â€” Groundbreaking new ribbon microphones, stereo condenser and multi-pattern condenser bolster A-Tâ€™s award-winning 40 Series â€”
NAB EXPO, LAS VEGAS, NV, April 12, 2010 â€” Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, displays its four latest 40 Series microphone offerings: the AT4080 and AT4081 Bidirectional Active Ribbon Microphones, the AT4050ST Stereo Condenser Microphone and the AT4047MP Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone. These four products have also recently been certified by the Music Engineering and Technology Alliance (METAlliance).
The AT4080 and AT4081 are Audio-Technicaâ€™s first-ever ribbon microphones. A-Tâ€™s R&D team in Japan engineered and manufactured the AT4080 and AT4081 from the ground up, utilizing a hand-built, proprietary design with rugged construction. With these groundbreaking microphones, A-T achieves the coveted ribbon microphone sound while solving the problems of fragility and low output that have historically plagued ribbon mics. With 18 patents pending, the micsâ€™ innovative ribbon transducer advances the evolution of ribbon microphone technology, combining remarkable durability and high SPL capability with smooth, rich audio quality. The AT4080â€™s footprint is that of a side-address condenser, and the AT4081 resembles a pencil condenser.
The AT4050ST, a stereo version of A-Tâ€™s acclaimed AT4050, is a stereo side-address condenser microphone with independent cardioid and figure-of-eight elements, configured in a mid-side arrangement with switch-selectable internal matrixing. The AT4050ST offers the choice of either a left-right stereo output (wide 127Âº or narrow 90Âº) via the microphoneâ€™s internal matrixing system, or discreet mid-side signals for later manipulation.
The AT4047MP, developed in direct response to end users requesting a multi-pattern version of A-Tâ€™s legendary AT4047/SV, features a warm vintage sound with exceptionally low self-noise, a wide dynamic range and high SPL capability. It is a side-address externally polarized (DC bias) multi-pattern condenser microphone with three switchable polar patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-eight. The AT4047MPâ€™s transformer-coupled output and specially tuned element provide sonic characteristics reminiscent of early F.E.T. studio microphone designs.
As with all of A-Tâ€™s 40 Series microphones, the AT4080, AT4081, AT4050ST and AT4047/SV come standard with a newly-announced extended 5-year warranty.
In 1992, Audio-Technica changed the landscape of the recording industry with the launch of its groundbreaking AT4033 Condenser Microphone, the cornerstone of what was to become
A-Tâ€™s renowned 40 Series line of microphones. Today, the 40 Series represents the benchmark in studio microphones for leading producers and engineers, as well as high-profile artists in all genres of music.
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