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High End uses for a 4033? Virtual Instrument Plugins
Old 26th August 2007
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High End uses for a 4033?

Does a 4033 have a place in the "High End" arsenal?

I have one, and am wondering how it is being used by the big boys, if at all.

What are some good uses for this mic?

Old 26th August 2007

ok, i'm not mutt lange, roger nichols or michael wagener, but
i've used the 4033 to record numerous indie and major label artists in various applications,
including pop, rock, rnb, hip hop, rap, electronica, jazz, world music, etc.

some apps that come to mind:

female and male vocalists in all styles
stereo overheads for drums
stereo close micing for acoustic jazz and latin grand piano
classical, folk and blue grass mandolin, violin, cello and other strings
jazz cornet and flugel horn
tons of ethnic wind instruments
acoustic guitars for ballad, country and rock, etc.
hand percussion, including tabla, bongo, conga, frame drums, bandir, tambs, etc.

and tons of other stuff:

it can be a great mic.

sometimes, it can also be a bit harsh, so warming it up with a tube pre might be useful,
but you have to be careful, because, while it's supposed to handle really high spls well,
on certain singers in certain ranges and rooms, it can crap out.

so, it can be a VERY useful all around LDC - especially for the price.

alan parsons (dark side of the moon, etc.) mentioned this mic as his favorite mic
a while ago in an interview - maybe mix mag?

anyhow, it's been a workhorse for me over the years.

these days, i'm using a multi-pattern tube mic more for more present vocals,
and i think it handles the close dynamics better than the 4033
(for screaming, high velocity vox, etc.)

of course, you have to try it yourself, and see heh

hope this helps, and good luck to you.

Old 26th August 2007
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One of my fav $100 used mics ---female , airy vocals --room mic on cabs --certain acoustic guitar bottom end when tracking...
Old 26th August 2007
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Me also not a big boy but(t):
i have very fond memories of the 4033...when it came out it was one of the first condenser mics that i would sometimes use in preference to much more expensive ones. It had a high end sheen that really brought out the air in drum overheads when the drums were recorded in wooden floored, deadish Hidley type live rooms (if u know what i mean)...

it was also very useful as an ambient guitar mic..mostly used on cranked up marshalls. again there was something about the high end that would blend in with say a coles 4038.

however it only got chosen once as a vocal mic over the specialist mics and in that case the singer had an unusually rough voice that the mic obviously liked. proximity effect worked really well because the mic could handle the high SPL of this particular singer when he was in close.

I'm curious to know how the old ones sound like now because they were back electret (pre charged) designs. do they still have such a glowing high end after more than 10 years?
Old 26th August 2007
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Originally Posted by leaper View Post
I'm curious to know how the old ones sound like now because they were back electret (pre charged) designs. do they still have such a glowing high end after more than 10 years?
Mine's one of the early ones and it's still sounding fine. Very useful mic to have around.thumbsup
Old 27th August 2007
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The Audio Technica 4033 or the STC 4033?

Chris Garges
Charlotte, NC
Old 27th August 2007
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He means the AT
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