Delivering the warmth and natural sound of a classic ribbon microphone, Audio-Technica’s handcrafted AT4081 offers a robust build for long-lasting performance and higher output for maximum compatibility with microphone preamplifiers. With its low-profile stick design, this microphone is a natural for use on a wide range of instruments (horns, strings, drum overheads, orchestras and more) and guitar cabinets in recording studios and live-sound settings.
Smooth, warm and natural sound tuned for instrument reproduction to pick up the smallest details with perfect accuracy to meet the most stringent requirements of professional recording, broadcast and live.
Innovative dual ribbon construction for increased sensitivity
Audio-Technica ribbon design with 18 patents pending including proprietary MicroLinear™ ribbon imprint for superior durability, not found in earlier ribbon microphones
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
Classic bidirectional (figure-of-eight) polar pattern picks up sounds equally from the front and back of the element
Phantom-powered active electronics provide stable impedance and higher output for maximum compatibility with microphone preamplifiers
Folded, embossed and hand-assembled, the MicroLinear™ tape is a patented process. The ribbon of the AT4081 and its junction plates are coated with a thin gold film which prevents corrosion without interfering with the mass or the resonant frequency of the ribbon, while conventional ribbon microphones use a sheet of pure aluminum, susceptible to corrosion by moisture in the air.
The active electronics which make up the microphone operate on phantom power, allowing for greater ease of use with any preamplifier and mixer equipped with microphone input with 48V phantom power without adding additional electronics.
Classic bi-directional directivity (in a figure-of-eight) for optimal sound pickup at the front and rear of the capsule.
Features And Specs
30 - 18,000 Hz
Open Circuit Sensitivity
-42 dB (7.9 mV), re 1V at 1 Pa
Maximum Input Sound Level
150 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
25 dB SPL
125 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
69 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Phantom Power Requirements
48V DC, 3.0 mA typical
155.0 mm (6.10") long, 21.0 mm (0.83") maximum body diameter
Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
Audio-Technica Case Style
AT8471 isolation clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; windscreen; protective carrying case