The Audio-Technica ArtistElite® AE2300 cardioid instrument dynamic microphone uses A-T’s proprietary “double-dome” diaphragm for a better high frequency response and improved transient performance not normally found in dynamic mics. I instantly heard a noticeable difference when comparing it to my usual dynamic mic close in to my guitar amp’s speaker cone and on snare drum. The AE2300 sounded clearer, more present and fatter with sparkling yet realistic transients.
The AE2300 had a wider frequency range—I did not feel the immediate urge to grab the EQ on the console as with my usual dynamic snare drum microphone that I ALWAYS EQ to compensate for its dark and thick sound.
I also liked the switchable low-pass filter with its corner frequency at 5kHz—it helped out when recording harsh sources—abrasive percussion instruments. It’s a great option to have right at the mic rather than trying to fix it in the control room. Most of the time I used the mic’s flat position—it’s wonderfully complementary on most sources with its slight 5kHz presence peak. The ArtistElite® AE2300 cardioid instrument dynamic microphone sells for $269 MSRP, includes the AT8471 isolation stand clamp and a soft protective pouch.
BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com