Incorporating a microphone to your studio setup is not always the easiest decision to make considering the amount of parameters that have to be taken into account. Nonetheless, the “AT2035”, manufactured by the well-respected German brand, Audio Technica, proves to be one of the most competitive microphones on the market. This Audio Technica AT2035 Review takes into acount all criterias (quality, performance, accuracy) and will demonstrate why this microphone is one of the leading mid-price range microphones.
Originally designed for home or professional studio use, this microphone can also be used for live performance. Indeed, the versatile sound qualities of this microphone with well-defined highs and present low frequencies make this microphones usable in various contexts. It is also worth mentioning that this microphone is a more recent version and upgrade of the original “AT2020”. Having enumerated the numerous remarkable features of this microphone, we will attempt to give a comprehensive review of the “Audio-Technica AT2035” condenser microphone.
Pros & Cons
Comes with a pop filter and shockmount
It has a small unit (including the print)
The package does not come with a hard case.
The AT2035 features a 80 Hz high-pass filter switch and a 10 dB pad switch.
Its cardioid polar pattern has the capability to reduce the receptance of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear.
Comes with a custom shock mount which provides remarkable isolation.
It features a large diaphragm in order to reproduce a natural sound with low noise.
It has a wide dynamic range compared to others mic of its category.
It features a high SPL “Sound Pressure Level” (how loud the microphone is capable of being).
For live performances, a protective pouch is included.
- It can be used with phantom power from 11-52V.
- It has low-impedance balanced output on a XLR connector.
- Cardboard box with the shockmount
- Vinyl storage pouch
- Mic-stand threaded adaptor.
Audio Technica AT-2035 Review
The AT2035 proves to be an excellent choice for home studio performances. Accordingly, for those who want to upgrade from a USB mic to an XLR setup and capture clean vocal recordings, this microphone will suit your needs. What we have noticed is that the AT2035 and AT2020 sound very similar on vocals when the pad and low-cut filter are switched off. Nonetheless, this microphone might be more sensitive than the previous version and produce less background noise. The characteristic of the mic is that it has a warm and pleasant compressed sounding mid-range and it has a smooth high end frequency response. For home studio musicians, acoustic guitars and other instruments can produce remarkable sound performances with this microphone. The 2035 is built to a very high standard, and can handle very high SPL, so you won’t be surprised or confused when playing with a guitar amp or drums.
“The AT2035 proves to be an excellent choice for home studio performances.”
As mentioned earlier, the AT2035 has a fixed cardioid pattern. Additionally, it also features a 0.8 inches capsule diameter which the main reason for the detailed sound representation. Furthermore, this microphones features a switchable 80Hz high pass filter and a 10dB pad switch allowing you to freely modify your voice or instruments. A clear frequency response between 20Hz and 20,000 KHz captures all the frequencies. Music producers will appreciate the AT2035 since it produces a neutral and nicely balanced sound. Without the pad, the AT2035 can handle sound levels up to 148 dB (considerably high). However, the pad gives you another 10dB reaching 158 dB. Self-noise is a respectably low 12dB EIN, equating to a signal‑to‑noise ratio of 82 dB at 1kHz at 1Pa. Finally, it features a signal‑to‑noise ratio of 82 dB.
“Music producers will appreciate the neutral and nicely balanced sound of this microphone.”
The AT2035 is made of high strength plastic and an elastic suspension. In terms of design, the AT2035 is comparable to the AT2020, weighting 403g and measuring 170mm long and has diameter (max) of 52mm. The casework is composed of black and silver metal. In that sense, the manufacturing components of this microphone make it extremely sturdy and resistant. At the lower base of the microphone, there are 2 slide switches for the pad and low cut filter.
“The manufacturing components of this microphone make it extremely sturdy and resistant.”
How Does It Compare?
The Rode NT1 has more features and performances than the AT2035 but comes at a higher price. This microphone has a low self-noise (only 5 dB), ideally suited for digital recording equipment and provides for very clean & clear voice recordings. Lots of accessories come with the mic: internal capsule shock mounting, pop filter and dust cover. You’ll also have a 10 year extended warranty when you register your microphone. This microphone delivers the warmth, extended dynamic range, clarity and high SPL capability at a very competitive price.
The AKG Perception 220 is extremely similar to the Audio Technica AT2035 condenser microphone whether in terms of design and performances. It has an all-metal body and a robust design and a switchable bass-cut which eliminates rumble or footfall noise. Moreover, it features a switchable attenuation pad for high SPL application (up to 55 dB SPL). This AKG is considered as a multi function condenser microphone as it offers a warm and clear sound for lead vocals, acoustic guitar and brass instruments. It comes complete with a spider-type shock mount in an aluminum carrying case.
The Rode NT-USB condenser microphone has the particularity to have a very convenient USB connectivity (which is compatible with an iPad). However, it is also fully compatible with all mainstream recording applications on both Windows and Mac OS based computers. The product comes with a pop shield, tripod desk stand, ring mount, storage pouch, 6 m (20’) USB cable and a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack for zero-latency monitoring. In terms of design the Rode NT-USB is very similar to the microphones described above.
This Audio Technica AT2035 review demonstrated how the discussed microphone is a great option for those who have already experience in the music production field. This microphone retains the same sound characteristics as its predecessor (the AT2020) but is improved on its technical aspects. Offering a flatter low end response and lower noise, those features will be very appreciated by headphones enthusiasts. Finally, there is no doubt that the 2035 is well built with high standard components (handling high SPLs). You can be sure that this microphone will meet your requirements for a long time.