For the Price, it’s a Keeper!
There are a lot of things I like about the Audio Technica 2035, but a few cons that made me look for other options. Let’s go over those!
I think the Audio Technica 2035 is a great starter microphone for those getting into recording!
Audio Technica 2035 — Pros,
First, the price is awesome. To find a mic in the $150 range, with the capabilities of the Audio Technica 2035, is pretty hard to obtain.
I really found it captured the sound, as it is. This is what I like in a microphone, not much added color, besides your pre-amp.
The Audio Technica 2035 has a very full low-mid sounds, which I found great on a women’s vocals, but for me personal, it was quite boomy for my rap verses. I find myself EQing out around 175-250Hz, taming the boom, and releasing some extra clarity in the vocal.
The microphone isn’t too bright, yet still allows for the vocal to cut through the mix, not powerfully, but with an above average mixer, the Audio Technica is a help in the process of a professional, final album.
Audio Technica 2035 — Cons,
Album, after album, I found myself constantly fighting my sibilance (ess sounds). With extreme de-essing, different vocal and mic placement techniques.. I finally had enough at 4 albums deep with the Audio Technica 2035. I have still kept it around, as it’s still an awesome microphone, but fighting those sibilance words, it got wearisome!
Keep in mind, a microphone is hard to compare to other people, and how it will work for you. The sibilance may just be a problem to my mouth, vocals, and how I speak. Whereas, on the girl I mentioned, it sounded great, warm, rich, and sounded just like her. This is great, as now I can EQ to how I like, rather than try to EQ to make it sound more like her.
Problems with Vocals in my Beginnings,
I have always had troubles recording vocals. Staring up, I had the Shure SM58, which is a dynamic microphone, and the M-Audio Fast Track Pro. My Fast Track Pro had extremely weak pre-amps. A pre-amp is what powers your vocal. It allows for volume control of the vocal.
So I had to go a buy a separate pre-amp in order to get my vocals louder which was a Behringer Tube UltraGAIN Mic200. (I would highly recommend it — It’s also a tube pre-amp, which when over-driven, gives a nice full sound to your vocals).
Phantom Power Required,
The Audio Technica 2035 does require Phantom Power, which most audio interfaces come with. All that Phantom Power does is just supplies your microphone power so you can actually use the microphone.
Comparing the Audio Technica 2035 to my Shure Dynamic SM58,
When starting up, I was recommended a Shure SM58 microphone. This was a very poor choice for my first microphone, and uses I was going to use the mic for.
When I received the Audio Technica 2035, it really was like WOW, the clarity, warmth, and just richness it captured compared to the SM58.
When I was looking at microphones to buy, I noticed there are some with switches, and some without. This is 100% up to you, as it gives you more features when it comes time to record. The Audio Technica comes with two switches, a low cut, to cut some low frequncies, and a PAD, which just cuts down the signal if it’s too hot (loud), and you can’t turn down the volume no matter what you do!
Personally, I like to record my audio in RAW, meaning nothing done to the recording, then I can tweak it inside my music program.
Audio Technica 2035 Connections and More Pics!
The vocals I get out of the Audio Technica 2035 are natural, a bit muffled compared to the Blue Bluebird, and have a full, rich low-mid.
It is about $150, which is very affordable for the sound it gives, and comparing to other microphones, and it has done me very well with my albums.