Audio-Technica ATM450 Small-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone


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Audio-Technica ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone

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  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz to 18kHz
  • Impedance: 200 Ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 152 dB
  • Power Requirements: 48V

User Feedback

A lot of good words are being passed around for the Audio-Technica ATM450, many commending it for working well with drums, particularly the snare and cymbals, on top of the familiar home studio instruments like acoustic guitars and electric guitar amplifiers.

There are also a lot of positive reports coming from banjo, ukulele, percussionists and other musicians who are satisfied with the mic's performance.

Being compact is also a plus for many users, who describe it as very portable and easy to store away when not in use.

Not many complaints to write about, other a few who wish that the price was a bit lower, or that it was bundled with a few more accessories and extras.

Hands On Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
TapeOp Chris Garges 90/100
AudioTechnology Greg Walker 92/100
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