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June 20, 2011

Audio-Technica 20 Series Mics

Written by Jeff Sobel

 

Are you a home recordist in search of a better sound?  Got your Pro Tools chops honed, but still having trouble getting that big, smooth vocal or guitar sound you crave?  It’s probably time to consider upgrading your microphone.  Stepping up to a quality studio microphone is the single best way to improve the sound of your recordings.  When you have a great mic paired with a quality mic preamp there is nothing stopping you from getting the same quality out of your home recordings that pros burn thousands of dollars a day to get in a big name recording studio.
AT2050In the Lennon Bus’ studios we live and breathe Audio-Technica microphones.  Many of the 40 series mics (4060, 4050, 4047, 4033) are heavily used in our recording sessions and we absolutely love them, as do studios across the world.  If they’re in your price range, you can’t go wrong with an A-T 40 series mic.  But did you know that Audio-Technica also makes a budget-conscious series of studio mics?  The Audio-Technica 20 series studio mics (2020, 2021, 2035, 2050) provide nearly the same professional sound as the premier 40 series, but at a fraction of the price.  The AT2050 is a lovely sounding, multi-pattern large diaphragm condenser studio mic that sounds great on vocals, piano, guitar amps, drum overheads and room sound.  It looks slick, sounds amazing, and is as versatile as any mic out there.  You can easily find the AT2050 for under $250 in stores, making it one of the best bang-for-the-buck mics in the world.  If you’re currently using some off-brand or bruised-up mic and struggling to record vocals or instruments with warmth and clarity, this mic is an affordable path to getting the sound you dream of. 
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!  Audio-Technica is running a rebate promotion RIGHT NOW (through 8/31/11) that will cut the cost of the AT2050 (and 2035, 2020, 2020USB, and 2041SP Studio Pack) down to less than you’d pay for some cheap Radio Shack mic!  Check out that rebate HERE and plan to upgrade your sound this summer while the deal is on!
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