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The AT4040 side-address condenser microphone features an advanced large diaphragm tensioned specifically to provide smooth, natural sonic characteristics. A marriage of technical precision and artistic inspiration, the AT4040 offers exceptionally low noise, wide dynamic range and high-SPL capability for greatest versatility. This ultra-consistent microphone may be used with confidence in a wide variety of studio and live miking applications, even under the stringent demands of digital recording systems. The AT4040’s low-noise circuitry is symmetrical and transformerless, resulting in exceptional transient response and clean output signals for transparent reproduction of even the most troublesome of instruments and sound effects.<br/><a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms//eb7732ab91615cca/index.html" target="_blank"><b>Check out audio samples and interior views of the AT4040 and other 40 Series side-address condensers</b></a><br/>
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent utility mics. Great to have a pair lying around.
PostedDecember 4, 2011
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larsenjazz
from Cottage Grove, OR 97424, USA
Environment:Studio
Expertise:Expert
How Long:Over a year
Reliability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Audio Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
This microphone is one of those go anywhere do anything mics. It sounds good on lots of sound sources and also does an excellent job. I have used this mic for my sax recordings on albums, flutes, clarinets, guitar amps, pianos, and much more. It has a very even clean sound that is very easy to work with. It is not particularly colored or weighted mic, but it does have a slightly brighter sound than the at4047, which is also an excellent mic. So this mic tends to respond better to sound sources where clarity and bright sounds are preffered. (Strings, Piano, Room Micing, Cymbals) All in all this is a great all around studio mic that works great in a wide variety of applications. And the price is very good to boot.
Pros Piano, Vocals, Film/Video Production, Ambience, Guitar Amp, Brass, Bass Amp, Field Recording, Woodwinds, Strings, Guitar, Drums
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Audio-Technica’s premium professional studiophones offer a flat, extended frequency response for professional studio monitoring. Superior components provide very high SPL capabilities while maintaining exceptional clarity of sound. Exterior design features include sturdy strain-relief cable and comfortable circumaural earpieces that can be rotated 180º to permit one-ear monitoring. The studiophones utilize 40-millimeter drives with neodymium magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils for lowest mass. They are equipped with an 11-foot cable terminated in a standard ¼-inch connector. This field-serviceable model allows elements, cables, and earpads to be replaced in the field if needed.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Absolutely great for what you pay!
PostedDecember 2, 2011
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larsenjazz
from Cottage Grove, OR 97424, USA
Environment:Studio
Expertise:Expert
How Long:Over a year
Reliability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Audio Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I have lots of head phones that I use and these are some of the best. I only paid about $60 brand new and they work great. If you need phones for tracking or light mixing these will work great. I find them a little "bassier" than my studio monitors and have to tweek my mixes if I use them before the monitors, but having said that for $60 you just can't beat them. They are also very strong and hold up well to road travels.
Pros Film/Video Production, Travel, Studio
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One of the new stars of the Artist Series remake, the ATM450 cardioid condenser offers an innovative side-address stick design for endless placement options and minimal obstructions. The microphone is equipped with an integral 80 Hz hi-pass filter that provides easy switching from a flat frequency response to a low-end roll-off. The ATM450 also features a switchable 10 dB pad that lowers the microphone's sensitivity, providing higher SPL capability for flexible use with a wide range of performers and system configurations. The microphone’s extended flat frequency response makes it ideal for high SPLs as well as for live and amplified acoustic instruments. Includes a professional isolation clamp to provide secure mounting, versatile positioning and effective dampening of unwanted mechanical noise.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great general purpose mics
PostedDecember 2, 2011
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larsenjazz
from Cottage Grove, OR 97424, USA
Environment:Live Sound
Expertise:Expert
How Long:Over a year
Reliability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Audio Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Use 
4 / 5
4 / 5
These are really great general purpose mics. I use them all the time for close micing hi hats, drums, soft horns and voices. They are not great for distance micing and are much better suited for closer applications. For recording they work well and have a nice clean sound. They are not very broad so I would tend to use them as more of a fill sound and get my main source from a larger mic.
Pros Piano, Vocals, Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, Guitar, Drums
Cons hard to aim with the wind screen on.
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This premium electret condenser microphone is engineered to meet the most critical acoustic requirements of professional recording, broadcast and live sound. The AT4041 cardioid studio condenser microphone features a smooth, extended frequency response with a slight rise in the high-frequency region and a transformerless output for very high SPL-handling capability. A unique combination of audio excellence and moderate cost, the AT4041 is a rugged microphone housed in a case of turned brass with black chrome plating for durability and low reflectivity. The element back plate holds a fixed charge and has been aged to provide energy stabilization. The surface of the back plate is precision milled to ensure maximum charge linearity, resulting in a reduction in both frequency response peaks and diaphragm break-up distortion.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Recording Mics
PostedNovember 23, 2011
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larsenjazz
from Oregon
Environment:Studio
Expertise:Expert
How Long:Over a year
Reliability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Audio Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
These are really fantastic mics for all sorts of recording applications. I have used them as drum overheads, room mics, choir mics and they have handled it all very well. They are not as bright or as harsh as other mics which makes them much more useful for things like vocals where too much high frequency is a problem. Great to buy them in the stereo pair.
Pros Piano, Vocals, Film/Video Production, Ambience, Brass, Field Recording, Woodwinds, Guitar, Drums
Cons not super high output so you need some gain.
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The classic edition of the legendary AT4033 microphone, the side-address AT4033/CL offers low-noise, symmetrical, transformerless circuitry that results in exceptional transient response and clean output signals. A studio classic and bluegrass favorite, the AT4033/CL cardioid studio condenser is the microphone that broke the US$1000-barrier in its class. A strong up-front presence characterizes the sonic signature of this 40 Series pro-audio classic. The AT4033/CL’s 80Hz high-pass filter easily switches between flat frequency response and a low-end roll-off that diminishes ambient noise and popping with closely-miked vocals.<br/><a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms//eb7732ab91615cca/index.html" target="_blank"><b>Check out audio samples and interior views of the AT4033/CL and other 40 Series side-address condensers</b></a><br/>
 

