AT4040

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

MSRP* US$495.00
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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  • Overview


    The AT4040 side-address condenser microphone features an advanced large diaphragm tensioned specifically to provide smooth, natural sonic characteristics. A marriage of technical precision and artistic inspiration, the AT4040 offers exceptionally low noise, wide dynamic range and high-SPL capability for greatest 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. The AT4040ís low-noise circuitry is symmetrical and transformerless, resulting in exceptional transient response and clean output signals for transparent reproduction of even the most troublesome of instruments and sound effects.

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  • Features


    • 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 capability for greatest versatility

    • 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 shock mount provides superior isolation

    • Switchable 80 Hz hi-pass filter and 10 dB pad

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTExternally-polarized (DC bias) condenser
    POLAR PATTERNCardioid
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE20-20,000 Hz
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 12 dB/octave
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY-32 dB (25.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE100 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL145 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.;
    155 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal)
    NOISE12 dB SPL
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)133 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO82 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS48V DC, 4.2 mA typical
    SWITCHESFlat, roll-off;
    10 dB pad (nominal)
    WEIGHT12.7 oz (360 g)
    DIMENSIONS6.69" (170.0 mm) long,
    2.10" (53.4 mm) maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8449 shock mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; microphone dust cover; protective carrying case
    AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLER1
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    AT4040 Specification Sheet (pdf 66.46 KB)
    AT4040 Submittal Sheet (pdf 352.65 KB)
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    4.2

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    • Strings (5)
    • Drums (4)
    • Piano (4)
    • Vocals (4)
    • Woodwinds (4)

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    4.0

    Go-To Vocal mic

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    from Maryland

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    Pros

    • Drums
    • Piano
    • Strings
    • Vocals
    • Voiceover/Dialog

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

        This has become my favorite mic in it's price range, for sure. I started using this for vocals and haven't looked back. The response is very crispy, a great high-mid responsiveness and it's high-end is a makes it sound just the perfect amount of airy. If you don't like that, you can always dial back the the highs using an EQ. All-in-all it makes a great vocals vocal mic. If you get a pair, it makes for a great spaced pair set for the drums or even piano. It captures the low-end nicely, as well. Versatile mic. Recommend for any studio.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Intermediate
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        • Studio
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        • Over a year
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        5.0

        this mic sounds amazing

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        from Kansas City, MO, USA

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        Pros

        • Ambience
        • Brass
        • Drums
        • Field Recording
        • Guitar
        • Guitar Amp
        • Piano
        • Podcast
        • Strings
        • Vocals
        • Voiceover/Dialog
        • woodwinds

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            Comments about Audio-Technica AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

            when i got it i thought "can be better than my neumann tlm102" well i was wrong sounds 50 times better than my neunann i love it.

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Expert
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            • Studio
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            2.0

            Semi Versatile

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            from Los Angeles, CA, USA

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            Pros

            • female vocals
            • Podcast
            • Strings
            • woodwinds

            Cons

            • bass instruments
            • drums
            • male vocals

            Best Uses

              Comments about Audio-Technica AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

              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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              • Expert
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              • Studio
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              • Up to a year
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              5.0

              Excellent utility mics. Great to have a pair lying around.

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              from Oregon

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              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 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                  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.

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                  • Studio
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                  5.0

                  Solid Performer at Any Price

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                  from Atlanta, GA, USA

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                  Pros

                  • chamber ensembles
                  • choirs
                  • Drums
                  • Guitar
                  • Piano
                  • Strings
                  • Vocals
                  • woodwinds

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                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                      I have had my 4040s (2) for 3 years and have been very pleased with their solid performance rugged build and sonic quality. I use them in x/y and ORTF stereo configuration and have been very pleased with the sound stage these produce. What's amazing is a demo a fellow engineer showed when he tested a random pair of 4040s and 4050s and their response was with in 2dB of each other along the entire curve. WOW - exceptional!

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                      • Q:

                        Hard time recording, very low playback?

