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!