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Audio Technica AT4080

Product Code: 447180

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The Audio-Technica AT4080 achieves the coveted ribbon microphone sound while solving the problems of fragility and low output that have historically plagued ribbon mics. Delivering the warm, smooth sound of a classic ribbon microphone, Audio-Technica's handcrafted AT4080 Active Ribbon Microphone offers a robust build for long-lasting, reliable performance and higher output for maximum compatibility with microphone preamplifiers.

Equally at home in recording studios and live-sound settings, the microphone features Audio-Technica's innovative MicroLinear ribbon imprint, which protects the dual ribbons from lateral flexing and distortion. With 18 patents pending, Audio-Technica's innovative ribbon transducer advances the evolution of ribbon microphone design.



*Smooth, warm and natural high-fidelity sound for professional recording, broadcast and sound reinforcement
*Groundbreaking Audio-Technica ribbon design with 18 patents pending
*Proprietary MicroLinear ribbon imprint for superior durability
*Innovative dual ribbon construction for increased sensitivity
*Extremely powerful N50 neodymium magnets for high output level
*Ultra-fine mesh helps protect against ribbon damage
*Classic bidirectional (figure-of-eight) polar pattern picks up sounds equally from the front and back of the element
*High-SPL capability and extended frequency response
*Extended frequency response for natural audio reproduction
*Acoustic baffle system and extra large output transformer provide natural low-frequency response and extended dynamic range
*Handmade production - including ribbon corrugation, imprint and assembly
*Open acoustical environment of the housing assembly minimizes unwanted internal reflections
*Phantom-powered active electronics provide stable impedance and higher output for maximum compatibility with microphone preamplifiers
*Custom shock mount provides superior isolation



*Element: Ribbon
*Polar Pattern: Figure-of-eight
*Frequency Response: 20-18,000 Hz
*Open Circuit Sensitivity: 39 dB (11.2 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
*Impedancet: 100 ohms
*Maximum Input Sound Level: 150 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
*Noise: 22 dB SPL
*Dynamic Range (Typcial): 128 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
*Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 72 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
*Phantom Power Requirements: 48V DC, 3.0 mA typical
*Weight: 474 g (16.7 oz)
*Dimensions: 177.5 mm (6.99") long, 53.4 mm (2.10") maximum body diameter
*Output Connector: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
*Accessories Furnished: AT8449/SV shock mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; microphone dust cover; protective carrying case
*Audio-Technica Case Style: R1

Microphone Response: 20Hz - 18kHz
Microphone Impedance: 100 Ohms
Microphone Maximum SPL: 150dB
Microphone Dynamic Range: 128dB
Microphone Signal-to-Noise: 72dB
Microphone Sensitivity: -39dB
Microphone Self Noise: 22dB
Microphone Connector: 3-Pin XLR Male
Microphone Pad Switches: No
Microphone Powering: 48VDC Phantom Power, 3mA
Physical Height: 178 x 53mm
Physical Weight: 474g
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Magazine Reviews
Sound on Sound, August 2010 "These are both very flexible and beautifully built microphones that capture the familiar ribbon‑mic character, but without the usual low signal‑level complications, and they preserve a little more of the high end too. The AT4080 has the most natural ribbon sound overall, but the AT4081 is a great ally when you need to add some upper‑mid attitude." http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/aug10/articles/at-4080-4081.htm Mix Online, 2010 "The 4080 is a marvelous microphone that is easily adaptable to a wide variety of situations. Users in the market for a ribbon microphone or anyone simply wanting to expand their sonic palette should give the AT4080 top consideration. " http://www.mixonline.com/news/microphones/audio-technica-at4080-active-ribbon-microphone-review/369567 http://tapeop.com/reviews/gear/78/at4080-at4081-ribbon-mics/
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