Audio-Technica ATM25 : moosers's user review
The Audio-Technica ATM25 is a dynamic microphone that is suitable for use in the recording studio or on the stage. I've only used it for recording, but it would certainly work either way. This mic is not to be confused with the Audio-Technica Pro 25, which looks similar but is definitely a different mic on the inside, as this one sounds a lot better. It's got a hyper cardioid polar pick up pattern, making it great for recording things up close like drums or an amplifier cabinet. It will pick up frequencies between 30 Hz and 15 kHz, which isn't ideal but will work fine for picking up lower and mid range sounds.
In my time using the Audio-Technica ATM25, I've been very pleased with it. It's a versatile microphone with flexibility when it comes to recording drums. I've used it for kick drum, tom drums, and snare drum, as well as for both an electric guitar and a bass guitar cabinet. I liked the mic best for recording bass guitar as well as kick drum. It didn't do it for me on snare drum, as I tried it both on the top and the bottom. However, it sounded great on the inside of the kick drum and right up on the grill for bass guitar. I guess it must have a nice low end response since the applications that I liked it best for were bass instruments. I would bet that the ATM25 would work very well for most applications in a live setting as well just by judging from it's make up. I haven't personally tried it for any live applications since I don't do live sound. The price isn't too expensive, but even at this price there are some other mics I'd go for instead. It really just depends on what you're looking to record. The ATM25 has more versatility than something like an AKG D112, but if you're just looking for something to record bass sounds with, I'd got with the D112. It depends on what you want to do with it, but the Audio-Technica ATM25 definitely offers up a good amount.