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What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Expert (4)

How long have you used this product?:

Over A Year (4)

Pros:

Drums (5), Vocals (4), Strings (5), Piano (4), Guitar (3), Woodwinds (4)

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Studio (4)

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Go-To Vocal mic

By leeab from Maryland on 03/17/2015


What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Intermediate

How long have you used this product?:

Over A Year

Pros:

Piano, Vocals, Strings, Drums, Voiceover/dialog

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Studio

This has become my favorite mic in it's price range, for sure. I started using this for vocals and haven't looked back. The response is very crispy, a great high-mid responsiveness and it's high-end is a makes it sound just the perfect amount of airy. If you don't like that, you can always dial back the the highs using an EQ. All-in-all it makes a great vocals vocal mic. If you get a pair, it makes for a great spaced pair set for the drums or even piano. It captures the low-end nicely, as well. Versatile mic. Recommend for any studio.


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this mic sounds amazing

By jamesalexandrusmith from Kansas City, MO, USA on 12/15/2013


What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Expert

How long have you used this product?:

Over A Year

Pros:

Drums, Guitar Amp, Voiceover/dialog, Guitar, Woodwinds, Ambience, Podcast, Brass, Field Recording, Strings, Vocals, Piano

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Studio

when i got it i thought "can be better than my neumann tlm102" well i was wrong sounds 50 times better than my neunann i love it.


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Semi Versatile

By FatherCat from Los Angeles, CA, USA on 12/07/2013


Cons:

Male Vocals, Drums, Bass Instruments

What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Expert

How long have you used this product?:

Up To A Year

Pros:

Strings, Female Vocals, Podcast, Woodwinds

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Studio

The build quality of this microphone seems very sturdy and solid. For sound quality, on the good side, this microphone works very well for high pitched instruments / bright formants. It adds more body to the lows and helps high instruments have more dynamic range. If you were just recording high pitched sources, then this is a great option. On the down side, this microphone does not handle low instruments / low formants at all. That low boost it gives will ruin the sound for low instruments. It's rough sounding and adjusting the microphone angle doesn't seem to help anything. So in all, this microphone is good for certain applications but definitely not low pitched sources.


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Excellent utility mics. Great to have a pair lying around.

By larsenjazz from Cottage Grove, OR 97424, USA on 12/03/2011


What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Expert

How long have you used this product?:

Over A Year

Pros:

Drums, Vocals, Brass, Film/video Production, Ambience, Strings, Piano, Bass Amp, Guitar Amp, Guitar, Woodwinds, Field Recording

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Studio

This microphone is one of those go anywhere do anything mics. It sounds good on lots of sound sources and also does an excellent job. I have used this mic for my sax recordings on albums, flutes, clarinets, guitar amps, pianos, and much more. It has a very even clean sound that is very easy to work with. It is not particularly colored or weighted mic, but it does have a slightly brighter sound than the at4047, which is also an excellent mic. So this mic tends to respond better to sound sources where clarity and bright sounds are preffered. (Strings, Piano, Room Micing, Cymbals) All in all this is a great all around studio mic that works great in a wide variety of applications. And the price is very good to boot.


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Solid Performer at Any Price

By tallislover from Atlanta, GA, USA on 10/20/2011


What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Expert

How long have you used this product?:

Over A Year

Pros:

Piano, Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Choirs, Chamber Ensembles, Strings, Woodwinds

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Other

I have had my 4040s (2) for 3 years and have been very pleased with their solid performance rugged build and sonic quality. I use them in x/y and ORTF stereo configuration and have been very pleased with the sound stage these produce. What's amazing is a demo a fellow engineer showed when he tested a random pair of 4040s and 4050s and their response was with in 2dB of each other along the entire curve. WOW - exceptional!


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