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Audio Technica AT4081 Active Ribbon Mic

Product Code: 447190

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Audio-Technica AT4081 Active Ribbon Microphone

Audio-Technica's AT4081 delivers the warmth and natural sound of a classic ribbon microphone, and being handcrafted offers a robust build for long-lasting performance and higher output for maximum compatibility with microphone preamplifiers.

With its low-profile stick design, this microphone is a natural for use on a wide range of instruments (horns, strings, drum overheads, orchestras and more) and guitar cabinets in recording studios and live-sound settings.

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.


Key Features

*Low-profile stick design maximizes placement options
*Smooth, warm and natural sound tuned for instrument reproduction
*Audio-Technica ribbon design with 18 patents pending including proprietary MicroLinear ribbon imprint for superior durability
*Innovative dual ribbon construction for increased sensitivity
*Extremely powerful N50 neodymium magnets for high output level
*Superfine mesh guards against ribbon damage
*High-SPL capability and extended frequency response
*Handmade production - including ribbon corrugation, imprint and assembly
*Phantom-powered active electronics provide stable impedance and higher output for maximum compatibility with microphone preamplifiers

Microphone Capsule: Ribbon
Microphone Response: 30Hz - 18kHz
Microphone Impedance: 100 Ohms
Microphone Maximum SPL: 150 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
Microphone Dynamic Range: 125 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
Microphone Signal-to-Noise: 69 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Microphone Sensitivity: -42 dB (7.9 mV), re 1V at 1 Pa
Microphone Self Noise: 25 dB SPL
Microphone Connector: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
Microphone Diameter: 21mm
Microphone Powering: 48V DC, 3.0 mA typical
Physical Height: 155.0 mm (6.10") long, 21.0 mm (0.83") maximum body diameter
Physical Weight: 152 g
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Magazine Reviews
Sound on Sound Aug 2010 "A flexible and beautifully built microphone that capture the familiar ribbon-mic character, but without the usual low signal-level complications, and preserves a little more of the high end too." http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/aug10/articles/at-4080-4081.htm
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