Manufactured by the well-respected German brand, Audio-Technica, the “AT2035” is one of the most competitive microphones on the market. Originally designed for home and professional studio use, this microphone is also well suited for live performances. In short, the versatile sound qualities of this microphone make it usable in various contexts. When reading our Audio Technica AT2035 review, it is important to note that this microphone is a more recent version and upgrade of the original AT2020 (fabricated in 2006).
Clear and balanced sound
Comes with a pop filter and shockmount
It has a small unit (including the print)
The package doesn't include a hard case
Audio Technica AT2035 key features
The AT2035 features an 80 Hz high-pass filter switch and a 10 dB pad switch.
Its cardioid polar pattern has the capability to reduce the reception of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear.
Comes with a custom AT2035 shock mount which provides pleasing isolation.
It features a large diaphragm in order to reproduce a natural sound with low noise.
It has a wide dynamic range compared to other mic of its category.
It features a high SPL “Sound Pressure Level” (how loud the microphone is capable of being).
Audio Technica AT2035 review
Audio Technica AT2035 review | performance
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 sonic characteristics of the mic display a warm and pleasant compressed sounding mid-range and a very smooth high-end frequency response that make the overall at 2035 frequency response very satisfying.
For home studio musicians, acoustic guitars and other instruments can produce remarkable sound performances with this microphone. The AT2035 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.
AT2035 review | Features
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.
“Music producers will appreciate the neutral and nicely balanced sound of this microphone.”
Furthermore, this microphone 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 studio mic can handle sound levels up to 148 dB (considerably high). However, the pad gives you another 10dB reaching a staggering 158 dB. Moreover, self-noise is at a respectably low 12dB EIN. Finally, it features a signal‑to‑noise ratio of 82 dB.
AT2035 Design & Reliability
The AT2035 is made of high strength plastic and an elastic suspension. In terms of design, the AT2035 is comparable to the AT2020, weighing 403g and measuring 170mm long and has a diameter (max) of 52mm.
“The manufacturing components of this microphone make it extremely sturdy and resistant.”
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.
Connectors & what’s included?
It can be used with phantom power from 11-52V.
It has low-impedance balanced output on an XLR connector.
Vinyl storage pouch
Cardboard box with a shock mount
Mic-stand threaded adaptor.
Audio Technica AT2035 Review | Alternatives
1. Rode NT1-A Review
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.
2. AKG Perception 220 Review
The AKG Perception 220 is extremely similar to the Audio Technica AT2035 condenser microphone in terms of design and performances. It has robust design with an all-metal body 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.
3. Rode NT-USB Review
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.
Audio Technica AT2035 | Review Conclusion
This Audio-Technica AT2035 review demonstrated how the discussed microphone is a great option for music producers and audio professionals. 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 microphones enthusiasts. Finally, there is no doubt that the AT2035 is well-built with high standard components (handling high SPLs). You can be sure that this microphone will meet most music professionals’ requirements.