Audio-Technica has announced the launch of the AT2040USB hypercardioid dynamic USB microphone, the latest addition to the company’s lineup of 20 Series content creation products.
The AT2040USB microphone combines the performance of the AT2040 dynamic microphone with plug-and-play USB Type-C functionality. It connects directly to the user’s computer for immediate use with no audio interface or additional cabling required.
The mic has a high-resolution A/D converter with a stated sampling rate of up to 24 bits/96 kHz for clearer and more natural sound, and its directional hypercardioid pickup pattern isolates the user’s voice from surrounding noise to help ensure focus remains on the spoken content.
The metal body includes an integrated shock mount to attenuate unwanted noise and vibration, while an internal pop filter (a multistage foam mesh windscreen) protects against harsh spoken sounds. Additionally, a low-cut filter helps eliminate low-frequency sound for additional reduction of vibration and surrounding environmental noise.
The mic is also equipped with a headphone jack to enable real-time monitoring of the audio (with zero latency) as well as a soft-touch mute button for quick muting. A mix control dial adjusts the balance between the microphone audio and a computer sound source. A two-state LED indicator ring lights blue when the mic is powered on and ready to capture audio and lights red when it is muted.
The AT2040USB comes with a USB cable (USB Type-C to USB Type-A) and USB adapter (USB Type-A to USB Type-C) for plug-and-play functionality. The AT8458a shock mount (sold separately) can also be used with the microphone to further reduce any noise, shock, or vibration that might be transmitted through a mic stand, boom, or mount.