Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone

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The mic you need for demanding applications

The Audio-Technics AT4047 Condenser Microphone is designed for professional recording and critical applications in broadcast and live sound. Transformer-coupled output and a specially tuned element provide sonic characteristics reminiscent of early FET studio mic designs. The AT4047 mic has exceptionally low self-noise, wide dynamic range and high SPL capability. It sports a vintage silver-matte finish on the microphone and shock mount. Audio-Technica includes a protective case and AT8449/SV shock mount with the AT4047 microphone.
Requires phantom power.

Features
  • Gold-plated, specially contoured and aged, dual-diaphragms
  • Switchable 80 Hz hi-pass filter and 10 dB pad
 

AT4047 Condenser Microphone Specifications:

  • Phantom power requirements: 48V (±4V)
  • Cardioid pattern À
  • Frequency Response 20 - 18,000 kHz À
  • 10 dB pad; roll-off
  • Open circuit sensitivity -35 dB (17.7 mV), ±2 dB re 1V at 1 Pa
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Audio-TechnicaAT4047 Condenser Microphone
 
3.3

(based on 18 reviews)

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    (4)

Pros

  • Voiceover/dialog (8)
  • Podcast (5)
  • Vocals (5)
  • Film/video production (4)

Cons

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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      this multi-purpose mic was all we needed

      The 4047 was recently used in the making of our full length album. In fact, it was the ONLY mic used! That's right, everything was played through this one mic; even 3...Read complete review

      The 4047 was recently used in the making of our full length album. In fact, it was the ONLY mic used! That's right, everything was played through this one mic; even 3 instruments at the same time! sounded incredible on drum set, vocals, guitars, bass, piano, harmonium. it was incredible. I'm going to buy another for my home studio.

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      Great for Practice Vocals

      If you are curious about doing voice-overs and want to record test tracks, this portable mic is great. I've had success using it in "live" environments as well as when...Read complete review

      If you are curious about doing voice-overs and want to record test tracks, this portable mic is great. I've had success using it in "live" environments as well as when hooking up to a laptop for recording slide notes. I also use it for webcasts at my desk - the room's "live" with background noise. The mic seems to help limit some of the background sound issues because of it's cardioid pickup. If you have a sound booth or recording environment, choose one of the better Audio-Technica mics (AT2020, 2035 or 2041). The price is great. However, the quality is a bit dodgy. The first one I received stopped working immediately. The second one is still going strong. Two things irritate me about this mic. The headphone jack is nice idea, but not practical. Every time I touch the headphone cable, the sound goes right to the mic. And, the volume buttons might as well not be there. They rattle and feel very cheap.

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      5.0

      Great sound, super simple setup

      By MikeBE

      from New Jersey

      Pros

      • Excellent sound quality
      • very easy setup
      • Voiceover/Dialog

      Cons

      • blinding blue led light

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

        First off, read the manual before you plug in the microphone. It only takes a couple of minutes. I'm using a Win7 laptop with an SSD, which means that it's the quietest computer that I can find. I am using this microphone for voiceovers for videos and for future studio use (voice only). After reading the instructions, I attached the microphone to a mic stand, ran the cable from the microphone to my PC. This is a substantial microphone in terms of size and weight. Not massive, but it's larger and heavier than you would expect. It took about 30 seconds for Win7 to recognize the mic and install the drivers. I adjusted the microphone level. I did a test reading for about 20 seconds, but the mic was reversed. Stupid me! It picked up my voice and the TV in the background. Test reading two. Turned off the TV, turned around the mic and was very impressed by the sound quality. I'm recording directly into Sony Sound Forge v9.0D and have found it to meet my needs. I don't plan on using the mini-tripod. I will use a mic stand so when I do my voiceovers, I can stand and move my arms and have some freedom of movement. In the attached photo, I've left plenty of slack at the USB connector, and I used Velcro to keep the cord against the mic stand pole. I also replaced the original USB cable with one that is about 12 feet long, which lets me move my laptop far out of the range of the audio. In my test audio, you can hear the dog playing with his squeaky toy. He will be removed from the room during actual voiceover work. Dislikes: The extremely bright blue LED. I slipped a label maker label over it. You can still see the blue, but it doesn't blind you. I tried the headphone jack. I need to do some more testing. I want a longer USB cable to move it further from my computer. I replaced it with a much longer cable.

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        4.0

        Amazing Product for Beginners!

