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Audio-Technica AT2035 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
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- Large diaphragm for smooth, natural sound and low noise
- High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
- Custom shock mount provides superior isolation
- Switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and 10 dB pad
- Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
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Designed for critical home/project/professional studio applications and live performance, this side-address cardioid studio condenser delivers exceptional detail and low noise. Equipped with a switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and 10 dB pad, the AT2035 handles high sound pressure levels with ease. Along with its rugged construction and high-performance specifications, the AT2035 provides an exceptional level of consistency from model to model. It comes equipped with a protective pouch and a custom shock mount.
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Please see my video review to hear how it sounds also a little more about the microphone.
I'm a professional recording engineer, and I've always said there are NO RULES, JUST GUIDELINES. I'm not going to go into the technical whys and how comes of what makes a great microphone. You can read the tech specs and study that for yourself.
I say use your ears as the best judge as to what sounds good. For me, the AT2035 is a goto mic for a lot situations in recording voice and instruments. It's reasonably priced so you can afford to have a pair. I've used this mic in live sound as well as studio applications, both indoor and outdoor venues, and the results are no less than perfect.
Clean, clear, and hits everywhere in the common frequency range of human hearing. It's a warm sounding mic; very elegant and captures the natural timbre of unprocessed, acoustic sound. I feel this is a great choice for podcasts and even live radio broadcasts.
One of my favorite times in using this mic was for an acoustic classical guitar played in a stairwell at a college. I placed one in front of the player, and another on the first landing of the steps going up to the second floor to capture the natural reverb of the room. Outside of "tuning" the room with EQ there was no other processing used and the recording was spectacular. Very powerful sounding, yet all the nuances of classical guitar playing were present.
Bottom line is you can't go wrong with the AT2035. If you're new to recording and trying to decide what kind of condenser mic to get - this should be a first choice for you.
If you want to upgrade from a headset, cheap mic, Blue Yeti, or AT-2020; buy this mic and an audio interface. You won't regret it.
The piano is a very demanding instrument to record; its frequency range covers the entire audible spectrum, and it has a very wide dynamic range. The AT-2035 is more than up to the task. It produces a nicely balanced neutral sound across the entire frequency spectrum. Its ability to handle the highest peaks allows crystal clear recordings of the loudest piano passages to be made with ease.
A particularly nice feature is that the AT-2035 has a very low noise level. This allows very low noise floor on recordings and makes it possible to cover from the softest to the loudest piano levels with a fixed mic pre-amp level setting on the recording equipment. Less fiddling with settings, less fuss, and more music.
Overall the AT-2035 is a bargain considering the level of quality it offers. Two points to keep in mind: It is a bit on the heavy side so requires a solid stand, and it does require XLR phantom power of around 4mA.
First things first, as this IS a condenser microphone, you HAVE to give the room you plan to record in proper treatment. Otherwise it WILL pick up a lot of reverb and background noise. I have actually surrounded the microphone itself with studio foam inside of a cardboard box. It's not the prettiest sight, but it was inexpensive and works just as well as the upwards $100 screens they sell for these.
Another thing to remember is to buy a proper interface for this. Especially if you are recording on a PC. I suggest using a Line 6 Pod Studio UX1, I managed to find one of those on eBay for about $45. It has an excellent noise gate with it that filters out the background noise in real time, without giving the vocals that robotic sound that noise removal in post tends to leave.
Please note, the UX1 does not supply phantom power, so you will need a phantom power supply. I use a Behringer Micro power supply P5400 with it ($20). You will also need to buy at least two XLR cables, one for the power supply, and one to connect to the interface, but you can find some decent ones around $7 -$14, so that is no big deal.
As for the sound quality, it is PHENOMENAL. Every syllable comes out clearly, and distinctly. Subtle nuances in tone that some lesser mics tend leave out are crystal clear, and, best of all, it can handle high vocals without peaking as easily like my other microphones did. I managed to go to ear piercingly high pitches, and still managed to keep it from peaking.
If you want high quality, professional sound, and don't feel like spending over $300, this is definitely the microphone to get.
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