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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 versati...Read More

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Breaking the price/quality barrier and soon to be a new industry standard.

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

The price is fantastic and includes the shock mount. A killer deal. Order today for your studio.

SPECIFICATIONS

AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic

  • 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
 
4.8

(based on 28 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good audio (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (4)
    • Home studio (3)
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      • Experienced (3)

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    Good Overall

    This is a good overall mic. It captures acoustic guitar beautifully, and it is probably one of the best mics for background vocals. I would recommend another mic for lead vocal though, because...Read complete review

    This is a good overall mic. It captures acoustic guitar beautifully, and it is probably one of the best mics for background vocals. I would recommend another mic for lead vocal though, because this mic is not sharp enough in the mids and is a slight too bottom heavy.

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    AT 40/40

    For the price of this Microphone, I couldn't ask for a better sounding Microphone. A steal at this price.

    For the price of this Microphone, I couldn't ask for a better sounding Microphone. A steal at this price.

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    5.0

    Great mic for the price

    By TheSparky

    from Brooklyn, New York

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

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

      This microphone finds its way into every one of my studio projects, usually as an acoustic instrument or background vocal mic. This mic has a very flat low-end and mid range response which can make it boomy for bass-heavy sources. Luckily, there is a high pass filter built in which is extremely useful for such occasions. There is also a -10dB pad which is useful when recording very hot sources. These two switches really improve the value of this microphone.
      This microphone's frequency response also includes two boosts in the upper registers, which give it a bit of airiness. This can sound pleasing or not, depending on the timbre of the source.
      For the money, it's a winner. It's not ideal for everything but a welcome addition to your studio locker which will find some use in your recording projects.

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      5.0

      Great studio mic!

      By sanfi4u

      from Moscow, Russia

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Outstanding Detalization
      • Precise Tonal Balance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

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

        I wanted a good condenser mic for my home studio. I know this mic is possibly a bit excessive for such application. Anyway with AT4040 I've got everything I hoped for: well assembled mic providing smooth and detailed sound. I'm absolutely happy with this purchase. Please note the tone of this mic is true to life. So if you expect any kind of coloration it won't do it for you. But that's what I wanted to get. This is a great studio mic that worth every cent of its price. Highly recommended!

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        5.0

        Superb!

        By T-Dub

        from San Luis Obispo

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          If youre budget only allows for a condenser microphone in this price range, look no further. Perfect for my home studio, picks up everything. Good luck with sound treatment. Audio Technica products will always have room in my studio!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very Solid Mic

          By KillaTroyProductions

          from Atlanta

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Vocal
          • Great For Acoustic Inst

          Cons

          • Can Be Muddy

          Best Uses

          • Vocals Acoustic

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

          Here is the deal with this mic, EXPERIMENT WITH PLACEMENT in relation to vocals. I've had artists so accustomed to being right up on the mic during recordings, they insisted on doing so with this mic. Bad idea. I have found that with this mic and vocal capturing, put a little distance between artist and mic and you should be pleased with it's quality. I use this mic and an older ADK A-51 and I must say that my 4040 gets the most work.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Overall Good Mic (Smooth)

          By EpicsodeEnt

          from Kansas City, MO

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Not Harsh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Guitar
            • Professional Recording
            • Vocals
            • Vocalsguitar

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

            Very Smooth! The low end should be rolled of on vocals. I had one pluged into a LA 610 which made the low end sound even better and almost too thick. I would recommend using it with a solid state pre for deep vocals. But don't get me wrong, the tube effect serves it's purpose. This mic is neutral sounding and a keeper. Also easy to EQ out any problem frequencies.

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            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Vocal Mic

            By Jason-f7f8J

            from Los Angeles, CA

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

            This is an excellent vocal recording microphone...I usually have mine going into a Behringer XENYX mixer, then to a DBX 166XL compressor/limiter, and then into my 24/96 MOTU Firewire interface into Logic. Works like charm and has a wonderful warmth, and captures pristine detail. Very happy with this purchase that will last WELL into the future.

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            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Oh, My, My, My!

            By SoniaD

            from Little Rock, AR

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

            This mic is so very sweet! I sung a gospel song in high soprano and it really handled it well. The balance of the lows in the mike melted my heart while laying down every vocal track. It really invigorated me to sing my heart out because I loved every word that flowed from my mouth through it. I have always been a fan of Audio Tech for years and I would recommend this mic to anyone who is serious about there music.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Overall

            By Rising To The Top

            from Cleveland, Ohio

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

            This is a good overall mic. It captures acoustic guitar beautifully, and it is probably one of the best mics for background vocals. I would recommend another mic for lead vocal though, because this mic is not sharp enough in the mids and is a slight too bottom heavy.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            pretty good mic

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

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

            I have a pair of these in my studio. They work very well on voices and instruments. I've used them on male voices, female voices, acoustic guitars, room mics, drum overheads, room mics. I've had great results on all applications. I would recommend getting a high quality cable, I use Mogami Gold or Blue Kiwi cables myself. I'd also recommend that if you are serious about sound to buy this mic a good . But for this price range you can't go wrong. I also own Sterling Audio ST55 and ST66 condensers in my studio and have used C414, TLM103, U87, C12, KSM32, AT4033, AT4050, etc. This mic can hold it's own, definitely a major step above a Rode or AKG in this price range.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            AT4040

            By sgryhBFcE

            from Ann Arbor, MI

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

            This microphone is hands down the best condenser in this price range. I was able to directly compare this mic with several others in the same price bracket and it is amazing how much this guy stands above the others. Using a presonus tube preamp into an alesis compressor, this mic records vocals and acoustic guitar with such beautiful tone. It is warm and full, and retains clarity. Build quality is of top notch. (Made in Japan.) This is a great deal for anyone looking.

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