        By JesusEstradaCHZ97

        from Saratoga Springs, UT, USA

        Pros

        • Field Recording
        • Film/Video Production
        • great beginner mic!
        • Guitar
        • Podcast
        • Vocals

        Cons

        • loose cord

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

          This product is great for anyone who's looking for a cheap but good quality mic!! I been using it for awhile now and I don't regret spending my money on it! However there is times that the mic cord has a hard time but betides that everything is just amazing!

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          3.0

          Overall a Good Device

          By CidWilliams

          from Arkansas

          Pros

          • Voiceover/Dialog

          Cons

          • Durability

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

            I have used this device for six months, but I do travel with the device and have found that this device is not meant to travel. The small prongs at the base used for the USB connection are not meant to be plugged in over and over again even though I am very careful. Even going as far as purchasing a separate carry case for the microphone to go into. The USB cord now makes intermittent connections with the four prongs causing it to disconnect with the computer if the cord is not positioned just right, and is not hit accidentally during recording.

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            1.0

            Just Terrible

            By IAmWahooooooo

            from Little Rock, AR, USA

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

            I bought this device only to find out it's not going to work with my PC. I use a different microphone from another brand and it works properly on my computer. This seemed to be the only thing that gives me the error of "USB Device Not Recognized" When I've seen this equipment work it is amazing but only when you can get it to work. I will never buy from this manufacturer again.

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            3.0

            Terrible background noise!

            By Capppy

            from South Carolina, SC

            Pros

            • easy to use and small enough for a clean set-up.

            Cons

            • picks up a lot of background noise and default tri

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              Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

              I've had this mic for a while now. Probably 6-8 months, and all of the sudden it's starting to be all weird with my fan in the back ground. *Note I bought a pair of studio headphones for my computer and it might be the headphones, but i'm not sure. The first few months i've had the mic I could have my fan on all day on the highest setting and you could barely hear it, that was using my default apple headphones that came with the iPhone. Now that I bought Behringer HPS 3000's the audio on the mic picks up my fan over me. Even on the lowest setting. And even with it off you can hear the noise my computer makes. I don't under stand what I did or what happened to make the mic pick so much noise up! So I might as well ask for support or something to help me fix this issue. Other than the mic picking up things it really never had or should be, in my opinion, it's great. Very easy to use HOWEVER, the initial tri-pod desk stand that comes with it is very flimsy and falls over if shake your desk or something. So I bought a 'On Stage Stands' microphone stand which works great.

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              3.0

              Iffy

              By West

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

              I just got this microphone and when I went to plug it in my audio coming through my headphones stopped working. I tried rebooting, changing headphones, unplugging the mic but still no sound except for skype. I have windows 8 and I noticed that there was no setup info for windows 8. Overall it is a good mic if you have anything but windows 8

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              1.0

              Horrible

              By Robert1105

              from Undisclosed

              Pros

                Cons

                • Doesn't work at all

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                  I doesn't even work with my computer! I tried everything. Overall, this was a complete waste of my time and I am better off buying a new microphone.

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                  5.0

                  Sleek and Effective.

                  By UltimaBurnie

                  from Ohio

                  Pros

                  • Podcast
                  • Vocals
                  • Voiceover/Dialog

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                      This microphone is a great way to get started with a majority of projects. I personally use it for Voice Acting and Vocals. I have received several compliments on having professional sound quality. I highly recommend purchasing this microphone!

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                      4.0

                      unrecognizable by windows

                      By Frenel

                      from San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA

                      Pros

                      • Film/Video Production
                      • Instruments
                      • Podcast
                      • Vocals
                      • Voiceover/Dialog

                      Cons

                      • can't be recognized by windows

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                        Hi. I love this mic... for the first day until I turned off my computer. Then I turned it on and plugged in the microphone. There was a notification saying, "The last usb device that you plugged in is not recognized by windows." I looked all around the internet and nothing. I even looked here. I have windows 8 and I updated it today. After that it was unrecognizable. I'm frustrated! Please help me I need help. Thank you.

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                        3.0

                        great mic. stand not great

                        By EnglishmanInNY

                        from New York, NY, USA

                        Pros

                        • Ease of Use

                        Cons

                        • stand is poorly constructed

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                          Bought the mic over a year ago but didn't use it until earlier this summer for voiceover and other recording. The mic is easy to use and is easily recognizable by my Mac. The headphone connection is very helpful. I love it. The stand, though, is not good. The thread stripped far too easily and I'm trying to find a way to replace it. I don't love it. At all. This would have been a five star review if the stand hadn't failed. (apologies. review was mistakenly posted by me as a comment)

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