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  • Pjones9Pjones9

    Great studio microphone.

    Audio-Technica AT4040Published on 07/31/14 at 09:46
    The Audio Technica AT4040 condenser microphone is an excellent choice for studio recordings, great for vocals, acoustic guitars and overheads. It has a wide dynamic range and low noise (only 12dB of self- noise). Its high SPL capability captures every sound with detail and with a natural quality. It also is very affordable compared to similar condenser microphones in that price range like AKG or Rode, so If you're looking for a good home- studio condenser microphone this should be your first option. Even if you go to a professional studio you will definitely find one or two of this microphones around. I use it to record vocals, acoustic guitars (using two of them, one aiming at the neck of …
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    The Audio Technica AT4040 condenser microphone is an excellent choice for studio recordings, great for vocals, acoustic guitars and overheads. It has a wide dynamic range and low noise (only 12dB of self- noise). Its high SPL capability captures every sound with detail and with a natural quality. It also is very affordable compared to similar condenser microphones in that price range like AKG or Rode, so If you're looking for a good home- studio condenser microphone this should be your first option. Even if you go to a professional studio you will definitely find one or two of this microphones around. I use it to record vocals, acoustic guitars (using two of them, one aiming at the neck of the guitar and the other at the body) and overheads, as well as percussion and even a chinese instrument I play called Hulusi, it has a radder odd (but beautiful) sound but it was smoothly captured by the AT4040. The recorded drums sounded amazingly clear and organic. One very important thing to keep in mind when recording with this microphone it's placement; its cardioid pattern and large diaphragm makes it very responsive to sound pressure at the extremes; it will capture from the smallest detail to the loudest hit with equal precision.
    The AT4040 also features:
    -Switchable 80Hz hi-pass filter
    -10dB pad
    -Cardioid pattern
    -Frequency response of 20Hz-20kHz
    -Signal to noise ratio of 82 dB
    -Includes shock mount and case

    OVERALL OPINION

    What I like the most about this microphone is its versatility, clarity and smoothness, it is also very durable and solid built. As I stated before, this mic is perfect for vocals, acoustic instruments and overheads, however regarding lead vocals recording, it may not be the best choice for everyone; it feels a little bit bottom heavy and some voices may sound too deep, but this is easy to EQ out so it's not really a problem, what I'm just saying is that there are more suitable microphones for certain vocals; some voices have the upper midrange about 6-7 kHz but for some others this frequencies are more on their sibilance range, and vice versa. Also what I said earlier about placement is very important when recording vocals, in my band the singer can get very loud so when we were recording vocals we'd make him stand like 40-50 cm away from mic so the whole vocal range could be well captured with no clipping. I'm happy with the results, the vocals sound warm, crisp and full. Precision and quality of the sound are extraordinary for a microphone in that price range. Definitely would buy again. In conclusion:

    Pros
    -Wide dynamic range
    -Clear Sound
    -Versatility
    -Durable
    -Great deep end

    Cons
    - Some vocals can get a little bit muddy in the low end
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  • DanbeiDanbei

    Audio-Technica AT4040Published on 06/19/13 at 02:06
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
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    OVERALL OPINION

    I used it for 2-3 records vocals and guitars.
    I have an AT 2020 and now langevin CR 2001.
    Micro who are not in the same range and as we could expect if the AT 2020 is well below langevin and CR 2001 is well above the AT 4040.

    The 4040 AT gives a sound a bit muffled, it puts everything into the background, so it seems good for instruments (guitar in my case) and secondary voices. on the other hand for the main voice, I struggled to make out, it is not very good at it.

    I will not repeat this choice because I record mostly on main instrumental voice, so it is not the most suitable micro. It's still a good mic with a specific sound.
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    OVERALL OPINION

    I used it for 2-3 records vocals and guitars.
    I have an AT 2020 and now langevin CR 2001.
    Micro who are not in the same range and as we could expect if the AT 2020 is well below langevin and CR 2001 is well above the AT 4040.

    The 4040 AT gives a sound a bit muffled, it puts everything into the background, so it seems good for instruments (guitar in my case) and secondary voices. on the other hand for the main voice, I struggled to make out, it is not very good at it.

    I will not repeat this choice because I record mostly on main instrumental voice, so it is not the most suitable micro. It's still a good mic with a specific sound.
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  • Anonymous

    Audio-Technica AT4040Published on 02/13/03 at 08:52
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Unmute Audio Technica AT 4040
    connect a 48 V phantom power
    trs good quality and well made.
    Fidler natural sound reproduction.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I for one year.
    Trs good value quality / price.
    I coupled with a pre-amp behringer lamps T-1953 and I admit that is your exact surpenant.
    Of course this is not a Neumann or a pre-amp avalon but for a budget of less than € 500 you can have the hardware and enjoyable trs good quality for his home studio and especially without ruin!
    musically
    christophe
  • SoulboogalooSoulboogaloo

