Audio-Technica ATM450

Small-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic for Instrument Miking
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A Great Condenser for a Variety of Sources!

One of the new stars of the Artist Series remake, the ATM450 cardioid condenser offers an innovative side-address stick design for endless placement options and minimal obstructions. The microphone is equipped with an integral 80 Hz hi-pass filter that provides easy switching from a flat frequency response to a low-end roll-off. The ATM450 also features a switchable 10 dB pad that lowers the microphone's sensitivity, providing higher SPL capability for flexible use with a wide range of performers and system configurations. The microphone's extended flat frequency response makes it ideal for high SPLs as well as for live and amplified acoustic instruments. Includes a professional isolation clamp to provide secure mounting, versatile positioning and effective dampening of unwanted mechanical noise.

Audio-Technica ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone Features:
  • Cardioid
  • Fixed-charge back plate permanently polarized condenser
  • Unique side-address stick design maximizes placement options with minimal obstructions
  • Uncompromising sound quality for overheads, percussion, acoustic guitar, strings and other acoustic instruments
  • 40-20,000 Hz Frequency Response
  • Integral 80 Hz HPF switch and 10 dB pad
  • Durable performance for professional applications
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
  • Rugged, all-metal design and construction for years of trouble-free use
  • Includes isolation clamp for shock protection, secure mounting and easy positioning
  • Requires +48V phantom power

Additional Media

ATM450 Spec Sheet
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 40Hz-18kHz
Max SPL 152dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 69dB
Low Cut Filter 80Hz (-12dB/octave)
Pads -10 dB
Connector XLR
Weight 0.22 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Windscreen, Microphone Pouch
Manufacturer Part Number ATM450

Customer Reviews

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Great mic for overheads

So far I've used these as overheads and on acoustic mandolin and I've got a new "go to" for both. They're excellent, grab a pair!
Music background: studio owner/engineer/producer

Excellent Mic - that flys below the radar

I started using these mics on a recommendation from a friend as overheads. They are the first out of the box for Hat and Ride mics, the mount and side address help with placement in some tight kit set-ups. I also use them in a stereo configuration for a brass quintet I have to re-reinforce a few times a year. This is the first mic I choose for micing bass cabinets - a lot of detail and tone. I own 5 and just ordered my 6th.
Music background: LIve Sound Engineer - Recording Engineer

Not just for drums...

I use this on my bass cab live' the results will blow you away! Super articulate with amazing response, just try it out and you will see what I mean. Also great for overheads and other acoustic instruments.
Music background: Recording engineer, student, gigging bass player

Great All Around Mic

Originally I just liked the fact that it was a side address mic, the specs were good too. But this mic does bring out really good detail for the price. I've been using these on toms so far and they sound great. I'm going to try one on a snare. Also, the pad and high pass filters are a plus.
Music background: Live Sound Engineer

Amazing Mic

I bought one of these to mic a horn player and was blown away by its depth and overall sound. I since have bought two more and use them as overheads on a drum kit, acoustic guitar and all kinds of drums. Get at least one of these!
Music background: Recording Engineer
See also: Condenser Mics, Audio-Technica, Audio-Technica Condenser Microphones, Audio-Technica Condenser Microphones