Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE3000 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone


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Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE3000 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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Our rating of 92/100 is based on analysis of 60+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The AE3000 is a high-SPL capable offering by Audio-Technica.

With a whopping 158dB max SPL with the built-in Pad, it can handle loud sources like drum kits and orchestral timpani and percussion with ease.

It can also be used for loud and distorted electric guitar and aggressive singing or screaming vocals.


  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Impedance: 100 ohms
  • Max SPL:148dB (158dB w/10dB Pad)
  • Applications:Aggressive vocals, percussions, drums, electric and acoustic instruments
  • Power Requirements: 11V to 52V


Using the AE3000 for close miking snares and toms results in a very natural but punchy sounding sound that blends well with other mics especially with rooms. The side address design makes it easy to optimally place on different sound sources. Loud aggressive vocals also sound great with the mic according to a few community posts.


Users note that the sound signature is not optimal for quieter vocals.


If you like recording loud, the AE3000 is your best bet. Being able to capture high-SPL sources with little to no distortion is a blessing for more extreme, hard hitting music like metal or orchestral sections with high dynamic range.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can find in our guides to Condenser Mics: Small to Large Diaphragm and Studio Vocal Mics.

Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE3000 Frequency Response and Polar Pattern Charts:

Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE3000 polar pattern chart
Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE3000 frequency response chart

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An audio engineer of 20 years who specializes in rock and metal recordings, he also plays guitar and produces original music for his band and other content creators.