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Audio Technica mics - recommendation?

Hey all -

For some reason, Audio Technica mics are calling my name.
After just buying a Pro 37 for guitars, I'm in love with AT.

For large diaphragm condensers, I currently use a Studio Projects C1, and just sold my Rode NT1.

Does anyone have any experience with the 4033, 4040 or 3035 mics? And if so - are they a worthwhile investment for me since I own a C1 - or a waste for now until I can save more dough?

Thanks for the input beforehand!
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AT makes great mics and has great customer service.
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The 4033 isn't very versital, but it sounds pretty good as a single mic on an ensemble.



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I know the 4050 is considered a "workhorse" mic, and I really like using them for all kinds of stuff.

I also use the 4047 SV for my own personal vox tracks. It's transformer coupled with an aged capsule. Whatever. I like it. It seems to work nicely with the Langevin DVC we have, and I do love the way it sounds thru an API 512. A couple of times I sang into a 4047 SV and doubled with an SM7 and a few times doubled with a 57 (the jury gasps!) which was pretty nice.

I got my 4047's for a little over $300 new recently, which is pretty ok.

Congrats on selling the NT1.
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One use I like for the 4050 is clean guitar amp. You can capture all the jangle and glass of a fender or vox with a 4050. Works well as a distance mic for clean or distorted guitar cabs, also.
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I have/use both the 4033 and 3035 regularly...

I like the 3035 on floor toms, crunchy guitar amps, and some vocals...the 4033 gets lots of use on acoustic guitars, some vocals, squeaky clean guitar amps, and so on...

Both are inexpensive, reliable, good sounding...but very different from each other.
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I don't like the AT4050 on dist. git - but besides that it worked on everything I threw at it

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I use AT4050 regularly on acoustic piano and it's great. I've used it successfully on acoustic guitar as well. Hasn't let me down. I also have th eAT3035. Not the best mic in the world but it's decent on some things.
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The 4033 has been a go to mic since it was introduced. I have used it on Vocs.,
Clean Jazz Gtr.,Drum Room,Percussion and many other things. It has yet to fail.
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The 4033 was the first LDC mic I ever bought and I still find uses for it. I also have the 4047/SV (and just like Max I love it for vox thru a DVC), really cuts thru a mix. I've used the 4050 and think it's a great value for a multi-pattern LDC.
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I've been using the At 4060 tube mic for a few years now and it's great on vocals, acoustic guitars and a drum ambi mic through an 1176
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HudHudson:

Do you ever use the HPF on the 4047? Sounds a bit off to me on both of the ones I have.

Just wondering.
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I have a 4033, I don't like it on vocal, but it sounds pretty good on guitars, both acoustic and electric. Good for the price.
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I like the 4050 on my vocals, but i'm always looking for something different. The KSM44 is also very nice.
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The AT 4047 is the only AT mic I have liked period. Smooth
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I'm interested in a mic strictly for vocals...so far, the 4047 has my attention. Does anyone else here use it for vocals - or should I stick with the C1?
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Quote:
Originally posted by djui5
What would you like different?....What do you want to change?

I just like to try different flavors. Mics that currently peak my interest to try are the soundelux U195 and Gefell M930. I could certainly live with the Mics I have with no problem, but ya gotta spend your extra money on something.
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I'm interested in a mic strictly for vocals...so far, the 4047 has my attention. Does anyone else here use it for vocals - or should I stick with the C1?
4047 is great on many vocals.
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My vote is for the 4047 as well. Can't go wrong with it for the price.
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Bingo Got one on the way.

Thanks guys.
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BTW, love the stock 4047 shockmount. Really lets you boom that mic in at all kinds of angles without letting go. Anyone know where I can get spare rubber bands, tho? (the flat rubber ones) They seem pretty "special", no?

Was just reading a Velvet Revolver article in the "office" ...seems the Marshalls are going thru 4047+57 at shows.
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BTW, love the stock 4047 shockmount. Really lets you boom that mic in at all kinds of angles without letting go. Anyone know where I can get spare rubber bands, tho? (the flat rubber ones) They seem pretty "special", no?

Call AT and ask for some. Their customer service is impeccable.
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I recommend boycotting Audio-Technica if you're British.
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BTW, love the stock 4047 shockmount. Really lets you boom that mic in at all kinds of angles without letting go. Anyone know where I can get spare rubber bands, tho? (the flat rubber ones) They seem pretty "special", no?
I just got the 4047 recently... love its sound on vocals... but the shockmount? I gave it a little bump and the mic dropped right out.... don't think I'll be hanging it upside down anymore....
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I just got the 4047 recently... love its sound on vocals... but the shockmount? I gave it a little bump and the mic dropped right out.... don't think I'll be hanging it upside down anymore....
When I have the bottom rubber band around the body of the mic (not just the small stem underneath) it's not going anywhere. Maybe the bands wear out quickly?

BTW, what's the British/Audio Technica flap?
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AT4047 US Price = £292
German Price = £311
UK Price = £550


AT4050 US Price = £272
German Price = £366
UK Price = £540

AT4060 US Price = £488
German Price = £1,043
UK Price = £1,575
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Wow...well I'd say not buying a 4047 for a thousand bucks is more like common sense, then.

I mean, I like 'em and all, but i can think of mics i'd rather own for that kind of $$$
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Well, in all fairness I suppose I should have said "boycott AT's British retailers", since they're obviously ultimately responsible for the ridiculously inflated prices.
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I have two 3035s - not amazing mics, but great for the workhorse stuff that could use an LDC, but will be lower in the mix. Having one of them is whatever, but because they're so cheap (esp. used), get two - they're great for stereo room stuff.

I have had great success with 3035s as drum overheads in jazz settings, especially with the "three point" technique. Vocals sound great several feet back in X/Y (especially with vocal ensembles) and a close mic. They're also really awesome as spaced stereo room mics for anything really (drums especially) when facing away towards a wall or corner for density.

I wouldn't ever use them on a vocal or most any close situation, but they're really nice in the room. They're our studio's LDC version of a 57 or 58 - they're dented as hell from use.
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