Audio-Technica AE3000

AE3000, Large diaphragm condenser microphone from Audio-Technica.

jctroyes 11/24/2014

Audio-Technica AE3000 : jctroyes's user review

«  Discreet but unavoidable »

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Here we are in front of a very particular by its static / forms / dimensions. Low sensitivity but it is his strong point.

For me it is clearly not a microphone for lead vocals and acoustic guitar. That does not mean it is a bad pickups. But the characteristics of the microphone as predestined to use as a secondary micro and especially rhythm part.


I have a recording studio not too bad and turns in my drum recordings I always had a problem for Toms sections.
I must admit to being rather static and dynamic for toms.
I tried the Neumann but the sensitivity to some directory was too high limit, MD421 are great but are not always visually impressive super nice to place and not always homogeneous sound with some battery invoice.
In short I dreamed of a micro Tom visually unobtrusive with low sensitivity but with a static response. If we remove the Josephson e22s nothing really made me dream. And then I come across a comment from a renowned engineer who work a lot with AE3000 (without specifying the source) after looking at the features and functions I have ordered 2 to see and hear on Toms.

Once again I was left quite impressed, especially considering the price. Really it holds well the comparison. But rather than give you a positive result and not constructive notice here are the few problems identified.

- May not be suitable for the lead vocals as it is very quiet with little increase of presence. Backing vocals, and why not ...
- By experience it will be a little légé for copper section. (Not tested)
- The off-axis although not ugly, or even nice, gives a lot of the phase problem uring a multi-microphone as the battery capture. This has in particular the size of the capsule.


-The Relative neutrality allows not load a mix with secondary elements. Used to its sound it will help you work faster.
-No Fault too nervous or aggressive spectrum. The transient response is a stiff nothing (not hard) but not more than a SM81 or KSM ... and say with still some class ...
-its Lack of little thickness become an asset on secondary rhythm parts.

IF this is your first mic it will be a great buy, but for me it is a micro shade. He who does his work, which is almost unavoidable but occurs only on secondary parties.

I will obviously Board for toms with a rubber support (not live by against). Can be nice on the Folk Violin in a rather perpendicular axis (unlike usual). To an AC Flute may be too.