moosers 10/15/2010

Audio-Technica AT4033 : moosers's user review


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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, 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.