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
    Frequency Response 20 - 18,000 kHz
    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
 
3.1

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Voiceover/dialog (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Film/video production (5)
  • Podcast (5)

Cons

  • Not durable (5)
  • Unreliable (4)
  • Limited functions (3)

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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

 

Stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz

Microphone was fine for awhile. Now recently it has stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz.

In the attached image you can see the spectrum for a voice clip I...Read complete review

Microphone was fine for awhile. Now recently it has stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz.

In the attached image you can see the spectrum for a voice clip I recorded. (Played back in foobar2000)

It sounds extremely muffled, like I'm speaking through a door.

Hoping AT will stand behind their warranty.

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5.0

Decent Mic

By 

from Nor Cal

Pros

  • Budget Mic
  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Bulky/Heavy

Best Uses

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

    It's a great Product Ive had it for a little over eight months now, I honestly will say It's built like a tank, there is no way you would break it unless you threw it at a wall. Its not hard to use, simply plug it into a USB port and make sure its the enabled device on your PC and you will be set.

    • 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?:
    • Up to a year
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    4.0

    You'd be better off saving up an extra $50 for an AT2020USB+

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    from S San Fran, CA

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

      I've used this mic for a few months to replace my Blue Yeti (since the Yeti was way too big and heavy for the equipment I had). I normally used it for Let's Plays on YouTube, and up until a week ago, it'd been serving me fine. Unlike most who bought this, the desk stand wasn't the problem... it was the mic's USB-B port. I had this hooked to an arm and when I was rearranging the mic setup, the USB cord fell out and I noticed that there was a part embedded in the cable. Turns out a part had snapped within the port and now the prongs were unusable alongside the rest of the mic. I'm hoping I can either get this repaired or replaced by another mic of the same price and/or quality.

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

       
      4.0

      This is everything you will need

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      from Småland

      Pros

      • Bang for the buck
      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Maximum decibel input level is low

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

        You can't scream into this microphone from close distance, otherwise the audio quailty is fantastic and can be compared to the AT2020. The only reason not to buy this would be if you want more flexibility with an xlr mic. Oterwise there is no reason to buy any other usb mic than this one. A lot of people complain about the build quality which I have has no problem with. The stand is not good, but you can just get a boom arm, and besides, the stand does work.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Computer
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Intermediate
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Over a year
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        (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        This microphone is one of the worst. Bad quality. DO NOT BUY

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        from San Francisco, California

        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily
        • Limited Functions
        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Pricey / Poor Value
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

          HORRIBLE. DO NOT BUY! LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE AND DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Live Sound
          • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
          • Expert
          • How long have you used this product?:
          • Less than a month
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          5.0

          love this mic, and all audio tech really

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          from greenville sc

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

            love this product. please make more mic's like this one.

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

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz

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            from Canada

            Pros

              Cons

              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                Microphone was fine for awhile. Now recently it has stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz.

                In the attached image you can see the spectrum for a voice clip I recorded. (Played back in foobar2000)

                It sounds extremely muffled, like I'm speaking through a door.

                Hoping AT will stand behind their warranty.

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Computer
                • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                • Intermediate
                • How long have you used this product?:
                • Up to a year
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                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Would recomend investing in something else.

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                from Boston, MA

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Breaks Easily
                • Limited Functions
                • Pricey / Poor Value
                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                  The Pros here really don't outweigh the cons. This product has poor durability, so bad that I think the one that I bought was manufactured improperly. I'm not exaggerating when I say that after 4 months of light usage, the stand provided with the microphone literally broke at every joint. When I opened it up, I was confused as to why the setup didn't work properly, but then I realized that the grooves inside the base of the microphone weren't cut deep enough to screw into stand, so it had to be balanced very precariously on my desk whenever I used it. The flickering blue light is a bit irritating, and was inconsistent when recognizing whether or not the device was functioning at any given time. The USB 2.0 type B port in the base that was used to connect microphone to the cable ended up putting the mic out of usage when the prongs in the port ended up bending after being plugged in. I got the port repaired, but unfortunately, now no device will even recognize the microphone as a microphone. The Microphone promised limited interference, but the only way to prevent it from being overwhelmingly present in my recordings was to put a stocking over the Mic, or to use a pop screen. The sound quality is generally good, but I could easily find it in another product for cheaper. It was easy enough to use, but what with all the problems I encountered, I wouldn't even recommend this product to someone new to recording.

                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                  • Studio Musician
                  • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                  • Intermediate
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                  • Over a year
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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Wow Just Wow But

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                  from New York

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Breaks Easily

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4047 Condenser Microphone:

                    I love it but the stand breaks way to easy ive been trying to fix mine i really was expecting it to have a better stand

                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                    • Computer
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                    • Expert
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                    • Less than a month
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                    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Very sensitive to noise

                    By 

                    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
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                      • Less than a month
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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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
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                        • Studio
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                        • Over a year
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