Audio-Technica AT2050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
Audio-Technica AT2050 At A Glance
Featuring three selectable pickup responses, strong audio performance, and reputable dependability, the Audio-Technica AT2050 multipattern condenser microphone offers a smooth and detailed sound along with versatile use cases for home-based musicians, vocalists, and project studio engineers. The dual large-diaphragm condenser capsule enables the mic to provide omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8 polar patterns, which gives the AT2050 the flexibility to serve a wide variety of voice and instrument miking applications. Plus, the supplied shockmount helps keep extraneous handling and foot noise down.
Engage the -10 dB pad to increase headroom and capture incredibly loud sources up to 159 dB SPL without distortion. When low-frequency rumble/hum or overwhelming bass invade your signal, turn on the 80 Hz high-pass filter switch to attenuate the lows without resorting to EQ. Since the AT2050 is a solid-state true condenser with an XLR output, it should be mated to an XLR-equipped mic preamp capable of sending 48V phantom power, or anything between 11 to 52 VDC.
Ideal for Home, Studio, or Stage Use
Designed for critical home/project studio applications and live performance, this side-address multipattern condenser mic delivers detailed sonics and low noise, even after years of use. With its smooth, natural sound, the AT2050 is ideal for musicians, producers, and recording engineers, whether it is used on vocals, acoustic instruments, drums, or speaker cabinets.
Three Polar Patterns
Outfitted with dual gold-vaporized large diaphragms, the AT2050 is a true externally polarized (DC bias) condenser microphone with three switchable polar patterns—omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8.
- The omnidirectional polar pattern is sensitive to sound coming from all directions. Select the omni pattern to pick up several voices or instruments on the same microphone, to diminish proximity effect, and to preserve the location’s ambient sound.
- The cardioid polar pattern is more sensitive to sound originating directly in front of the element, making it useful in controlling feedback, reducing pickup of unwanted sounds and providing isolation between performers.
- The figure-8 polar pattern is more sensitive to sound originating in the front and back of the microphone, rejecting sounds from the sides. It is often used in conjunction with advanced stereo miking techniques.
Equipped with a switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and -10 dB pad, the AT2050 easily handles high sound pressure levels (up to 159 dB) and avoids the pickup of low-frequency ambient noise (such as traffic, air-handling systems, etc.), room reverberation, and mechanically coupled vibrations.
Ready for Daily Use
Along with its rugged construction and high-performance specifications, the AT2050 provides reliable consistency from model to model. It comes with a protective pouch and a custom shockmount.
Features at a Glance
- Omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8 polar patterns
- Smooth, natural sound and low noise
- Dual-diaphragm capsule design maintains precise polar pattern definition across the full frequency range of the microphone
- Dual large diaphragms are gold-vaporized and aged to achieve optimum characteristics over years of use
- High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide excellent versatility
- Switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and -10 dB pad
- Included shockmount provides superior decoupling from vibrations
- Operates on 11 to 52 VDC phantom power from a range of devices such as portable mixers, desktop audio interfaces, or external mic preamps
- Balanced XLR 3-pin output connector
- State-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques ensure compliance with A-T’s stringent consistency and reliability standards