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Audio-Technica AT4021, AT4022

April 20, 2009

The AT4021 cardioid and AT4022 omnidirectional pencil condenser microphones feature a sleek capsule design/construction and are geared for critical studio and live applications, especially used on acoustic guitars, strings, percussion, overhead, hi-hat and other acoustic instruments. Additionally, as an omnidirectional microphone, the AT4022 is great for ensemble use, stereo recording and group/background vocals.

Audio-Technica 4021 and 4022 microphones

Both the AT4021 and the AT4022 feature high-SPL handling and wide dynamic range, as well as flat, extended frequency response and exceptional reproduction of low-frequency sounds. The AT4021''s cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of the desired sound source. The AT4022''s omnidirectional polar pattern provides maximum ambient pickup. Both microphones offer a low-mass element for superb transient response.

An integral 80Hz highpass filter provides switching from a flat frequency response to a low-end roll-off. The roll-off position reduces the microphones'' sensitivity to popping in close vocal use. It also reduces the pickup of low-frequency ambient noise, room reverberation and mechanically coupled vibrations. Output from both microphones'' XLRM connectors is low-impedance (Lo-Z) balanced.

The AT4021 ($499) and the AT4022 ($499) are now available.

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