Not just for streamers and podcasters
Lately, there has been a growing demand for a good podcast microphone as more and more content creators explore the audio medium to reach their audience.
Choosing the right microphone has become a challenge for some as the market is flooded with several of them.
I’ve been reviewing Audio-Technica’s AT2040 podcast mic for over a month and have used it for several purposes including recording my guitar with GarageBand, I’m going to share how the mic performs behaves globally and if you could consider it for podcasts.
The AT2040 is well built and quite heavy at nearly 600g with an all-metal build, which its compact size won’t indicate at first glance.
But I would say it looks premium and minimal which makes it really attractive on your desk.
It is a dynamic microphone with a hypercardioid pickup that keeps sound focused on the user’s voice and helps minimize unwanted room noise. It uses a professional-grade XLR output for added versatility.
To further reduce any unwanted noise, the AT2040 features a specially designed built-in shock mount that dampens shock and vibration that might be transmitted through a mic stand, boom arm, or stand.
Additionally, the AT2040 features a multi-stage windscreen that combines a non-woven filter with a foam mesh to provide effective internal pop filtering, allowing close-range use.
To sum it up in simple language it should deliver quality recording and keep surrounding noise at bay so it just picks up your voice and as far as I’m using it it’s pretty good and it manages to remove surrounding noise.
Another plus is that it also rejects keyboard clicking noises.
This microphone delivers a warmer sound overall, something that matches the way I like it.
Audio-Technica AT2040 seems like a good mic for podcasting, streaming, and content creation.
That said, it still has a professional XLR output, which means you’d also need an audio interface, and it also means you won’t have the plug-and-play ease that microphones offer. USB.
Keeping convenience aside, the XLR output is generally preferred for quality recording and although USB microphones manage to match this to some degree, the former still has an advantage.
Like I said earlier, you get a crisp, warm recording and I managed to record a guitar track using this mic quite comfortably.
And I think even singers can also think about it, not just streamers and podcasters.
But then the question arises, is it expensive?
Priced at Rs 9,500, I’d say it’s not too expensive and for someone looking for a well-built, good-sounding mic, this could be a good choice.
There is a slight problem with the XLR output and the audio interface, but if you have a lectern you can quickly figure it out.