AT831b

Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphone

MSRP* US$199.00
Five-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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  • Overview


    This clip-on lavalier mic provides crisp, full-sounding voice pickup and excels as an instrument mic, especially for pickup of acoustic guitar with included AT8444 guitar adapter. It offers excellent gain before feedback and suppression of background noise. An integral 80 Hz high-pass filter provides easy switching from a flat frequency response to a low-end roll-off. It operates on battery or phantom power.

  • Features


    • Clip-on lavalier mic also excels in acoustic guitar applications

    • Provides crisp, full-sounding voice and instrument pickup

    • Operates on battery or phantom power

    • 6' (1.8 m) cable permanently attached to mic, TA3F connector at power module

    • Also available as:
      AT831R – with phantom-only power module
      AT831c – less power module; includes clothing clip and windscreen only; 10' (3 m) cable, unterminated
      AT831cW – less power module; includes clothing clip and windscreen only; 55" (1.4 m) cable terminated with locking 4-pin connector for A-T UniPak® wireless systems
      AT831cT5 – less power module; includes clothing clip and windscreen only; 55" (1.4 m) cable terminated with TA5F connector

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTFixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
    POLAR PATTERNCardioid
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE40-18,000 Hz
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 18 dB/octave
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITYPhantom: -44 dB (6.3 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    Battery: -46 dB (5.0 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCEPhantom: 200 ohms
    Battery: 270 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVELPhantom: 135 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
    Battery: 121 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)Phantom: 106 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    Battery: 92 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO65 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS11-52V DC, 2 mA typical
    BATTERY TYPE1.5V AA/UM3
    BATTERY CURRENT / LIFE0.4 mA / 1200 hours typical (alkaline)
    SWITCHOff, on-flat, on-roll-off
    WEIGHT (MICROPHONE)0.1 oz (2.8 g)
    WEIGHT (POWER MODULE)4.9 oz (139 g)
    DIMENSIONS (MICROPHONE)0.98" (25.0 mm) long,
    0.40" (10.2 mm) diameter
    DIMENSIONS (POWER MODULE)3.31" (84.0 mm) H x
    2.48" (63.0 mm) W x
    0.87" (22.0 mm) D
    OUTPUT CONNECTOR (POWER MODULE)Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
    CABLE6' (1.8 m) long (permanently attached to microphone), 0.10" (2.6 mm) diameter, 2-conductor, shielded cable with TA3F-type connector
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDClothing clip; AT8444 instrument adapter; AT8531 power module; AT8116 windscreen; battery; protective carrying case
    AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLEM1
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  • Downloads

    AT831b Specification Sheet (pdf 99.14 KB)
    AT831b Submittal Sheet (pdf 369.15 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaAT831b Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphone
     
    4.3

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    5.0

    AT831(Cw)

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    from North Hills

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

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        Comments about Audio-Technica AT831b Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphone:

        I selected this mic to use with the System 10 Pro , just purchased.
        Sound for a Presenter ! Very, very Good - Excellent !

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Live Sound
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Intermediate
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        • Less than a month
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        4.0

        This product has great features

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        from Budapest, Hungary

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            Comments about Audio-Technica AT831b Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphone:

            Pros: veil-free sound, good space imaging
            Cons: slight high-pitched voice absence and few glitter.
            Good value for money.

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Novice
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            • Live Sound
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            • Over a year
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            4.0

            Good microphone but could use more mounting options

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            from S. E. Pennsylvania

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                Comments about Audio-Technica AT831b Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphone:

                I bought this microphone to use on acoustic guitar. The included sound hole mount works and the adjustment allows for some limited tonal adjustments. Audio-Technica should consider offering additional instrument mounts for this quality microphone such as the 4099G mount offered by DPA that positions the microphone over the fretboard of the guitar for more natural sound. I prototyped an alternative such mount and the results are encouraging.

