Audio-Technica’s respected 50 Series ushers another microphone into the fold with the new AT5047. The family is now comprised of the AT5040 for vocals, AT5045 for instruments, and the AT5047 as more of an all-rounder. Featuring the same capsule as the AT5040 but with a transformer-coupled output and optimised electronics, the AT5047 has the widest dynamic range among all Audio-Technica microphones – 142 dB, 1 kHz at max SPL. The transformer-coupled output maintains a constant load output impedance, even when capturing sources at extreme SPL, ensuring a stable relationship between the mic and the preamp or console it’s plugged into.
Like the AT5040, the AT5047 has four rectangular two-micron-thick diaphragms which function together to provide a combined surface area twice that of a standard one-inch circular diaphragm. Internal shock mounting decouples the capsule from the microphone body, and the included AT8480 shock mount provides superior bump insurance.
The mic itself looks the part with a classy aluminium and brass housing. Each AT5047 is hand-assembled and inspected before it leaves the factory, and it ships with a custom hard-shell carry case with die-cut foam compartments.
AT5047 will retail in Australia for $4499.