Audio-Technica has released the AT2040 Hypercardioid Dynamic Podcast Microphone. This is a relatively low-cost microphone that is suitable for podcasts, voice-overs, video conferencing, etc.
- For Podcasts, Voice-Overs & Broadcasts
- End-Address, Broadcast-Style Mic
- Large-Diaphragm Dynamic Capsule
- Highly Directional Hypercardioid Pattern
- Warm, Robust Sound
- Minimal Background & Stand-Borne Noise
- Integrated Shockmount
- Internal Pop Filter
- XLR 3-Pin Output Connector
- Stand Mount, Threaded Adapter & Pouch
The Audio-Technica AT2040 Hypercardioid Dynamic Microphone features a large-diaphragm dynamic capsule in a classic end-address configuration, just like traditional broadcast-style mics. This mic is claimed to deliver a warm, yet robust vocal tone. It is also said to pick up minimal background noise and room reflections, thanks to its hypercardioid polar pattern.
By incorporating an internal multistage pop filter, the AT2040 is able to reduce vocal plosives without relying on an external pop screen. Additionally, the integrated shockmount helps prevent noise from stand handling and other vibrations while keeping the overall size down.
Due to its XLR 3-pin output connector and low sensitivity, the AT2040 should be used with a mic preamp that can provide moderate to high gain. Being a dynamic mic, it requires no batteries or phantom power.
Price & Availability
The Audio-Technica AT2040 Hypercardioid Dynamic Podcast Microphone is now available for pre-order for $99 USD.
The Audio-Technica AT2040 Hypercardioid Dynamic Podcast Microphone faces stiff competition from the Rode PodMic Dynamic Podcasting Microphone ($99 USD).
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