Which of these mics is best?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by sgmarshall, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. sgmarshall

    sgmarshall Guest

    Hey now...

    I'm looking to get a pair of multi pattern large diaphragm condensors and I'm interested in the following mics:

    1) Shure KSM44
    2) AT 4050
    3) Rode NT2A

    What are your experiences with each model? What instruments do they excel with / not so much?

    Thanks very much!

  2. Zoro

    Zoro Guest

    Well I personaly don't have any experience with any of these mikes but I will give it a try. I've seen many tv shows that use the KSM's for the host of the program and they sound pretty good.
    I tried a couple times a AT4060 (not on a recording session only small tests in my favorite toy store) although is not the one your looking for but it sounds awesome. I will definetly go for this one but this is just me. I know that the AT4060 is around $500 more than the AT4050 but there are ways to get it for almost the price of the 4060.
    I hope you find what you need and I suggest to go and give it a try before spending your bucks. Good luck. :)

  3. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA/ Greenville, DE
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    I would say they're all within the same features/sound/price range. You're going to have to try each one yourself, in a variety of situations to see which one you like. (I doubt you'll hate any one of them...)

    FYI, the AT 4050 and 4060 are two very different mics. (The 4060's is a tube microphone, FWIW.) You can get all the specs on the AT mic line at their website: http://www.audio-technica.com


    AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone
    The AT4050’s dual large-diaphragm design provides consistent, superior performance in switchable cardioid, omnidirectional and figure-of-eight polar pattern settings.

    AT4060 Cardioid Condenser Tube Microphone
    The AT4060 side-address large-diaphragm cardioid vacuum tube condenser microphone delivers vintage tube sound with the versatile performance for the most demanding studio applications.
  4. sgmarshall

    sgmarshall Guest

    Thanks for the replys... really I'm looking for multi pattern Mics in the 600 dollar range. I think the 4060 is just cardioid.

  5. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    The 4060 is cardiod only. Most people I encounter including myself seem to thnk that the KSM44 and 4050 are to much a like to give either one a clear advantage over the other. I'm not a Rode fan but I have and use a lot of different mic's including the 4047, 4050, 4060 all on a regular basis and don't feel I'm missing out on anything by not having the NT2A or KSM44.
  6. lk

    lk Guest

    This months Electronic Musican has an article comparing various inexpensive multi pattern large diaphragm condensors. I just read it. You might want to check it out.

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