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New Audio-Technica Ribbon Mics

September 14, 2009

Audio-Technica has unveiled two exciting new additions – the company’s first ever ribbon microphones – to its popular 40 Series mic range. The AT4080 and AT4081 feature groundbreaking Audio-Technica design, with no less than 18 patents pending on the new models. Created from the ground up, the AT4080 and AT4081 convincingly solve the problems of fragility and low output that have traditionally plagued ribbon mics, in part through the use of a proprietary MicroLinear ribbon imprint for excellent durability.

The AT4080 features dual ribbon construction for pronounced sensitivity, while the single ribbon AT4081 is of a low-profile stick design to allow for flexible positioning options. A significant degree of hand production, including ribbon corrugation, imprint and assembly, is involved in the construction of the new mics.

While ensuring increased ruggedness, the design of the new microphones also retains the sought-after ribbon mic tonal character. Both the AT4080 and AT4081 deliver smooth, articulate tone for recording, broadcast and sound reinforcement applications, with powerful N50 rare-earth neodymium magnets employed for high output. A classic figure-of-eight polar pattern is common to both phantom-powered models, as is the ability to handle high SPL, making them suitable for a wider range of situations than is typical of ribbon microphones.

As part of the 40 Series, the AT4080 and AT4081 are covered by Audio-Technica’s unique Lifetime Warranty, and also qualify for a free two-week trial under the Company’s First Impressions scheme. For details see http://www.eu.audio-technica.com/firstimpressions

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