SCN Stocking Stuffer: Audio-Technica AT2040

Audio-Technica AT2040
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Your choice of microphone defines who you are. Well, maybe not, but it certainly helps to define how you sound. For podcasters or other content creators on a budget, the Audio-Technica AT2040 (opens in new tab) dynamic microphone delivers warm, natural sound, especially for close-up vocal reproduction.

The mic is inspired by AT’s BP40 large-diaphragm dynamic broadcast microphone—but it only costs $99. The AT2040 has a professional, stylish look, with all-metal construction, XLR output, and an internal windscreen. Plus, its hypercardioid pickup pattern is ideal for rejecting room noise. A pivoting stand mount as well as a carrying pouch are also included.

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Mark J. Pescatore
Content Director

Mark J. Pescatore, Ph.D., is the content director of Systems Contractor News. He has been writing about Pro AV industry for more than 25 years. Previously, he spent more than eight years as the editor of Government Video magazine. During his career, he's produced and hosted two podcasts focused on the professional video marketplace, taught more than a dozen college communication courses, co-authored the book "Working with HDV," and co-edited two editions of "The Guide to Digital Television."