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JimboSpins01/22/2013

JimboSpins's review"Good in all situations"

Audio-Technica AT4033
The AT4033 is a large diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone that comes with a shock mount and protective case. This microphone has become a handy microphone to have for use because of its versatility. It has low noise, and sounds really good on instruments and on vocals. I have been using since 2010 and still use it to this day but for more of a backup in case something happens but it is usually with us no matter where we are or what band we are working with. It has a 10 dB pad and a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz.

OVERALL OPINION

You can do just about anything with this microphone and feel very good about the quality of it. It sounds great when used on an acoustic guitar especially because it picks up just a little bit of room noise. So if records a very natural sound and has a natural reverb to it. If you use a good interface with it you will be very pleased with the quality you can get on the AT4030.
The output impedance is 100 ohms and the microphone is built very tough. It will last a long time. I think I have even dropped it a few times and there isn’t even a scratch on it at all. This microphone is the versatile microphone that all bands and musicians need because it will work great with any type of vocal male or female and sound great with different instruments in just about any room space. I have not tried this microphone live and probably never will just do to all of the good live microphones that we have and use. But if you didn’t have a live microphone this would be great for a singer/ acoustic guitar player who goes solo to do gigs. It will give you a very natural sound and a light ambient feel.
06/25/2011

Anonymous 's review"It just may be the perfect microphone for you. But then again, it may not."

Audio-Technica AT4033
The AT4033 is a brilliant little medium-diaphragm condenser microphone that you REALLY need to try out before you commit to it. I mean it. I like to preface all of my microphone reviews by saying that microphones are subjective, and that at a certain price-point, you are virtually guaranteed quality if you use the microphone properly. That being said, the AT4033 is one of the TRUE examples of this mantra.

The AT4033 touts itself as a very specific microphone. Oddly enough though, you'll see that home and project studios are using this microphone as a workhorse on things like guitar, drums overheads, even kick. The truth is, it's a medium diaphragm condenser. It's better for instruments than LDC's, and while it seems a bit naive to make that sweeping generalization, (I know a few SDCs that are good on vocals.) the AT4033 does in fact prove all of its stereotypes true. That's exactly WHY you need to understand what you're getting into with this microphone.

I don't want to scare you away; it's fantastic on pretty much anything you throw at it. Guitar, overheads, kick, backing vocals, even gang vocals! (Gang vocals with this thing are FANTASTIC, in my humble opinion.) The AT4033 seems to lend a subtle sheen to it, a sparkle, a glimmer.

Unfortunately, you know exactly what I forgot to mention: lead vocals. Isn't the AT4033 supposed to be a vocal microphone? Well, yes, but let me finish. The AT4033 is just about the least forgiving microphone I've come across to date. This doesn't mean it always sounds harsh on everything; on the contrary, this means that when used in a certain way, it blows just about EVERYTHING out of the water, but when used improperly, you're left scratching your head as to why it's not working.

The AT4033 flatters "correct" singing (support from the abdominal muscles, correct vowel formation, all the things that make opera possible, in other words). It also seems to do very well with high, but contained voices. (Think wispy jazz soprano.) That's about it, for me at least. Maybe pairing it with a colored preamp would yield different results, but the transparency of the microphone just grabs imperfections the wrong way. This is because that sheen and glimmer that the AT4033 is so respected for also creates this filmy layer of sound that traps a throaty voice where it comes from, the throat. It's clear that when listening to this microphone, despite its sheen and glimmer on the high-end, there's a weird "swallowy" sound.

If that's what you're going for, fine, but if you're like me, and like the vocal sound to feel as if it's soaring around the cranium, then this isn't the microphone for you unless you have one of the two aforementioned types of voices. It downright lacks in size of sound. Everything's there but the sensation of openness. Other reviews have called the sound "narrow." The only way this microphone can work is if you want the sound, or if you have a singer big enough to balance it out. (But the balance is beautiful if it works.)

