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Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic

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The Audio-Technica AT4040 Condenser Microphone is designed for pro recording. It features an externally polarized true condenser designed with a technically advanced large diaphragm tensioned specific... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Audio-Technica AT4040 Condenser Microphone is designed for pro recording. It features an externally polarized true condenser designed with a technically advanced large diaphragm tensioned specifically to provide smooth, natural sonic characteristics. Cardioid pattern. Exceptional 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 and 10dB pad. Includes shockmount.
Requires phantom power.

FEATURES

  • Technically-advanced large diaphragm tensioned specifically to provide smooth, natural sonic characteristics
  • Externally polarized (DC bias) true condenser design
  • 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 A-T's stringent consistency and reliability standards
  • Custom shock mount provides superior isolation
  • Switchable 80 Hz hi-pass filter and 10 dB pad
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
 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Particularly exceptional for Low Freqs

Dont get me wrong, it is a great all around condenser/cardiod, but for some reason it sounded particularly better for lower frequency vocals. Of course for its price and class it gets...Read complete review

Dont get me wrong, it is a great all around condenser/cardiod, but for some reason it sounded particularly better for lower frequency vocals. Of course for its price and class it gets the job done flawlessly. Nice, accurate sound.

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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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(13 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Particularly exceptional for Low Freqs

By Tristate

from VA

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

Dont get me wrong, it is a great all around condenser/cardiod, but for some reason it sounded particularly better for lower frequency vocals. Of course for its price and class it gets the job done flawlessly. Nice, accurate sound.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Like It

By FBTOOL

from Cincinnati Oh

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

I needed to buy a lg condenser for my home studio. After studying reviews and a try out with a demo I bought the 4040 about 3 years ago. I'm not an expert on condensers (this is my first) but I like how my voice sounds recording with this mic and thats all that matters-right??

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AT 4040

By Mickey McConnell

from Clarksville,TN

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

Excellent mic! Great feel & depth. I use it with a Boss BR900 CD 8 track recorder for voice over work and it sounds great! The quality on playback is exceptional and sounds like a much more expensive mic. I really can't find any drawbacks especially after hearing about issues with the Shure shock mount bands. Good job!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gets the job done nicely

By Derek McGuire

from Cincinnati, OH

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

I've had my eyes on this mic for some time. A friend of mine has it in his home studio and I've always liked how my voice came across on it. I compared it to other mics above its price range i.e. the Baby Bottle, AKG C214, Shure SM27, and the AT4040 just sounds better on my voice. I'm running it thru an Apogee Duet 2 into Logic Pro and I think the quality is stellar. I see no reason to upgrade anytime soon now that I've purchased this one.

(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
            • How long have you used this product?:
            • Over a year
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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Mic For Recording Studio

            By Carl Mac

            from Atlanta GA

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

            the AT4040 was a great upgrade from the perception 400 that mic was very muddy and I had to do alot of eqing with that mic but the at4040 hooked up with the presonus eureka pre amp made my artist vocals Cristal clear, the highs were very pleasant, the mids were great and the bottoms were solid, so if you want a great mic and on a budget this mic will get the job done, will be upgrading to a Matte Black, Mounted Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone.....

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            BEAUTIFUL MIC!

            By Inferno

            from Oxnard, CA

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

            This mic was recommended to me buy an employee at GC and said it was the best in its price range and up. He was right! takes out the blue bird sounds great and looks great! Beats any mic up to about $700! Highly recomend it!

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic Quality and Personality

            By Michael Pearce

            from St. Louis, Missouri

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

            I love this mic! As with other microphones in Audio-Technica's 40 series, this microphone is very sensitive and has very low noise. It has a frequency response curve that gives it a beautiful personality for vocals, both male and female. This is also my favorite mic to use for voice overs and narration on film and video projects. This microphone costs much less than the AT4050, and in my opinion it is a much better value. Multiple polar patterns are just not that useful, at least not for studio vocals. Heavy, durable construction (for a condenser). Includes a shock mount that works. Sadly, the case doesn't hold the mount.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Flat response, multi-purpose cardiod pattern mic

            By DAVID

            from Brooklyn, NY

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

            Best used as a close-source instrument mic (acoustic guitar, piano, voice) It has a generally flat response that makes it handy for a wide variety of tasks. There are switches for a -10dB pad and high pass filter which could come in handy when capturing high SPL sources or to clean up mud. It is a massive step up in quality from the bargain condensers so if you're looking for an upgrade from one of those, you will not be disappointed. That being said, $100 more will get you the AT4033, which is, in my opinion, the best bang for your buck condenser on the market today.

             
            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
              • How long have you used this product?:
              • Over a year
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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Utility Large Diameter Mic

              By ajo1958

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

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

                I use this often with a shield as while a cardioid mic easy to get bleed over and cause feedback. But really works well for choirs or large singing groups.

                 
                5.0

                Simply The Best

                By Johnnie

                from Rocky Mount, North Carolina

                See all my reviews

                Pros

                • 5 year warranty
                • At Wonderful Reputation
                • Excellent construction

                Cons

                • The Shock Mount

                Best Uses

                • Acoustic Guitar
                • Vocals

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

                I have tried out the AKG C214, AKG P220, AKG P420, AKG C3000, RODE NT1-A and the Audio-Technica 4040 microphone. The AT4040 is by far the best of the bunch. With a flat response and transparent sound across the board this microphone is a graet choice for vocals and acoustic guitar tracks. I would highly advise this well built and sturdy unit from Audio-Technica.

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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

                    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
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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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                            5.0

                            Clean and Cool-

                            By ramsey katynski

                            from Canton, MI

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

                            The sensitivity of this product is exceptional, and while the basic product isn't as "warm" as other microphones I've worked with, I'd describe it as having a significantly more crisp recording capacity. I use this product in tandem with a VoxGuard, and a metal pop filter for optimal quality. Thanks AT for making such a great product!

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent 1st or 2nd upgrade!!

                            By Jason Lewis

                            from Atlanta, GA

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

                            My first mic was a 1999 ADK A-51. As much as I liked the sound (and still do), I purchased my AT-4040 from GC in 2007. It has since become the workhorse for my recoding. I continue to use the A-51 in my secondary studio, but the studio that I spend the most time in, houses my 4040. No selectable pattern, but the low cut filter and -10db option makes it a great buy.

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