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Before we get into the Audio Technica AT2035 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser review…
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What I will bring you in this review
- Recording Instruments
- Build Quality
- Who this mic benefits?
- What you will need?
- Final Word
Audio Technica AT2035
Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
AT8458 Shockmount for 5/8″-27 Threaded Stands
5/8″-27 to 3/8″-16 Threaded Adapter
Limited 2-Year Manufacturer Warranty
- Microphone Type: Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid. What is a cardioid capsule?
- Diaphragm Size: 0.96″ (24.3mm)
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Max SPL: 148 dB. What is SPL?
- Output Impedance: 120 Ohms
- Signal-to-noise ratio: 82dB
- Low Cut Filter: 80hz (-12dB/octave)
- Self Noise: 12dB
- Pads: -10dB
- Color: Black
- Connector: XLR.
- Weight: 0.89 lbs.
- Included Accessories: Stand Mount, Microphone Pouch
- Manufacturer Part Number: AT2035
This is a great all-around condenser mic and proves to be very versatile at an affordable price point.
It’s a workhorse and will be your go-to for many different studio applications.
It comes in at a nice value, boasts really impressive sound, and has a solid and heavy build.
- Related: Condenser Mic vs. Dynamic Mic
Not many microphones come packaged with more than a case these days, so the fact that this one has an XLR cable, shock mount & pop filter at a great price makes it incredibly valuable to me.
The quality of the shock mount and cable is excellent.
However, the pop filter has gotten numerous complaints, so you would be better off purchasing one separately if it does indeed give you problems.
A person below in the comments asked me to recommend one, So I will.
The snake arm is extremely flexible and the filter feels nice and heavy. A real durable piece of equipment!!
This is really where this mic shines. It is very neutral sounding, and will not color your recording in any way, but remains crystal clear and full-bodied.
It is also very sensitive, which can be a good and bad thing.
It will become a bad thing if you aren’t recording properly in the right environment.
An easy way to understand this is that you must be isolated from as much sound as possible.
Invest in some egg crate foam, record in a small room or closet if possible, and line your walls with old comforters if you can. You could even surround and jerry-rig it inside a cardboard box if all else fails!
Here is a great video illustrating the point in general:
This mic is fairly transparent, with a touch of warmth, and will catch subtle nuances in your voice.
Some are calling it the best Large-diaphragm condenser microphone in this price range, and claim that it can compete with other mics in higher price ranges.
- Related: Large Diaphragm vs. Small Diaphragm.
This mic also records guitar, drums, piano, and even saxophone. The piano in particular is very demanding.
Its frequency range covers the entire audible spectrum, and it has a very wide dynamic range.
The AT 2035’s ability to provide a balanced sound across the spectrum with ease makes it invaluable.
Other reviewers have been impressed with its ability to handle/record pretty much anything you throw at it, and also do it well.
One fella on B&H even said that if you EQ it, you can get it to sound pretty close to a Neumann TLM103 which is one of the best mics you can buy.
The build quality is superb and reviewers mention that it is indeed a heavy microphone, so a good mic stand is certainly in order for this beast.
Who this mic benefits?
Pretty much everyone. I have come across rave reviews for all of the following:
- Live Streaming
- Band Ensembles
- Acoustic Guitar
- Upright Bass
- Drum Kits as an Overhead
Credit to ZY
What you will need?
This is an XLR mic, so you will need the following:
- XLR cable (one is provided in the package!) What is XLR?
- 48v phantom power via audio interface or mixer. What does an audio interface do?
- A rudimentary understanding of how Acoustic Sound Treatment works. Given that this mic is a condenser, it will pick up some noise.
- A sequencing program such as the free Audacity, or the very user-friendly Reaper.
This is a very valuable and versatile mic at a great price and includes 3 extra accessories that most other mics do not provide.
I have reviewed a bunch of different microphones in other articles, and none of them provide an XLR cable.
A lot of times that is such an inconvenience to me because then I have to go hunting for one and as you know, there are a million to choose from.
The shock mount that comes with this set has been generally favored.
The Pop filter however has been the weak link here. You will want to invest in a better one.
The biggest selling point is that it can handle a wide variety of different applications, from rap vocals to singing, to podcasting, to live streaming, as well as a ton of different instruments.
And it does all of this near flawlessly, as most reviewers have pointed out.
It is very warm, but neutral, and handles highs without peaking at all.
One reviewer said that he turned his gain down to 50% and could still record very loudly with great results.
Well, that’s about it for now folks! Hope you enjoyed my review of the Audio Technica AT2035 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser!
Do you guys think this mic is a good value? Let me know!!
If you have any other specific questions, please leave them down below as well… I very much look forward to speaking with you!
All the best and God Bless,