What are your favorite AT mics?

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  1. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    I am gathering data on mics for our community. There seems to be a lot of love towards Audio Technica mics here. They are first on my list as great value and quality.

    What are your favorite AT mics for vocals, voice-overs, instruments, drums, room/overheads etc?

    Is there an AT mic that compares to a U87?
    Is there one that would be an all round good first mic for the guy just getting going?
    What AT mics have you used for acoustic guitar, kick, snare etc?

    Anything you can share would be appreciated.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Kurt Foster

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    4033a or the 4033 cl a good all around mic.
     
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  3. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Distinguished Member

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    AT 3035 for workhorse band for the buck LDC. All around good, especially drum overheads. Think it's the top boost in the mic response. It beat out U87s and 414's for OH's a lot, at the wave cave.

    Other than that I've only used their run of the mill handheld mics randomly once in a while over the years. I haven't used a lot of their models.
     
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  4. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

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    3035's and 4033's are good sounding, all round application solid mics.

    That said, if I had the money, I'm pretty sure that the 5040 would be my favorite:

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    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AT5040
     
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  5. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

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    As an aside, newer U87's don't seem to impress me as much as older ones do. I can't tell you why, but something about them seemed to change after around 1989 or so. I don't know if they maybe started using different circuitry, or wire, or altered the capsule...but the newer models sound so "flat" to me.
    And that might please a lot of people. I'm just speaking my own opinion here...the older ones had a certain "mojo" to them that the newer ones don't seem to have.
    Out of the Neumanns I've owned, my fave has been the U89i. Crystal clear, but rich and warm at the same time, with nice silky top end. That was my experience using it through more transparent preamps that allowed the character of the mic to shine through without the coloration of tubes or tranny based preamps. But it sounded great through more colored preamps, too. I'm sure there are those that would laugh, but I even used it through a Tascam 3500 desk once, and it still sounded great.
    IMO of course. ;)
    -d.
     
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  6. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

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    A year ago, (or so), I introduced a close friend of mine to RO; Paul Christensen; he wasn't here too long, he's a very busy working musician ( God Bless him)... but, several years ago, Paul was a rep for AT, who's HQ is here in northeastern Ohio ( Stow, Ohio), and I am still in frequent contact with him; I'll ask him what he thinks about the question.
    He has mentioned to me in the past that he still has a closet full of AT mics ( demos that he purchased), and he is a great performing and recording musician too, so not only could I get the "tech specs", but I could also find out from him which models he likes as a musician, too. Paul is a vocalist, keyboard player and sax player - highly respected around these here parts... LOL.
    I'll give him a call this afternoon. ( I need to call him anyway about a series of sessions I have coming up with him). I'll pick his brain. :)
    -d.
     
  7. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

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    I talked to Paul...in his own words (copied from his text reply to me:

    " Audio-Technica's breakthrough mic is the AT4033, which is a wonderful multi-purpose Studio mic. Really excels on vocals, especially female. Then the AT4050 entered, which is a large diaphragm multi pattern side address. Those two are amazing and you can't go wrong with either.
    Another one of my favorites is the AT4047, which is the first mic they came out with that adds color. It has a transformer. It's a great mic. You can't go wrong with any of those three. "

    Hope this helps. ;)
     
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  8. Makzimia

    Makzimia The Minstrel Well-Known Member

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    Love my 4033a.
     
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  9. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    I did a shootout between a new Neumann U87ai and the New Mojave MA-300 and I preferred the MA300. I sold the U87ai and used the proceeds towards a Bricasti M7. Good trade indeed.
     
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  10. Kurt Foster

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    mics are audio paint brushes. no one mic works for all applications. transducers, mics / speakers, no one can have enough of them. all work well for one thing but not everything or in every application. if i had the funds, any mics or speakers i bought would stay with me forever. i only sell stuff because i am not as active as i used to be. if i were still doing this audio thing as a vocation, i would never sell anything to buy something else. i would keep it all.

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  11. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    (y) Indeed.
    I've had to make many tough choices. I sold over 80 microphones in the last decade. Killed me and my spirit. Mics are like guitars to me. All the rest of the stuff is just gear.
     
  12. DonnyThompson

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    Paul sent me this link about the AT 5040.
    I've never tried one... but I'd sure like to. ;)
     
  13. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    Just beautiful.

    Can you ask Paul about the AT5045. I've read they are stellar on overheads and string instruments.
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  14. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

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    Did we ever come to a "general" consensus on the best all-round AT model? Or even most-liked model for vocals?

    I'm trying to keep track, and seriously taking all comments and suggestions here into consideration, because I haven't used all the AT mics that have been discussed here...

    I have a project coming up in the Spring, where my friend Paul Christensen is going to be involved, and as mentioned earlier, he has a nice selection of AT mics from his time as an AT Rep that he has offered up for use... my main focus at this point is on vocals and/or acoustic instruments ( like guitar, mandolin, upright bass, etc.), and what guys here think would be the best AT model(s) for that?
    (Short of the AT 5040, LOL, which of course I'd love to try, but which is neither available nor affordable for me for this project; the project is an album where the proceeds are going to charity)

    Thoughts?
     
  15. Kurt Foster

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    i have only owned a few AT mics but every one i've had was excellent. the first ones i had were simple cheapo atm 10 and 11's i got with a TEAC 4 track and they have held up for many many years. the 4 track is long gone but i still have a couple of the ATM10's that work as well as they day i got them. i had a pair of 4033a's as well as the clip on Pro35s all of which were wonderful. the 4033a was long touted by Phil Ramone for vocals but i found it worked very well on acoustic instruments, toms and as overheads too. 4033's are very popular with bluegrass musicians.

    i have long wished for a 4050 or two (or three..... or four). :giggle:

    i don't think anyone will go wrong with any of the better models. i've heard some criticism of the 20 series mics but any of the 40 or 50 series mics should be fine. the 5045 looks very interesting but i wonder how the 4 elements would weather in time. seems to me it would be important for them to need to have very close tolerances to work correctly. my experiences have taught me that the simpler things are they better the work, especially over time.

    ahhh ..... Mitch G. he never saw a product he wouldn't shill for Sweetwater. i take anything he has to say with a grain of salt.
     
  16. audiokid

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    I agree and SWS .
    Then I saw this one from Dave Pensado on the 5045 and it gave me second thoughts.

    Having 3 or 4 AT4050... wow, that nice eh?
     
  17. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    I'm still interested in this for an acoustic .
    Although somewhat skeptical too, I found a bit more on the design:
     
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    The mids sound very nice in this demo using only the AT4050. How does it sound to you?


    Schoeps are clear but I don't always like the sharp sound the a lot of SDC.
     
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