Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

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Meet the studio condenser that captures every nuance. With three switchable polar patterns, the large-diaphragm Audio-Technica AT4050 exhibits a remarkable combination of qualities: high-SPL capability with transparent and airy uppers/mids complemented by rich low-end qualities. Its dual large diaphragms are gold-vaporized and aged for consistent, outstanding performance. A precision-machined, nickel-plated brass acoustic element baffle provides rock-solid element stability and exceptional sensitivity.

From the Manufacturer

The 40 Series is a premium line of condenser microphones specially engineered to meet the most critical acoustic requirements of professional recording, live sound and broadcast. Select a model number for detailed product information. The AT4050 features:

  • Transparent uppers/mids balanced by rich low-end qualities combine with advanced acoustic engineering for extensive performance capabilities and highest quality
  • Dual-diaphragm capsule design maintains precise polar pattern definition across the full frequency range of the microphone
  • The 2-micron-thick, vapor-deposited gold diaphragms undergo a five-step aging process so that the optimum characteristics achieved remain constant over years of use
  • Three switchable polar patterns: omni, cardioid, figure-of-eight
  • Transformerless circuitry virtually eliminates low-frequency distortion and provides superior correlation of high-speed transients
  • State-of-the-art surface-mount electronics ensure compliance with A-T’s stringent consistency and reliability standards
  • Switchable 80 Hz hi-pass filter and 10 dB pad
  • Includes AT8449 shock mount


  • Element: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omni, Figure-of-eight
  • Frequency Response: 20 – 18,000 Hz
  • Open Circuit Sensitivity: -36 dB (15.8 mV), re 1V at 1 Pa
  • Impedance: 100 ohms
  • Maximum Input Sound Level: 149 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 77 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
  • Dynamic Range (Typical): 132 dB, 1 kHz at Max. SPL
  • Phantom Power Requirements: 48V (+/- 4V)
  • Low Frequency Roll Off: 80 Hz, 12 dB per octave
  • Switches: Polar pattern; 10 dB pad; roll-off
  • Weight: 18 ounces
  • Output Connector: XLRM-type
  • Accessories Furnished: AT8449 shock mount; microphone dust cover; protective case

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