Audio-Technica ATM250DE
Audio-Technica ATM250DE

ATM250DE, Other Microphone from Audio-Technica.

Groove on Family 11/10/2007

Audio-Technica ATM250DE : Groove on Family's user review


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- Dual microphone capsules (in one case) for the instruments, bass drums, guitar amps ...
- A condenser capsule (cardioid) to record the entire audible range and dynamics
(Hypercardioid) for the power and attack.
- According to the manual (an A4 sheet and that's enough): "The two capsules are positioned in a perfect phase relationship, something practically unachievable with two separate microphones"
- High Pass Filter 80 Hz and 10 dB pad (condenser)
- Micro not very big not too bulky a little less than a dozen small cm and a diameter of about 5 cm. It is quite heavy which gives an impression of solidity, the manufacturing level, here looks great strong.
- Supplied in a soft protective pouch, a real good fixation (AT8471 isolation clamp) and a shielded cable "Y" 5 m
(Sometimes just a little) with a hand microphone XLR-type connectors with 5 pins and the other two connectors 3-pin XLR standard marked condenser / dynamic which is handy.


- I bought it for over a year.
- For Phase I do not know how the problem is solved, but no worries.
- I use it mainly for home studio made battery. For placement is that of happiness. I place it at mid depth of the GC, I try several positions very, very close to the skin (it unflinchingly cash) or just outside of the GC event. No major differences notorious hit the kick stronger ... I have not had a chance to test it to the live but it must be super easy to manage. With the microphone it seems to me that the other elements (OH, CC, HH, Toms, ...) ask me more work placement. It is forgotten as it is simple to place, the sound is on there, no need for equalization or too drastic compression in the decision. On to the result of mixing between two slices have the condenser and dynamic and that's it.

- The only minor complaint is that it lacks a little air because of the investment in the GC but I sometimes it catches up with a ribbon
T-Bone RM700 atmosphere in front and up to the bass drum to 50cm/1m.

- This ATM250DE walk a lot on the resumption of bass amps in front of a 15 "or the big guitar sound, I need a little more work placement but I think my first taken quite satisfactory.
For the price / quality ratio it is rather expensive (approx € 280) but it is far better than anything I could test (Shure, Prodipe, Apex, Berhinger, ...). Particularly in relation to the Beta 52 passes for eight out of ten reference to the bass drum. I think the Beta not sound terrible ("plokplok" sound card) even by spending time. Or it must be coupled with other microphones. It is a very personal opinion but I would not trade Beta 52 a barrel against my ATM.

[same with the snare drum is often sm57 and i'm already ok. even if i buy from a atm650 (dynamic hypercardioid) a kind of sauce sm57 audio-technica, 20/30 € more expensive but much softer, less hard on the snare and guitar amp recovery especially the clean sounds ... also a very good alternative to the shure.]

This is the kind of investment that we have no regrets and with experience, I Refer this option is on. With over budget I was interested in its big brother the Audio-Technica AE2500 (approx € 520) with two capsules in one micro lot that simplifies the placement for the bass drum in particular