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Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic 

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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
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
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Audio-TechnicaAT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic
 
4.6

(based on 37 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good audio (8)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Durable (5)
  • Strings (5)
  • Drums (4)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Professional recording (4)
  • Home studio (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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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 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.

(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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good mic for the price

By Daniel Gil

from Boston

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

This mic is a really good buy for the price, although you shouldn't think that it will sound as good as an expensive mic does. This mic excels on acoustic stringed instruments, and is a very decent mic for vocals, although it is a little bit lacking in high end definition and clarity, or another way of saying it would be to say that the lows, and low mids are way too loud. The mids, however are very clear and good.Thankfully their is a low pass filter, which greatly improves the mic's sound on all sources, except for bass. With the low pass filter engaged this mic sounds good on acoustic guitar, and decent on vocals. Their is also a very strong proximity efect with this mic, it sounds much better when positioned farther back. However, all in all this mic, with proper placement and use of its filters, can produce very good, and professional sounding results. For the price, how can you not pick this up?

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Vocal Mic

By Jason-f7f8J

from Los Angeles, CA

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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.

(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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Audio-Technica AT4040

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

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

This microphone is Great! I get excellent quality vocal recordings everytime! As far as using this Mic in front of my amp. I have yet to capture a decent recording...maybe I'll try the SM57 teamed up with the AT4040.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oh, My, My, My!

By LaSoniaD

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.

(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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great value.

By Mooch

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

    By Jingles

    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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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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        (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
            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
            • Studio
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            • Over a year
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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.

              (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              AT 40/40

              By YoungProphet

              from Centralia, IL

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

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

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very nice mic for the money

              By crazymusiciandude

              from Portland, OR

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

              I bought this mic about 8 months ago and absolutely love it. My friend and I did an A/B test with a TLM103 and the response from the mic was almost identical. This mic is very versatile. I have used it for everything from overheads to acoustic guitar and violin and even piano. With a so-so preamp this mic sounds good. Hook it up with a Voicemaster Pro or AD600 you have a killer setup. I know of a band that you have probably heard on the radio that uses a pair of these for drum overheads. Best mic I have heard for the money. Buy it!

               
              5.0

              Want that "high end sound" for a low end price?

              By Slick Talker

              from Cincinnati, OH

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Looks Good

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

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

                I've had this mic for about 4 years and it still sounds incredible. I've paired it with better pre-amps over time and it shines even better in it's performance.

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Studio Musician
                • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                • Intermediate
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                • Over a year
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                5.0

                Exactly what I was hoping for!

                By SirCharlesXXVI

                from Portland, OR

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I've had a Blue Bluebird for years as my main mic for recording. Recently I decided I didn't like how it sounded on my guitar. The highs were kind of shimmery and it didn't sound like my guitar. It's not a bad sound, but I have a good guitar and wanted a more authentic sound. So I started listening to a bunch of different mic shootouts on YouTube. I don't have the cash to buy a mic in the six hundred+ range, so I was looking for around three hundred. A little higher knowing I could get something used for cheaper. From everything I had listened to and read, this mic stood out for my needs. A clear recording that is representative of what's being played/sung. Huge bonus: it was on sale here for two twenty five. Traditionally three hundred. So I got it! I've recorded my guitar a bunch already and I love how it comes accross. Very similar to what I hear in the room. I've done a little bit of vocal recording and I like it better than my bluebird as well. For reference, I have a high baritone voice and my singing style is fairly aggressive. The mic works great for me. I'm sure I'll still use the bluebird for some things, but much less now. A word of caution: the 4040 does not hide mistakes at all. If I waver on a note, or sing something a little sloppy, the bluebird seemed to cover over those things a little better. The 4040 requires precision. It's probably a good thing though.

                     
                    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
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                        • Studio
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                        • Over a year
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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

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                          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.

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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

                            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!

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                                • Over a year
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