Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser is a professional-quality shotgun design microphone. It is suitable for professional recording, broadcast as well as sound reinforcement applications.
The hyper-cardioid head capsule reduces the off-axis noise and improves the isolation of the desired sound source. The high-pass filter minimizes the low-frequency noise while the -10 dB pad picks up the loud sound sources. A microphone stands clamp, carrying case, and a windscreen are included in the package.
This microphone might offer a lot of lows but it indeed makes a rich sound. However, it doesn’t sound as clean as it should for $599. The voice is not that great if you get up close. It is a good option if you want to mike several people simultaneously. The highs are detailed but they start to roll off quickly off-axis.
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- Pad: -10 dB
- Sensitivity: -34 dB
- Capsule: Condenser
- Impedance: 50 Ohms
- Weight: 4.48 oz / 127 g
- Dynamic Range: 129 dB
- Operating Voltage: 48 V
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 78 dB
- Polar Pattern: Hypercardioid
- Equivalent Noise Level: 16 dB
- Output Connectors: 1 x XLR 3-Pin
- Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
- High-Pass Filter: 80 Hz, 12 dB/Octave
- Maximum SPL: 145 dB SPL, 155 dB SPL
- Dimensions: ø: 0.83 x L: 6.1″ / ø: 21 x L: 154.94 mm
DESIGN AND FEATURES
Audio-Technica AT4053b is a beautifully designed microphone. The Hypercardioid polar pattern of his microphone reduces the pickup of sounds from the sides and rear. That in turn, improves the isolation of the desired sound source.
It comes with a switchable 80 Hz hi-pass filter as well as-10 dB pad. Usually, the Hypercardioids have narrow pickup patterns. However, AT4053b is one of the widest pickups.
The direct-coupled and balanced output claims to offer a clean signal even under high-output conditions.
The transformer-less circuitry reduces the low-frequency distortion and provides a superior correlation of the high-speed transients. Moreover, it is RoHS-compliant. This means that it is free from the substances specified in the EU directive on the reduction of hazardous substances.
Contrary to what it claims, the frequency response is quite flat. However, when Audio-Technica AT4053b is positioned at a 12-inch distance, directly on-axis, the response improves greatly.
This microphone might be designed for dialogues. Still, everyone would be off-axis. Moreover, the highs start to roll off pretty soon. And you will be left with the midrange and overblown lows. For almost six hundred dollars the quality isn’t that great.
Yet, AT4053b definitely sounds good and rich but not clean. The roll-off switch does a good job but it can’t completely reduce the muddy feeling.
It also captures the background noise a lot, when used in a noisy setting. Audio-Technica AT4053b is very sensitive to vibrations. The low cut switch helps in reducing the rumble. But for booming, you’ll have to use the mounted booms.
Despite all that, it sounds more natural as compared to the cheaper shotguns.
WHAT I LIKE:
- Rich and a natural sound
- Ideal for multiple persons
WHAT I DON’T LIKE:
- Average self-noise
- Susceptible to vibrations