Kudos to the AT 4033

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Kudos to the AT 4033

Post by Kyle » Wed Aug 27, 2003 11:01 am

They sound great!

Mine took a 3 foot fall last night (Gasp!) onto cement and came it back like a champion!

It still sounds great!

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Re: Kudos to the AT 4033

Post by loudmusic » Wed Aug 27, 2003 3:20 pm

Mine has a big dent in the grill from a fall... it stilll sounds great. Another reason for a newbie to save up for one of these... They are pretty tough.


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Re: Kudos to the AT 4033

Post by Madness » Wed Aug 27, 2003 4:41 pm

My first good mic! This mic got me thru for several years before I managed to buy several. The price has dropped since those days- it listed at around $750 back then, and I think I paid $495 from Caruso Music in CT- plug...

A great mic for someone who can't afford much but who needs something quality. AT is making great mics.


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Re: Kudos to the AT 4033

Post by joel hamilton » Thu Aug 28, 2003 12:28 am

You cant go wrong with a 4033. Unless you do go wrong.

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Re: Kudos to the AT 4033

Post by clamp » Thu Aug 28, 2003 1:17 am

I have two of these mics. They're honest + .

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Re: Kudos to the AT 4033

Post by axial » Thu Aug 28, 2003 1:19 am

what about the 4050? I've heard the same of this mic aswell, how do they compair?
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Re: Kudos to the AT 4033

Post by Max » Thu Aug 28, 2003 1:46 am

I have dropped a 4033a from at least 3 ft. once and it didn't complain. I've never dropped a At 4050 but I've dropped a M160 from about 2 ft. and except for a little dent in the grill it wasn't harmed. I've seen a large diaphragm vacuum tube mics fall with it's stand from 5 ft and it wasn't broken. I guess from the experience that I've made so far a At 4050 would behave the same as a At 4033a would when you let it drop from let's say 3-4 ft.
It still would be a very good microphone and it still would not have the slight 2-3 KHz boost that the At 4033a has and it still would have three switchable pick up patterns.
But if you ask me don't drop it at all.

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Re: Kudos to the AT 4033

Post by sad iron » Thu Aug 28, 2003 11:37 am

I've been using the 4040, which, if I'm not mistaken, replaced the 4033 in the AT catalog.

Great mic, reasonable priced. Clear crisp, responsive...blah, blah, blah. If you only have $300 to spend on a mic, then get the 4040.

The 4050 is virtually the same mic but has switchable patterns.

On the record I just made I used to 4040 almost exclusively for the home demos' vocals and then when I got to Chicago to make the record the producer used both the 4050 and a Blue Mouse depending on the tune. All sounded great and the 4050 held up brilliantly against the much more expensive Mouse.

I have dropped all of my mics and never had a problem. The producer drops everything and must own stock in Duct Tape. But everything keeps on truckin'

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Re: Kudos to the AT 4033

Post by just like honey » Thu Aug 28, 2003 11:56 am

the 4040 did replace the 4033 for a short time... the 4033 is back as the "classic edition" and is $100 more now.

they arent the same mic, but damn close. supposedly the 4040 has an extened bump in the high end and a higher output... i own two 4033's and one 4040. they are pretty similar, probally identical in most ways, though i do like my 4033's better. i need to use them both at the same time, on the same source, to really get a feel of what the differnce is. havent used the 4040 on a session yet.

the 4050 is supposed to be the multi pattern version of the 4033, but i think it has a little more warmth to it.


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Re: Kudos to the AT 4033

Post by BobG » Thu Aug 28, 2003 8:23 pm

A friend of mine has had 2 for many many years and swears by them.
Although when they were selling for $299, he did gripe about paying $700 apiece for them "way back when"....

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Re: Kudos to the AT 4033

Post by jajjguy » Thu Aug 28, 2003 9:20 pm

i have compared the 4033 and 4050 side by side.

The 4033 is like the SM57 of condensors, by which i mean it is really useful, always sounds good, but it really has its own sound. Not particularly transparent. I found it a little closed sounding, very focussed, not open. When you reach for this mic, you're reaching for a particular sound, and it's useful in a lot of places.

The 4050 is much more hi-fi, it's very transparent, and therefore useful on many different sources. You could use it on everything in a recording with no problematic buildup. It has very little character of its own, i would say. When you reach for this mic, you just want a nice, neutral picture of the source.

If you were going to have one good mic, i'd say you'd do better with the 4050. On the other hand, if you have a huge mic cabinet, you might have better things to use than the 4050, but you might still reach for the 4033 now and then (like a 57).


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