Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone

Audio-Technica's ATM230 is designed for high-SPL applications      05/02/16

Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone

Buying Choices

Audio-Technica has introduced the ATM230 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone, a mic in their Artist Series line that they say is ideal for capturing drums and percussion. A spokesperson told us, "The mic's proprietary capsule is designed to excel in high SPL applications, delivering full, well-rounded audio with an exceptional low-end. The hypercardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source – directionality that is aided by the mic's low-profile design, which allows it to be placed in a wide variety of setups. ATM230 is ideally suited for miking toms, snare and other percussion instruments."

ATM230 Features:

  • Big, warm low-frequency response with excellent attack
  • Handles very high SPL at close range
  • Rare earth magnet for improved output and transient response
  • Low-profile design permits versatile placement around drum kit
  • Hypercardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
  • Rugged, all-metal design and construction for years of trouble-free use
  • ATM230 Specifications:
  • Element: Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Hypercardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20 – 12,000 Hz
  • Output Connector: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
  • Accessories Included: AT8665 drum mount; soft protective pouch

Pricing and Availability:
The Audio-Technica Artist Series ATM230 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone will be available March 2016 with a U.S. street price of $139.00. Also available will be the ATM230PK pack with three ATM230's with a U.S. street price of $349.00.

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