    Audio-Technica AT4040Published on 07/26/03 at 07:21
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Large diaphragm condenser microphone condenser
    Trs versatile (vocals, acoustic instruments, transplanted guitar amp ...)
    <ul> High-pass filter
    10dB Pad
    Directivity: cardioid </ul>
    The microphone gives an impression of enjoyable soliditbr /> Supplied with a suspension (of good quality

    OVERALL OPINION

    Rponse linear trs: no hump in the high artificially flattering medium
    Trs qualitprix good value (based on pay the price in England, not France!)
    Coupled with a Joemeek VC3Q, the sound is impressive add anything or correct EQ for the voice comes out alone in the mix!
    Many hsit with Chinese production (Studio Projects, SE Electronics ...) before buying. Finally, it is appr…
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    Large diaphragm condenser microphone condenser
    Trs versatile (vocals, acoustic instruments, transplanted guitar amp ...)
    <ul> High-pass filter
    10dB Pad
    Directivity: cardioid </ul>
    The microphone gives an impression of enjoyable soliditbr /> Supplied with a suspension (of good quality

    OVERALL OPINION

    Rponse linear trs: no hump in the high artificially flattering medium
    Trs qualitprix good value (based on pay the price in England, not France!)
    Coupled with a Joemeek VC3Q, the sound is impressive add anything or correct EQ for the voice comes out alone in the mix!
    Many hsit with Chinese production (Studio Projects, SE Electronics ...) before buying. Finally, it is appropriate (London travel: 176 (255) Turnkey home) that made me DCID
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  • Anonymous

    Audio-Technica AT4040Published on 10/31/03 at 02:19
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    Large capsule condenser microphone, delivered in standart with suspension (like robust but effective) cover anti dusts (pratque during the break) and storage box (better than a kit). This is a studio microphone (or home studio), I've seen on scne dj but my opinion is better to avoid (dusts). Need a phantom power supply.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for several months. It is good on acoustic instruments, an amp face (1m derrire an SM 58) is well complte trs dynamic microphone providing the precision and brilliance, it can be used a can do anything, even the voices. It is true that one can not find the dynamics of a big fat Neumann or AKG good, but it is prcis trs, be careful because w…
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    Large capsule condenser microphone, delivered in standart with suspension (like robust but effective) cover anti dusts (pratque during the break) and storage box (better than a kit). This is a studio microphone (or home studio), I've seen on scne dj but my opinion is better to avoid (dusts). Need a phantom power supply.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for several months. It is good on acoustic instruments, an amp face (1m derrire an SM 58) is well complte trs dynamic microphone providing the precision and brilliance, it can be used a can do anything, even the voices. It is true that one can not find the dynamics of a big fat Neumann or AKG good, but it is prcis trs, be careful because with such a well pramp transparent (those my B-Box for example) it's pretty painful, everything passes except the sweetness, which is not bad in the case of a harp, but a voice of time ...
    Finally for 500, we have a dj good quality microphone trs raproche that much more expensive microphones, but the galleries, it is necessary even when a prvoir drrire pramp taken some mild (but the test is better). After a few months of use I am satisfied with this micro trs, I intend to buy one even deuxime to catch Stereo (acoustic piano, orchestra ...).
    7 for the dynamics (in this classic sometimes teachers).
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  • MaltoMalto

    Audio-Technica AT4040Published on 11/01/05 at 12:21
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    AT 4040

    OVERALL OPINION

    For two years after having tasted the AT 4033 to a friend. Since I almost equalized more.
    Perfect for its versatility in the studio.
    Good value.
    Yes, I buy it back on. I'm just reserved for the bass but it may be me who puts it very well. If not for voice, sax, guitar, trumpet, percussions, brooms, ... never disappointed.
  • cioncion

    Audio-Technica AT4040Published on 03/25/06 at 08:18
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Large diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone
    Usage: primarily voice but also over head, gtr, strings ...
    Sensitivity S / N ratio due to a microphone This category

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for over a year.
    Good qualitprix
    I like the grain (similar to a AT4033)
    I use it mainly as a couple Ovi-head drums and strings.
    I use it when recording to the symphony orchestra Poitou-Charentes and effective s'avre trs (tjs couple) for a wood ... But not all the same is not an old couple Schoeps.
    I do it again this choice for a microphone in this price range and I dj is knowing that I bought a second shortly APRS first in order to use it as a couple.

    Also, be aware that bcp st…
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    Large diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone
    Usage: primarily voice but also over head, gtr, strings ...
    Sensitivity S / N ratio due to a microphone This category

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for over a year.
    Good qualitprix
    I like the grain (similar to a AT4033)
    I use it mainly as a couple Ovi-head drums and strings.
    I use it when recording to the symphony orchestra Poitou-Charentes and effective s'avre trs (tjs couple) for a wood ... But not all the same is not an old couple Schoeps.
    I do it again this choice for a microphone in this price range and I dj is knowing that I bought a second shortly APRS first in order to use it as a couple.

