Audio-Technica AT5040 Studio Vocal Microphone

Model #AT5040

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General Information

Element Type Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20 to 20,000 Hz
Open Circuit Sensitivity -25 dB (56.2 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
Impedance 50Ω
Maximum Input Level 142 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
Noise 5 dB SPL (typical, A-weighted)
Dynamic Range (Typical) 137 dB, 1 kHz at max SPL
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 89 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Phantom Power Requirements 48V DC, 3.8 mA typical
Output Connector Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
Case Form Factor Audio-Technica R10
Dimensions (Ø x L) 2.24 x 6.51" (57 x 165.3 mm)
Weight 20.5 oz (582 g)
Expert Reviews
30 May 2013

With a new large diaphragm condenser mic there's rarely anything unusual to discuss. After all, the focus is typically on the general frequency response, pick up pattern, build quality and sound.

Remix magazine.32854434
30 June 2014

contributor, he mixes front-of-house for Blue Öyster Cult and teaches audio at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry campus.

25 May 2014

The Japanese brand had us certainly used to well-made products, rarely going beyond the $1000 mark. That was until the AT5040 with a price tag of $3000 came along. The manufacturer proclaims extraordinary craftsmanship (manufactured by hand with high-quality components only) and state-of-the-art...

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    Sound quality and richness, Sound level output, Manufacturing quality, Time-saving shock mount suspension

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    Its price, Only one polar pattern (cardioid)

User Reviews
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5 May 2017

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.

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29 June 2013

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.

Product Highlights
  • Designed for Vocals
  • Smooth High-Frequency Response
  • Excellent for all Acoustic Instruments
  • Four-Part Rectangular Element
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Advanced Internal Shockmount
  • Low-Noise Performance
In The Box
  • Audio-Technica AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  • AT8480 Shockmount for 5/8"-27 Threaded Stands
  • Protective Carrying Case
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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