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4W Microphone Review: Audio-Technica AT2035

What is it?

The Audio Technica AT2035 is a large-diaphragm side-address condenser microphone. The AT2035 is ready to join any studio setup as it comes bundled with a solid shock mount to keep desk noise to a minimum.

What does it do?

The large diaphragm of the AT2035 allows the user to generate crisp, clean vocals with low noise. It also includes a switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and 10 dB pad. The mic utilizes a cardioid polar pattern much like my old Blue Yeti. This pattern reduces a lot of ambient noise pickup from the rear and sides of the microphone.

What's wrong with it?

While the microphone is pretty much plug and play, you truly won't get the best sound without a taking some time to tweak a few things. I used the mic both raw and with a DBX 286 and I can say that without the DBX, I picked up every sound in my broadcast area. I will say that with a good noise gate you will get some amazing sound.

Why do you/don't you need it?

I definitely recommend this mic for all my fellow podcasters and voiceover artists as it truly does make a difference when switching from a more low-end microphone.

My Take:

I have been a long time user of Audio-Technica products dating all the way back to some of My Take Radio's earlier episodes. I originally started with a Blue Yeti then switched to the Yeti Pro with a mixer. I made the jump to the well known ATR 2100 at the recommendation of audio guru Mike Philips and haven't looked back since. The AT2035 was a welcome change from the ATR 2100 since it allowed me to be hands on with my settings and also gave my voice a bit more punch. The bundled shock mount was a great addition and considering how affordable this mic is I'd consider it a steal. The mic worked wonderfully with my studio set up and attached to my mic arm with zero fuss. I did have to tweak my DBX 286 a bit to drown out some ambient noise that the AT2035 picked up, but it was no big deal. Broadcasters with a firm understanding of acoustics will set this up with minimal fuss, but I do stress that novice podcasters take their time with this piece of hardware. Your audience will thank you for it.

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