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Audio Technica AT4040 Review – A High Value Product!

Are you on a quest for another valuable addition to your arsenal of studio microphones? Well I hope you are, because today I’ll be introducing another studio condenser microphone, that might just be the one you’ve been looking for. Feeling sceptical? Well then, allow me to explain more about this product in today’s “Audio Technica AT4040 Review”!

Product OverviewAT4040

If you are a music or audio enthusiast, you will definitely have at least heard of Audio Technica. It is an internationally recognised group of companies that has been around for decades. Well known for producing high performing audio devices, Audio Technica’s AT4040 condenser microphone is just one of many high quality studio microphones.

Designed with the “value for money” principle in mind, the AT4040 is packed with professional recording features while being manufactured in a cost effective way. It offers exceptional versatility in its recording applications and can even be used for live miking if the situation calls for it. The affordable price point also makes this product perfect for producers on a budget!

Primary Specifications

  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Low frequency roll-off
  • Weight: 360g
  • 3-pin XLR output
  • Protective carrying case included

Now, let us look at the major features of the AT4040!

Natural Sound QualityLarge Condenser

What most people expect from a condenser microphone, is organic and natural sounding recordings. Here is where the Audio Technica AT4040 will not disappoint. It is designed with an advanced large diaphragm, that is tensioned in a way that produces smooth and creamy sonic characteristics. This makes it great for recording vocals and acoustic guitars.

Another feature that is worth mentioning about the AT4040, is its “DC bias” true condenser design. This means that the transducer element itself, is externally polarized by using phantom power. The result of this is a microphone that has very low noise, wide dynamic range, and is also capable of high SPL, which makes the AT4040 a very versatile microphone.

Enhanced Electronics

You would be glad to know that the AT4040 condenser microphone is designed to include enhanced “transformerless” electronic circuitry, that will benefit your recording projects. This design virtually eliminates low-frequency distortion and provides excellent response to high-speed transients. Basically, you’ll have a richer, and DC Biasedfuller sounding recording.

One more excellent design feature of the AT4040, is its acoustic element baffle. It is carefully crafted by precision-machines, and is made up of high quality nickel-plated brass. This provides enhanced stability to the element itself, and ensures optimal sensitivity, which means that you’ll get a clean and transparent recording for even the most complex instruments.

Excellent ParametersAT4040 Review

Any audio engineer or music producer would aim to have the most accurate sound during the recording stage. With the Audio Technica AT4040 condenser microphone, this process has just become much easier. It is designed to include a low frequency roll-off switch, that allows you to filter out bass frequencies that might make your recording sound muddy.

Some other things that I thought was important to highlight, are the accessories that are included with every purchase of the AT4040. You will be getting a microphone dust cover, that serves to protect the sensitive parts of the microphone from any dust particles, and also a protective carrying case that protects your AT4040 while travelling.

Here’s a great video demonstrating the AT4040’s sound quality!

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Smooth and clear sound quality
  • Includes a “10dB pad” switch
  • Low frequency roll-off switch
  • Sturdy overall build quality
  • Versatile recording applications
  • Low noise circuitry
  • Can handle relatively high SPL
  • Protective dust cover included

Cons

  • It might sound a little dull, especially when compared to more expensive condenser mics
  • There is a slight boost of the low mid-range frequency, that you might not like

ConclusionAmazon

Condenser microphones are getting more popular among home recordists today, especially with more manufacturers now producing “value-for money” models, such as the Audio Technica AT4040. While I am not a big fan of Audio Technica’s range of microphones, this particular product has really caught my attention.

In fact, I can safely say that there are not too many affordable condenser microphones out there, that can rival the impressive quality of the AT4040 condenser mic. The features, sound quality, and build quality of this microphone, makes it a very good long-term investment.

I have used Audio Technica microphones for live sound applications many times, and can definitely vouch for their rugged construction and versatility. You can always rely on them to deliver superb audio quality even during complex recording situations. If you are on a tight budget and have very few options, then I will definitely recommend the AT4040!

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Farhan

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4 Comments

  1. Thanks for the write up on the Audio Technica at4040 review. My son is just now getting to the age where he is joining bands. He plays the drums. I think this will be a great gift for him for his birthday. This way they can use this in their recordings of their songs. Again, thanks for the great review. I know you gave this a good review for the price, Is there another mic that you would say is your number one recommendation?
    Marc

    • Hi Marc

      The AT4040 would make a good “overhead” microphone for your son’s drum kit. It can also be used for other sound sources like vocals and acoustic guitar. If you could let me know what instruments you intend to record, I would be glad to give you my recommendation.

      Thanks for your thoughts!

  2. I must admit my very first microphone was the Audio Technica ATR2100. Mainly because it was inexpensive and “acceptable” for my entry into voiceover work. And because it worked with my regular desktop stand if I was doing a simple recording. I have been reading about how sensitive the AT4040 is. Do you think it is too much for voice recordings – possibly catching a lot of ambient noise?

    • Hello Indasa!

      All condenser microphones are generally very sensitive, and this includes the AT4040 as well. But this is the characteristic of the AT4040, that actually makes it perfect for vocal recordings. Ambience can actually make your recordings sound more natural and “open”.

      I think what you are talking about is external noise pollution (sounds that you do not want in your recording). You need to make sure that your room is as quiet as possible. I recommend finding an ideal time of the day, where the environmental noise is the lowest, to record.

      Or, if you are really serious on isolating noise, then read this article on soundproofing.

      Thanks for reading!

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