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Bluebird or AT4040 Condenser Microphones
Old 14th June 2009
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Bluebird or AT4040

Alright, I've been searching around trying to find out which mic would be better as an all-purpose condenser: the Bluebird or the AT4040? from what I've found, it appears to be a toss up. What do you think? thanks.
Old 14th June 2009
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i will also go with tossup.
Old 14th June 2009
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I have a blue bird myself and use it occaisionally. Though it really doesn't blow me away, even considering its price. Here in canada its like a good 350$ +. I sometimes throw it on for clean guits with a 57.

rent em out at the local shop . see what's what.

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Old 14th June 2009
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I'd say go with the AT4040 --- they both work well for utility condensers, but the AT4040 is built stronger by its design. Some have had issues with the capsule being fragile and breaking off the body of the Bluebird. Drop both of them on a hardwood floor a few times and you'll know what I mean.
Old 25th June 2009
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I went with the at404, sounds great!
Old 25th June 2009
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I have a Bluebird and an AT4050 (not the 4040 you are asking about). The Bluebird comes close to sounding as good as the AT4050. But the AT is more neutral or more lifelike sounding. The Bluebird has an eq rise above 6K and you can hear that brightness. It's not a bad thing, but it is a bit brighter up there. Also, the gain on the Bluebird is very strong. (which I like) Doesn't take much gain on my preamp to get a nice clean signal.

I don't know how different that AT4040 is from the 4050. Same family, but different. Given the choice to use one over the other, I lean to the Audio Technica mic first. It's more natural sounding.

Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Old 25th June 2009
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I love the AT 40 series, I've owned a couple 33's a couple 4040's which ive since sold, but I kept my 4050 pair. In fact i will never get rid of my 50's they are too clutch.

...I agree that the Blue mic's are fragile, they float the capsule all weird.
Old 3rd July 2009
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Thanks for all the replies! I initially bought a bluebird off of craigslist and didn't realize it was completely broken (the diaphragm was basically dangling around). The guy I bought it from was nice enough to take it back and refund the money, it turns out he never used it, got it from a friend and was just trying to get a couple bucks for it. I then bought a brand new bluebird from the store.....It was broken in the box, returned it, made this thread, bought the AT404 and never looked back. I'm very happy with the AT, thanks for all your feedback.
Old 18th November 2009
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4033 vs. Bluebird

I've owned two 4033's and put them through the paces as my go to on vocals and O.H.'s on lots and lots of albums and demos. I just recently started branching out and looking for mic's to compare to my 4033's and bought a Bluebird then a Baby Bottle. For me the Bluebird is better then the 4033's and have entirely replaced them for vocals and everything else I've AB'd them with. It's mainly the high's that are just a tad harsh on the 4033's that really stands out when heard next to the Bluebird. I don't know how they compare to the 4040 however.

The Baby Bottle was less desirable then the Bluebird in every comparison I made except for acoustic guitars and so it didn't take long for me to sell that one. To my ears the Baby Bottle sounded less focused and had less high end that, after compensating for with eq, still didn't sounds as good as the Bluebird.

I really like the Bluebird and haven't had any problems with it, although it doesn't surprise me that it would be more fragile then the AT stuff. My 4033's have taken a serious beating over the past 13 years I've had them and have never failed me or given me any problems.
Old 18th November 2009
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AT mics are close to bulletproof. Regarding the question about the difference between the 4040 and 4050, the 40 is cardioid only with a very slightly different response curve in that pattern, and the 50 is multi pattern. My personal favorite of theirs is the now discontinued AT3035, a real sleeper and value for its price point.
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