                        I just got this Mic and other things from amazon. I have a 48v phantom power. I also got a Lexicon Alpha to be my bridge between the mic and the computer. I downloaded the software from the Alpha and everything works. The Mic Works, The Alpha works, I can hear my self and everything. When I record in Adobe Audition however, for a while I couldn't even record. I checked the preferences and audio hardware and it is set up to the Alpha. I finally was able to record, but the audio was low and it would only let me record in stereo(I prefer mono). When I play it back the audio waves are small, a lot smaller then when I used my USB mic and it is not as loud either and I don't understand. I looked on You tube see if someone had a solution and been asking around and have not found anything. Maybe you guys might have an answer. Or do you think this is something I should talk to adobe about? Please if you have any advice please help.
                        Asked on 5/14/2015 by ColeJohnson from United States

                        1 answer

                        • A:

                          Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                          Answered on 5/27/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                      • Q:

                        What cables are needed?

                        Hi guys,
                        So I have my AT4040 with shock mount, pop filter, stand and all that nice stuff but what I wanna know is how do i hook it up to my Behringer Xenyx Q802 USB Mixer?
                        I know that it needs the XLR cables I just wanna know how can I get my at4040 to go to my Behringer Xenyx Q802 USB Mixer to then go to my PC. Are there certain cables that are needed? Like breakouts ect?
                        Please let me know!
                        Thanks
                        Asked on 12/4/2014 by EricB from Australia

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                        • A:

                          Connect the AT4040 to one of the balanced 3-pin XLR MIC jacks on your Mixer using a standard XLR female to XLR male microphone cable, make certain 48V phantom power is turned on and you are good to go. The simplest way to connect the Q802USB Mixer to your computer is to use the USB output provided on the rear of it and connect it to the USB port on the computer. Alternatively, you could use either the Main or the Control Room outputs on the mixer and connect the mixer to the LINE IN jack on the computer. Note that this would require a cable designed specifically for this purpose. The cable will need to have two 6.3mm (1/4") mono (TS) plugs on one end for connection to the mixer, and a single 3.5mm (1/8") stereo (TRS) plug on the other end for connection to the computer.

                          Answered on 12/5/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
                      • Q:

                        AT 4040

                        How do I make AT 4040 work with my camcorder Do I need to buy any special items??
                        Asked on 9/4/2014 by Andante

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                        • A:

                          Thank you for your inquiry. The AT4040 needs 48V of phantom power. Your camera will have to provide this in order to use this microphone.

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

                        Mic setup for guitar and vocals? AT404 + AT 4041

                        Hi,

                        I have the AT4040 side-address cardioid condenser microphone and AT4041 cardioid condenser microphone (the AT404 Studio Pack) and have been trying to get the best sound from vocals and guitar (electric acoustic under saddle and mic'd inside - older Fishman Prefix Blender) through an MAudio C600 w 48v phantom power onto my PC w Audacity.

                        Any suggestions on where to connect the mics or if just the AT4040 should be used etc.? I use the internal mic of the guitar (Taylor 810ce) - should I use a combo of internal and AT 4041 or AT4040 or just one or the other kinda thing?

                        Cheers, IDD.
                        Asked on 5/27/2014 by IDD65 from Ottawa, ON, Canada

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                        • A:

                          One of the joys of audio recording is experimentation. You may find you prefer the mic'ed guitar sound over the direct from the pickup or vice versa. Always trust your ears.

                          If you have any further questions, you may contact Audio-Solutions at (330) 686-2600 x5000.

                          Answered on 6/3/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                      • Q:

                        What are some of the best applications for this mic in a live sound setting?

                        I am one of the sound technicians at my church, and we are currently using two of these mics for the choir. I don't feel like these mics were designed for the application I described, but I wanted to do some research.
                        Asked on 1/16/2014 by KGmusic from Memphis, TN

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                        • A:

                          Using 40 Series microphones (such as the AT4040) to mic-up a choir is not uncommon. Common live-sound applications for 40 Series microphones will be as follows:

                          - Over-head Microphones
                          - Choirs
                          - Piano
                          - Guitars and Guitar Cabinets
                          - Vocals (more commonly in Bluegrass)
                          - String Sections
                          - Horn Sections

                          As with any live-sound application, it is very important to make certain that your gain-structure is set properly, and your microphones properly placed. Generally speaking, proper microphone placement is usually a fine-adjustment, which will achieve a balance between sound isolation and tonal quality. Also, if you haven't already, it would be a good idea to "ring-out" the floor monitors and/or the mains (FOH) to help reduce/eliminate feedback.

