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Audio Technica 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 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

Phantom-powered active electronics provide stable impedance and higher output for maximum compatibility with microphone preamplifiers

Certified by the METAlliance (Music Engineering and Technology Alliance)


Microphone TypeRibbon
Polar PatternFigure-8
Ribbon TypeMicroLinear Dual Ribbon
Frequency Response30Hz-18kHz
Max SPL150dB
Output Impedance100 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio69dB
Self Noise25dB
Weight0.34 lbs.
Included AccessoriesShock Mount, Windscreen, Carry Case
Manufacturer Part NumberAT4081