Audio-Technica Artist Series ATM250DEItem ID: ATM250DE
Kick Drum Mic with Cardioid Condenser Element and Hypercardioid Dynamic Capsule
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The Best of Both Worlds in a Single Mic!The Artist Series new kick-drum mic, the ATM250DE dual-element instrument microphone features cardioid condenser and hypercardioid dynamic capsules combined in a single housing. Audio-Technica's innovative use of two polar patterns is ideal for kick drum: the hypercardioid dynamic element focuses tightly on the aggressive attack of the beater, while the condenser captures the round tonalities of the shell. The elements are positioned in a perfect phase relationship, something practically impossible to achieve with two separate microphones. Includes a professional isolation clamp to provide secure mounting, versatile positioning and effective dampening of unwanted mechanical noise.
Audio-Technica ATM250DE At-a-Glance:
Best of Both Worlds
Many engineers use a dynamic mic inside the kick drum to capture the harmonic content and "thump" of the kick and a condenser back a bit to capture the spectrum of sound coming off the shell and resonant head. The ATM250DE conveniently has both a dynamic mic capsule and a condenser capsule. With the ATM250DE, you can get the classic sound of a dynamic mic in a kick drum with the detail afforded by a quality condenser - in a single mic.
Multiple Mics with Perfect Phase
Of course, good engineers know that pointing numerous mics at a single source sound is a great way to get huge sounds, but it can often introduce phase issues, resulting in thin sounds. And if there's ever a place that you don't want thin, it's on a kick drum. With the ATM250DE, Audio-Technica has placed the capsules in perfect phase relationship, a feat they claim is practically unachievable with two microphones.
The ATM250DE isn't just for kick drums. Use it anywhere you want a huge sound. Beef up your guitar tracks, add clarity to bass tracks without losing the low frequency content. You could even use it for vocals. If you can mic it, the ATM250DE will capture it twice with stunning clarity. The included cable preserves the integrity of the signal from both capsules, allowing you to put them on separate tracks for mixing.
Audio-Technica ATM250DE Dual-Element Instrument Microphone Features:
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Robert, Chester, VA
Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
This Mic Rox
by Phillip Holmes from PlanoSeriously.. guitarist: throw away your sm57s and e906es... A new mic is in town.. this thing is amazing. I gigged last weekend and my sound was amazing.. i used both the outputs of the mic condenser a... read more [+]nd cardiod and mixed them on the board. I had the crowd on their feet all night and my band was blown away...
May 12, 2008
Music Background: Pro Guitarist
I am telling you.. don't think.. just buy it now. close [-]
Great all-around mic
by Matt from FloridaI haven't had this long, but so far I've used it on Kick drum, bass amps, guitar amps, and vocals.
May 14, 2013
Music Background: Pro Producer/Recording Engineer/Songwriter/Musician
On kick drum, I found the dynamic capsule to have a sound that was reminiscent of an M... read more [+]D421 but a bit more "modern" sounding. The mic is not overly pre-eq'd and my kick drum came through nicely, and I was able to easily EQ it to taste. For this test, I mixed the dynamic capsule to have a very tight, punchy sound.
The condenser capsule on the kick drum picked up the shell sound and resonance of the heads nicely, rounding it out and making it feel more natural when both were blended together.
On bass amp, the amp in question was a very thick sound, and not a good fit for the condenser, but I could see how on a cleaner, snappier part it could have been very handy. The dynamic capsule did well. I recorded two songs with an MD421 up against it. Each mic "took" one song - again, the dynamic capsule had a slightly more modern sound than the MD421.
On a bright vox amp, the condenser mic was a little too bright, but the dynamic mic did a decent job. It was not spectacular, but it was very useable. It would definitely be a great fit for some situations. Likewise, on vocals I found that it could be useful for the right voice as well.
All in all, very well built, easy to use, and sounds great close [-]
You gotta try this on djembe!
by Marvin Querido from Manila, PhilippinesIf you can't decide whether to use a condenser or a dynamic mic, why not use both, so you can decide later? This option is the kind of thing that this mic make available to you. You can mix signals co... read more [+]ming from the condenser and dynamic elements, without ever worrying if either one is hurting the signal more than it is helping.
July 2, 2007
This mic has a different sound from the d112 (which i also love). Not better, not worse, just different. close [-]
An AE2500 for 200 hundred less?
by Eddie Mapp from New Orleans, LaI've recently been A/B'ing this mic my AE2500 and while the AE2500 has a little more sub sonic push to it, this mic can acheive nearly the same results with just a little eq and you save 200 bucks. Ac... read more [+]tually if you're looking for a mic with more low-low mid punch and a little better top end snap you may prefer this guy. close [-]
November 11, 2008
Music Background: live sound engineer: Evanescence, Stone Temple Pilots, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society
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