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Audio Technica AT4080 Bidirectional Active Ribbon Microphone

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With the groundbreaking AT4080, Audio-Technica achieves the coveted ribbon microphone sound while solving the problems of fragility and low output that have historically plagued ribbon mics. Delivering the warm, smooth sound of a classic ribbon microphone, Audio-Technica’s handcrafted AT4080 Active Ribbon Microphone offers a robust build for long-lasting, reliable performance and higher output for maximum compatibility with microphone preamplifiers.

Equally at home in recording studios and live-sound settings, the microphone features Audio-Technica’s innovative MicroLinear™ ribbon imprint, which protects the dual ribbons from lateral flexing and distortion. With 18 patents pending, Audio-Technica’s innovative ribbon transducer advances the evolution of ribbon microphone design. Experience the difference.


- Smooth, warm and natural high-fidelity sound for professional recording, broadcast and sound reinforcement

- Groundbreaking Audio-Technica ribbon design with 18 patents pending

- Proprietary MicroLinear™ ribbon imprint for superior durability

- Innovative dual ribbon construction for increased sensitivity

- Extremely powerful N50 neodymium magnets for high output level

- Ultra-fine mesh helps protect against ribbon damage

- Classic bidirectional (figure-of-eight) polar pattern picks up sounds equally from the front and back of the element

- High-SPL capability and extended frequency response

- Extended frequency response for natural audio reproduction

- Acoustic baffle system and extra large output transformer provide natural low-frequency response and extended dynamic range

- Handmade production – including ribbon corrugation, imprint and assembly

- Open acoustical environment of the housing assembly minimizes unwanted internal reflections

- Phantom-powered active electronics provide stable impedance and higher output for maximum compatibility with microphone preamplifiers

- Custom shock mount provides superior isolation




Polar Pattern


Frequency Response

20-18,000 Hz

Open Circuit Sensitivity

–39 dB (11.2 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa


100 ohms

Maximum Input Sound Level

150 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.


22 dB SPL

Dynamic Range (Typcial)

128 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL

Signal-to-Noise Ratio

72 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa

Phantom Power Requirements

48V DC, 3.0 mA typical




177.5mm long, 53.4mm maximum body diameter

Output Connector

Integral 3-pin XLRM-type

Accessories Furnished

AT8449/SV shock mount for 5/8″-27 threaded stands; microphone dust cover; protective carrying case

Audio-Technica Case Style



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