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Audio-Technica AT4047MP Multi-Pattern Condenser Mic

Audio-Technica has unveiled the AT4047MP ($1,055 MSRP) multi-pattern condenser microphone, developed in direct response to end users requesting a multi-pattern version of A-T’s AT4047/SV. The AT4047MP is one of the new offerings from the company’s expanding 40 Series microphones.

The AT4047MP features a warm vintage sound with exceptionally low self-noise, a wide dynamic range and high SPL capability. It is a side-address externally polarized (DC bias) multi-pattern condenser microphone with three switchable polar patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-8. Like the AT4047/SV on which it was based, the AT4047MP’s transformer-coupled output and specially tuned element are said to provide sonic characteristics reminiscent of early FET studio microphone designs.

The AT4047MP is designed to meet the most critical acoustic requirements of professional recording, broadcast and sound reinforcement. Audio-Technica recommends the AT4047MP for applications such as vocals, acoustic instruments, solo or group strings and any application needing a versatile, switchable-pattern condenser mic with rich, vintage sound.

The AT4047MP’s output is a 3-pin XLRM-type connector requiring 48-volt phantom power for operation. The microphone is equipped with a switchable 10dB pad and a switch that permits choice of flat response or low-frequency roll-off (via integral 80Hz highpass filter).

The AT4047MP is enclosed in a rugged housing. The precision-machined nickel-plated brass acoustic element baffle provides enhanced element stability and optimal sensitivity. The dual-diaphragm capsule design maintains precise polar pattern definition across the full frequency range of the microphone. Unwanted internal reflections are minimized by the symmetrical housing assembly’s open acoustical environment. The AT4047MP’s state-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques ensure compliance with A-T’s stringent consistency and reliability standards; the mic is also RoHS compliant, free from all substances specified in the EU directive on hazardous substances.

The included AT8449/SV shock-mount provides superior isolation and permits mounting on any microphone stand with threads measuring 5/8 to 27 inches. The mic and shock-mount both feature a vintage silver-matte finish. A dust cover and a protective carrying case are also included.

Audio-Technica states that the AT4047MP Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone will be available November 2009. For more information, visit