Audio-Technica AT4050 by alexvdbroek
The AT4050 is an excellent LDC microphone. It has three switchable polar patterns: omni, cardioids and figure-of-eight. It has bass roll-off and 10db pad.
I came across it when getting prepared to record Naomi Ferguson’s EP (The Rest is Elsewhere). It won in a shoot-out which included the Rode K2 and the C414. And whilst I’m not saying that this microphone is better than those in the shoot-out, it was clearly the best on her excellent rich voice.
I have used this microphone to record voice, piano, guitar and guitar amplifier, trumpet and saxophone. It did well on all sources thanks to its versatility with switchable polar patterns.
The build quality of the mic is excellent. The shockmount and case are also good.
I got the best recording with voice and guitar amp. But it does depend on the voice and mic placement of course. If you are like me, you will agree that one microphone does not suit all. But in the right situation with the right mic (expensive or cheap) is the best.
All in all an excellent microphone, and one I am glad to own.
If you would like to hear the results of the microphone, check out the EP:
iTunes - Music - The Rest Is Elsewhere - EP by Naomi Ferguson