Hey guys, what is up. Alex Scott is here with Consordini.com. Thank you so much for checking out one of our super cool studio gear reviews.
Today we’re taking a look at a fabulous microphone. This is the Audio-Technica AT4050. This one in particular is the CM5 variant which is a little bit older but the AT4050 is still in production and they’ve all pretty much been designed the same with some few very minor differences in terms of features.
So, this mic is incredibly versatile. It’s got a very modern detailed kind of a sound to it which I personally am not a huge fan of in my own personal mic selection, this one actually belongs to my dad he’s in his recording studio all the time it gets great results out of it.
I tend to like a little bit more characterful mics but if you like a really modern kind of a sheeny sound this mic is gonna be an awesome fit for that.
In terms of features we have three different polar patterns, we can do omnidirectional, we can do cardioid, or we can do figure-of-eight selectable right here on the front of the mic. And then flipping around to the back we do have a low-cut and we also have a 10dB pad for when we need to record louder sources. So, we’ve got a really great all-around feature set. It is a large diaphragm mic it does require phantom power.
But yeah kind of the hallmark of this mic to me and a lot of Audio-Technica’s mics it’s just a very modern sound it’s got a really present detailed pop end a bit more kind of rolled off in the in lower spectrum which is going to be great for sources like modern vocals.
So, if you doing pop or R&B or hip-hop rap vocals that kind of stuff or if you’re doing like real modern rock maybe guitars or drums anything like that this mic is going to be a really excellent choice because it has that really modern vibe to it.
So, what we’re gonna go ahead and do is head out to the tracking room, I’ll get this set up over some drums and from an acoustic guitar and I’ll do some voiceover, so you guys can hear kind of what the mic sounds like get an idea of the vibe and hopefully that will give you guys a good idea of – whether or not it is something you’d be interested in. So, let’s set up the camera out there and check it out.
Ok guys, so here we’ve got our Audio-Technica AT4050 set up directly over the center of the kit for about three and a half feet up from the snap so let’s go ahead and check out how it sounds.
Okay guys, we’ve got our Audio-Technica AT4050 set up as an acoustic mic now. Six inches off the 12th fret pretty standard and I am in an open D tuning which is kind of cool so let’s check out how it sounds.
Okay guys, so now we have the AT4050 set up as a pretty typical voice over mic so just talking a bit for a moment, so you guys can hear its tone on my voice as compared to the shotgun mic we were using in the video earlier. That was a dynamic mic obviously this is a condenser and a very modern sounding condenser at that, so you’re definitely gonna hear a lot more presence in the top and you’re gonna hear a lot more detail, you’re gonna want hear a lot more robustness and sort of forward sound to the whole thing overall. So, there you go.
Okay guys, so there you go Audio-Technica AT4050 such a detailed modern bright forward sounding mic. And again just because I don’t like that does not mean it’s a bad mic. It’s an incredible sounding mic if that’s the tone you’re after.
I tend to like old kind of Neumann you know German stuff Telefunken that kind of a thing, U87s U47s that have a bit more of a vintage vibe to them. They aren’t as detailed than as present and as forward and kind of aggressive as a mic like this is. But that is totally a thing of personal preference. If you’re doing really modern music styles this is going to be an excellent mic for you guys to look at picking up.
It is not the cheapest mic in the world it does retail for right around $700 which you know you could definitely get some cheaper mics you could also get a lot more expensive mics but I think that’s a perfectly fair price point.
It’s really well built, really rugged, comes with a good shock mount and you know yeah again that’s just the point that I really want to drive home here is just how modern it sounds, how well current it sounds. So, if that’s the kind of tone that you’re after this is gonna be a great bet.
But what do you guys think of Audio-Technica’s mics? Have you used the AT4050 or this CM5 variant in particular? Do you like their mics in general, do you not? Do you like this kind of modern sheeny top end thing? Whatever you guys may think I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments down below, so definitely head down there.
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