Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone

Model: AT4053B

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General Information

Transducer Externally Polarized (DC Bias) Capacitor
Polar Pattern Hypercardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 129dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 78dB
Maximum Input Sound Level 145dB
155dB (With Pad)
Power Requirements 48V Phantom
Impedance 50 Ohms
Output Connectors 3-Pin XLR
Pad Yes, -10dB, Switchable
Low Frequency Roll-Off 80Hz High-Pass Filter, Switchable
Dimensions (LxDiameter) 6.1 x 0.83" (155 x 21mm)
Weight 4.5 oz (127g)
User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
28 December 2015

Very nice for indoor use. Does the job perfect by keeping the reverb down and echo. I would definitely buy another if I had to.

B h photo.34921152
7 August 2017

Great sounding mic. Very sensitive as well as natural sounding. Compliments my CS-3e well for indoor scenes. I will buy another if I ever need stereo.

B h photo.34921152
15 July 2016

This mic is widely recommended for interior use, and with good reason. I was using a shotgun mic, and having lots of problems with echo, distracting, poor quality sound. This is a great improvement. I love it!

B h photo.34921152
13 July 2015

While I bought I bought this for the benefits of the hypercardioid pattern for indoor use, on a recent outdoor shoot (in a Rycote BBG and WJ) it performed quite well also. While not as directional as a shotgun, the wider pattern provided enough rejection of unwanted sound and gave a little wiggle...

B h photo.34921152
12 September 2018

Creates a nice natural sound with not too much echo indoors. We have a sound shield which helps bring it down even more for voice overs

B h photo.34921152
1 May 2016

Have had the item about a month. So far I cannot create tolerable audio when recording with a video camera indoors - not cool for such an expensive microphone. Accompanying case is awkward and papers did not fit in the space well.

B h photo.34921152
9 December 2014

I bought the new Tascam DR-60DmkII 4-Channel Portable Recorder as a secondary device to record audio and tried my existing mic's with this unit. The problem was that both my other 2 mics did not pick up well without a lot of ambient noise too and definitely didn't do well in a echoey type room...

B h photo.34921152
12 August 2014

Don't have enough money to buy a Schoeps? Obviously that's the Gold Standard, but the AT does an admirable job and it fit our budget a little better.

B h photo.34921152
25 June 2014

I use this michrophone out in the field for recording in a boom capacity. The sound quality is the same with and without wind. It records sound as if you are in someones living room. For the price, the quality, and the performance... this product is a must purchase!

B h photo.34921152
10 March 2014

I am not an audio professional by any means but I have been learning more and more, and purchased this for indoor dialogue use. This is my first Hypercardioid, and it sounds absolutely wonderful to my somewhat untrained ear.

Product Highlights
  • Dialog Boompole Microphone
  • AT4900b-48 Body
  • AT4053b-EL Hypercardioid Head Capsule
  • Direct-Coupled Balanced Output
  • Transformerless Circuitry
  • Switchable High-Pass Filter
  • -10dB Pad
  • Additional Capsules Available
In The Box
  • Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone
  • AT8405a Snap-in Microphone Stand Clamp
  • Windscreen
  • Protective Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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