Audio-Technica Now Shipping New Flagship AT5047 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

July 31 2017, 03:00
Announced back in April 2017, Audio-Technica is now shipping its new AT5047 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, the most recent addition to A-T’s premium 50 Series, which also includes the AT5040 vocal microphone and AT5045 instrument mic. The AT5047 is a premier studio microphone that features the same capsule as the AT5040 but with a transformer-coupled output and optimized electronics. It is equally at home capturing instruments and vocals.

Boasting an exceptionally wide dynamic range – the widest among all Audio-Technica microphones – the AT5047 captures the full, expressive character of a sound source, no matter how loud or how soft. And since it is equipped with a transformer-coupled output, the microphone maintains a constant load output impedance, even when capturing sources at extreme SPL, resulting in a stable relationship between the mic and a mic preamp or console input.

The AT5047 features four rectangular two-micron-thick diaphragms, which function together to provide a combined surface area twice that of a standard one-inch circular diaphragm. Discrete components have been carefully selected and optimized for maximum performance and compatibility with a wide array of microphone preamps and console inputs. Advanced internal shock mounting decouples the capsule from the microphone body, and the included advanced-design AT8480 shock mount provides superior isolation.

The new AT5047 features a fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser transducer cardioid element, with a 20 to 20,000 Hz frequency response, open circuit sensitivity of -29 dB (35.5 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa, and 150 ohms impedance. The AT5047 is able to withstand a 148 dB maximum SPL (1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.), with a typical dynamic range of 142 dB, measured at 1 kHz and Max SPL. Inherent noise is just 6 dB, providing a signal-to-noise ratio of 88 dB (1 kHz at 1 Pa).

With an elegant, durable housing of aluminum and brass, each AT5047 has been hand-assembled and inspected for 100% quality control. A custom hard-shell carrying case with die-cut foam compartments offers protection during storage and transport. Inside the case, there is an AT8480 shock mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; and 3/8" to 5/8" stand adapter. The AT5047 is now available at a U.S. price of $3,499.
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