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mooseherman 12/02/2010

Audio-Technica AT4040 : mooseherman のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

"Cheap Condenser with quality skills!"
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This is a large diaphragm condenser microphone from Audio-Technica. While not the most pristine name in the business, AT is getting known for their affordable, yet quality gear, and this mic is no exception. It's probably best used in the studio, or at the home studio, I wouldn't really try to use it in a live gig environment, as I'm not sure what you'd use for, and it's too delicate to use on most instruments at a concert hall. The mic has a 10db pad on it and needs phantom power to work.

OVERALL OPINION

I like this microphone, for the price it's really pretty awesome. As another reviewer mentioned, it's much better than most LDC mics in its price range as it doesn't have the harsh sound that those do. I like to use it at home more than in the actual studio, as the place I work has better mics than this. If I was going to use this microphone, I'd have to try it on acoustic guitars and as a room mic more than anything. I also liked it on piano, though I processed that sound quite a bit when I used it, so I don't know if it would have worked for me as well on its own. It can really be used on quite a bit of things, a leslie speaker for instance sounds great with this as long as its not placed too close, obviously. The pad does help quite a bit in extending its application. I don't like it on vocals, though, but that's fine, most mics don't work great on everything, at least not in this price range. It does work nicely on percussion, though.
This is a good choice for a home studio owner, as it's not too pricey and it'll get the job done well.