Audio-Technica AT4050 Studio Condenser Microphone

Whether you're miking up a guitar amp or a pro voiceover actor, the 4050 multipattern condenser microphone delivers an excellent price-to-performance ratio.

Multiple pickup patterns and low-noise, transformer-less circuitry make the Audio-Technica AT4050 condenser microphone a standout choice for capturing vocals, guitars, amps, chamber ensembles, and more. Able to deliver transparent highs and mids down to rich lows, this professional vocal mic employs aged dual gold-plated, large-diaphragm condenser elements to get an extended frequency response. Audio-Technica's AT4050 performs with as little noise as possible -- its floating construction elements really isolate the microphone from environmental noise and vibration, so that when you sing or play into the AT4050, you hear your voice or instrument, and nothing else.

A Multipattern Mic to Suit Any Sound Source

Thanks to its multiple polar patterns, the AT4050 can accommodate any sound source you send its way. Choose from cardioid, figure-8, or omnidirectional settings to suit your recording session. Switch the mic's pickup pattern to cardioid for voiceovers, podcasts, and other dialogue or vocals; set it to bidirectional figure-8 when you're doing mid-side setups, recording a musician playing the guitar and singing at the same time, or recording duets, for example; or activate its omnidirectional pattern to capture the entire band or ensemble along with the unique characteristics of the room.

Crisp, Full, Transparent Sound

During studio recording and live sound applications, the AT4050 will let every nuance come through crystal clear. Its two aged, read more 2-micron-thick, vapor-deposited gold diaphragms provide the extended frequency response (20 Hz to 18 kHz) essential for producing transparent highs and mids balanced by rich lows. Though most musicians and producers would use the AT4050 on vocals, the versatile mic performs well for many other recording applications as well.

High SPL Handling and Low-Noise Performance

Want to capture drum overheads or blaring trumpets? The AT4050's switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and 10 dB pad ensure that the microphone can stand up to 159 dB SPL (sound pressure level) and still remain ultra-transparent, giving you even more flexibility in capturing a range of audio sources.

Noise shouldn't be an issue, as the AT4050's transformerless design and floating construction virtually eliminate low-frequency distortion caused by vibration and environmental noise. What's more, surface-mount electronics lend the AT4050 the consistency and reliability you need when recording live or in the studio.

This Audio-Technica studio microphone comes with an AT8449 shock mount, dust cover, and protective case. Get your hands on the AT4050 and get started recording!


- Studio large-diaphragm condenser microphone for recording vocals, guitars, and more
- Switchable cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8 patterns
- 2-micron-thick, vapor-deposited gold diaphragms provide extended frequency response
- Frequency response: 20 Hz to 18 kHz
- Signal to Noise Ratio: 77 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
- 100 ohm impedance
- 3-Pin XLRM-type output connector
- Transformerless circuitry for low-frequency distortion and superior correlation of high-speed transients
- High-quality surface-mount electronics
- Switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and 10 dB pad
- High 149 dB SPL handling -- 159 dB with pad engaged
- Weighs just 1.12 lbs.
- Includes AT8449 shock mount, dust cover, and protective case

Coupling an airy treble and midrange with a rich low end, the 4050 shines on a variety of sources. And with omni, cardioid, and figure-8 patterns; a low-cut filter and -10 dB pad; and an included shockmount, dust cover and case, it's an incredible value.
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- Element: Condenser
- Dynamic Range (Typical): 132 dB, 1 kHz at Max. SPL
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omni, Figure-of-eight
- Phantom Power Requirements: 48V (+/-4V)
- Frequency Response: 20 - 18,000 Hz
- Switches: Polar pattern; 10 dB pad; roll-off
- Open Circuit Sensitivity: -36 dB (15.8 mV), re 1V at 1 Pa
- Low Frequency Roll-off: 80 Hz, 12 dB per octave
- Impedance: 100 ohms
- Weight: 18.0 oz (510 g)
- Maximum Input Sound Level: 149 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
- Output Connector: XLRM-type
- Signal to Noise Ratio: 77 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
- Accessories Furnished: AT8449 shock mount; microphone dust cover; protective case
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 3.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 12 x 10 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AT4050 CM5

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 330-686-2600 x5000

Audio-Technica AT4050 Condenser Mic

Attain peerless professional quality time and time again with the Audio-Technica AT4050 Studio Condenser Microphone.

Preferred by professionals for its capability to accurately and transparently record anything from vocals, to electric guitar, to classical ensembles both small and large, the Audio-Technica AT4050 Studio Condenser Microphone combines aged dual gold-plated large-diaphragm condenser elements with polar pattern customization to give you only the richest low tones and most neutral yet vibrant mid and upper range tones possible.


- Switchable cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure eight patterns
- 2-micron-thick, vapor-deposited gold diaphragms
- 100 ohm impedance
- 510 gram weight
- 3-pin XLRM-type output connector
- Transformerless circuitry limits low-frequency distortion and provides superior correlation of high-speed transients
- State-of-the-art surface-mount electronics
- Switchable 80 Hz hi-pass filter and 10 dB pad
- Shock mount, dust cover, carrying case included

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (31 ratings)
Submitted May 8, 2005 by a customer from

"Excellent product for price!!"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Used this mic for 10 years now. Identical sound whether it is vocals or instruments.
Sounds exellent especially with a decent pre-amp.
Well worth the price...10 years ago I spent $800 on this mic...I would recommend it to anybody with or without a tight budget.
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