Flagship vocal mic. featuring four rectangular diaphragms functioning as one

$4399 + shipping (includes gst)

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

Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser

Polar pattern


Frequency response

20 – 20,000 Hz


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.


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


582 g


165.3mm long, 57mm maximum body diameter

Output connector

Integral 3-pin XLRM-type

Accessories furnished

AT8480 shock mount for 5/8″-27 threaded stands; protective carrying case

Polar Pattern
Frequency Response
AT5040 Specsheet (PDF) Download
AT5040 Submittal Sheet (PDF) Download
AT5040 Literature (PDF) Download

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