Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic

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Exceptional low noise, wide dynamic range, and high SPL capability give the Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic studio versatility. Designed for professional recording, the AT4040 features an externally polarized true condenser designed with a technically advanced large diaphragm tensioned specifically to provide smooth, natural sonic characteristics. Transformerless circuitry virtually eliminates low-frequency distortion. Precision-machined, nickel-plated brass, acoustic element baffle provides enhanced element stability and optimal sensitivity. The open acoustical environment of the symmetrical housing minimizes unwanted internal reflections. Switchable 80Hz hi-pass filter and 10dB pad. Cardioid pattern. Includes shock mount and case.
Requires phantom power.

Features
  • Externally polarized true condenser design
  • Technically advanced large diaphragm tensioned specifically to provide smooth, natural sonic characteristics
  • Exceptionally low noise, wide dynamic range, and high SPL capability give it studio versatility
  • Transformerless circuitry virtually eliminates low-frequency distortion
  • Switchable 80Hz hi-pass filter
  • 10dB pad
  • Cardioid pattern
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
 

AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic Specifications:

  • ELEMENT Externally-polarized (DC bias) condenser
  • POLAR PATTERN Cardioid
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20-20,000 Hz
  • LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF 80 Hz, 12 dB/octave
  • OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY -32 dB (25.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
  • IMPEDANCE 100 ohms
  • MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL 145 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.;
  • 155 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal)
  • NOISE 12 dB SPL
  • DYNAMIC RANGE (typical) 133 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
  • SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO 82 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
  • PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS 48V DC, 4.2 mA typical
  • SWITCHES Flat, roll-off;
  • 10 dB pad (nominal)
  • WEIGHT 12.7 oz (360 g)
  • DIMENSIONS 6.69" (170.0 mm) long,
  • 2.10" (53.4 mm) maximum body diameter
  • OUTPUT CONNECTOR Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
  • ACCESSORIES FURNISHED AT8449 shock mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; microphone dust cover; protective carrying case
  • AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLE R1
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Audio-TechnicaAT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic
 
4.1

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  • Strings (5)
  • Drums (4)
  • Piano (4)
  • Vocals (4)
  • Woodwinds (4)

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4.0

Go-To Vocal mic

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from Maryland

Pros

  • Drums
  • Piano
  • Strings
  • Vocals
  • Voiceover/Dialog

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

      This has become my favorite mic in it's price range, for sure. I started using this for vocals and haven't looked back. The response is very crispy, a great high-mid responsiveness and it's high-end is a makes it sound just the perfect amount of airy. If you don't like that, you can always dial back the the highs using an EQ. All-in-all it makes a great vocals vocal mic. If you get a pair, it makes for a great spaced pair set for the drums or even piano. It captures the low-end nicely, as well. Versatile mic. Recommend for any studio.

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Intermediate
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      • Studio
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      • Over a year
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      5.0

      this mic sounds amazing

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      from Kansas City, MO, USA

      Pros

      • Ambience
      • Brass
      • Drums
      • Field Recording
      • Guitar
      • Guitar Amp
      • Piano
      • Podcast
      • Strings
      • Vocals
      • Voiceover/Dialog
      • woodwinds

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          Comments about Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

          when i got it i thought "can be better than my neumann tlm102" well i was wrong sounds 50 times better than my neunann i love it.

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          • Expert
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          • Studio
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          • Over a year
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          2.0

          Semi Versatile

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          from Los Angeles, CA, USA

          Pros

          • female vocals
          • Podcast
          • Strings
          • woodwinds

          Cons

          • bass instruments
          • drums
          • male vocals

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

            The build quality of this microphone seems very sturdy and solid.

            For sound quality, on the good side, this microphone works very well for high pitched instruments / bright formants. It adds more body to the lows and helps high instruments have more dynamic range. If you were just recording high pitched sources, then this is a great option.

            On the down side, this microphone does not handle low instruments / low formants at all. That low boost it gives will ruin the sound for low instruments. It's rough sounding and adjusting the microphone angle doesn't seem to help anything.

            So in all, this microphone is good for certain applications but definitely not low pitched sources.

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Expert
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            • Studio
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            • Up to a year
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            5.0

            Excellent utility mics. Great to have a pair lying around.

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            from Cottage Grove, OR 97424, USA

            Pros

            • Ambience
            • Bass Amp
            • Brass
            • Drums
            • Field Recording
            • Film/Video Production
            • Guitar
            • Guitar Amp
            • Piano
            • Strings
            • Vocals
            • woodwinds

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                Comments about Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

                This microphone is one of those go anywhere do anything mics. It sounds good on lots of sound sources and also does an excellent job. I have used this mic for my sax recordings on albums, flutes, clarinets, guitar amps, pianos, and much more. It has a very even clean sound that is very easy to work with. It is not particularly colored or weighted mic, but it does have a slightly brighter sound than the at4047, which is also an excellent mic. So this mic tends to respond better to sound sources where clarity and bright sounds are preffered. (Strings, Piano, Room Micing, Cymbals) All in all this is a great all around studio mic that works great in a wide variety of applications. And the price is very good to boot.

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                • Expert
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                • Studio
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                • Over a year
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                5.0

                Solid Performer at Any Price

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                from Atlanta, GA, USA

                Pros

                • chamber ensembles
                • choirs
                • Drums
                • Guitar
                • Piano
                • Strings
                • Vocals
                • woodwinds

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                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

                    I have had my 4040s (2) for 3 years and have been very pleased with their solid performance rugged build and sonic quality. I use them in x/y and ORTF stereo configuration and have been very pleased with the sound stage these produce. What's amazing is a demo a fellow engineer showed when he tested a random pair of 4040s and 4050s and their response was with in 2dB of each other along the entire curve. WOW - exceptional!

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                    • Expert
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                    • Other
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                    • Over a year
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                    1.0

                    Great for Hip Hop Vocals

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                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

                    Just picked up this mic and it was worth every penny.

                    Really crisp, clean vocals when using this mic. With an exciter equalization and some compression you can have it sounding like professional quality.

                    Comes with a shockmount and a pretty decent carrying case.

                    Even when I do upgrade, I'm probably going to keep this one around to add some character to my mixes.

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                    5.0

                    EXCELLENT MIC!!!!

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                    from Barbados, West Indies

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

                    Great Price for a high end microphone. A definite must have for a large or small studio this microphone is.

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                    (40 of 68 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good deal

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                    from DFW Texas

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

                    I recorded 5 tracks with this mic and i must say i am very impressed. Great sound for the price

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                    (43 of 69 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great sound.

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                    from Nashville

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

                    Has great sound, better than the old AT4033, made very well. Good deal for the price. A high end microphone for the price of a low end one.

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