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Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Downloads
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

  • Overview

    Studio Vocal Microphone
    Audio-Technica’s premier studio vocal microphone, the AT5040 represents a milestone in condenser design, offering remarkably musical high-fidelity performance, with profound realism and depth, presence and purity of sound.

    Designed as a first-choice vocal microphone, the AT5040 cardioid condenser features an extremely smooth top end with controlled sibilance. Large-diaphragm characteristics and fast transient response also make it ideal for recording acoustic instruments such as piano, guitar, strings and saxophone.

    Four-Part Rectangular Element
    The first of our design criteria for the AT5040 was purity of sound. To achieve this, Audio-Technica engineers developed a four-part rectangular element, the pinnacle of our recent breakthroughs in sound-capture technology. Four exquisitely matched ultra-thin diaphragms function together (with outputs proprietarily summed) as Audio-Technica’s largest-ever element, providing combined surface area twice that of a standard one-inch circular diaphragm.

    By using four diaphragms in a single capsule, the AT5040 delivers the benefits of an exceptionally large diaphragm--along with an extremely low noise floor--without increased weight, decreased transient response or other drawbacks that typically restrict diaphragm size.

    Another key AT5040 design feature is advanced internal shock mounting that effectively decouples the capsule from the microphone body. For additional isolation, each AT5040 is also provided with Audio-Technica’s innovative new AT8480 shock mount.

    100% Quality Control
    Every AT5040 is hand assembled and individually inspected for 100% quality control. Each studio microphone is enclosed in an elegant housing of aluminum and brass with high-quality gray finish for durability and low reflectivity.

    Discrete components have been selected for optimized capsule performance; in fact, every aspect of the microphone has been carefully considered to minimize any effects on the audio signal.
  • Features

    • Audio-Technica’s premier studio condenser vocal microphone

    • Extremely musical high-fidelity performance, with profound realism and depth, presence and purity of sound

    • Four rectangular diaphragms (2 micron) function together as Audio-Technica’s largest-ever element, providing combined surface area twice that of a standard one-inch circular diaphragm

    • Exceptionally low noise and wide dynamic range ideal for studio vocals

    • Discrete components carefully selected for optimized capsule performance

    • High-SPL capability and extended frequency response

    • Hand assembled and inspected for 100% quality control

    • Advanced internal shock mounting decouples the capsule from the microphone body

    • Elegant, durable housing of aluminum and brass

    • Included advanced-design custom AT8480 shock mount provides superior isolation

    • Custom hard-shell carrying case with die-cut foam compartments offers protection during storage and transport

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTFixed-charge back plate,
    permanently polarized condenser
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE20 – 20,000 Hz
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY–25 dB (56.2 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE50 ohms
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)137 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO89 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    WEIGHT582 g (20.5 oz)
    DIMENSIONS165.3 mm (6.51'') long,
    57.0 mm (2.24'') maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORSIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8480 shock mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; protective carrying case
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  • Downloads

    AT5040 Specification Sheet (pdf 547.86 KB)
    A-T 50 Series Microphones White Paper (pdf 210.65 KB)
    AT5040 Submittal Sheet (pdf 355.22 KB)
    50 Series Brochure (pdf 1.13 M)
    AT5040 Review - Recording Magazine (pdf 1.98 M)
  • Reviews

    Seriously.. the BEST mic I've EVER heard!


    I've done voice-overs in some major studios over the years using Neuman to odd German box mics.. most of which cost more than this mic by AT. I've never heard my own voice coming out of a mic and thought "wow".. UNTIL I tried this mic. I never honestly thought of Audio Technica as a high-end mic company, but this mic is smokin'... killer! Holy mackerel! This is honestly the BEST sounding mic I have EVER used! I've used EV's, Sure, Sennheiser, Neuman, Telefunken, old RCA ribbon mics... you name it. They sounded good.. but not THIS good! Way to go AT for honestly making the best sounding mic EVER!





    Although this product a little on the heavy side and can be hard to clean, it is the best I have ever used. That is saying a lot because I have personally used $4k and $6k mics before. For the price, it is great. This thing easily compeats with the 4 and 6 thousand dollar mics I have used no problem. You will need a pop filter, but that is expected of all mics no matter the price point. If you are a streamer or gamer, look at cheaper option, like a AT4050 or something. This is way to much for what you need. However, if you are looking for a mic that delivers high calibre audio, look no further than this puppy. Finally, I have had this since it came out, and I have only had to fix one thing with it. That was the cord. The cord is pretty flimsy for this price, and I would have liked to see something much better. I mean, Ligiteh and even RAZER have used braded cables for their products. A high quality braded cable woukd have been nice to see.



    the best vocal recording mic ever!


    Used the 5040 for a new record and it was absolutely amazing! The intimacy of this mic is almost embarrassing. I believe it actually picked up some of the notes I was only thinking about singing. Best ever.

    Cleveland, OH, USA

    AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

    5.0 3


  • Q & A

    How do I get another AT8480 elastic band.


    Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at for assistance with this.


    Is this a good mic to use with an acapella men's quartet in a live setting?


    In my opinion, no it would not be. This is a studio vocal microphone designed for recording a single vocalist. The accuracy this application requires is best obtained by a microphone that is rather directional. Although it is listed as having a cardioid type pickup pattern, the 5040 performs more like a hypercardioid pattern microphone at frequencies above 1 kHz. This smaller acceptance angle at the higher frequencies requires the vocalist to stay more on axis as the tone of their voice may change as they get further and further off axis. Also, the 5040 is rather sensitive for a live sound application. Background noise will be heard, and I believe you would have a difficult time keeping feedback at bay if you are using wedges on the stage. Consider one of the following 40 Series models instead. AT4033/CL, AT4040, AT4047/SV, or AT4050. All are used extensively in live sound applications and perform very well.


    Where can i buy the 5040? I have a home studio and i currently have no acoustic treatment, But i plan on using this mic at my home studio. I just want to know if i ca buy it directly off the Audio Technica website. And i would also like a comparison of this mic and the Sony C-800G. I plan on using it for vocals and maybe To record a electric guitar..


    To check availability of the AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, Audio-Technica offers an Authorized Dealer List and Locator for your convenience at You may use this Dealer Locator to see if any Authorized Dealers have these microphones in stock. If any location does not have the AT5040 in stock, then you may ask the Authorized Dealer to have one ordered for you. Thanks!