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AT 4033 vs ???

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by danfor-2, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. danfor-2

    danfor-2 Guest

    Hi all

    I have a tiny evergrowing home studio that could need some good mikes other than my SM57, C3000 and MK219.
    I could really use a stereo set of mikes for miking a piano, overheads or basic location recording.

    For recording a grand piano I have never stumbled across anything that bested a pair of 414 B/ULS, and they DO rock on overheads to. And also on anything.... The problem is price of course, the pair would cost something like $1200 and that is a rather scary amount of money for me right now!
    I´ve been offered a really good deal (about $400) on a matched pair 4033´s, and I hear they are considered god allround mikes, but will they be able to fill the spot (in my heart at least?) of a couple of 414? Sadly, I have no opportunity to test a 4033...

    What do you guys think? Buy now, or save up?
  2. EricK

    EricK Guest

    I think the 4033's would make a great contribution to your studio. $400/pair is a good price as well. Will they be able to sub for a pair of 414buls? Not really. The 4033's are much brighter. I find the 414buls to be rather dark for most applications. I have successfully used the 4033's is the situations you mentioned. They are a great all around mic, and affordable as well. If I only had a choice between a pair of 414's and and pair of 4033's, I would probably prefer to have a pair of 4033's.
    Now, that being said, for you piano sound, it is really going to depend on the style you are trying to achieve, as well as the sound of your piano. The 4033's may be too bright. The same goes for overheads on a drum kit, it really boils down to the players cymbals and how he hits them. If he is producing an overly bright sound on his own, 414's are good for taming that.

    It's not a cut and dried answer, but if money is an issue, I don't think you will regret buying the pair of 4033's. They're great mics.
  3. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    I agree with EricK, the 4033's are a solid choice for the $$$.

    They do have a rather curious bump at around 6K, so you may find that backing the mics off away from the hammers a bit will help balance the tone.

    They are a bit like a poor-man's 414, i guess.


  4. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I agree with them...The 4033 is one of my Swiss-army-knife mics...in that it can be used in most situation without fear of really bad results.....the others being the SM57 and the U87....there are others but then you really didnt ask that question....good price on the 4033's BTW

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