Audio files AT4040
Great studio microphone.
The AT4040 also features:
-Switchable 80Hz hi-pass filter
-Frequency response of 20Hz-20kHz
-Signal to noise ratio of 82 dB
-Includes shock mount and case
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:
-Wide dynamic range
-Great deep end
- Some vocals can get a little bit muddy in the low end
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.
Great little vocal microphone!
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.
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.
Excellent versatile choice
Stereo pair, studio or live, very versatile.
I use it for 3 years (the previous pair was stolen stereo ...), mainly couple at first, then gradually, and happily, for the live.
In overheads, excellent record in the studio but too sensitive for the live.
On a Leslie, a real treat!
On occasional solo (clarinet, accordion, vocals, violin ...), excellent record but again, a little too sensitive for the live (a KSM32 sounds a bit more neutral but gets less the rest of the orchestra).
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- Added in our database on: 03/28/2004
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