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Old December 17th, 2003, 10:24 PM   #1
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AT4071 vs. ME67 vs. ???: Mic Specs

I've been thinking about checking out
some hypercardioids. Any others in this price range
I should consider?
The polar pattern of the AT looked better as
it showed a narrower angle of pick up and almost
no rearward pick up, unlike the ME67.
I'd like to compare the sensitivities of these mics
but I don't understand the specs. Can anyone here
compare using these official specs?:

AT4071:
Open Circuit Sensitivity (1 kHz) -21 dB (89.1 mV)
+/- 1 dB, re 1 V at 1 Pa

ME67:
Sensitivity (free field, no load) (1 Khz) 50 mV/Pa ' 2.5 dB

Anyone heard both these mics?
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Old December 18th, 2003, 06:08 AM   #2
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Hi Dave,

I've got both these mics - there is no comparison. The AT4071 is a true condenser mic, the ME67 is pre-polarised. The AT has significantly lower self noise. The AT bears comparison to the mighty MKH70. The AT turns in an impressive performance in relatively noisy outdoor locations.

Oh, the specs you quoted mean that the AT is also almost twice as sensitive (ie 86 mV/pa instead of 50 mV/Pa).

Best,
Helen
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Old December 18th, 2003, 07:09 AM   #3
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I also have two AT4071's and will second Helen's opinion. If you need a shotgun, you'd have to spend $1,000, probably $1,500 to get a better mic.
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Old December 18th, 2003, 11:52 AM   #4
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Thanks Helen,
Right now I've got the ME64. I don't care much for
the sound of speech that I capture with it. Just doesn't
sound very warm or flattering to the speaker's voice.
Would I expect about the same from the ME67?
How would you compare the sound of the two
mics in regards to naturalness and warmth of
vocal reproduction? Is one brighter?
And how about for indoor use? Any issues I should
be aware of?
Would either one be better at rejecting the off-axis
frequencies in the lower frequency range, or are they
about the same this way?
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Old December 20th, 2003, 03:35 AM   #5
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Hi Dave,
Sorry not to have replied - I'm in the middle of the Holiday Tour!

Quick reply for now (just my opinions, of course):
I've only used the 4071 indoors once for a real recording - after I mislaid the 4073. It was usable, but didn't quite have the naturalness (warmth) of the shorter 4073. It has a very tight pattern.

During sound workshops I have done indoor side-by-side comparisons of the 4071 and ME67 to show differences in front pickup, tightness, colouration off-axis, echo pickup and self noise. Your question might be answered by my choice of these two mics as being demonstrably different to almost anyone's ears! The 4071 wins on all points. Like the 4073 it has a nice, flat off-axis response which gives both mics better-than-average naturalness (to my ears, anyway). If you are going to use a long shotgun indoors, the 4071 has to be one of the few usable ones.

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Helen
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