Small diaphragm modular hypercardioid mic

$795 + shipping (includes gst)

This versatile studio performer may be used with confidence in a wide variety of professional miking applications. Featuring direct-coupled balanced outputs for clean signals in high-output conditions, the microphone is totally free of the distortion associated with conventional transformer-coupled outputs. And its fast response to transients contributes to the open, transparent reproduction of even the most difficult-to-capture instruments. The microphone is fully RoHS-compliant – free from all substances specified in the EU directive on the reduction of hazardous substances (RoHS). 

The AT4053b consists of two modular subassemblies: an AT4900b-48 body and an AT4053b-EL hypercardioid head capsule (both available separately). Additional interchangeable capsules are available in omnidirectional (AT4049b-EL) and cardioid (AT4051b-EL).

Specially engineered to meet the most critical acoustic requirements of professional recording, broadcast and sound reinforcement
Hypercardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
Direct-coupled, balanced output results in a clean signal even under high-output conditions
Transformerless circuitry virtually eliminates low-frequency distortion and provides superior correlation of high-speed transients
Switchable 80 Hz hi-pass filter and 10 dB pad
Rugged turned-brass microphone housing for enduring dependability
State-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques ensure compliance with Audio-Technica's stringent consistency and reliability standards
RoHS-compliant - free from all substances specified in the EU directive on the reduction of hazardous substances (RoHS)

Externally polarized (DC bias) capacitor

Polar Pattern


Frequency Response

20-20,000 Hz

Low Frequency Roll Off

80 Hz, 12 dB/octave

Open Circuit Sensitivity

-34 dB (19.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa


50 ohms

Maximum Input Sound Level

145 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.; 155 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal)

Dynamic Range

129 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL

Signal to Noise Ratio

78 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa

Phantom Power Requirements

48V DC, 4.8 mA typical


Flat, roll-off; 10 dB pad (nominal)


127 g


155mm long, 21mm maximum body diameter

Output Connector

Integral 3-pin XLRM-type


AT8405a stand clamp for 5/8″-27 threaded stands; windscreen; protective carrying case

Polar Pattern
Frequency Response
AT4053b Spec Sheet (PDF) Download
AT4053b Submit (PDF) Download



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