OVERALL OPINION

The characteristics take a 10 because with proper application, this microphone can absolutely and easily outclass microphones ten times as expensive. Unfortunately, this microphone doesn't work on everything. (What microphone does?) That's to be expected, obviously, but I have never known another microphone so impressive that can crash and burn so catastrophically.

They go for $400 new, but can be found used for under $200 if you look carefully enough.

I'm getting rid of mine; I record mainly vocals, and with my limited budget, I need to find something that isn't particularly flattering, but will never actually utterly fail. My friends all have very different voices. Oddly enough, my voice is the classical one that could work well with the AT4033, but alas, I am sensitive to the plight of the common singer as well.
moosers10/15/2010

moosers's review

Audio-Technica AT4033
The Audio-Technica AT 4033 is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that is designed for use in the recording studio. We've got one of these at the studio where I work, although it's certainly not the first microphone out of the cabinet. The AT 4033 has a cardioid pick up pattern and will gather frequencies in the range of 30 Hz to 20 kHz, which is certainly a pretty complete range. It also has a - 10 db pad and a low cut filter. The mic also comes with it's own specially designed shock mount to firmly hold the microphone in place.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, the Audio-Technica AT 4033 is a pretty solid microphone and comes at a great price. It's useful for a variety of purposes in the recording studio, but these applications will most likely differ depending on if you're using it in a professional or home studio. While it sits as sort of a back up in the professional studio's microphone cabinet that I work at, the Audio-Technica AT 4033 is the perfect budget mic for the home studio owner. I've used at the studio as a room mic for guitar, on the beater side of a kick drum, and also for getting the body sound on an acoustic guitar. It's definitely versatile mic, but in a professional studio I wouldn't use it for vocals or anything like that, as the competition is just to steep for this there. However, if you were going to use this in your home studio, it's definitely going to be fine for recording vocals and pretty much whatever else you'd like to with it. If you're looking for an all purpose mic for your home studio that sounds good but doesn't cost very much, the Audio-Technica AT 4033 is definitely worth trying, as are many of the AT microphones.
Papyto04/05/2011

Papyto's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good mic"

Audio-Technica AT4033
It is a large diaphragm condenser microphone jack fairly versatile voice, bass, guitar ....

OVERALL OPINION

It's been 2 years since I use it, it's a good mic for a reasonable price, it offers a very good frequency response.
littlepopy03/31/2011

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

Audio-Technica AT4033
Singing and voiceover man and woman, cardioid condenser.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for years, and before I have one used in broadcast radio.
I worked in voiceover longtmeps / pub with a U87 and even if TA does not equal, it has some points of comparison or he is doing relatively well.
Like its relative transparency and value for money (I had the opportunity to buy 2 At the time of a sudden And I've sold one, for never a problem)

Caution For voice, mandatory anti plop! (This is my main criticism) and the supension and a real Rubiks cube (must have been an engineering school to find out how it works)

Otherwise I like the breath (or rather the fact that there is not!) With a good preamp what obteir A more honest.
MC deoc'h tout11/16/2010

MC deoc'h tout's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent for strings and voice live"

Audio-Technica AT4033
microphone voice, strings

OVERALL OPINION

We use it for training bluegrass (bluegrass is the ultimate microphone!) five instrumentals and five voices, all in the same microphone.
Its really clear we do not even realize it's soundtrack ... it's just harder!

If you want an example of this use are the Del McCoury Band gender specialists!:


For our use is the top we found nine U.S. on ebay for cheap at all (in 200euros)
Dom Brunet01/13/2007

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

Audio-Technica AT4033
I just did a little test between ATM11 AT4033 and (v 1.5 release in 1982!)
Well I would say more so than standard breath, in terms of
made it very very close!
It is true that the ATM11 is a exeption in this area, compared to a Schoeps
a few years ago in the studio!
While I'm at, there is another exeption is the Beyer M88 for voice!
Even if the mode is the static type U87 AT4033 microphone is a good-looking studio
and ATM11 an exeption of madness!

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for one month
Look like its U87, but watch it rivals in performance with a good old ATM11!
Bought new € 320 it will last a good thirty years, I was already 25 years atm11