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Audio-Technica AT2040: Affordable dynamic podcast microphone

Audio-Technica has introduced a dynamic podcast microphone AT2040 super-cardioid pattern. Designed for podcasts, voice-over recording and video calling, the microphone is already available for order for $ 99.


Audio-Technica AT2040

Dynamic microphones are better suited for home use and for work in small studios, as they have a lower sensitivity and a more pronounced radiation pattern than condenser microphones. In addition, condenser microphones require phantom power, which must be supplied either from an audio interface or from a special device or remote control, while a dynamic microphone does not require such power.

A feature of this dynamic microphone can be called low sensitivity, and, therefore, a microphone will need a preamplifier for operation, for example, an audio interface or a special device. In other words, if you can connect it to the input of a conventional sound card of a computer, you should not wait for a sufficient signal level. The image below demonstrates that you need to speak not sideways, but into the end of the microphone, as is usually the case when using dynamic pop microphones with a classic design.


Audio-Technica AT2040

Main features of the Audio-Technica AT2040 microphone

  • For podcasts, voice recording and broadcasting
  • Dynamic capsule with large diaphragm
  • Directional supercardioid radiation pattern
  • Warm, pleasant sound
  • Minimal background and background noise
  • Built-in shockproof gimbal
  • Pop filter built into the body
  • 3-pin XLR output connector
  • Stand, thread adapter and case
  • Frequency response 80 Hz to 16 kHz
  • Impedance 600 Ohm
  • Sensitivity -53 dBV / Pa at 1 kHz
  • Dimensions: ø5.21 x 14.53 cm
  • Weight: 615g

The Audio-Technica AT2040 supercardioid dynamic microphone features a large-diaphragm capsule in a classic design reminiscent of traditional broadcast microphones. The company claims that this microphone provides a warm vocal tone and also picks up less noise and reflections indoors, which sounds like “ less room catches ” in sound engineer jargon .

Thanks to the built-in pop filter, the AT2040 microphone slightly reduces plosive consonants and other features of the voice, it can be used without the additional pop screen. Built-in shockproof gimbal helps prevent unwanted noise and vibration.

The author of these lines has extensive experience with audio equipment from Audio-Technica, for example, I have had excellent studio headphones ATH-M30 for many years, so there is a credit of trust in the products of this company. It would be interesting to try this microphone in practice.


Audio-Technica AT2040

What are the prices?

The Audio-Technica AT2040 dynamic podcast microphone is available for pre-order for $ 99.

What do you think?

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