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Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone

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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Downloads
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

  • Overview

    The Artist Elite AE6100 hypercardioid dynamic vocal microphone delivers clean articulation, fast transients and high-output, assertive sound for the uncompromising vocalist. With a polar pattern tailored for outstanding on-axis response, the microphone offers maximum feedback rejection and superior anti-shock engineering for low handling noise. For ultimate protection against vocal plosives, the mic’s hardened-steel outer grille is lined with fine steel mesh and a layer of open-cell foam. A foam disk positioned on top of the element assembly provides the final layer of “pop” protection.
  • Features

    • Assertive sound for the uncompromising vocalist

    • Great presence with excellent monitor cut

    • High output, fast transients and clean articulation

    • The back-cavity assembly “floats” inside the handle shell, providing exceptional isolation from handling noise

    • Maximum feedback rejection

    • Hypercardioid polar pattern improves isolation of desired sound source

    • Superior anti-shock engineering for low handling noise

    • Multi-stage grille design offers excellent protection against plosives and sibilance without compromising high-frequency clarity

    • Quiet-Flex™ stand clamp provides silent, flexible microphone positioning

    • Tough, durable, resilient – built for the road

  • Specifications

    POLAR PATTERNHypercardioid
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY-55 dB (1.7 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE250 ohms
    WEIGHT10.9 oz (310 g)
    DIMENSIONS6.97" (177.0 mm) long,
    1.89" (48.0 mm) head diameter,
    1.30" to 0.87" (33.0 mm to 22.0 mm) tapered body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8470 Quiet-Flex™ stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch
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  • Downloads

    AE6100 Specification Sheet (pdf 62.03 KB)
    AE6100 Submittal Sheet (pdf 318.67 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

    Absolute best live mic I've ever used hands down


    I bought my AE6100 around 2007 or 2008 and have used it in dozens of live shows and in limited recording applications. I've used a number of American and German made live mics, industry standards and workhorses in their own right, but the AE6100 fit me best. My voice is baritone and I do some screaming here and there with my super loud alternative metal band, and with other mics I'd always have feedback issues. Singing at lower volumes with other mics required cranking the gain, but when I'd scream there would be that squeal. You may think the issue was mic control, distance from the source, and that may have been an issue early on, but there was always the trouble with cacophonous stage volume, too. The loudest drummer on earth made mixing a nightmare in rehearsals and onstage. But those issues were solved with the AE6100. The feedback handling was what I wanted most, but I was stunned (and continue to be) by how clear and articulate this mic is in every single setting. I love it so much I bring it with me to sing karaoke. A quick sidenote -- hypercardioid mics have amazing peripheral sound rejection, but there is some pick up 180 degrees from the front of the mic. Don't stand directly in front of a monitor! 45 degrees or so is better. Honestly, a performer or artist develops a subjective relationship with their instrument and their tools. This mic fits me better than anything I've found so far. When you're ready to replace your old standby, you absolutely have to give this a shot.



    AE6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone

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  • Q & A

    Is there a way to use this mic as a wireless hand held?


    Thank you for your inquiry. Not easily. You would have to use one of our wireless systems with a belt pack transmitter that has the Hirose connector and then use our XLRw cable.


    The main difference between the AE4100 and AE 6100 appears to be the frequency response range, 90 - 18,000 Hz and 60 - 15,000 Hz, respectively (both have the same price). Which of these two microphones is the best for live vocal performance? How do I decide which model to purchase? I currently have the AE5400, which is outstanding, but I would like to have a dynamic microphone as well. Thanks.


    Thank you for your inquiry. Actually, the main difference is the pick up angle. The AE4100 has a cardioid pattern (120 degree) while the AE6100 has a more narrow hyper cardioid pattern (100 degrees). The question for your use might be if there are things to the right or left of the microphone that you would like to keep out of the microphone. I personally use the AE4100 for vocals because of the fairly wide rejection of the mic at the rear.


    I have replaced my ATM27HEs with the AE6100s.To the tune of 9 old to 8 new ones. I love both mics very much, but I seem to find that the 27's have a warmer sound with a better bass response. But the specs are the same... why the difference?, and how can I better utlize them? I gave away a couple of the 27's to former Shure 58 users...totally converted now!

    Dayeton Larson

    Thank you for your inquiry. These have different elements. Even though the specs are similar, the frequency response can be different. If you like the ATM27HE, you may want to look at a new product we have the ATM230 See link


    I'm in a metal band... I do growls and screaming most of the times... I heard atm610a is a good one for this kinda music style cause it has a warm feeling to it... but I'm interested in this one too... it has good reviews... but my question is... will this mic make my screamings screechy..? cause I need a warm mic which won't give a thin noisy output when I'll be screaming... So what do you think..? should I take the atm610a or take this one spending 40 bucks more..?


    Both microphones would be good choices but I would always recommend trying them out for yourself and see what will best suit your needs. The AE6100 has a bit of a bump in the lower frequencies which may be to your liking.


    I'm having some isolation issues with my AE6100, please help! I am a drummer who sings in a 3-piece live band. I bought this mic based on great reviews and I love the mic. However, i'm experiencing some isolation issues in regard to bleed from my cymbals and higher frequency stuff floating around the stage. We've tried EQing the mic but to no avail. Can you suggest anything? Apart from try a different mic (which I don't really want to do)


    thank you for your inquiry. Please note that the AE6100 has a hypercardioid pick up angle. This is great for side rejection but does have a bit of a pick up lobe at the rear of the mic. You will need to work with placement to keep the rear of the mic away from the cymbals.


    You could also try gating the mic, if you're not singing a lot.


    could this mic be used in front of on amp or for infront of acoustic guitar


    Thank you for your inquiry. This will work very well in front of an amp. It could work in front of an acoustic guitar, although being a dynamic mic it is not overly sensitive.


    What is the SPL handling of the microphone? Hi, just wondering if this microphone would be safe to use on toms or snare - thanks


    Typically speaking, Dynamic Microphones (like the AE6100) do not have an SPL rating/specification. A reason for this is because dynamic microphones have superior SPL handling capabilities, as compared to condenser microphones which have on-board electronics that can be over-loaded. The AE6000 is an excellent sounding microphone that will sound great with vocals, snare, toms, kick, guitar/bass cabinets, anything high SPL application (etc.).