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Audio Technica BP4029 Stereo Shotgun Microphone

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Product Description

Based on models originally developed for use in the broadcast of the Sydney Games in 2000, the BP4029 Stereo Shotgun model, which is 9.29 inches long, is engineered for high end broadcast and production use. The BP4029 features independent line-cardioid and figure-of-eight elements configured in an MS (Mid-Side) arrangement with switch-selectable internal matrixing. This innovative microphones allow sound recordists the choice of selecting a left-right stereo output (wide or narrow) via the microphone’s internal matrixing system or choosing discrete Mid-Side signals for later manipulation, a flexibility not available from any other manufacturer.

A switchable low frequency roll-off filter helps minimize the pickup of unwanted low frequency noise. These phantom-powered models feature a rugged lightweight design and sleek black color scheme, perfect for on-camera use.

Audio Technica BP4029 Shotgun Microphone Features

  • Designed for broadcasters, videographers and sound recordists
  • Compact, lightweight design is perfect for camera-mount use
  • Independent Line-cardioid and Figure-of-eight condenser elements
  • Switchable low-frequency roll-off
  • Switch selection of non-matrixed M-S mode and two internally-matrixed left/right stereo modes
  • Includes a 0.61 m (24 inch) cable (5-pin XLRF to two standard 3-pin XLRM connectors)

Product Specifications
Audio Technica BP4029 Shotgun Microphone Specifications
  • Elements: Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
  • Polar Patterns: Line-cardioid, Figure-of-eight
  • Frequency Response: 40-20,000 Hz
  • Low Frequency Roll Off: 80 Hz, 12 dB/octave
  • Open Circuit Sensitivity:
    • Mid: -30 dB (31.6 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa;
    • Side: -34 dB (19.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa;
    • LR Stereo: -36 dB (15.8 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
  • Impedence: 200 ohms
  • Maximum Input Sound Level:
    • Mid: 123 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.;
    • Side: 127 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.;
    • LR Stereo: 126 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
  • Dynamic Range (typical):
    • Mid: 101 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL;
    • Side: 101 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL;
    • LR Stereo: 102 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
  • Signal To Noise Ratio:
    • Mid: 72 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1 Pa;
    • Side: 68 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1 Pa;
    • LR Stereo: 70 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
  • Phantom Power Requirements: 11-52V DC, 4 mA typical at 48V, each channel
  • Switches: M-S, LR Stereo-Wide (LR-W), LR Stereo-Narrow (LR-N); Flat, roll-off
  • Weight: 103 g (3.6 oz)
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 236.0 mm (9.29 inches)
    • Diameter: 21.0 mm (0.83 inches)
  • Output Connector: Integral XLR5M-type
  • Cable: Dual 0.61 m (24 inch) shielded two-conductor, terminated in two XLR3M-type connectors
  • Included Accessories:
    • AT8405a stand clamp for 5/8 inch-27 threaded stands
    • AT8134 foam windscreen
    • 5/8 inch-27 to 3/8 inch-16 threaded adapter
    • Protective carrying case

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  330-686-2600 Warranty:  1 Year;
2 Year on Headphones and In Ear Monitors;
5 Year on 40 Series, Artist Elite, Broadcast and Production, Midnight Blues Series;
Liftetime on ATR and Premium Cable
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Ease of Use
Wonderful sounding mic!
Your general opinion of this product.
The thing I love most about AT mics is that they are so quiet. Not just self noise, but they also seem to somehow pick up less "room rumble" while still capturing all of the softest subtleties of the source you are recording. This stereo shotgun is no exception. The center shotgun element can "see through" to the actual source far better than other mics in a similar price range, and the figure 8 element adds just the right amount of stereo spread for realism. The best part is because it is set up as an M/S mic, you can mono this guy out later and lose only the stereo imaging, the sound quality remains first rate!
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
I've only had it about a week, but it looks and feels like every other AT mic I've worked with (4051, 4050, 4033, 8035) and they have all been studio and stage workhorses for me in my 16+ years of professional audio work.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
Like any mic, point it at where the sound is coming from and hit record. However, this mic may be a little trickier because of the stereo element. When using it for field recording it is very important to keep the mic orientated properly to maintain the L/R imaging.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
The fact it is a stereo M/S mic with a shotgun center element. Nice touch, and perfect for field recording of sound effects.
How is the tone?
Like any AT mic out there, it sounds just like how the source itself sounds. No hiss, no excessive room rumble, and plenty of headroom for wild transients. It also lacks that crazy high end bump that so many cheap budget mics have nowadays. Its just a flat, crisp, clean sounding mic. I've only run tests outside so far, but I have been amazed at the quality I got by simply pointing it at the sound.
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