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Audio-Technica Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of AT4050

Multi-pattern studio condenser microphone debuted in 1994 retains original sound and construction 25 years later.

By PSW Staff October 3, 2019

Audio-Technica's AT4050 multi-pattern condenser microphone.

Audio-Technica is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the AT4050 multi-pattern condenser microphone.

Since its introduction 25 years ago, the AT4050 has been a go-to tool for professional and aspiring recording engineers worldwide. It was designed for the studio, but due to its consistency and durability, it was quickly adopted by live engineers as well and continues to be employed for all manner of live applications. For many engineers, the AT4050 makes the shortlist of “desert island mics,” or the very top essential tools that they need in order to do their work.

The AT4050 has the reputation as a studio condenser that captures every nuance. With three switchable polar patterns, the large-diaphragm AT4050 exhibits a 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 solid element stability and sensitivity. The AT4050 is ideal for studio use and live sound productions with vocals, piano, strings, drum overheads, guitar amps, and more.

Check out audio samples and interior views of the AT4050 and other 40 Series side-address condensers here.

“In a market flooded by new and updated microphone models, it’s gratifying to have this versatile legacy mic stand the test of time,” states Gary Boss, Audio-Technica marketing director, Professional Markets. “The AT4050’s sound hasn’t changed for 25 years, and to this day, it remains a first-call studio workhorse.”

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