Lenise Bent on the AT5040 Studio Condenser Microphone

The AT5040 condenser mic marks a turning point in condenser design. Its four-diaphragm element provides unparalleled depth, realism and purity of sound. It’s this remarkably high-fidelity performance that’s causing many engineers like Lenise Bent to make the switch to the AT5040.


Bent has been a trusted engineer and producer for decades, working with many of the world’s top musical acts. Some of her early credits include records by Steely Dan, Supertramp, Blondie and The Knack. Recently, she started to use the AT5040 for sessions with a group called The Barrelhouse Kings. Bent brought the AT5040 condenser microphone into the studio one day and, in her words:

“My artist loved so much how he sounded through this mic that we replaced all the vocals that we had done already from another very famous microphone…  We also were able to use it on a 1925 dobro, that sounded fantastic, [and] used it on a baritone mandolin, as well. Basically, it just sounds fantastic no matter what you do.”

Bent’s experience with the AT5040 demonstrates just how versatile a microphone it is. Designed as a first-choice vocal mic, its large-diaphragm characteristics and fast transient response make it ideal for recording acoustic instruments as well. Try the AT5040 for yourself and see if you don’t get hooked.

Also, watch the full video with Lenise Bent here:



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