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Audio-Technica Debuts AT5040

Company also receives AES award

Audio-Technica has launched a new, high-end studio microphone, the AT5040.

The 5040 is the first of the 50 Series of high-end studio mics. It celebrates Audio-Technica’s 50th anniversary. Price: $2,999.

Jackie Green, Audio-Technica U.S. Vice President, R&D/Engineering; Hiroshi Akino, Audio-Technica Corp., Japan; and Tadashi Kikutani, Audio-Technica U.S. Research & Development Engineering Manager, pictured with the award for their white paper.
In other Audio-Technica news, the company announced that Hiroshi Akino, Audio-Technica Corp., Japan, Jackie Green, VP R&D/Engineering and Tadashi Kikutani, research and development engineering manager of Audio-Technica U.S. along with Hirofumi Shimokawa, Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Japan, had received a best paper award at the recent AES show in San Francisco.

The paper was titled “On the Study of Ionic Microphones” and had to do with a “diaphragm-less” ionic plasma microphone technology.

The microphone is a side-address, cardioid pattern, large-diaphragm condenser aimed at vocal duties. The “large diaphragm” actually consists of an array of four diaphragms working as a single unit. An internal shockmount keeps things stable.

The AT5040 ships with AT’s new AT8480 external shockmount.