Audio-Technica has unveiled the AT4047MP Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone, developed in direct response to end users requesting a multi-pattern version of A-T's AT4047/SV. Here's what they have to say about it...
The AT4047MP is one of the new offerings from A-T's expanding 40 Series microphones. The AT4047MP, featuring a warm vintage sound with exceptionally low self-noise, a wide dynamic range and high SPL capability, is a side-address externally polarized (DC bias) multi-pattern condenser microphone with three switchable polar patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-eight. These settings control the microphone's sensitivity to sounds coming from different directions. Like the AT4047/SV on which it was based, the AT4047MP's transformer-coupled output and specially tuned element provide sonic characteristics reminiscent of early F.E.T. studio microphone designs.
The AT4047MP is designed to meet the most critical acoustic requirements of professional recording, broadcast and sound reinforcement. Specific applications in which the AT4047MP shines include vocals, acoustic instruments, solo or group strings and any application needing a versatile, switchable-pattern condenser mic with rich, vintage sound.
The AT4047MP's omnidirectional polar pattern is sensitive to sound coming from all directions. Users can select the omni pattern to pick up several voices or instruments on the same microphone, to diminish proximity effect and to preserve the location's ambient sound. The cardioid polar pattern is more sensitive to sound originating directly in front of the element, making it useful in controlling feedback, reducing pickup of unwanted sounds and providing isolation between performers. The figure-of-eight polar pattern is more sensitive to sound originating in the front and back of the microphone, rejecting sounds from the sides. It is often used in conjunction with advanced stereo miking techniques.
The AT4047MP's output is a 3-pin XLRM-type connector. It requires 48V phantom power for operation. The microphone is equipped with a switchable 10 dB pad and a switch that permits choice of flat response or low-frequency roll-off (via integral 80 Hz high-pass filter).
The AT4047MP is enclosed in a rugged housing. The precision-machined nickel-plated brass acoustic element baffle provides enhanced element stability and optimal sensitivity. The dual-diaphragm capsule design maintains precise polar pattern definition across the full frequency range of the microphone. Unwanted internal reflections are minimized by the symmetrical housing assembly's open acoustical environment. The AT4047MP's state-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques ensure compliance with A-T's stringent consistency and reliability standards; the mic is RoHS compliant, meaning it is free from all substances specified in the EU directive on hazardous substances.
The included AT8449/SV shock mount provides superior isolation and permits mounting on any microphone stand with 5/8"-27 threads. The mic and shock mount both feature a vintage silver-matte finish. A dust cover and a protective carrying case are also included. Pricing and Availability:
The AT4047MP Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone will be available November 2009 with a U.S. MSRP of $1,055.00