SNAMM08: Thin Mics, Fat Sound

Audio-Technica introduces the AT4021 and AT4022 pencil condenser microphones      27/06/08
SNAMM08: Thin Mics, Fat Sound


As seen in our Summer NAMM video coverage, Audio-Technica has introduced the AT4021 cardioid and AT4022 omnidirectional pencil condenser microphones.
These mics, both featuring a sleek new capsule design/construction, are the latest additions to Audio-Technica’s 40 Series of condenser microphones. The company say that these mics are ideal for critical studio and live applications, offering outstanding performance and versatility, perfect for acoustic guitars, strings, percussion, overhead, high-hat and other acoustic instruments. Additionally, say A-T, as an omnidirectional microphone, AT4022 is great for ensemble use, stereo recording, and group/background vocals.
A-T tell us that both the AT4021 Cardioid Condenser Microphone and the AT4022 Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone feature high SPL handling and wide dynamic range, as well as flat, extended frequency response and exceptional reproduction of low-frequency sounds. The AT4021’s cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of the desired sound source. The AT4022’s omnidirectional polar pattern provides maximum ambient pickup. Both microphones offer a low-mass element that A-T tell us provides superb transient response.
An integral 80 Hz high-pass filter provides easy switching from a flat frequency response to a low-end roll-off. The roll-off position reduces the microphones’ sensitivity to popping in close vocal use. It also reduces the pickup of low-frequency ambient noise, room reverberation and mechanically-coupled vibrations. Output from both microphones’ XLRM connectors is low impedance (Lo-Z) balanced.
Pricing and Availability:
The AT4021 Cardioid Condenser Microphone and the AT4022 Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone will be available September 2008 with pricing as follows:
  • AT4021 $495.00 U.S. MSRP
  • AT4022 $495.00 U.S. MSRP
More information:
  • www.audio-technica.com
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