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Studio Vocal Microphone


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

  • Element: Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 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.
  • Noise: 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
  • Weight: 582 g (20.5 oz)
  • Dimensions: 165.3 mm (6.51'') long, 57.0 mm (2.24'') maximum body diameter
  • Output connector: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
  • Accessories furnished: AT8480 shock mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; protective carrying case



...the AT5040 may be one of the most neutral vocal mics I have used and would strongly recommend it...

Recording Hacks - AT5040 review

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The AT5040 impressed, and seemed like a mic that will be considered a classic

Recording Hacks - voiceover shootout test

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The first time I used the AT5040, I was immediately struck by its nuanced and delicate presence coupled with its super-accurate detail.

The AT5040 offers the elegance and natural sound of a well-designed large-diaphragm condenser microphone with the precision, wide frequency response and high SPL handling of a small-diaphragm microphone. The AT5040 is like super high-definition video—it captures everything in truthful resolution.

Mix Online

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Audio-Technica has clearly achieved their goal of creating a first-class vocal/instrument microphone. The AT5040 somehow maintains accuracy while adding just the right amount of enhancement to vocals. Its ability to produce stunning realism sets it apart from the pack, and even if you can’t afford it, you really should make a point of hearing it.

Electronic Musician

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...the AT5040 is an impressive microphone, both in terms of its innovative design and its gloriously smooth and detailed sound character.

Sound on Sound

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Stylish, functional and incredibly well made. Natural open sound. Big output level and very low noise.

Music Radar

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