AT4060 vs. Brauner Phantom C

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by jazzy655, Apr 2, 2005.

  1. jazzy655

    jazzy655 Guest

    Hey guys, i'm in need of some help. I'm currently using a Rode nt1000 for EVERYTHING. it's gotta go. I'm about an inch away from buying an AT4060. It will be used for mainly rap vocals. I have never heard this mic, but it has been recommended to me by multiple professional engineers.

    How does the Brauner Phantom C stack up in comparison to the AT4060?
    The main problem i have with the nt1000 is that it is overly bright on almost everything. Will I have this problem with the Brauner C?

    The mic will be running into my Focusrite ISA 428, just so you know.

    One more thing, kinda off topic, but would a Rosetta be a big step up from my RME ADI-8 for conversion?

    Thanks for any help...
  2. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2001
    They are both very good mics...... as for which will suit you better... well, only you can tell that. Unfortunately nobody can decide that for you.

    Oh, and if the Rode HAS to go, then give it to me :wink:

    And yes, the Rosetta will be a step up from the RME. Whether or not that step is large enough to justify the cost is debatable.
  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    My thoughts on the 4060 are simple. I think it is one of the best designed and built mics to hit the shelves in 30 years. It has a million applications (rap and r&b vocals being one) and is good at all of them. The sound is quite characteristic and lovely.

    I can't speak about the Brauner. I've never used one. :shock:

    As for the RME versus the Apogee -- I would call it a step in a different direction, not necessarily up. The RME is a fine converter (better than most give it credit for!) Of course, the Apogee is a fine converter as well. They definitely sound different, but as Mark hinted at, the difference is relatively minute.

    BTW... hold onto the Rode if you can. It's a great mic and even though you may not like it right now, it's certain that in a couple years you will have just the application where you say "Damn, I wish I had my Rode!"

  4. jazzy655

    jazzy655 Guest


    i didn't mean i was going to get rid of the rode. just meant it was going to be collecting dust. thanks for the replies, i think that i will save the extra $500 extra that the brauner cost, and go with the at4060. I've heard nothing but great stuff about it.

    thanks fellas...
  5. JBsound

    JBsound Guest

    The Brauner is good stuff, but Audio Technica is EXCELLENT for the money...I think the whole AT line is great. I think that even if you ended up getting the Brauner or something similar later you would keep the 4060.
  6. georgyj

    georgyj Guest

    I'm using the brauner at work for speech only and I find it very sybilant and a bit harsch on most voices. Maybe it sounds more pleasant with a good tube pre than on an old Soundtracks digital.
  7. jazzy655

    jazzy655 Guest


    i've been hearing that the 4060 isn't a very tubey sounding mic, which is good in my case. rap vocals nowadays are really cripsy and foward, but i really dont want harsh. let's hope the 4060 is right for me....
  8. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    I have an AT4060 and I must say that I was amazed by it the first time I used it (and on many subsequent occasions). While it uses a tube, it's not in an I-wish-I-was-a-U47 kind of way.

    It's off-axis response if very good, so it's easy to alter the angle without it becoming nasal. If you use it head-on and get a lot of top end, the sound remains very smooth (which, of course, is not the case with mics that use hyped upper end to give the illusion of detail).

    This is a wonderful mic, and living in a part of the world where it's more expensive than the Phantom C, U87, or M147, I still think it's a great buy.

    Best of luck with whatever you buy!

    John Stafford

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