Wonderful sounding mic!
By: marty mets
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.