Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic

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Key Features
Externally-polarized (DC Bias) 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 for greatest versatility.
Transformerless circuitry virtually eliminates low frequency distortion and provides superior correlation of high speed transients.
Precision machined, nickel plated brass, acoustic element baffle provides enhanced element stability and optimal sensitivity.
Open acoustical environment of the symmetrical housing assembly minimizes unwanted internal reflections.
State of the art surface mount electronics ensure compliance with AT's stringent consistency and reliability standards.
Switchable 80 Hz hi pass filter and 10 dB pad.
Includes AT8449 shock mount.
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:

  • Accessories Furnished: AT8449 shock mount; microphone dust cover; protective case
    Dynamic Range (Typical): 133 dB, 1 kHz at Max. SPL
    Element: Condenser
    Frequency Response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
    Impedance: 100 ohms
    Low Frequency Roll-off: 80 Hz, 12 dB per octave
    Maximum Input Sound Level: 145 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
    Open Circuit Sensitivity: -32 dB (25.1 mV), ±2 dB re 1V at 1 Pa
    Output Connector: XLRM-type
    Phantom Power Requirements: 48V
    Polar Pattern: Cardioid
    Signal to Noise Ratio: 82 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    Switches: 10 dB pad; roll-off
    Weight: 12.7 oz (360 g)
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Audio-TechnicaAT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic
 
4.0

(based on 11 reviews)

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

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

EXCELLENT MIC!!!!

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

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

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Semi Versatile

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....Read complete review

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.

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3.0

Great value.

By 

from St louis MO

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

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

    I've had this mic for years. It's a good vocal mic. Sax, piano and acoustic guitar are especially favored I do not use this with electric guitar as there is too much break up on the low-end, tone is affected. (Get out the 58's..)

    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
    • Studio Musician
    • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
    • Expert
    • How long have you used this product?:
    • Over a year
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Best for under $800

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    from EU

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Looking
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Not as many metal parts as expected

    Best Uses

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

      Product is amazing for this price. Well thought out. Great for voiceovers and recording. I am a live streamer on Twitch and I use this as my daily driver for my weekly streams. I have never had a problem with it. Bass is great, and all other sound sounds crisp and clear. A LOT better than my previous, clip-on mic. Top of the line for under $500 - $800 I would say

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Other
      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
      • Intermediate
      • How long have you used this product?:
      • Up to a year
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      4.0

      Go-To Vocal mic

      By 

      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
          • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
          • Studio
          • How long have you used this product?:
          • Over a year
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          5.0

          this mic sounds amazing

          By 

          from Kansas City, MO, USA

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              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.

              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
              • Expert
              • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
              • 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
                • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                • Studio
                • How long have you used this product?:
                • Up to a year
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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

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

                By 

                from Cottage Grove, OR 97424, USA

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    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.

                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                    • 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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        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!

                        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                        • 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.

                        (56 of 87 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        EXCELLENT MIC!!!!

                        By 

                        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.

                        (40 of 68 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Good deal

                        By 

                        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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