic, it works ok but not easy to install).


I for 1 month. This microphone is incredibly neutral and natural. It is balanced and low trs, trs felt. We can send him in the face Dcibel carefree cash it perfectly!
It is not as versatile microphone as you might think: his lack of color makes it sometimes default. For example, before a guitar amp it is sorely lacking in personality. However if you want to capture a voice without artifice, I heartily recommend.

Its three polarity and its low cut (80Hz) and attnuateur: trs practices!
However attention to the change of polarity: Make sure you lower the gain and cut his prampli 48V. Indeed, any change to the volegnre tensions abroad (trs frquences powerful bass). Or is my microphone dfectueux? ? ?

I command the US Obviously, it's so beneficial. So, good value qualitprix trs. It is a micro possder in its fleet.

For a budget a little tight so I would do without this choice hsiter! It is a micro trs pro who has a more somber look trs class (ok, it is not but it was for the little more).

EDIT 25/03/2009: In fact, the neutrality of the microphone me drang in the first months of use. Indeed, it is often trs ncessaire to color it with a micro EQ prpar carefully: do not much but it is essential (I think such a small bump in the mediums of 2 or 3 dB that quite often I add). Once one has understood, we get about the results of this micro really excellent for the price!

EDIT 03/07/2009: Other expriences enrich my opinion on the microphone: trs good for percussion as well as sound effects (probably its neutrality). A little deaf, but it is true we can dboucher with a quality EQ. Systmatiquement I use my light amplification gain Station to make it shine a little more and give the characters. The voice has a ct old school which can be nice, however, we find much better for the same price (maybe be a AKG C214?).

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

Audio-Technica AT4050
...dropoff Window


I had always heard good this microphone, so I craqu away when I saw the crazy price at which it is found on ebay nine to us at the moment (even with 77 euros in taxes! Is say!)
I really qu'aujourdhui test and I am not disappointed!
as I like: Introduced, hot, dfini, deep, saturated and never more beautiful it is !!
today I recorded a soul singer and I have not had a voice equalizer! I believe that AC had never happened to me!
Everything is serious in this mic and inspires confidence, switches, suspension (available, not like in some !!)
what I like most is the sound (the rest we do not care a bit, right?)
what I like least ... uh ...? the French customs !! (77 euros !! 500 !! bullets for something and some 200 euros !! ca ca 19.6 not !!) to nitpick: to plug it's super hard, and to exit the XLR is a Horror !! it looks like my XLR are too big !! Finally, we all know that it's going to last but it's really the galley!
The price quality ratio is amazing at the moment (thank you and thank you ebay the course $!) I still take one (or two) by not long !!
ca responds to the last question: I repeat that choice, not once !!

U-FLYstudio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Audio-Technica AT4050
Micro static large double membrane capsule
- 3 Directivity: cardio, and eight omnio
--10dB attenuator
- High Pass Filter
- Robust microphone extremenet
- Suspension mechanism dubious and impractical


It's a microphone in his rich, with an average sensitivity versatile enough, in his heart a precise and both slightly colored in the upper midrange and Omni AB couple quite interesting. It offers a more raw than many pickups generated by the range Neumann (Neumann, BPM, Rode, Studio Project etc ...) by the range between 8 and 20 kHz and less present, but staining in the upper medium and predict.
the size of the capsule, the output impedance microphone give this a slightly different color of all modern large diaphragm (more or less close to the U87Ai), it is interesting in this respect, when it does not work diaphragm with a large static, it is often here that it works with AT4050, very effective sources or the holding of the medium must be real (in pizz bass, drums classic, viola, harp, toms, recovery Amp guitar, rhodes and wurlitzer etc ...)

a very good microphone, his little brother "live" RA 3000 is to listen, it's a real success!

harpman666's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Audio-Technica AT4050
Micro static large double membrane capsule
- 3 Directivity: cardio, and eight omnio
--10dB attenuator
- High Pass Filter
- Robust microphone extremenet
- Suspension mechanism dubious and impractical


I have 7 years.
It is a very transparent micro clear that renders precisely the source and color unless the C414 eg.
Very good value for money. They are very solid pickups.
I have a pair 4050 and 4033 very good on acoustic guitar or overheads.
Also very good voice or brass.

I would do this choice for the excellent report qulité price and versatility.