Originally Posted by Shannon Adkins
I own a 4033, 4050, and 4060. I used to own a 4047. IMO, these mics all have a family character, but they have some major differences as well. And I totally disagree about the comment on bass response.
I did say that the bass response thing is common with a lot of LDC designs. I didn't mean it's not there, I just mean it's a db or two lower than flat. true fact ,and true of many other mics as well from other brands, and not a negative as I already pointed out, not a criticism at all.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, I was pointing the differences between the 3 mics he's asking about. bluntly, mk4 can have a harsh presence peak but has a much sexier low end than many other LDCs available in it's price range. the 4040 is much more neutral and versatile than the mk4 but doesn't have the nice low end I like about my mk4. I don't own a 4040 any longer but used to work with several on a nightly basis. and the bluebird is a great mic, not nasty or harsh, but it is slightly scooped sounding. comments that any one of these mics has something truly bad in it's sound are wildly inaccurate - there are shootouts all over GS showing how good every one of these mics sounds. check out the 103 versus mk4 shootout for example.
just an observation, and yes it's subjective. 2db less bass than many of the mics I prefer doesn't mean they lack bass, but it is less bass by comparison.
anyhow, yes the family character is very strong between all of those mics compared to the difference between blue mics, the family difference between akg mics, the family difference between neumann mics. just for example ,and imho and all that :-)
at LDC mics DO bring things forward in the mix a little bit, they do flatter presence frequencies a speck, while not missing the bass but having it as a veyr slightly lower level than the presence area. That is a long winded detailed description of what I think I summarized in my earlier post.