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Audio-Technica® AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone-AT5040

Model #: AT5040
151460
Audio-Technica
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Audio-Technica® AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone with wide dynamic range and optimized capsule performance

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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.

Key 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

Additional Specifications

ELEMENTFixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
POLAR PATTERNCardioid
FREQUENCY RESPONSE20 – 20,000 Hz
OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY–25 dB (56.2 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
IMPEDANCE50 ohms
MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL142 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
NOISE5 dB SPL
DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)137 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO89 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS48V DC, 3.8 mA typical
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

Misc. Specs

Polar PatternCardioid
Type Of MicrophoneCondenser
Height (in.)6.51
Manufacturer Warranty5 Year
Microphone Intended UseStudio
ApplicationStudio
Frequency Response20 – 20,000 Hz
Connection TypeIntegral 3-Pin XLRM-Type
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