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Audio Technica AT5040 Flagship Studio Vocal Microphone

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Introducing Audio-Technica’s premier studio vocal microphone, the AT5040 cardioid condenser. The debut of our flagship 50 Series, 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 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.


- 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 circular one-inch 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 built and inspected for 100% quality control

- Advanced internal shock mounting decouples the capsule from the microphone body

- Elegant, durable housing of aluminium 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



Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser

Polar pattern


Frequency response

20 – 20,000 Hz


50 ohms

Open circuit sensitivity

–25 dB (56.2 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa*

Maximum input sound level

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


5 dB SPL

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


582 g


165.3mm long, 57mm maximum body diameter

Output connector

Integral 3-pin XLRM-type

Accessories furnished

AT8480 shock mount for 5/8″-27 threaded stands; protective carrying case


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