What is the difference between the 4033CL and the 4033A

Is there any?
Yes and No. The AT4033 is a classic mic that Audio-Technica has made for years. The letter after it the name represent the different changes they have made over the years to essentially the same mic. The CL is the newest version which stands for CLASSIC. If you have heard a AT4033CL and love it and are buying a AT4033a to try and match it, chances are you will probably hear small differences since it will be older and have small variations in parts, materials, and years of service. They are going to be very similar since they are both essentially the same mic, but the just won't be exactly the same.
2 years, 9 months ago
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Cottage Grove, OR 97424, USA
 
The classic edition of the legendary AT4033 microphone, the side-address AT4033/CL offers low-noise, symmetrical, transformerless circuitry that results in exceptional transient response and clean output signals. A studio classic and bluegrass favorite, the AT4033/CL cardioid studio condenser is the microphone that broke the US$1000-barrier in its class. A strong up-front presence characterizes the sonic signature of this 40 Series pro-audio classic. The AT4033/CL’s 80Hz high-pass filter easily switches between flat frequency response and a low-end roll-off that diminishes ambient noise and popping with closely-miked vocals.<br/><a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms//eb7732ab91615cca/index.html" target="_blank"><b>Check out audio samples and interior views of the AT4033/CL and other 40 Series side-address condensers</b></a><br/>
 

How many inches in diameter is the diaphragm of the 4033/CL?

1
2 years, 9 months ago
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The AT4040 side-address condenser microphone features an advanced large diaphragm tensioned specifically to provide smooth, natural sonic characteristics. A marriage of technical precision and artistic inspiration, the AT4040 offers exceptionally low noise, wide dynamic range and high-SPL capability for greatest versatility. This ultra-consistent microphone may be used with confidence in a wide variety of studio and live miking applications, even under the stringent demands of digital recording systems. The AT4040’s low-noise circuitry is symmetrical and transformerless, resulting in exceptional transient response and clean output signals for transparent reproduction of even the most troublesome of instruments and sound effects.<br/><a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms//eb7732ab91615cca/index.html" target="_blank"><b>Check out audio samples and interior views of the AT4040 and other 40 Series side-address condensers</b></a><br/>
 

