Audio-Technica AT4080

Bi-directional Active Ribbon Microphone with Figure-8 Pickup Pattern and Phantom-powered Electronics
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$999.00
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Audio-Technica AT4080
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You'll Love the Natural Sound of This Robust Ribbon Mic!

The Audio Technica AT4080 active ribbon microphone gives you the unbeatably smooth, natural sound of a great ribbon mic — plus the kind of rock-solid reliability not always associated with a ribbon! Housed in a classically rugged, "suspension cradled" housing that resembles a side-address condenser microphone, the AT4080 flourishes in both studio and live environments. This mic's innovative, robust ribbon design makes it worthy of a long-term spot in your mic locker! Optimized for vocals, acoustic instruments, and orchestral frequency ranges, the fully bidirectional AT4080 is a rock-solid active ribbon performer!

Audio-Technica AT4080 Active Ribbon Microphone at a Glance:
  • Smooth ribbon sound, advanced performance
  • Tough, innovative ribbon design
  • Step up to 40 series quality

Smooth ribbon sound, advanced performance
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.

Tough, innovative ribbon design
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. Audio-Technica's innovative ribbon transducer advances the evolution of ribbon microphone design!

Step up to 40 series quality
Audio-Technica's 40 series microphones let you capture great sound, and they let you do it the way you want. Designed from the ground up for premium performance, these 40 series mics are also built to keep on performing over the long haul — any of the great mics in this series makes a perfect addition to your mic locker! Best of all, these 40 series mics provide top-shelf A-T quality that's suitable for elite studio facilities — at prices that put them well within your reach!

Audio-Technica AT4080 Active Ribbon Microphone Features:
  • Smooth, warm and natural sound for recording, broadcast, and sound-reinforcement applications
  • 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
  • Ultrafine mesh guards against ribbon damage
  • Classic bidirectional (figure-8) 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
  • Polar pattern: Figure-8
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-18kHz
  • Open circuit sensitivity: -39dB (7.9 mV) dB re 1V at 1 Pa
  • Impedance: 100 ohms
  • Max input sound level: 150dB SPL, 1kHz at 1% T.H.D.
  • Noise: 22dB SPL
  • Dynamic range (typical): Mid - 128dB, 1kHz at Max SPL
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 72dB, 1kHz at 1 Pa
  • Weight: 16.7 oz.
  • Dimensions: 6.99" length; 2.10" maximum body diameter
  • Output connectors: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
  • Included accessories: AT8449/SV shock mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; microphone dust cover; protective carrying case
  • Requires +48V phantom power
The Audio-Technica AT4080 active ribbon microphone gives you smooth ribbon-mic sound plus uncompromising performance!

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Additional Media

AT4080 Spec Sheet
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Ribbon
Polar Pattern Figure-8
Ribbon Type MicroLinear Dual Ribbon
Frequency Response 20Hz-18kHz
Max SPL 150dB
Output Impedance 100 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 72dB
Self Noise 22dB
Connector XLR
Weight 1.04 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount
Manufacturer Part Number AT4080

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Smooth, rich, classic sound

I purchased this mic on a quest to improve vocal recordings. I have never been pleased with the sound of my own voice. It always sounded a bit harsh and nasal to me, with undue emphasis on the high-mids. I tried many different mics including the TLM103, Rode NTK, Blue Dragonfly and various Studio Project offerings, but something was always missing. Finally, after reading many reviews about the warmth and natural character of ribbon mics, I decided to give the AT4080 a whirl. I was pleased!! My voice sounded rich, full, warm and yet retained its true personality. It never sounded "processed" or nasal. It shines with any mic-pre I own, especially the Focusrite Liquid channel. Great find!
Music background: Songwriting and production
4/5

Warm Smooth Tone

I just finished recording some acoustic guitar tracks, and a vocal track using this mic. The tune is jazzy version of "The Christmas Song" with a mellow, laid back feel. For the acoustic I ran this through a Grace Design 501, and man what a beautiful, warm sound. Nice round lows, even mid-range, and not too crisp on the highs. For the vocal track I paired this with a Great River 500 series pre, and the track came to life. The tone of the baritone male vocal was instantly the perfect match for the jazzy acoustic. Super smooth, like a cup of mocha. I have no other ribbon mics in my locker, so I have to give it only four stars without the current possibility of a comparison. To be honest though, I can't imagine how it could possibly sound any better.
Music background: Studio Owner, Recording Engineer, Songwriter, Musician
See also: Ribbon Mics, Audio-Technica, Audio-Technica Ribbon Microphones