Recording and Studio
|Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the AT4033, Audio-Technica has chosen the 2001 PLASA Show as the European launch of their Special Edition AT4033SE Cardioid Capacitor Microphone. Originally introduced in 1991, the AT4033 established a new benchmark in transducer technology by breaking the price/performance barrier, fundamentally changing the condenser microphone market.
Featuring the same performance and specifications as the original AT 4033, the AT4033SE includes a re-engineered shock mount, a dust cover, and a custom wooden microphone case. The AT4033SE features a cardioid polar pattern and utilizes a vapour deposited gold-plated aged-diaphragm capacitor element with an internal baffle plate to increase the signal-to-noise ratio of the microphone system.
The 2-micron-thick gold-plated diaphragm provides accurate sound reproduction, especially high-frequency signals not easily reproduced by conventional large-diaphragm condenser transducers. The AT4033SE has a flat frequency response of 30-20,000 Hz, a wide dynamic range, and the ability to handle high SPL (up to 145 dB, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D., 155 dB with 10 dB pad). The AT4033SE features a floating construction element to achieve peak performance and isolation from noise and vibration. In addition, the AT4033SE has a newly designed heavy-duty shock mount to provide mechanical isolation and secure mounting.
"Audio- Technica started a project in the late 1980's to develop condenser microphone technology that would deliver performance comparable to the industry standards, but could sell for less than $1000.00, which at the time was unheard of," stated Jackie Green, VP R&D/Engineering. "We worked for three years to refine design and production techniques allowing us to produce a microphone to accomplish our goals. We looked at diaphragm material, aging, suspension and damping for more linear performance over a broad frequency range and at high SPLs. Our production methods allowed us to produce a consistent microphone with outstanding performance that does not vary from unit to unit over time. No matter how many thousands we have made, each AT 4033 performs the same. That's why over the years, the AT 4033 has become a favourite for industry leaders like Phil Ramone, Alan Parsons and Ed Cherney."