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Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone

by Audio Technica
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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<ul><li>AT4900b-48 Body.</li><li>AT4053b-EL Hypercardioid Head Capsule.</li><li>Direct-Coupled Balanced Output.</li><li>Transformerless Circuitry.</li><li>Switchable High-Pass Filter.</li><li>-10dB Pad.</li><li>Additional Capsules Available.</li></ul><p>&#160;</p>

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, the search for the perfect location mic... April 5, 2012
My colleagues on the west coast all laud the Schoeps CMC6 as the Cadillac of indoor location dialogue mics. But that will set you back about 3-4 times the price of this. Then you still need a shotgun for outdoor work! (Don't make the mistake of trying to use the same mic for both indoor and outdoor locations). Some say the Sennheiser ME66 can do both indoor and outdoor, but it is a compromise. The reality is, what makes a shotgun very directional also makes it susceptible to reflections off the ceiling. For indoor work, I feel there is only the Hypercardoid/supercardoid to be considered for the job. In this price range, the only other mic I would consider would be a matched pair of the Michael Joly modified Octava MK12. A few friends tell me the RODE NTG-2 (touted as a supercardoid pattern shotgun) can handle indoor and outdoor booming reasonably well. I'll have to take their word for it.

So anyway, I got this AT4053b for indoor booming and have not been disappointed. It has a reasonably flat response, is sharp and clear, and responsive and just seems to handle dialogue very well. If the Schoeps is the Cadillac, then this is the Buick of indoor location mics. The HPF really does cut down on rumble and wind noise, and using a 10db pad can make all the difference between capturing that yelling and banging on the desk, or acquiring a clipped out mess.

I can't recommend this mic enough for this use and at this price range.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very sensitive July 20, 2009
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I found the mic to be sensitive and able to pick up really small sounds. I don't know if it is the case with all mics, but this one picks up noise from lots of electrical devices, AC, phone etc. I did not test the high pass filter much.
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