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The Audio-Technica AT4050ST Microphone, capable of stereo and mid-side pickups.
After hearing the crisp detail of the original Audio-Technica 4050 some years ago, I was very curious about the newer 4050ST model – complete with dual elements and 3 different types of pickup patterns.
Considering our show is mono, I probably should have demoed the 4050. However, this is a very cool design. As a broadcaster (not a studio engineer), the mid-side capability is overkill. If you are musically inclined, the multiple patterns would really shine. However, I liked the selectable 90 and 127 degree stereo patterns, very well implemented in the matrix which terminates in 2 XLR connectors.
The microphone can simply be called ‘crisp’, delivering precise detail. Do you get two AT4050s with the ST model? Not really. They are different microphones, although (as I recalled the precise sound of the 4050), it had the same character as the new stereo model.
Definitely a high-line and versatile model, the 4050ST can take the place of several microphones in a studio. Sans any foam or blast filter, I only noticed a single plosive.
Laura joins me (on the EV RE-27) as we take the 4050ST around the audio block. Drop in and have a listen!
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