                          Thanks!

                          Answered on 1/17/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
                      • Q:

                        Using condensor mics

                        I have been trying several different condensor mics for bluegrass music, all acoustic around one mic application. Every one of them feeds back. What is the answer to that problem?
                        Asked on 10/26/2013 by samalama from california

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                        • A:

                          I recommend reading over the "Two Common Problems" section of Audio-Technica's "A Brief Guide to Microphones" page, listed below. It give a brief overview of how to deal with feedback:
                          http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/site/9904525cd25e0d8d/index.html

                          If that does not resolve your issue, please contact the Audio Solutions team. Please provide specific information regarding your setup, and list all related products you are using, including any Audio-Technica gear.

                          audio-solutions@atus.com

                          Thanks!

                          Answered on 10/28/2013 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
                      • Q:

                        im recording hiphop vokals, i have the 4040, wht shuld the lil switches be on on the actual mic, i think sumone played with thm ..thnks
                        Asked on 6/29/2013 by hoodz

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                        • A:

                          Thank you for your inquiry. Set the roll off to flat (Straight line) and the pad to 0dB.

                          Answered on 7/3/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                      • Q:

                        AT4040 and the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface + The pre

                        Hi .

                        I am planning on acquiring this microphone along with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 Audio Interface , my question is : Will it preform well without any problems ?

                        Is the sound going to be superb along with it ?

                        In addition : What are the recommended pre-amps for the AT4040 ? , If you can please give me a list I'd appreciate it .
                        Asked on 3/30/2013 by Ginster from Dammam , Saudi Arabia

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                        • A:

                          The Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface provides 48v of Phantom Power over its XLR connection, so the AT4040 will indeed work with it. What you will need to make certain of is that you use an XLR to XLR cable, not an XLR to 1/4" cable, as 1/4" does not pass phantom power.

                          Since there is a plethora of preamps on the market, all with varying quality and sonic characteristics, there isn't one preamp that is recommended over another, per se. To optimize the sound of any microphone, it is recommended that you use a high(er) quality preamp that supplies 48v of Phantom. Any high(er) quality preamp should give you excellent sound. Since you are planning to acquire the Scarlett 2i4, that will indeed do nicely, as Focusrite is known for producing quality product.

                          Answered on 4/4/2013 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
                      • Q:

                        Looking for mics for an a capella group

                        I work with an a capella group of approximately 12-16 people. We are looking for ways to mic the group without going to individual microphones. Someone on a blog suggested the AT4040 as a possible solution. I'm wondering if anyone has any opions / suggestions? How far away could the mics be from the singers and still pick up the sound?
                        Asked on 3/21/2013 by mlm421 from Maine

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                        • A:

                          Thank you for your inquiry. The AT4040 is a very nice microphone and would work well in this application. Personally, I would recommend the AE5100 for vocal groups.

                          Answered on 4/1/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                      • Q:

                        With the at4040 what is a good preamp to invest in?

                        My price range is 200-300 dollars for a preamp little new to the home studio set up. Advice for cables to get etc etc would be appreciated.
                        Asked on 1/28/2013 by anon1234 from Cincinnati

                        2 answers

                        • A:

                          There are plenty of preamps and interfaces that one could use with an AT4040. The right one depends on what you would like to do. Because of this, the BEST thing to do would be to contact an Authorized Audio-Technica Dealer for a recommendation. There is a Dealer Locator on the A-T homepage, www.audio-technica.com.

                          Thanks!

                          Answered on 2/4/2013 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
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                          Answered on 2/2/2013 by poppooopopo
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