LIST PRICE: $895.00
The Audio-Technica AT4081 is a ribbon microphone that excels at doing what ribbon microphones do well, and also improves upon some of their weaknesses. Ribbon mics are known for a smooth, warm, natural sound—and the AT4081 delivers. Ribbon mics are also known to be fragile, with a substantially lower output than most condenser microphones. Here, the AT4081 sets itself apart. The microphone has been optimized to work with today’s audio interfaces and preamplifiers, and offers an improved, higher output that makes it suitable for recording a wider range of instruments. Instead of a grill, an ultra-fine mesh screen, which allows for higher SPLs than most ribbon microphones are capable of handling, protects the ribbon in the AT4081.
This review is part of the “Art of Home Recording” feature in the March/April 2010 issue. Click here to read the full article.