Is the AT4050 a Neumann U87ai Clone?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by bgavin, Dec 7, 2003.

  1. bgavin

    bgavin Guest

    Is the AT4050 a Japanese copy of the Neumann?

    They seem very similar in many ways. I'm curious about the coloration between the two. I own an AT4040.

    The intent is putting a multi-pattern mic on my wish list.
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    No, Not at all. The AT 4050 is a real good multipurpose mic, but it is not the same or as good as a U87. The 4050 doesn't have the same depth or clairity of the U87. And I believe the 4050 is a China made mic assembled and tested in the USA.
  3. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    I'm pretty sure that all AT mics are made in Japan. At least the 4050 that I used to own, and the 4060 that I currently own are of Japanese origin.

    Does the 4050 sound like a (I have an 87ai to compare against). I'd say that the 4050 is a little more mid heavy, and to me is kind of like a more versatile AKG414. It's a decent mic, but doesn't tend to flatter the source.


  4. bgavin

    bgavin Guest

    Thanks for the input. The Neumann is completely beyond my reach, but the AT4050 is attainable.

    I am interested in the AT4050 for the multi-pattern ability.

    However, there seems to be some discussion that large diameter condensors are not as desirable as SDC types. Then I realized the U87ai is also an LDC type.
  5. by

    by Guest

    I think that's because most believe SDC are more accurate and versitile and generally get more use, while LDC are more for special situations and certain voices.
  6. bgavin

    bgavin Guest

    Is there a SDC in the $400 street range that does multi-pattern well?

    Or, is the SDC vs LDC a matter of splitting fine hairs?

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