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Audio Technica Mics

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by jdier, Jun 23, 2003.

  1. jdier

    jdier Active Member

    Could anyone provide a bit of an overview of the different large diaphram AT mics? I am interested in the $200 - $500 mics that they have to offer.

    3035, 4040, 4033...

    Given that I cannot make much sense of the specs, I thought someone might be able to share there thoughts on what the differences/applications are for them.

    Thanks in advance.



    OK, I got some info off line:

    30 series (anything 30xx) is home studio
    40 series (anything 40xx) higher end

    AT4033 Cardioid
    AT4040 LD cardioid
    AT4050 LD cardioid multi-pattern
    AT4060 LD cardioid tube
  2. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    I have the 3035 and 4040s...I like and use them both for a wide spectrum of things...sometime the only vox mic worth a hoot is the 3035...Kinda like 57s...good to have around just in case, and for the price, you can't really go wrong.
  3. jdier

    jdier Active Member

    30 series (anything 30xx) is home studio
    40 series (anything 40xx) higher end

    AT4033 Cardioid
    AT4040 LD cardioid
    AT4050 LD cardioid multi-pattern
    AT4060 LD cardioid tube
  4. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    Jdier - kind of unfair classifying mics as 'home' vs 'studio' I think...the 30's are great for the money...as are the 40s...

    (Just because its expensive doesn't prevent it from being bad...)

    a good mic is a good mic is a good mic.
  5. lorenzo gerace

    lorenzo gerace Active Member


    I have a pair of 3035: love them, flat, uncolored, detailed and crisp; for the money the best pair of mics i got so far; I use them on many tracking sessions: from acoustic guitars to strings to vocals and stereo overheads for ensemble recordings (as an ORTF pair); they particulary impressed me in this last task: I used them to record a piano/double bass duo in a theater, with a Focusrite Octopre and straight to a Sony DAT: I couldn't belive the results, at 7 m from the duo they sounded so close, detailed and present that I didn't have to manipulate or edit the recording afterward and the players were impressed too.

    AT mics are a killer deal for the bucks.

  6. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    I´ve got 3 AT4050´s and looking forward for an AT4040. They are pretty cool!
  7. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    The 4060 is a very nice sounding mic for the money. It doesn't have the presence and personality of some other large diaphragm tube mics that cost twice as much (or more) like some of the Lawsons, Brauners, Soundelux, M149, etc (and it's cardioid only) - but that is to be expected.
  8. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    I have yet to hear the 3035 but will soon..Of the 40 series, the 4033 is the workhorse.Much like the 57 as was mentioned in ref to the 3035 in Midlands' post..the 4033 will work just about anywhere and offer a good sounding result.It may not always be the best but it will always work.
  9. spratz

    spratz Guest

    I have a pair of 4050's that I like quite a bit. No plans to sell them that is for sure. I tend to think of them as a better sounding than the AKG414.

    I have been wondering about the 4047 and its sonic characteristic. If anyone uses this mic frequently let me know what you think of it and what you like to use it on.


  10. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    I have 4050's, 60's, 40's, 41's, 47's.

    The 4040's are a scaled down, altered version of the 4047. They have a unique sound. All nickel mics are bright on the top, and these are single membrane nickel, where the 47's are dual membrane nickel.

    If you have the money, buy the 4050's. If you have money for the 4060, then great. The 4050 is a stark reality mic in my opinion. You will not be disappointed.

    Another great mic, though not multipattern is the Audix lollipop mic. Call Gene Houck at Audix and tell him Brent sent ya.
  11. basper

    basper Guest

    I still question whether the 4040 and the 4047 are nickel diaphragm mics. The brass backplate may be nickel plated, but that has little to do with sound and will definitely not make the mics bright (other than optically). The diaphragms are very probably mylar, but that doesn't prevent them from being bright.
  12. 960054

    960054 Guest

    I have an AT-3035, I find it's good for all applications. I find it especially good for guitar amps, when I first got the mic i put it up against a TLM-103 and a Rode NT-2 at about 4' away from my guitar cabinet. After some examination I found my mic to have a richer fuller sound. The 3035 is also excellent for vocals!! Excellent mic all round I think and the price is decent $300 CDN.

  13. Guest

    Looking back at the original question reminds me that it could be worth pointing out that not all of the mics listed as "large diaphragm" are, in fact, large diaphragms. The 4033, for instance.

    It is understandable when someone builds a large housing around a small or medium sized diaphragm, that things can get confusing! Of course, I wouldn't accuse mic manufacturers of purposely trying to "fool" anyone, would I?

    Anyway, I made the same mistake some time back. I always assumed that the SM7 was a large diaphragm dynamic, much like the 421 or the RE20. In fact, it is the exact same capsule as in the SM57 - placed in a larger housing.

    However, in practice it may not matter much. Both the 4033 and the SM7 sound "bigger" than they really are, so perhaps no harm done. But it's nice to know what's really under the hood before you buy the car.
  14. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Hey sheet, I am a big fan of the 4050´s a syou saw above.

    I have been thinking of buying a 4040. I always thought they were superior to the 4047´s.

    So, please, exemplify some features and applications where you preferred it and also, where the 4047 excelled the 4050.

    :p A few months ago someone pointed that for vocals the 4040´s were fatter than the 4050´s.
  15. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    I nominate Brent (sheet) the most helpful on the site. ... and he knows his stuff. I think he's going to be our new mod /forum leader in the live sound forum (which I hope will soon be re opened under Brents guidance). Perhaps if we ask Brent real nice he will join me in writing some reviews for RO!

    BTW, I just recived a D6 kick drum mic to review from Audix and they promised as soon as I finish with it they will swap me for the lolipop mic! I was at the factory today. Took lots of pics and I will post them soon.. Kurt

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