Audio-Technica AT4033CL Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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AT4033CL Classic Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic

The classic is back! After 10 years of studio success stories, Audio-Technica tried to retire the AT4033 last year. But, consumer demand said it's too good to stop making. Embraced by audio professionals enamored with the strong up-front presence that characterizes the sonic signature of this mic, the AT4033 is truly a classic.

Features
  • Transformerless circuitry virtually eliminates low-frequency distortion and provides superior correlation of high-speed transients
  • Precision-machined, nickel-plated brass, acoustic element baffle provides enhanced element stability and optimal sensitivity
  • The 2-micron-thick, vapor-deposited gold diaphragm undergoes a five-step aging process so that the optimum characteristics achieved remain constant over years of use
  • Floating-construction capsule assembly provides isolation from noise and vibration
  • Open acoustical environment of the symmetrical housing assembly minimizes unwanted internal reflections
  • State-of-the-art surface-mount electronics ensure compliance with A-T's stringent consistency and reliability standards
  • Custom shock mount provides superior isolation

Put some precision into your mic locker with this sonically excellent and highly affordable model.

 

AT4033CL Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone Specifications:

  • Element: fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
    Polar pattern: cardioid
    Frequency response: 30-20,000 hz
    Low frequency roll-off: 80 hz, 12 dB/octave
    Open circuit sensitivity: -32 db (25.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    Impedance: 100 Ohms
    Maximum input sound level: 145 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.; 155 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal)
    Noise: 17 dB SPL
    Dynamic range (typical): 128 dB, 1 kHz at max SPL
    Signal-to-noise ratio: 77 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    Phantom power requirements: 48V DC, 3.2 mA typical
    Switches: flat, roll-off;
    10 dB pad (nominal)
    Weight: 13.4 oz (380 g)
    Dimensions: 6.69" (170.0 mm) long, 2.10" (53.4 mm) maximum body diameter
    Output connector: integral 3-pin XLRM-type
    Accessories furnished: AT8449 shock mount for 5/8 27 threaded stands; microphone dust cover; protective carrying case
    Audio-technica case style: R1
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Audio-TechnicaAT4033CL Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
 
4.8

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5.0

Just as good as the expensive mics

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from Texas, USA

Pros

  • Podcast
  • Voiceover/Dialog

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4033CL Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

    I've been using this mic for 20 years, to record self-improvement albums. I wanted something that made my voice sound like those great radio and television announcers - intimate, powerful, great presence, warmth, power. With a little EQ and some compression in post (post production) it does exactly that.

    In 1990 we had an opportunity to record an album for Nightingale Conant, and I spent a lot of time talking with their recording engineer. We used an AKG 414C, which is supposed to be one of the best mics for recording a male voice. When I got home, I compared the recordings I made in the Nightingale studio with the recordings in my home studio and to me they sound equally good.

    The only difference I could hear - they leave more bass than I do. I EQ'd it out because we were still delivering the product on audio cassettes, and the sound was more clear when there was less bass.

    I've done a lot of recording with this mic, in my home studio, and it has always come through for me. I recommend it highly.

    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
    • Expert
    • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
    • Studio
    • How long have you used this product?:
    • Over a year
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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent mic for the money...

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    from TX

    Pros

    • Ambience
    • Brass
    • Guitar
    • Guitar Amp
    • Harmonica
    • Piano
    • Strings
    • Vocals
    • Voiceover/Dialog

    Cons

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        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4033CL Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

        I've had one fo these in the cabinet for about 15 years (?!) now. It was my "go to" mic for quite a while, now it's simply for secondary use, ambient and the like. Noise floor is a little bit high, but you have to spend twice the $ to do much better. If you use a good mic-pre, you'll be all set (avoid the pre's that are built in to many mixers, but a stand alone, it's worth the $).

        For primary vocals, it has a bit of a bump in the 4-5k range, so you get some "up front" presence. Good for lead vocals.

        The only improvement I might make is to sell it at a lower price. HA!

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        • Intermediate
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        • Studio
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        • Over a year
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        (55 of 105 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A true Professional Microphone

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        from Mexico, MEX

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4033CL Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

        After 4 years of working with this microphone, I never stop surprising for its pristine sound.I use it primarily on human voices and strings (Guitars: Classical and Acoustic, Cuatro Venezolano, Charango) and allways obtained perfect results, even compared with a Newmann U87 which I have used for 3 years in similar instruments. I think it would make an excellent recording of pianos, bun havent had the opportunity to experiment with them.

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        5.0

        I rate only products I have used and like.

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        from PINNACLE N.C. U.S.A.

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4033CL Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

        The A.T.4033 is a classic. It works well with any kind of voice or instrument. Next best thing to it's TUBE big brother.

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        (64 of 105 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        "Super" For Recording & Bluegrass Bands Using A One Mic Setup For Live Stage Performances.

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4033CL Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

        I personally own a Audio Technica 4033 Microphone and use it every time my band goes in to the studio for a recording session.The Audio Technica 4033 Studio Condenser Mic produces a very full rich clear tone on all acoustic instruments including the upright bass. My band also takes this mic on the road wherever we play festivals and use it if the promoter and sound person does not furnish one.I wouldn't be without my Audio Technica 4033!The 4033 does not require batteries, just 48 V phantom power. I only have two reasons for using this mic. #1-For live performance it is very easy to use for all members of the band and it allows freedom and movement on the bands part.It picks up every instrument as you are gathered around the mic and you don't have to force anything or play hard to be heard.#2-It eliminates a bad sound man.They just have to set it and leave it alone and let the band on stage work it. In summing up the Audio Technica 4033 Studio Condenser Microphone all I can say is "It's Great" and I rate it the highest!

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