AE5100

Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone

MSRP* US$429.00
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


    The Artist Eliteģ AE5100 large diaphragm cardioid condenser instrument microphone provides uncompromising sound quality for overheads, percussion, acoustic guitar, strings and other acoustic instruments. With rich, warm, accurate sound, the AE5100 also incorporates the most essential ingredients for quality live sound in a choir microphone. Its large-diaphragm capsule delivers accurate, natural response, while its low-profile design permits innovative placement options. With a lower profile than the large studio microphones to which it compares sonically, the AE5100 offers an outstanding performance-to-size ratio. With its low noise and smooth response, the AE5100 is ideal for recording, too.
  • Features


    • Large-diaphragm capsule delivers accurate and natural response

    • Low-profile design permits innovative placement options previously unattainable with a large-diaphragm condenser

    • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source

    • Robust design for enduring dependability on the road

    • Includes isolation clamp for shock protection, secure mounting and easy positioning

    • Integral 80 Hz HPF switch and 10 dB pad

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTFixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
    POLAR PATTERNCardioid
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE20-20,000 Hz
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 12 dB/octave
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY-36 dB (15.8 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE150 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL148 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.;
    158 dB SPL with 10 dB pad (nominal)
    NOISE11 dB SPL
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)137 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO83 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS11-52V DC, 3.2 mA typical
    SWITCHESHigh-pass filter;
    10 dB pad (nominal)
    WEIGHT5.0 oz (143 g)
    DIMENSIONS5.85" (148.5 mm) long,
    1.02" (26.0 mm) maximum diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8471 isolation clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; AT8136 windscreen; soft protective pouch
    AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLES4
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  • Downloads

    AE5100 Specification Sheet (pdf 60.95 KB)
    AE5100 Submittal Sheet (pdf 357.09 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

    AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone 5 5 1 1
    A fine device for use in live trumpet performance! Using the AE5100 in a live trumpet performance environment has proved to me again the extreme high quality of the Audio Technica line. Sound reinforcement at any playing volume is superb whether indoors or out. I have never experienced any negative issues with this device, and have made good use of the AE5100 for over six years now. Even when the part calls for vocal use, this device provides a most natural sound. I fully expect another several years of solid sound reproduction from this microphone. Please, take comfort in knowing that this microphone will faithfully serve as a most valuable and reliable tool for 'work' or 'play'. Sincerely, Andy, Medina, Ohio October 20, 2011
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    AT4040 or AE5100 ?

    I'm looking to record fingerstyle acoustic guitar. Between the AT4040 and the AE5100 is one better suited than the other?
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    Both microphones would be excellent for recording finger-style acoustic guitar. When selecting microphones of this caliber, it becomes a matter of taste as to which microphone would be "better". Although both microphones are large-diaphragm condenser microphones, the AT4040 has a brighter sound and might be more versicle in the long run.

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    Which of these might yield better recording results in ORTF/NOS configuration for recording a symphony orchestra in a concert hall/auditorium?
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    Thank you for your inquiry. You ask a great question that is very hard to answer. Both are very nice microphones and the frequency response is extremely close. I think it would come down to large diaphragm verses small diaphragm. The AE5100 has a large diaphragm and the AT4041 has a small diaphragm. Small diaphragms react quicker to transients, although in your application I don't see that as anything to worry about. I am personally a fan of the AE5100 and use these in many applications, so they would get my vote. Actually, you could not go wrong with either.
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