Podcasters, gamers, and content creators have a lot of USB microphone options these days, but when a proven performer like the Audio-Technica AT2040 gets updated with a USB-C connector, that's a really exciting development. Behold the new AT2040USB USB Microphone, poised to deliver rich speech and vocal tones directly to your computer at resolutions up to 24-bit / 96 kHz. In addition to the USB port, the new AT2040USB also sports a 3.5mm headphone jack with volume control for monitoring. A mix control dial is also provided, allowing you to set a latency-free custom blend of live vocals from the mic and audio from your computer for quick and easy overdubs over musical beds and backing tracks. A silent, soft-touch mute button turns the glowing LED from blue to red and instantly silences the mic if a guest goes off the rails or you find yourself giving away highly classified information to your streaming audience.
Fortunately, the mic capsule design hasn't changed, with the AT2040USB featuring a dynamic element that delivers a full, robust sound on sources that are close to the diaphragm, while picking up less unwanted background sound. In addition, the mic's hypercardioid polar pattern focuses audio capture in a narrow area directly in front of the capsule, helping to reduce ambient noise and room reflections further, making this mic a smart choice for streamers and content creators working in untreated home studios and gaming environments. A low-cut filter is supplied; switch it on to engage the 18 dB filter at 80 Hz to remove low-end rumbles from air conditioners and similar sources. The AT2040USB ships with a USB-C to USB-A cable, a USB-A to USB-C adapter, a 5/8" to 3/8" threaded adapter, and a mounting clamp so you can get to work right out of the box. To reduce vibrations and handling noise, users can avail themselves of the AT8458a shockmount, available separately.
Ready to step up your streaming, gaming, or podcasting game with rich speech and vocal quality, courtesy of the Audio-Technica AT2040 USB microphone? You can find more details on the product page. If you have questions, please post them in the Comments section.