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Intermediate
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                • Studio
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                • Up to a year
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              • Q & A

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                • Q:

                  Is this an omnidirectional microphone?
                  Asked on 11/10/2016 by VAC from Athens, NY

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    No, The AT831b has a directional cardioid pickup pattern.

                    Answered on 11/11/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                • Q:

                  I need the cable to connect with a 1/4" cable to run into my amp, will this do that or otherwise how will I be able to interface with my amp?
                  Asked on 10/31/2016 by David from Albuquerque, NM

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Depending on your amp, you may need an impedance transformer such as the CP8201. If your amp is looking for a LINE level signal (such as a guitar or keyboard amp), use a standard XLR cable from the AT831b power module to the CP8201, then into your LINE level input on the amp.

                    Answered on 11/1/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                • Q:

                  will this work with the AT8418.
                  Asked on 10/14/2016 by Chris

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Technically, they are not compatible. With that being said, the AT831 body is a bit smaller and will fit into the AT8418.

                    Answered on 10/18/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                • Q:

                  I'm having some problems with excess breathing sound coming through. I've tried having it clipped higher and lower but can't seems to get rid of it. Anything that could help this?
                  Asked on 8/29/2016 by skywalker3880 from Atlanta, GA

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                    Answered on 9/15/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                • Q:

                  I need a new mic. I make a lot of software instructional YouTube videos via a screen recording app. I'm currently using an AKG C520 condenser headset mic, running through studio grade preamps and converters. However, I'm not happy with the overall tonal quality that headsets tend to provide. IMO, the sound is generally thin and compressed, partly due to the capsule and its distance and angle relationship to the mouth. Reading through your lavalier type mics it seems that the AT831b might be an excellent choice for this type of application. Would you agree, or do you recommend a different model? I record in a quiet home studio and want a hands free solution that could reasonably rival, (as far as lavaliers go), an SM7 or RE20. Thanks!
                  Asked on 7/31/2016 by Mic for instructor

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    The AT831b is a popular choice but as you know, sound is always subjective and I recommend trying it out and see if it will best suit your needs. Additionally, you may want an omni element such as the AT899 which again, may better suit your capturing needs. Overall tone may be adjusted in your post production but it is important to get good, clean audio into your recordings with a good sounding microphone element; which Audio-Technica is known for.

                    Answered on 8/3/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                • Q:

                  I have no experience with microphones. How do I get this to work? Where does the sound go to?
                  Asked on 6/21/2016 by Baffled Brittany from NJ

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    For technical support, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at: audio-solutions@atus.com

                    Answered on 6/23/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                • Q:

                  Hello - I need to connect this microphone to a camcorder that uses an xlr connection. Please confirm what is the best cable to make that connection.

                  Thank you.

                  Emilio
                  Asked on 5/19/2016 by Emilio from Chicago,USA

                  1 answer

                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    The AT831b comes with the AT8531 Power Module, which is a necessary component. That power module has an XLR output. To connect to an XLR camcorder, you would need both the AT8531 and a standard XLR cable like the AT8314.

                    If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                    audio-solutions@atus.com

                    Thanks!

                    Answered on 5/27/2016 by Anonymous
                • Q:

                  I lost the mic "sock" (cover) for a similar model (AT831a). Is there a way to purchase a new sock for this and am I correct to assume this model's sock will also fit mine?
                  Asked on 1/28/2016 by Michael from United States

                  1 answer

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                    A:

                    To receive an answer to your question, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                    audio-solutions@atus.com

                    For your particular inquiry, please include a picture of the microphone.

                    Thanks!

                    Answered on 1/28/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                • Q:

                  can I use this mic with a audio-technical wireless belt clip
                  Asked on 10/22/2015 by jeff

                  1 answer

                • Q:

                  Hello,
                  I need the little clip at the end of the clip for guitar sound hole, a little plastic oarlock of a thing. How can I get just that?

                  Thank you.
                  Paul Clements
                  Asked on 9/22/2015 by Pablo

                  1 answer

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