Transducer specialists Audio-Technica and interface/console experts Audient have teamed up to deliver the AT2035-Studio ‘Essential Studio Kit’ — a microphone/interface/headphone bundle designed for budding producers and musicians working in home studios or on the move.
In the kit from Audio-Technica there’s the perennially popular AT2035 large diaphragm cardioid condenser mic (which we reviewed back in 2009) and ATH-M40x studio monitor headphones. Then, rounding out the Essential Studio Kit is Audient’s outstanding iD4 Black 2-in, 2-out USB audio interface with XLR and JFET DI inputs as well as the company’s ScrollControl virtual scroll wheel technology. For more information, check out our December 2016 review.
The interface is the ideal partner for Audio-Technica’s versatile, musical AT2035, a cornerstone of the company’s studio-oriented 20 Series. Its high SPL handling, 80Hz high-pass filter and 10dB pad make it well suited to a wide variety of instrument and vocal applications, and also comes complete with shockmount.
The ATH-M40x headphones share the same sonic signature as Audio-Technica’s legendary M50x headphones (as reviewed in the May 2014 issue) and features 40mm drivers and professional grade earcups for comfort during long sessions.
As well as offering a saving of over £100 on the RRP of the individual hardware components, the Essential Studio Kit also includes £500 worth of Audient curated free plug-ins, production tools and training. Among them are Eventide’s Ultrachannel and Ultraverb plug-ins, Cubase LE and Cubasis LE2 (for iOS), ten free LANDR masters and two free courses and £20 voucher for online audio educators Producertech.
The AT2035-Studio is available in the UK, Germany, France and Spain and has a recommended retail price of €389 / £335 inc VAT.