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
 
3.2

(based on 21 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great sound, super simple setup

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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2.0

Very sensitive to noise

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from London, England

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Falls easily
  • Sensitive to noises
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

    This mic was bought to do gaming commentaries on for my YouTube channel. I thought it looked like a good mic but if you just raise your voice it like cuts off the sound. Also the mic is way to heavy for the stand. It always tips over. Horrible mic. I should return it

    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
    • Film/Video Production
    • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
    • Intermediate
    • How long have you used this product?:
    • Less than a month
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    5.0

    Excellent Microphone for Price

    By 

    from North Carolina, USA

    Pros

    • Film/Video Production

    Cons

    • none at all.

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

      For $100, this is an excellent microphone. It doesn't have as many features as the $300-$600 ones though. I have used this microphone for almost 2 years. I use this is a YouTube recording studio setup, and it does everything I need it to. It works with Windows and Mac very cleanly. All I had to do was plug it in, enable it in the settings, and it worked great. There is no static in the background of the audio. Great microphone and audio quality. I highly recommend this mic.

      The mic is very sensitive to clicks and taps on a desk, so I use a microphone stand and pop filter to keep it from picking up on every mouse and keyboard click.

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Novice
      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
      • Studio
      • How long have you used this product?:
      • Over a year
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      5.0

      Great sound, super simple setup

      By 

      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.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Intermediate
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Other
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Less than a month
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        4.0

        Amazing Product for Beginners!

        By 

        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!

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Intermediate
          • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
          • Computer
          • How long have you used this product?:
          • Up to a year
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          3.0

          Overall a Good Device

          By 

          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.

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Intermediate
            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
            • Computer
            • How long have you used this product?:
            • Up to a year
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            1.0

            Just Terrible

            By 

            from Little Rock, AR, USA

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                  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.

                  • 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?:
                  • Less than a month
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                  3.0

                  Terrible background noise!

                  By 

                  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

                  Best Uses

                    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.

                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                    • Intermediate
                    • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                    • Computer
                    • How long have you used this product?:
                    • Up to a year
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                    3.0

                    Iffy

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                    from Undisclosed

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                          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

                          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                          • Novice
                          • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                          • Computer
                          • How long have you used this product?:
                          • Less than a month
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                          (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Horrible

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                          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.

                              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                              • Intermediate
                              • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                              • Computer
                              • How long have you used this product?:
                              • Less than a month
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                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Sleek and Effective.

                              By 

                              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!

                                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                  • Intermediate
                                  • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                                  • Computer
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                                  • Up to a year
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