SNAMM08: Large Diaphragm Condensers For The Studio

Audio-Technica launches AT2035 and AT2050 microphones      26/06/08
SNAMM08: Large Diaphragm Condensers For The Studio

As seen in our Summer NAMM video coverage, Audio-Technica has expanded its large-diaphragm offerings with the introduction of two new 20 Series side-address condensers - the AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone and the AT2050 Multi-Pattern Condenser. Here’s what A-T have to say about the pair:
The AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone represents an exceptional value while offering all the performance advantages of a high-quality studio and stage microphone.
Intended for a wide variety of miking applications, including overheads, acoustic instruments and guitar cabinets, it features a large diaphragm for smooth, natural sound and low noise. High SPL handling and a wide dynamic range offer unmatched versatility, and a custom shock mount provides superior isolation.
The mic’s cardioid polar pattern reduces the pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of the desired sound source.
Designed to provide versatility in the most demanding recording applications, the AT2035 has a fixed cardioid polar pattern and features excellent performance specifications, including: a flat, extended frequency response (20-20,000 Hz); high SPL handling capability (148 dB, 158 dB with the 10 dB pad); and an element yielding extremely low self-noise (12 dB SPL).
Employing Audio-Technica’s modern engineering and manufacturing technology, every aspect of the AT2035 has been tailored for a very smooth, natural sound while ensuring maximum accuracy, making it a perfect complement for today’s digital recording equipment.
The AT2050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone is ideal for studio use and live sound productions with vocals, piano, strings, overheads, guitar amps and more.
It offers three switchable polar patterns: omni, cardioid and figure-eight. Its dual large diaphragm capsule design maintains precise polar pattern definition across its full frequency range (20-20,000 Hz).
The AT2050 has the ability to handle high SPL’s (149 dB, 159 dB with the 10 dB pad) with extremely low self-noise (17 dB SPL). In addition, its dual diaphragms are gold-vaporized and aged to achieve optimum characteristics over years of use.
Finally, its state-of-the-art surface-mount electronics ensure compliance with A-T’s stringent consistency and reliability standards.
Both microphones feature a switchable integral 80 Hz high-pass filter and a 10 dB pad. The filter provides easy switching from a flat frequency response to a low-end roll-off. The high-pass position reduces the microphones’ sensitivity to popping in close vocal use. It also reduces the pickup of low-frequency ambient noise. Output from each microphone’s XLRM-type connector is low impedance (Lo-Z) balanced; each mic comes with a shock mount and a protective pouch.
Pricing and Availability:
The AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone and the AT2050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone will be available August 2008. More information:

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