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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.

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

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

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
 
4.7

(based on 33 reviews)

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Pros

  • Strings (5)
  • Drums (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Piano (4)
  • Vocals (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (4)
  • Home studio (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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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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4.0

Go-To Vocal mic

By leeab

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

      Great mic for the price

      By TheSparky

      from San Diego, CA

      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 Europe

        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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            5.0

            this mic sounds amazing

            By jamesalexandrusmith

            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
                • How long have you used this product?:
                • Over a year
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                2.0

                Semi Versatile

                By FatherCat

                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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                  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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

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

                    By larsenjazz

                    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

                        By tallislover

                        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
                            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                            • Other
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                            • Over a year
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