    Also, be aware that bcp stations Radio France use both at the 4033 the 4040 (and that of Neumann U87/U89 ct and 397 in round ... and these little audio-technica s 'come out not too bad (Thank the good old compressors Inovonics ...)
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  • CMC6CMC6

    Audio-Technica AT4040Published on 11/24/07 at 01:31
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    Large diaphragm condenser microphone

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a year or so, I was able to listen cot other large membranes, C414 (2x more expensive), U87 (7/8x more expensive), it is doing really well. the ratio Q / P is remarkable, trs equilibrated on voice, impeccable in OH, even when pummeled below, works well on guitars, a xylophone, ... short, versatile enough, I had no opportunity of serious costs on instrumentals.

    I also know that the AT4050 is as well but even more versatile, we can CHARACTERISTICS rgler the microphone, so we have even more opportunities for the taking.

    I think in a set of micro imporant it is to have because it holds up, I really feel like the …
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    Large diaphragm condenser microphone

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a year or so, I was able to listen cot other large membranes, C414 (2x more expensive), U87 (7/8x more expensive), it is doing really well. the ratio Q / P is remarkable, trs equilibrated on voice, impeccable in OH, even when pummeled below, works well on guitars, a xylophone, ... short, versatile enough, I had no opportunity of serious costs on instrumentals.

    I also know that the AT4050 is as well but even more versatile, we can CHARACTERISTICS rgler the microphone, so we have even more opportunities for the taking.

    I think in a set of micro imporant it is to have because it holds up, I really feel like the costs to scne, we see from time to time ...
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  • mcnoodlesmcnoodles

    Audio-Technica AT4040Published on 03/05/09 at 10:21
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Large diaphragm condenser microphone cardioid.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have 3 years I think. I use it mainly for Save the guitar and bass cabs and they do a very good job. For bass, I often used alone for guitars coupled with a ribbon mic and it's a very good combination, at least from my experience ... I tried in those taken one of his prowls NT2A and AKG C4000, the AT4040 outperforms the widely ...
    My micro Park (Super Extended not either) is my No. 1 choice in large cap, I just used to everything except for vocals or OH ... but why not ... like everyone, be tested!
    Given the price, this is a great micro!
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    Large diaphragm condenser microphone cardioid.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have 3 years I think. I use it mainly for Save the guitar and bass cabs and they do a very good job. For bass, I often used alone for guitars coupled with a ribbon mic and it's a very good combination, at least from my experience ... I tried in those taken one of his prowls NT2A and AKG C4000, the AT4040 outperforms the widely ...
    My micro Park (Super Extended not either) is my No. 1 choice in large cap, I just used to everything except for vocals or OH ... but why not ... like everyone, be tested!
    Given the price, this is a great micro!
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  • Anonymous

    Great little vocal microphone!

    Audio-Technica AT4040Published on 07/06/11 at 01:35
    The Audio-Technica AT4040 is a side address fixed cardioid studio condenser microphone that is touted as very consistent and very natural by Audio-Technica. It boasts a rather impressively low noise figure at only 12 dB of self-noise, and an equally impressive accompanying signal to noise ratio of 82 dB. Aside from that, it includes the expected 10 dB pad and the low end roll-off starting at 80 Hz that one would expect to find on most microphones of this caliber.

    The AT4040 has a rather standard frequency response of 20-20,000 Hz. One look at the frequency response curve, however, and it is obvious what the Audio-Technica was trying to do when they were engineering this little bugger: ta…
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    The Audio-Technica AT4040 is a side address fixed cardioid studio condenser microphone that is touted as very consistent and very natural by Audio-Technica. It boasts a rather impressively low noise figure at only 12 dB of self-noise, and an equally impressive accompanying signal to noise ratio of 82 dB. Aside from that, it includes the expected 10 dB pad and the low end roll-off starting at 80 Hz that one would expect to find on most microphones of this caliber.

    The AT4040 has a rather standard frequency response of 20-20,000 Hz. One look at the frequency response curve, however, and it is obvious what the Audio-Technica was trying to do when they were engineering this little bugger: tailor it for vocals. It has a rather significant bump at 6-7 kHz, a dip in the sibilance range from 8-10 kHz, and a nice boost of air right above 10 kHz. While when using it on my voice, it was a dream, this, unfortunately, can wreak havoc on the sound if it happens to be put in front of the wrong singer.

    Why? All of these critical frequencies in the voice--upper midrange, sibilance, air--they are all next door neighbors to each other. On some voices, 6-7 kHz is in the upper midrange, but on others' voices, it is smack dab right in the middle of their sibilance zones. It also works the same way on the other end; perhaps boosting at 11-13 kHz or so may work on some voices, but some people have sibilance zones that go into this range. Essentially speaking, while this microphone can for the most part avoid harshness compared to many of the Chinese microphones that just seem to boost everything over 6 kHz, be prepared to find some bizarre sounds coming out of some vocalists.

    But who said one microphone can be used by everyone? Not me.

    OVERALL OPINION

    The Audio-Technica AT4040 is a great little beast that will sound better than any of the lower end Chinese microphones on the market, but that's not saying much. It works very well on me, but there are vocalists it just should not be on. However, even if you place it on these unsuited voices, the results will still be much better than the "boost everything" mentality that the Chinese K67-type microphones push. It's always an upgrade from your MXL microphone, but certainly not always against its peers.
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