Audio-Technica launch $99 AT2040 mic for podcasting market

Encouraged by the boom in podcasting, the AT2040 mic arrives 16 years after the AT2020, an all round mic which found success in home recording markets alongside the podcast/streaming sector.

Audio-Technica say the AT2040 is inspired by the BP40 Large-Diaphragm Dynamic Broadcast Microphone, offering podcasters an affordable price point to get started. The AT2040 misses the USB plug and play of the AT2020USB and opts for a traditional XLR output.

“Featuring an all-metal construction, the AT2040 excels at isolated/up-close vocal reproduction and rejection of unwanted room noise due to its tight hypercardioid polar pattern, ensuring professional-quality podcasts. The AT2040 provides smooth, warm, natural sound, while the mic’s multistage windscreen combines a nonwoven filter with foam mesh to provide internal pop filtering, and its specially-designed integrated shock mount prevents unwanted noise by attenuating vibration from a boom arm or mic stand”.

The AT2040’s XLR output connects to a conventional analog microphone input, providing versatile use with everything from USB audio interfaces to professional mixing consoles. The mic comes standard with a pivoting stand mount, 5/8″-27 to 3/8″-16 threaded adapter, and a soft protective pouch.

The AT2040 is now available with U.S. MAP pricing of $99.00.

Specs are listed below and a full online manual can be seen here.

Polar PatternHypercardioid
Frequency Response80-16,000 Hz
Open Circuit Sensitivity-53 dB (2.2 mV) (0 dB=1 V/Pa, 1 kHz)
Weight615 g (21.7 oz)
Dimensions145.3 mm (5.72″) long, 52 mm (2.05″) maximum body diameter
Output ConnectorIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
Accessories IncludedAT8487 mounting clamp, 5/8”-27 to 3/8”-16 threaded adapter, Pouch
Audio-Technica Case StyleR13