Audio-Technica AT5040 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

To craft this top-shelf condenser, A-T rewrote the book on mic design. Capture pure vocals and instruments with four matched diaphragms functioning as one.
The AT5040 cardioid condenser is Audio-Technica's premier studio vocal microphone. The debut of Audio-Technica's 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.

Four-part rectangular element

The first of A-T's design criteria for the AT5040 was purity of sound. To achieve this, Audio-Technica engineers developed a four-part rectangular element, the pinnacle of A-T's 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. read more 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.

Pure innovation

As much as A-T admires the great microphones of the world, this 50 Series cardioid condenser is pure innovation, not emulation. Wherever your passion for music takes you, listen for the purity, presence, depth and detail of Audio-Technica's standard in studio condenser microphones.


- 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 contro
- 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
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- Element: Fixed-Charge Back Plate, Permanently Polarized Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
- Open Circuit Sensitivity: –25 dB (56.2 Mv) Re 1V At 1 Pa
- Impedance: 50 Ohms
- 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 Connectors: Integral 3-Pin XLR-M-Type
- Accessories Furnished: At8480 Shock Mount For 5/8"-27 Threaded Stands; Protective Carrying Case
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 7.2 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 17 x 12 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AT5040
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 330-686-2600