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Meet the studio condenser that captures every nuance. With three switchable polar patterns, the large-diaphragm Audio-Technica AT4050 exhibits a remarkable combination of qualities: high-SPL capability with transparent and airy uppers/mids complemented by rich low-end qualities. Its dual large diaphragms are gold-vaporized and aged for consistent, outstanding performance. A precision-machined, nickel-plated brass acoustic element baffle provides rock-solid element stability and exceptional sensitivity.<br/><a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms//eb7732ab91615cca/index.html" target="_blank"><b>Check out audio samples and interior views of the AT4050 and other 40 Series side-address condensers</b></a><br/>Ideal for studio use and live sound productions with vocals, piano, strings, drum overheads, guitar amps, and more.<br/>Audio-Technica’s AT4050. For performance that legends are made of.<br/>
 
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5 / 5
My go-to microphone.
PostedOctober 27, 2011
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orisinio
from San Francisco
Environment:Studio
Expertise:Expert
How Long:Over a year
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I have other mics, some much more expensive. In the studio, I always feel obliged to try my other mics, but most often I wind up using a trusty AT4050. I've yet to find a situation where it doesn't perform at least as well as anything else in my locker, particularly for vocals, both male and female. The multipattern capability makes it useful for live stereo recording, too, in pairs -- particularly mid-side stereo. Incredible value -- punches far above its weight class!
Pros Vocals, Strings, Guitar
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Meet the studio condenser that captures every nuance. With three switchable polar patterns, the large-diaphragm Audio-Technica AT4050 exhibits a remarkable combination of qualities: high-SPL capability with transparent and airy uppers/mids complemented by rich low-end qualities. Its dual large diaphragms are gold-vaporized and aged for consistent, outstanding performance. A precision-machined, nickel-plated brass acoustic element baffle provides rock-solid element stability and exceptional sensitivity.<br/><a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms//eb7732ab91615cca/index.html" target="_blank"><b>Check out audio samples and interior views of the AT4050 and other 40 Series side-address condensers</b></a><br/>Ideal for studio use and live sound productions with vocals, piano, strings, drum overheads, guitar amps, and more.<br/>Audio-Technica’s AT4050. For performance that legends are made of.<br/>
 

AT4050 phantom power question

I would like to understand the 48VDC phantom power requirements for the AT4050.

I assume that pin 1 should be the ground for the 48VDC, but is the + side of the 48V DC pin 3?

Thanks!

Eric
DC phantom power is transmitted simultaneously on both pin 2 and 3, with the shield (pin 1) being the ground. Since the DC voltage on the ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ pins (2 & 3) is identical, it is seen by equipment as “common mode” noise and rejected, or ignored, by the preamp or mixing board. This wiring also prevents damage to dynamic microphones that don't require phantom power when they're mistakenly hooked up to phantom power. That's assuming everything is wired correctly!

If you go to your mixer and put a volt meter on pins 1 & 2, or pins 1 & 3, you will see the 48v DC, but if you meter pins 2 & 3 (the audio signal path) you will see no voltage difference since they are both 48v above ground.
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