If I had more money to go towards a condenser, I would've gotten the at4060 for its omnidirectional polar pattern, but for a condenser this sounds wonderful. With my sm57 and 8i6 I can cover a lot of ground.
This is an AT 40 series fixed pattern large diaphragm side address condenser. I've had mine for YEARS. Easily a decade. Its a transformerless circuit so it has a very modern voice. It features a pad and a high pass filter. The HPF is a bit sharp for most applications, but with it engaged this is y favorite microphone to capture a cranked' AC30. I even prefer it to the venerable AKG C414 and Royer ribbons in that application. This has a silky, uncolored sound on vocals, but the esses can be a bit harsh through some preamps. She makes a good room mic for softer sources and really excels at recording orchestral instruments and brass close. You can pretty much put this condenser on any source that needs a mostly-transparent sound with a slight presence lift going into the recorder and get satisfying results. I bought a BLUE baby bottle at the same time I got this mic and while the baby bottle wowed me at first on a female vocal and then an upright bass, the AT4040 stayed with me. Its just more versatile.
Recently sold. I hadn't used it in years since I seldom record anything at home that the 4040 excels at. I kinda regret it, but fixed pattern 40 series mics are common and I prefer the 4047 ever so slightly.