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Audio-Technica ATM250DE Dual-Element Instrument Microphone   

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The Artist Series ATM250DE dual-element instrument microphone features cardioid condenser and hypercardioid dynamic capsules combined in a single hou...Read More

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OVERVIEW

A-T's most requested tour mic for kick, guitar, and bass cabs is great for recording too.

The Artist Series 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. Not just for kick drum, Metallica is now using the ATM250DE in concert, on all guitar cabs, and it's also stellar on bass amps.

Includes a professional isolation clamp to provide secure mounting, versatile positioning and effective dampening of unwanted mechanical noise.

FEATURES
  • Audio-Technica's proven dual-element design features two elements (condenser and dynamic) enclosed in a single housing
  • Neodymium dynamic element provides punch and attack, while the condenser element captures the full audio spectrum
  • Elements are positioned in a perfect phase relationship, something practically unachievable with two separate microphones
  • Perfect for kick drum, guitar amps and instrument use
  • Integral 80 Hz HPF switch and 10 dB pad (condenser element)
  • Versatile mounting options and effective dampening of mechanical noise thanks to included AT8471 isolation clamp
  • Corrosion-resistant contacts from gold-plated XLRM-type connector
  • Rugged, all-metal design and construction for years of trouble-free use

SPECIFICATIONS

ATM250DE Dual-Element Instrument Microphone

  • ELEMENTS: Condenser, dynamic
  • POLAR PATTERNS: Cardioid (condenser), Hypercardioid (dynamic)
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 40-20,000 Hz (condenser), 40-15,000 Hz (dynamic)
  • LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF: 80 Hz, 12 dB/octave (condenser)
  • OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY: —49 dB (3.5 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa (condenser), —53 dB (2.2 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa (dynamic)
  • IMPEDANCE: 50 ohms (condenser), 600 ohms (dynamic)
  • MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL: 148 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D. (condenser)
  • DYNAMIC RANGE (TYPICAL): 122 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL (condenser)
  • SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO: 68 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (condenser)
  • PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS: 11-52V DC, 3.5 mA typical (condenser)
  • SWITCHES: Flat, roll-off; 10 dB pad (condenser only)
  • WEIGHT: 320 g (11.3 oz)
  • DIMENSIONS: 143.6 mm (5.65") long, 55.0 mm (2.17") diameter
  • OUTPUT CONNECTOR: Integral 5-pin XLRM-type
  • CABLE: 5.0 m (16.5') dual shielded, 8-conductor cable, 5-pin XLRF-type connector at microphone, two 3-pin XLRM-type output connectors
  • ACCESSORIES FURNISHED: AT8471 isolation clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 adapter; soft protective pouch
  • AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLE: R9
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Audio-TechnicaATM250DE Dual-Element Instrument Microphone
 
4.8

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5.0

Works great for trombone and saxophones of all sizes also!

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from Denver, CO, USA

Pros

  • Brass
  • Field Recording
  • very solid padded clamp would never scratch

Cons

  • trumpet mutes can interfere

Best Uses

    Comments about Audio-Technica ATM250DE Dual-Element Instrument Microphone:

    Use these mics with a 10 instrument dance/swing big band indoor and outdoor for 8 shows now. On sax from soprano to baritone, they are great solutions. As the previous review said, no surrounding noise or wind is picked up. Also worked for me on trombone, when he uses a mute it is smaller than the bell and the mic mounts on the left away from the right hand applying the mute. Both trumpets present a problem as they can bash the mic or knock it off when they apply mutes that nearly span the whole bell. Guess that's the risk in swing or dixieland bands. Maybe I can train them to take off the mic before they pick up the mute. After the show, mics are removed and clipped to 2' tall straight pin stands I made from paper towel holders bases, so they don't just drop mics on the floor. My favorite AT mic.

    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
    • Intermediate
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    • Live Sound
    • How long have you used this product?:
    • Over a year
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    5.0

    Excellent on Horns

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    from Jackson, MI, USA

    Pros

    • Brass
    • Strings

    Cons

    • non i can imagine. if it will clip on...try it!

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      Comments about Audio-Technica ATM250DE Dual-Element Instrument Microphone:

      Purchased for use on trumpets used in contemprary worship services. Player is normally positioned in fairly near proximity to semi-enclosed drum kit as well as sub-woofers. Virtually no pickup of surrounding sound as very little gain is required for reinforcement of the horns. Trumpet player is also able to switch horns quickly transferring the mic from one instrument to another with no handling noise.

      Have only used the violin attchment a couple of times but the results have been excellent. It's a bit of a struggle inserting the mic element into the velcro attachment but once in place it is very secure.

      Beware however as the first time it was used with a violin our sound tech was not aware that the violinist was only playing during the prelude to a special service. Anticipating that he would remain on stage for the opening song, the mic was left open as the violinist set his instrument down and began removing the velcro from the violin. Needless to say that sound was picked up quite well.

      Despite that humourous incident and lesson learned the ATM350 has a permanent place in our microphone arsenal. The sound reproduction is very natural and unwanted noise is virtually non-existant.

      These are the only 2 applications we have tries so far. If it weren't for the fact that it is so regularly in use I would definataely be trying it out in other applications. Perhaps it's time to pick up another.

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Expert
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      • House of Worship
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      • Over a year
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      5.0

      I love the product and have purchased two other products fro

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      from BEMIDJI, MN

      Pros

      • i have used this for many applications.
      • Instruments
      • Karaoke
      • Presentation/Spoken Word
      • Vocals

      Cons

      • I really don't have any

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        Comments about Audio-Technica ATM250DE Dual-Element Instrument Microphone:

        I was turned onto this product by a salesman and the product has been more than what i expected. The quality is more than comparable to my hard wired microphones. I love the mobility and the durability. I can say this product is road worthy and I know i will be purchasing another one soon. I recently purchased two wireless guitar systems and I also love them. The down and dirty is they are GREAT!

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Expert
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Musician
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Over a year

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        4.0

        excellent clarity and reliability

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        from los altos, ca

        Pros

        • Presentation/Spoken Word
        • Vocals

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            Comments about Audio-Technica ATM250DE Dual-Element Instrument Microphone:

            I am a piano player/vocalist in a catholic church and this wireless product allows me to play and sing with no wires to encumber me. The 700 series gives my voice clarity and reliability and without wires it gives a professional quality usually found in a wired microphone. Very pleased.

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Intermediate
            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
            • House of Worship
            • How long have you used this product?:
            • Up to a year

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            5.0

            Excellent Units - Excellent Price

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            from Fargo, ND

            Pros

            • Film/Video Production
            • Presentation/Spoken Word

            Cons

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                Comments about Audio-Technica ATM250DE Dual-Element Instrument Microphone:

                I use a pair of these units with Lavalier Systems along with two Sony HVR-Z1U HD Cameras. They work flawlessly, very little setup needed and great audio.

                You might find some "carrier hiss" with voice if your levels aren't up to snuff and you need to boost in post. This would be my only complaint for the units.... But, at this price point you cannot go wrong.

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                • Expert
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                • Videographer
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                • Over a year
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                5.0

                Amazing 4 Guitar Cabs

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                from Dallas

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATM250DE Dual-Element Instrument Microphone:

                don't think... just buy it. you'll never look back. i use both outs and mix them.. its amazing and had a killer sound through a medium quality PA.

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