Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE3000 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

92 out of 100. Incorporating 70+ ratings and reviews.
Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE3000 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Gearank Recommendation

The AE3000 appeared on our recommended list for Large Diaphragm Condenser Mics Under $300 from March 2020 until April 2021.

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.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Recording Hacks Andy Hong 98/100
Audiofanzine jctroyes 80/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm’s adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.


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.

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.

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

If you like recording loud, the AE3000 is a good option. 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.


  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Impedance: 100 ohms
  • Max SPL:148dB (158dB w/10dB Pad)
  • Power Requirements: 11V to 52V

Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE3000 Frequency Response Chart

Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE3000 polar pattern chart

Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE3000 Polar Pattern Charts

Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE3000 frequency response chart

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