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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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Overview

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
  • 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
  • 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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One year parts and labor warranty.


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Audio-TechnicaAT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic
 
4.6

(based on 20 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strings (5)
  • Drums (4)
  • Piano (4)
  • Vocals (4)
  • Woodwinds (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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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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(12 of 16 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.

(4 of 5 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)

 
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
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    • 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

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        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.

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