Audio-Technica AT2035 Microphone Review

The Audio-Technica AT2035 is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone that is known for its affordability and high-quality sound production. 

It’s no secret that the market for studio microphones has become increasingly flooded with options, likely due to the growing popularity of home recording studios (and home studios in general). 

AT2035 Overview

In terms of build quality, the Audio-Technica AT2035 is very solid with a metal body casing and a durable metal grill protecting the microphone capsule.

The mic itself feels very sturdy but not overly heavy. Audio-Technica is one of the most trustworthy names when it comes to studio microphones, and that is reflected in the AT2035’s sound quality. The large-diaphragm condenser mic captures very clear audio. 

Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone with absorb

Recording pattern

This microphone has a cardioid polar pattern, which means it is capable of minimizing background noise or unwanted sources. The AT2035 also comes equipped with an internal shock mount that minimizes any vibration-related sound interference.

Frequency response

The AT2035 has a 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response, which is an ideal range for recording music. In terms of frequency response, this microphone offers a flat and true sound that does not add or take away from any frequencies that are already in the original audio source. This makes it very versatile when being used with various instruments and voices.

Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Sensitivity

This microphone has a sensitivity of -33dB, which is just below the level required to produce sound from an audio signal. 

This is great because it means your pre-amp won’t be overloaded. It also makes the AT2035 a very quiet microphone, which can prove useful when recording in an environment that does not allow for much background noise (such as home studios or professional studios).

This low sensitivity makes it very difficult for the AT2035 to pick up background noise, making it ideal for situations where there are lots of things that could cause interference. 

When used in a quiet recording environment, the AT2035 can produce very clear and rich sounds.

Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone upside down

Setup

This microphone can be connected to a mixer through an XLR cable, but can also connect directly to a PC through the use of an audio interface. The AT2035 requires 48V of phantom power or power that is supplied to it by the preamp it is connected to.

Sound Quality

The AT2035’s Cardioid Polar Pattern makes it a versatile mic that can be used for a wide variety of applications. 

Its frequency response is flat meaning that it will record exactly what you put in front of it without adding or taking away from the sound. 

This makes it great for recording vocals, instruments, and even some percussion. I found the AT2035 to have a warmer sound than some of its competitors. 

This can be good in certain situations, however, you need to make sure that the warmth doesn’t overpower or negatively affect what you are recording.

The AT2035 is also extremely quiet which makes it even more versatile (especially if you use it for recording instruments). I was able to get the levels way up on my pre-amp without picking up any noise or hiss. 

This can be especially useful if you are recording quiet instruments like classical guitar, jazz vocals, or even flute. 

Overall, the sound quality of the AT2035 is absolutely excellent for a mic in this price range the only mic I have tried that comes close in sound quality is the NT1-A.

AT2035 Studio packages

Audio-Technica AT2035 studio package

You will probably need an audio interface and/or music production headphones to start making music in your home recording studio. Audio Technica will get you covered as it offers the AT2035 in three very interesting music studio packages to start recording from day one.

Pros

  • Fantastic microphone.
  • Its sound quality is simply excellent.
  • Its build quality feels premium.
  • Overall value for money.

Cons

  •  Audio Technica does not include an XLR to XLR cable with the mic.

Conclusion

The Audio-Technica AT2035 is an all-around fantastic microphone. Its sound quality is simply excellent and its build quality feels premium. At this price range, it sits up there with the best of them in terms of overall value for money. 

If you are looking to spend under $300 on a microphone, the AT2035 is one of your best choices. I would recommend this microphone to any home studio or professional studio that needs an affordable condenser mic with a great sound quality!

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