AT4081 Phantom-Powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone


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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.

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. Utilizing six new patents*, Audio-Technica’s innovative ribbon transducer advances the evolution of ribbon microphone design. Experience the difference.


• Low-profile stick design maximizes placement options
• Smooth, warm and natural sound tuned for instrument reproduction
• Innovative dual ribbon construction for increased sensitivity
• Extremely powerful N50 rare earth 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
• Phantom-powered active electronics provide stable impedance and higher output for maximum compatibility with microphone preamplifiers
• Certified by the MET Alliance (Music Engineering and Technology Alliance)

Element: Ribbon
Polar Pattern: Figure-of-eight
Frequency Response: 30-18,000 Hz
Open Circuit Sensitivity: -42 dB (7.9 mV), re 1V at 1 Pa
Impedance: 100 ohms
Maximum Input Sound Level: 150 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
Noise: 25 dB SPL
Dynamic Range (Typical): 125 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 69 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Phantom Power Requirements: 48V DC, 3.0 mA typical
Weight: 152 g (5.4 oz)
Dimensions: 155.0 mm (6.10") long, 21.0 mm (0.83") maximum body diameter
Output Connector: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
Accessories Furnished: AT8471 isolation clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; windscreen; protective carrying case
Audio-Technica Case Style: S13
More Information
Weight 1.500000
Length 10.35
Width 10.35
Height 2.83
Color Black
Manufacturer Audio-Technica
Manufacturer Model Number AT4081
Manufacturer Part Number AT4081
UPC 4961310106409
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