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Audio-Technica’s AT4047MP delivers vintage sound in a multi-pattern design with selectable omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-of-eight polar patterns. The microphone’s transformer-coupled output and specially tuned element provide sonic characteristics reminiscent of early F.E.T. studio microphone designs. With a wide dynamic range, incredibly low self-noise and high SPL capability, this versatile microphone excels on vocals, strings, acoustic guitar, instrument ensembles, small vocal groups and voiceovers.
 
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How do I spell "smooth"? I spell it - AT 4047MP!
PostedNovember 12, 2011
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Drummaman
from Doylestown, OH
Environment:Studio
Expertise:Expert
How Long:Up to a year
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Having a home project studio on a budget, I scour magazine and on-line reviews thoroughly before plunking down my hard-earned coin on new gear purchases.
I have never for an instant regretted the purchase of the 4047MP.
With the multi-pattern capability of this mic, a pair was purchased for M/S recording, but single mic recordings have been a true pleasure with this mic as well.
With the 4047MP, I've recorded vocals, flutes, fiddles, acoustic guitar, accordion and have used the pair as overheads for drums.
What continually amazes me about this mic is it's ability to handle dynamics - all the while producing the silkiest high end.
From very soft (with low mic noise) to very loud (with no distortion), this mic sounds wonderful!
And the smooth top end requires no corrective EQ'ing like with other condenser mics.
If you have other FET's in your collection, even the "very expensive" variety, then you owe it to yourself to listen to the 4047MP.
If you don't have a quality FET in your mic locker yet, then the 4047MP is the one!
Pros Vocals, Voiceover/Dialog, Woodwinds, Strings, Guitar, Drums, "reedy" accordion
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The new AT2020 USB microphone offers studio-quality articulation and intelligibility. It plugs right into your computer’s USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. Equipped with a USB digital output, the AT2020 USB is perfect for home studio recording, field recording, podcasting, and voiceover use. <br/><b>Based on the renowned AT2020</b> <br/>The AT2020 USB is based on the design of Audio-Technica’s critically acclaimed AT2020 cardioid condenser microphone. Like the AT2020, it features a low-mass diaphragm, custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. <br/>With low self-noise, the AT2020 USB is perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment. Audio-Technica’s state-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques ensure that the microphone complies with the company’s renowned consistency and reliability standards. <br/>Experience AT2020 USB. Plug it in and transform your sound.<br/>
 

at20/20 usb mic problem

I bout this mic for vocal recording. My DAW program is Mixcraft 5. I bought a M audio fast trac pro interface... bc my sound card in laptop not that good.. I now i can hook mic into usb port in my laptop and it works but theres latency.. I turn the latency down but still a little delay there. so thats why i bought the m audio fast track pro.. I bought me a xlr adapter.. It has xlr on one end and mini usb on the other.. Then I got me a usb hub that plugs in the wall and connected my usb to the input of the hub and another usb with mini usd on the other end and plugged it in to the xlr adapter hoping and paying it works. but no sucess. is there anyway to make this work.. I hope I didnt waste my money on usb mic..:(
Latency, as you found out, is inherent with many systems.
Especially with slow hard disk and processor speeds.

Faster is better.

The trick is listening BEFORE processing.

By running the signal into your DAW, then back, there is processing involved, so you'll have latency.

With a USB mic, the OS may be able to give you back your signal in, or close to, real time but you also need to wait on the DAW to give you the pre-recorded tracks, which requires processing time.

Worst case, you live with a slight delay and offset your tracks in the DAW.

Save the USB mic for real-time recording (EX: voice and acoustic guitar recorded together) and use a conventional mic with your FastTrack, with mic monitoring through the FastTrack before it goes into the DAW.

'Hope this helps,
MG
2 years, 11 months ago
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Drummaman
Doylestown, OH
 
The new AT2020 USB microphone offers studio-quality articulation and intelligibility. It plugs right into your computer’s USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. Equipped with a USB digital output, the AT2020 USB is perfect for home studio recording, field recording, podcasting, and voiceover use. <br/><b>Based on the renowned AT2020</b> <br/>The AT2020 USB is based on the design of Audio-Technica’s critically acclaimed AT2020 cardioid condenser microphone. Like the AT2020, it features a low-mass diaphragm, custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. <br/>With low self-noise, the AT2020 USB is perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment. Audio-Technica’s state-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques ensure that the microphone complies with the company’s renowned consistency and reliability standards. <br/>Experience AT2020 USB. Plug it in and transform your sound.<br/>
 

Since technology continues to update every year will this mic still be compatible with most MAC/PC computers in the future?

Or should I buy one with that doesn't include a USB connector
With USB "3" due out soon, you should be good to go for a while, but it depends on where YOU plan on going!

If "onward and upward" is the answer, then you will be entering the realm of mixers and mic pres, so a conventional mic would be with you for a lifetime...

Plus, you're given the option for better mics.

Also - there are XLR-to-USB converters, so a conventional XLR mic can still be used now with your existing USB setup, yet be compatible with mixing boards and mic pres down the road.

Good luck!
MG
2 years, 11 months ago
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Drummaman
Doylestown, OH
 
The new AT2020 USB microphone offers studio-quality articulation and intelligibility. It plugs right into your computer’s USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. Equipped with a USB digital output, the AT2020 USB is perfect for home studio recording, field recording, podcasting, and voiceover use. <br/><b>Based on the renowned AT2020</b> <br/>The AT2020 USB is based on the design of Audio-Technica’s critically acclaimed AT2020 cardioid condenser microphone. Like the AT2020, it features a low-mass diaphragm, custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. <br/>With low self-noise, the AT2020 USB is perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment. Audio-Technica’s state-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques ensure that the microphone complies with the company’s renowned consistency and reliability standards. <br/>Experience AT2020 USB. Plug it in and transform your sound.<br/>
 

Still not working on Microsoft Vista SP2 after many attempts at troubleshooting!

Hello,

I have bought this mic approximately a week ago and still can not get it to work. I plugged it into my USB port, and followed the steps to set up. Under the "Recording" tab of my Sound (control panel), the mic shows up, it states that is it "Working" but there are no bars/sound level on the right side next to the mic's name. *image attached

Additionally, if I click on the mic properties then on the "Levels" tab, I get nothing (just blank). *image attached

Audacity and Acoustica can't seem to identify that there is a mic connected. I have tried various USB ports on my laptop and have tried rebooting my computer as well.

Please let me know what to do as soon as possible! HELP!

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A
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Is the AT mic set as the default mic in the recording tab?

if so -

Is the blue light on the mic lit?
Since you've tried all of the USB ports, maybe check your laptop's BIOS.
(Some USB ports do not provide power for external devices.)

if so -

Check Vista's USB settings in System Properties (Hardware/Device Manager), and make sure that USB Root Hub Power Management (under Properties) is turned OFF. (Uncheck "Allow the computer to turn off this device".)

'Hope this helps!
MG
2 years, 11 months ago
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Drummaman
Doylestown, OH