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Specifications

ELEMENT Ribbon
POLAR PATTERN Figure-of-eight
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 30-18,000 Hz
OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY -42 dB (7.9 mV), re 1V at 1 Pa
IMPEDANCE 100 ohms
MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL 150 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
NOISE 25 dB SPL
DYNAMIC RANGE (typical) 125 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO 69 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS 48V DC, 3.0 mA typical
WEIGHT 152 g (5.4 oz)
DIMENSIONS 155.0 mm (6.10") long, 21.0 mm (0.83") maximum body diameter
OUTPUT CONNECTOR Integral 3-pin XLRM-type

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Audio-Technica AT4081 Phantom-Powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone

Price:
$699.00
SKU:
AT4081
Weight:
2.00 LBS
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Product Description

The AT4081 is a side-address ribbon microphone with a bidirectional polar pattern. Delivering the warmth and natural sound of a classic ribbon microphone, the AT4081offers a robust build for long-lasting performance and high gain for easy use with microphone preamplifiers. With 18 patents pending, Audio-Technica’s innovative ribbon transducer advances the evolution of ribbon microphone technology, combining remarkable durability and high-SPL capability with smooth, rich audio quality. The microphone is recommended for horns, strings, acoustic instruments, drum overheads, orchestras, ensembles and guitar cabinets. It excels in recording studios as well as in live-sound settings.

A significant breakthrough in ribbon cartridge design, Audio-Technica’s patent-pending MicroLinear™ ribbon imprint minimizes ribbon distortion for durable performance and accurate reproduction of the sound source. While the application of phantom power was prohibited for old-school ribbon microphones, Audio Technica’s AT4081 requires 48V phantom power for operation. The phantom power is used—not for the microphone’s dynamic ribbon transducer—but for its active electronics, which bring its output to near condenser microphone level. This high-output and stable impedance make the microphone easy to integrate with microphone preamplifiers.

The bidirectional polar pattern of the microphone makes it equally sensitive to sounds originating in front and back of the element. The output of the microphone is a 3-pin XLRM-type connector. The microphone is enclosed in a rugged housing. The included AT8471 isolation clamp provides superior isolation and permits mounting on any microphone stand with 5/8"-27 threads. A windscreen, a storage sleeve and a protective carrying case are also included.

Features

  • Low-profile stick design maximizes placement options
  • Smooth, warm and natural sound tuned for instrument reproduction
  • 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
  • Certified by the METAlliance (Music Engineering and Technology Alliance)

Accessories Furnished

AT8471 isolation clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; windscreen; protective carrying case.