what is 48V phantom power and how is it used with AT4040

I want to use the microphone for singing,what do I have to do to connect it to my music source (vovopro multi format player)
Phantom power is a term that denotes a boost in the amount of electricity that is passed from the mic pre amp to the microphone. The 48V that you often hear said with phantom power stands for 48 Volts which is what a condenser mic like the AT4040 requires to operate. Just think of these mics as having little computers in them that require an external power source to run. If your recorder does not have button for 48V or Phantom Power on it chances are it will not have this function and you will have to get an external power supply. You cannot run a condenser mic without phantom power. PS just to note many ribbon mics can actually be damaged by phantom power so be careful about just switching it on without knowing something about your mic.
2 years, 9 months ago
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The AT4040 side-address condenser microphone features an advanced large diaphragm tensioned specifically to provide smooth, natural sonic characteristics. A marriage of technical precision and artistic inspiration, the AT4040 offers exceptionally low noise, wide dynamic range and high-SPL capability for greatest versatility. This ultra-consistent microphone may be used with confidence in a wide variety of studio and live miking applications, even under the stringent demands of digital recording systems. The AT4040’s low-noise circuitry is symmetrical and transformerless, resulting in exceptional transient response and clean output signals for transparent reproduction of even the most troublesome of instruments and sound effects.<br/><a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms//eb7732ab91615cca/index.html" target="_blank"><b>Check out audio samples and interior views of the AT4040 and other 40 Series side-address condensers</b></a><br/>
 

Am i getting the right idea?

Hey, I'm new to this whole audio recording thing. If i were to get an AT4040 mic and an M-AUDIO fast track pro interface, along with my laptop with garageband and imovie, i can start recording? Do those go together? Would i need another piece of hardware? What would you recommend? I would be recording acoustic guitar and vocals. Thanks for any help.
-Zack L.
The short answer is yes and the long answer is what are you recording. There are really only 4 things you need to start making digital recordings:
1 - Sound source worth recording. (Hardest thing to find)
2 - A decent microphone. (AT4040 is a great choice for lots of things.)
3 - A audio interface. (This has two functions: to act as an A/D converter for the signal coming from the microphone and a mic pre amp, which provides the juice to make the mic work.)
4 - Software to record with. (Garageband works well for very basic recordings.)

Really the only other things you need to ensure are:
Drivers for MAC OSX for your M-AUDIO device.
Some research on how to properly attach, power, place, and use your mic. (Trust me the first 100 recordings you do will be failures just simply cause you place the mic in the wrong spot.)
You will also need the boring accesories that go along with recording: mic cables, headphones, mic stand, studio monitors(your macs built in speakers are like cell phone speakers so at least get a great pair of headphone. PS Audio-Technica makes some excellent ones.)

Hope this all helps.
2 years, 9 months ago
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larsenjazz
Cottage Grove, OR 97424, USA
 
Audio-Technica’s premium professional studiophones offer a flat, extended frequency response for professional studio monitoring. Superior components provide very high SPL capabilities while maintaining exceptional clarity of sound. Exterior design features include sturdy strain-relief cable and comfortable circumaural earpieces that can be rotated 180º to permit one-ear monitoring. The studiophones utilize 40-millimeter drives with neodymium magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils for lowest mass. They are equipped with an 11-foot cable terminated in a standard ¼-inch connector. This field-serviceable model allows elements, cables, and earpads to be replaced in the field if needed.
 

Straight Cord? (ATH-M40fs headphones)

There is no picture of the cord. I was wondering if it was a straight wire, or the curly cue kind? (ATH-M40fs headphones)
The ones I bought do have a straight cord. basically they make 2 models, straight and curely. If you read into it the description tells you they just don't scream it.
2 years, 9 months ago
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Ideal for home studio and live applications, the low-profile AT2021 offers an extended frequency response, high maximum SPL and wide dynamic range. The microphone is outstanding for acoustic guitar, overheads, piano and group vocals. Its low-mass element offers a superb transient response.
 

AT2041 Studio Microphone Package

Are both microphones being sold on Amazon as the AT2041 Studio Microphone Package USB connectors? I have the AT2020 here at home which is USB but I am unsure if both of the mics in the AT2041 Studio Microphone Package are USB.
Probably not. If it does not actually say USB on the mic chances are it is not a USB mic. Most of the time the packages are for conventional XLR Plugs.
2 years, 9 months ago
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Ideal for home studio and live applications, the low-profile AT2021 offers an extended frequency response, high maximum SPL and wide dynamic range. The microphone is outstanding for acoustic guitar, overheads, piano and group vocals. Its low-mass element offers a superb transient response.
 

Will this microphone pick up vocals along with an acoustic guitar at the same time with the same quality?

The simple answer is no. Most likely the guitar will over power the voice in the recording or if the mic is too close to your mouth, the mic will not pick up the guitar. You are far better off with a mic on the guitar and a mic for your voice. Small condenser mics are a little harsh on voice since they tend to down play the low parts of the voice and bring out high sounds. I would suggest a traditional hand held vocal mic on a stand or a large diaphragm condenser for that purpose. AT2021 will work good for the guitar though.
2 years, 9 months ago
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larsenjazz
Oregon