AT4040

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

MSRP* US$299.00
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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  • Downloads

    AT4040 Specification Sheet (pdf 323.86 KB)
    AT4040 Submittal Sheet (pdf 352.65 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaAT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
     
    4.2

    (based on 6 reviews)

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

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    4.0

    Best for under $800

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    from EU

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Looking
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Not as many metal parts as expected

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

      Product is amazing for this price. Well thought out. Great for voiceovers and recording. I am a live streamer on Twitch and I use this as my daily driver for my weekly streams. I have never had a problem with it. Bass is great, and all other sound sounds crisp and clear. A LOT better than my previous, clip-on mic. Top of the line for under $500 - $800 I would say

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Other
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      • Intermediate
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      • Up to a year
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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
          • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
          • Studio
          • How long have you used this product?:
          • Over a year
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          5.0

          this mic sounds amazing

          By 

          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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              • Over a year
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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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                    • Over a year
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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:

                          Hi,I have an AT4040 and have been using it for many,many years with great success.I have used it in pre-amps and it's worked great.However,I just plugged it into a Behringer Xenyx Q502 USB Mix-amp and it works for a half-second then fades into some annoying static.The Mix-Amp seems to work with other microphones just fine (I also have a Blue Yeti Pro that I've had working with it) but,for some reason,it doesn't agree with the AT4040.Is there a compatibility issue here or am I missing something?
                          Asked on 9/20/2016 by Luke from Tacoma,WA

                          1 answer

                          • Staff Reviewer

                            A:

                            Some higher end microphones such as some in our 40 Series require the full 48v of voltage to operate and some preamps (even that state they offer 48v) don't. The voltage is just under and really allows the mic to work, but not properly. This is sometimes found in preamps that are modeled after the older API. While great sounding preamps, some of the electronics consume some voltage. If the microphone works fine on other preamps, I would say this is what is happening.

                            Answered on 9/21/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                        • Q:

                          When was the AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone introduced?
                          Asked on 8/1/2016 by jonnieD

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                        • Q:

                          AT-4040. I have one, and want to use it in an outdoor setting with a Powerwerks battery-powered PA.
                          The unit provides nominal 9VDC for phantom power.
                          Will this mic work? Could I damage my mic with such a low supply voltage? Can I at least try it?
                          Asked on 3/8/2016 by Nature Boy from Martinez, CA

                          1 answer

                          • Staff Reviewer

                            A:

                            You won't damage your mic with that low of voltage, but it won't be enough to power the mic. You'd need a full 48V Phantom Power to operate the mic.

                            Answered on 3/10/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                        • Q:

                          Will this microphone work with my Fender Passport PD-250 system? I'm not sure what you mean by 45V of phantom power is required?
                          Asked on 2/26/2016 by Kim the Rock Star

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                          • Staff Reviewer

                            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 3/1/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                        • Q:

                          Hello,

                          I'm almost embarrassed to ask this, but how would one use the included shock mount with the AT4040? Does it fit in between the two rubber bands in the middle of the mount, or does it sit on top of them? It seems insecure when it sits on top of the bands, but I don't want to misuse the mount and possibly damage the microphone, so I'm treading carefully. I'd appreciate your help!
                          Asked on 2/1/2016 by Shocked by the mount

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                          • Staff Reviewer

                            A:

                            Yes, you put the microphone between the two bands in the middle of the shockmount.

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

                            Answered on 2/2/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                        • Q:

                          I'm using the AT4040 for vocals in a home studio setting with a Presonus AudioBox 1818VSL interface. The mic is in a padded room by itself, 30 feet away from any other gear, and mounted on it's shock absorber. No ceiling fans, AC noise, or other usual suspects.

                          Regardless of the amount of input gain I use (I've tried only up to 50%), I'm getting a random "crackling" noise in all of my vocal tracks even with appropriate noise gate and compression applied.

                          Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
                          Asked on 12/1/2015 by Don from Jacksonville Beach, FL

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                          • Staff Reviewer

                            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 12/4/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                        • 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

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                          • 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

                          1 answer

                          • 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

                          1 answer

                          • 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
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