The AT5040 Studio Vocal Microphone by Audio-Technica marks the debut of their flagship 50 Series of microphones. In addition to vocals, its fast transient response make it ideal for acoustic instruments. Each AT5040 is hand-assembled and individually inspected to ensure the finest quality audio capture.
The AT5040 employs a four-part rectangular element to provide purity of sound. Each of the four parts function together and get proprietarily summed to output. This provides a surface area twice the size of a standard one-inch circular diaphragm. Additionally, the AT5040 features an advanced internal shockmounting system, effectively decoupling the capsule from the housing for vibration-free performance.
The Audio-Technica AT5040's frequency response chart reflects the company's claim of an "extremely smooth top end with controlled sibilance." A dip of approximately 3dB occurs between 4.5kHz and 8.5kHz, a prime "s" location. The microphone's reactivity slowly tapers after the 10kHz mark. An approximate 2 to 3dB boost in response below 80Hz could create a pleasant promiximity effect on a male vocalist, then rolled off to taste in mixing.