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Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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Audio-Technica
Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone
Key Features
  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • Cardioid Pattern Lessens Room Noise
  • Switchable -10 dB Pad Hinders Distortion
  • Low-Cut Filter Limits Bass Buildup
Boasting a large-diaphragm true condenser capsule, transformerless circuitry, and specially designed physical elements all working together to deliver clean, clear, and smooth sonic performance far outside its price class, the Audio-Technica AT4040 presents itself as a capable microphone for instrument and vocal capture in the studio, at home, or on stage. The large-diaphragm condenser capsule incorporates a cardioid polar pattern for minimal feedback and off-axis noise, a welcome trait when tracking in untreated rooms. Plus, the supplied custom shockmount helps keep extraneous handling and foot noise down.
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Audio-Technica AT4040 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2For Studio and Stage
  • 3True Condenser Capsule
  • 4Transformerless Circuitry
  • 5Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 6Selectable Settings
  • 7Custom Shockmount
  • 8Features at a Glance

Boasting a large-diaphragm true condenser capsule, transformerless circuitry, and specially designed physical elements all working together to deliver clean, clear, and smooth sonic performance far outside its price class, the Audio-Technica AT4040 presents itself as a capable microphone for instrument and vocal capture in the studio, at home, or on stage. The large-diaphragm condenser capsule incorporates a cardioid polar pattern for minimal feedback and off-axis noise, a welcome trait when tracking in untreated rooms. Plus, the supplied custom shockmount helps keep extraneous handling and foot noise down.

Engage the -10 dB pad to increase headroom and capture incredibly loud sources—drums, blaring horns, and guitar cabs—up to 155 dB SPL without distortion. When low-frequency rumble/hum or overwhelming bass invade your signal, turn on the 80 Hz high-pass filter switch to attenuate the lows without resorting to EQ. Since the AT4040 is a solid-state condenser with an XLR output, it should be mated to an XLR-equipped mic preamp capable of sending 48V phantom power. It comes with a protective storage case and a dust cover.

For Studio and Stage

A marriage of technical precision and artistic inspiration, the AT4040 offers exceptionally low noise, wide dynamic range, and high SPL handling for optimal versatility. This ultra-consistent microphone may be used with confidence in a wide variety of studio and live miking applications, even under the stringent demands of digital recording systems.

True Condenser Capsule

The AT4040 side-address condenser microphone features an advanced large diaphragm tensioned specifically to provide smooth, natural sonic characteristics. It boasts an externally polarized (DC bias) true condenser design.

Transformerless Circuitry

The AT4040's low-noise circuitry is symmetrical and transformerless, resulting in fast transient response and clean output signals for transparent reproduction of even the most troublesome of instruments and sound effects.

Cardioid Polar Pattern

The cardioid polar pattern effectively minimizes off-axis signal, reducing residual noise caused by instruments, ambience, and background noise.

Selectable Settings

Equipped with a switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and -10 dB pad, the AT4040 easily handles high sound pressure levels (up to 155 dB) and avoids the pickup of low-frequency ambient noise (such as traffic, air-handling systems, etc.), room reverberation, and mechanically coupled vibrations.

Custom Shockmount

The AT4040 features the AT8449a shockmount, providing maximum protection against noise caused by shock and handling of the microphone and stand.

Features at a Glance

  • 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 handling
  • 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 shockmount provides superior isolation
  • Switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and -10 dB pad
  • Operates on 48V phantom power
  • XLR 3-pin output connector
UPC: 042005127955

Audio-Technica AT4040 Specs

Microphone
Primary ApplicationsLive Sound, Studio Recording
Form FactorLarge Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesVocals, Speech/Voice Over, Instrument
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleCondenser
Polar PatternCardioid
OrientationSide Address
CircuitrySolid-State
Pad-10 dB
High-Pass Filter80 Hz, 12 dB/Octave
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
IndicatorsNone
On-Board ControlsHigh-Pass Filter, Pad
WindscreenNone
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL145 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD)
155 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD, with Pad)
Impedance100 Ohms
Sensitivity-32 dBV/Pa
Dynamic Range133 dB (1 kHz, at Max SPL)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio82 dB (1 kHz)
Equivalent Noise Level12 dB SPL A-Weighted
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Power
Operating Voltage48 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption4.2 mA
Physical
ColorBlack
MountingShockmount (Included)
Included CaseHard Case, Mic Sock
Included FiltersNone
Dimensionsø: 2.1 x L: 6.69" / ø: 5.3 x L: 16.99 cm
Weight12.7 oz / 360 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.155 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.5 x 9.9 x 4.35"

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