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ATM230 & AE2300

Mike Hillier takes two new dynamic mics from Audio Technica – one designed for capturing toms, the other, a more flexible ‘instrument mic’ – into the studio to see how they fare against the competition…


Audio Technica has launched a new pair of dynamic microphones, intended for use on instruments and percussion. We took them along to the studio to test out and discover if either mic could find a place alongside the regulars in our mic cabinet.


The ATM230 is a hypercardioid microphone voiced specifically for use on toms, with a solid low-end, presence peak in the upper mids, and steep roll off beginning around 12kHz. The mic comes with a built-in stand mount, but also comes with a drum mount, so it can be clipped directly to the rim of the kit piece, without the need for a stand.

This kind of clip is very popular with live engineers, who don’t have the luxury of space that studio engineers often do. This one provides a little over an inch of movement towards or away from the rim, in addition to the ability to position the angle from the mic itself. In our experiments with the mic, this provided enough flexibility to get a good tom sound, and we envisage using the clip rather than a stand, even for studio use.

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