Cardioid Condenser Microphone

MSRP* US$2,999.00  

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.

  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Overview

    Studio Vocal Microphone
    Audio-Technica’s premier studio vocal microphone, 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 cardioid condenser 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.

    Four-part rectangular element
    The first of our design criteria for the AT5040 was purity of sound. To achieve this, Audio-Technica engineers developed a four-part rectangular element, the pinnacle of our recent breakthroughs in sound-capture technology. Four exquisitely matched ultra-thin diaphragms function together (with outputs proprietarily summed) as Audio-Technica’s largest-ever element, providing combined surface area twice that of a standard one-inch circular diaphragm.

    By using four diaphragms in a single capsule, the AT5040 delivers the benefits of an exceptionally large diaphragm--along with an extremely low noise floor--without increased weight, decreased transient response or other drawbacks that typically restrict diaphragm size.

    Another key AT5040 design feature is advanced internal shock mounting that effectively decouples the capsule from the microphone body. For additional isolation, each AT5040 is also provided with Audio-Technica’s innovative new AT8480 shock mount.

    100% quality control
    Every AT5040 is hand assembled and individually inspected for 100% quality control. Each microphone is enclosed in an elegant housing of aluminum and brass with high-quality gray finish for durability and low reflectivity.

    Discrete components have been selected for optimized capsule performance; in fact, every aspect of the microphone has been carefully considered to minimize any effects on the audio signal.
  • Features

    • 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 one-inch circular 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 assembled and inspected for 100% quality control

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

    • Elegant, durable housing of aluminum 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

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTFixed-charge back plate,
    permanently polarized condenser
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE20 – 20,000 Hz
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY–25 dB (56.2 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE50 ohms
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)137 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO89 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    WEIGHT582 g (20.5 oz)
    DIMENSIONS165.3 mm (6.51'') long,
    57.0 mm (2.24'') maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORSIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8480 shock mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; protective carrying case
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  • Downloads

    AT5040 Specification Sheet (pdf 547.86 KB)
    AT5040 Submittal Sheet (pdf 355.22 KB)
    AT5040 Literature (pdf 737.28 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

    AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone 5 5 1 1
    the best vocal recording mic ever! Used the 5040 for a new record and it was absolutely amazing! The intimacy of this mic is almost embarrassing. I believe it actually picked up some of the notes I was only thinking about singing. Best ever. June 29, 2013
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    Where can i buy the 5040?

    I have a home studio and i currently have no acoustic treatment, But i plan on using this mic at my home studio. I just want to know if i ca buy it directly off the Audio Technica website. And i would also like a comparison of this mic and the Sony C-800G. I plan on using it for vocals and maybe To record a electric guitar..
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    To check availability of the AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, Audio-Technica offers an Authorized Dealer List and Locator for your convenience at You may use this Dealer Locator to see if any Authorized Dealers have these microphones in stock. If any location does not have the AT5040 in stock, then you may ask the Authorized Dealer to have one ordered for you.

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