More top engineers using Audio-Technica's new AT5040 microphone

Joe Chiccarelli, Al Schmitt and Frank Filipetti have all become fans of the high-end studio vocal mic recently.
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Audio-Technica’s new AT5040 mic is continuing to find its way into the hands of some of the industry's most prolific producers and engineers.

They include Grammy Award-winning producer, mixer and engineer Joe Chiccarelli, who has worked with The Strokes, The Killers, Jason Mraz and many more. “I used the AT5040 on the upcoming album for the Madden Brothers on Capitol Records. I was quite impressed with its clear and honest high end," he said. "The off-axis rejection is a smooth as any mic can be. It has a way of removing the control room glass in front of the sound – it has a really honest 'right in the room' type of sound.”

Another recent AT5040 convert is engineer and producer Al Schmitt (Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra), who commented: “I recently used the AT5040 on vocals and was completely happy with the results. I also used it on a bass trombone solo and it sounded fantastic – the musician said it was the best his trombone ever sounded.”

David Reitzas, best known for teaming up with Barbra Streisand and Madonna in the past is also a fan. “I used the AT5040 on a recent project for artist Pamela Lillard. I was blown away with how the AT5040 sounded. This is by far the best mic that Audio-Technica has ever made," he remarked.

During the cast recording for Motown The Musical at the Lunt-Fontanne theatre in New York City, producer, engineer and mixer Frank Filipetti used the AT5040 for the first time. “I placed it in the vocal booth with Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Berry Gordy in the show, and it instantly sounded fantastic,” Filipetti recalled. “The vocals just came alive. When Bryan Terrell Clark, who plays Marvin Gaye heard it, he said he just had to sing through it, too. This was the greatest test you could put a vocal microphone through – in front of the best singers on Broadway – and the AT5040 held up to the high expectations of the users.”

The AT5040 was also chosen by audio veteran Richard Chycki to record the latest Dream Theater album, which you can read about here.

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