AT4081

Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone

MSRP* US$699.00
Five-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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  • Features
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  • Overview


    Click here to read the AT4081 and AT4080 reviews.

    Delivering the warmth and natural sound of a classic ribbon microphone, Audio-Technica’s handcrafted AT4081 offers a robust build for long-lasting performance and higher output for maximum compatibility with microphone preamplifiers. With its low-profile stick design, this microphone is a natural for use on a wide range of instruments (horns, strings, drum overheads, orchestras and more) and guitar cabinets in recording studios and live-sound settings.

    Equally at home in recording studios and live-sound settings, the microphone features Audio-Technica’s innovative MicroLinear™ ribbon imprint, which protects the dual ribbons from lateral flexing and distortion. Utilizing six new patents*, Audio-Technica’s innovative ribbon transducer advances the evolution of ribbon microphone design. Experience the difference.

    *Pat. Nos.: 4627019, 4931510, 503809, 5006221, 5015027, 5103216
  • Features


    • Low-profile stick design maximizes placement options

    • Smooth, warm and natural sound tuned for instrument reproduction

    • Innovative dual ribbon construction for increased sensitivity

    • Extremely powerful N50 rare earth magnets for high output level

    • Superfine mesh guards against ribbon damage

    • High-SPL capability and extended frequency response

    • Handmade production – including ribbon corrugation, imprint and assembly

    • Phantom-powered active electronics provide stable impedance and higher output for maximum compatibility with microphone preamplifiers

    • Certified by the METAlliance (Music Engineering and Technology Alliance)

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTRibbon
    POLAR PATTERNFigure-of-eight
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE30-18,000 Hz
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY-42 dB (7.9 mV), re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE100 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL150 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
    NOISE25 dB SPL
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)125 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO69 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS48V DC, 3.0 mA typical
    WEIGHT152 g (5.4 oz)
    DIMENSIONS155.0 mm (6.10") long,
    21.0 mm (0.83") maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8471 isolation clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; windscreen; protective carrying case
    AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLES13
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  • Downloads

    AT4081 Specification Sheet (pdf 429.92 KB)
    AT4081 Submittal Sheet (pdf 253.28 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaAT4081 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone
     
    5.0

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    5.0

    Sounds fantastic.

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Sound Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4081 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone:

        Highly recommended. I LOVE it on a guitar cabinets.

        But hey, it's a ribbon so don't drop it!

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      • Q & A

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        • Q:

          Is it okay to keep the 4081 stored on its side for a long period of time? I have it set up on its side ona stand by my piano & I prefer not to move it
          Asked on 8/21/2014 by Jamal

          1 answer

          • A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. According to our engineers, it is not necessary to store the AT4081 vertically.

            Answered on 9/9/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
        • Q:

          Low frequency response of AT4081

          Hello. Your frequency response curve for the AT4081 is labeled: 12" or more on axis. Unfortunately I'm not sure what that means. Does the curve show the microphone's performance at 12"? If so, how much is the low-frequency response influenced by proximity effect? What would it be at, say, one meter? Many thanks.
          Asked on 3/17/2014 by DSatz from Brooklyn, NY

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          • A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. The curve as shown is measured at ½ meter (19.685”). I would say the curve represents the performance at 12 – 20 inches. Beyond that, at a meter, I would expect some decrease in low frequency.

            Answered on 3/28/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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