A-T engineers developed a four-part rectangular element. Four matched diaphragms function together (with outputs proprietarily summed) as a single high-performance element – effectively the largest element Audio-Technica has ever created. By using four diaphragms as a single capsule, the AT5040 achieves a large surface area without the increased weight and decreased transient response that are the expected limitations of expansive size.
At 133rd AES
In San Francisco Audio-Technica launched its flagship 50 Series of elite studio microphones with the AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone which was also showcased at Winter NAMM
2013, Anaheim, CA, and a few weeks later at Prolight + Sound
Show 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. In Frankfurt the AT5040 won a Musikmesse International Press Award
. Featuring a proprietary new element design, the AT5040 employs four ultra-thin (2 micron) rectangular diaphragms that function together providing combined surface area unachievable in a standard round diaphragm. Designed as a first-choice vocal microphone with smooth top end and controlled sibilance, the AT5040’s large-diaphragm characteristics and fast transient response also make it highly suitable for recording acoustic instruments such as piano, guitar, strings, and saxophone.