Audio Technica AT2035 Mic Review [Exceptional Rugged Design]


AT2035 shining in sounding gloryRecreates That Famous Vintage Sound You Always Loved!

AT2020 by Audio-Technica had cemented their presence in the audio world with their AT2020, which is one expensive microphone that is of great value.

It had the right amount of warmth and presence needed by any vocalist who wants to cut through a mix with complete body and vocal sound.

Audio-Technica had evolved the AT2020’s design through the AT2035.

It has almost the same design, but now it is made of a custom shockmount with high strength plastic and an elastic suspension.

But now, they’re better with new features and performance.


The Strong Design

The AT20135 has a fixed cardioids pattern and designed to take huge amounts of sonic.

It has high SPLs with low background noise and has a capsule diameter of approximately 0.8 inches.

Its hardware has a range of 20Hz to 20kHz, making them efficient not just for vocal recordings, but primarily for instrument recordings.

It also has a sensitivity of -33dB. The AT2035 could tolerate up to 148dB SPL, a high value. Switching to the pad gives you an extra 10dB for your SPL.

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You might ask if the noise can handle everything. It does with a very low 12dB EIN noise floor.

It’s quite heavy weighing about 403g and measuring 170mm long. The body is about 52mm in diameter.

It primarily looks like the original AT2020. Another version, the AT2050, also appears similar to the original AT2020.

However, the AT2050 has switchable polar patterns such as omni, cardioids and figure-8 using back to back capsule arrangement.


Warm Sounding and with Low noise

Audio-Technica AT2035The AT2020 can handle lots of SPL and if you switch to the pad, you get an additional 10db SPL. The AT2035 actually sounds very similar to the AT2020 on vocals.

But it had increased sensitivity than the AT2020. But unlike the AT2020, it produced less noise. It had less low-frequency spill and popping.

The sound is primarily vintage as the AT2020, with a warm and compressed mid-range but with a smooth high-end.

The AT2035 also produced a flatter sound than the original. When switching to the low-cut filter, the sound reduced the warmth of the vocal range.

an Audio-Technica AT2035 in the Hand

Used in front of a guitar amplifier playing some modern sounds, the AT2035 performed exceptionally better than the original AT2020.

It had better response and less distortion in the midrange.

However, with proper microphone positioning, the AT2020 could perform similar to the AT2035.

It is unmistakable that the ease of use with the AT2035 has improved rather than the 2020.


Using it for vocals, the microphone is as smooth as its original mold for re-creation. It had a very smooth sound that gave life to vocals. Even with a low-pass filter, the vocals cut nicely and captured the enough-needed bass frequencies.

I would advise that with the AT2035, careful attention must be given to having the proper preamps. Without proper preamps, the AT2035, isn’t quite how it sounds.

The same goes with the original AT2020. Having no proper preamps could spoil the vintage sound of this microphone. Remember, about 80% of microphones receive some great quality sound from their preamps.

This comes highly recommended for anybody who loved the original AT2020 and need something that could handle more. Please Share and Comment your thoughts…