Audio-Technica AT4040 Studio Microphone

Audio-Technica AT4040 Studio Microphone

Audio-Technica AT4040 Studio Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • DC Biased Condenser Design
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Transformerless Circuitry
  • Surface Mount Electronics
  • 20 to 20,000 Hz Frequency Response
  • Switchable 80 Hz Hi-Pass Filter
  • 10 dB Pad
  • 155 dB Max SPL with Pad Engaged
  • Precision Machined Nickel-Plated Brass
  • Includes Custom Shockmount
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Audio-Technica AT4040 Overview

  • 1Description

The Audio-Technica AT4040 is a large-diaphragm, cardioid capacitor microphone designed for use in the most demanding recording applications. Intended for vocal and general instrument recording (piano, guitars, string instruments, etc.), the microphone's cardioid polar pattern minimizes off-axis signal, reducing ambient and residual noise, and delivers pristine low-noise recordings. The AT4040 has an integral 80 Hz hi-pass filter which provides easy switching from a flat frequency response to a low-end roll-off. The high-pass position reduces the microphone's sensitivity to popping in close vocal use. It also reduces the pickup of low-frequency ambient noise (such as traffic, air-handling systems, etc.), room reverberation, and mechanically-coupled vibrations.

Cardioid Polar Pattern
The cardioid polar pattern effectively minimizes off-axis signal, reducing residual noise caused by instruments, ambience, etc.
Quality Element and Baffle
The Audio-Technica AT 4040 features a gold-plated element and nickel-plated brass element baffle, providing pristine audio fidelity with a very low noise floor.
Transformerless Circuitry
In addition to the element, the transformerless design ensures even less noise and best possible presence.
The AT 4040 features the AT 8449 spring-loaded shockmount, providing maximum protection against noise caused by shock and handling of the microphone and stand.
UPC: 042005127955
In the Box
Audio-Technica AT4040 - Cardioid Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Capacitor Microphone
  • AT8449 Shock Mount
  • Microphone Dust Cover
  • Protective Carrying Case
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Audio-Technica AT4040 Specs

    Transducer Condenser
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    Dynamic Range (Typical) 133 dB, (1 kHz at Maximum SPL)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 82 dB, (1 kHz at 1 Pa)
    Maximum Input Sound Level 145 dB SPL, (1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.)
    Power Requirements Phantom, 48 V
    Output Impedance 100 Ohms
    Output Connectors XLR-3M Type
    Pad Yes, 10 dB Pad; Roll-Off
    Low Frequency Roll-Off Yes, 80 Hz, (12 dB Per Octave)
    Dimensions (L x Diam) 6.69 x 2.10" / 170.0 x 53.4 mm
    Weight 12.7 oz / 360 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.2 x 10.0 x 4.3"

    Audio-Technica AT4040 Reviews

    AT4040 Studio Microphone is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most impressive I use a pair of these mics to record a grand piano. The sensitivity and range can make it challenging to find the right placement, especially with a piano that can make a lot of extraneous noise like an older action or loud damper release, but once you find the sweet spot these are really great. I've also used one for VOs in documentary work I do as a filmmaker and it's surprisingly good with a decent pre. Super good construction and shock mount, case, etc. Overall, I think these are the best deal going in a low price condenser mic and are a steal at the price.
    Date published: 2016-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Very Warm, Sensitive Mic for Voice Work Ive been a professional narrator for more than 30 years, and this is my 3rd AT4040.  The mic is robust; build quality is top-notch and performance rivals any other Ive used. Resulting audio is very crisp, thanks largely to the low-cut filter.  I dont really use the -10db pad, but Im sure it would be useful in other environments. The AT4040 is a real workhorse.  If youre looking for this sort of quality sound at a reasonable price, I dont think youll do better.
    Date published: 2018-11-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality predictable studio mic This mic fits the bill for the all around studio mic. I purchased it for voice over work but it sounds great on guitars and other acoustic applications. I believe it is the best large diaphram condenser in this price range.
    Date published: 2012-11-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from great for small budget great mic for a small budget. has a nice crisp sound on the vocal, but its not always clear as far as your voice goes. i thought it may have been my room and setting or maybe just me. i tested it against other mics i had and it was just this mic.. when it seems to be working well the mic does sound great but if your trying to avoid a little hassle i say choose another mic. if you don't mind a little hassle then i say go for it. i also returned this item.
    Date published: 2015-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this product again and again Simply the best. Excellent choice for female vocal recordings. Very close to the renowned classics microphones.
    Date published: 2012-11-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mic. Workhorse. Great sounding mic, works well on lots of things. Love it on vibes, overheads. More focused than the 4050.
    Date published: 2015-05-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Studio Workhorse! This mic is a multi-use wonder. Records voices very well, excels on acoustic guitars and other transient dependent instruments. Great Mic, excellent value..
    Date published: 2011-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pro mic without breaking the bank Love it for the price.
    Date published: 2016-12-19
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