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Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone

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

  • Overview

    The Artist Elite® 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
    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
    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
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  • Downloads

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

    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

    Medina, Ohio

    AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone

    5.0 1


  • Q & A

    Hi, I am looking for a microphone to record violin in a home studio. I have watched this video May I ask what is the most suitable microphone you would advice? And what are some alternatives and their differences in terms of usage. Thank you!


    Yes, the AE5100 is a great choice and used in many professional studios. I personally have two in my personal microphone stock.


    How will this AE5100 work with my Fishman Loundbox Mini's Instrument input (1/4 in. plug)? For example, what interface cable and phantom power supply to use; any Audio-Technica p/n?


    Thank you for your inquiry. You would need an external phantom power supply such as our AT8801. You would need a standard XLR to XLR microphone cable from the mic to the power supply and an XLR female to 1/4 male cable between the power supply and the amp.


    Can i use the ae5100 live on stage for recording a jazz drum and as overheads sometime?


    Yes, the AE5100 is a popular choice for drum overheads.


    is this ae5100 good for Recording voice of the people live in concert??? if not whats your idea to choose whose mic i selest???? ksm137 shure?or AE5100


    Yes, the AE5100 is a great recording microphone. I would choose the AE5100 over the other listed microphones.


    I noticed the 5100 has the same max input level of 148dB as the AE3000, but only the 3000 is listed has handling high SPL. can I not use the 5100 on a snare or guitar cabinet?


    Excellent observation. The AE3000 and AE5100 both can be used on Guitar Cabinets or Snare, or any other higher-SPL instrument. On any higher-SPL instrument, however, you might want to consider using either microphone's -10dB Pad/Attenuator. If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at: Thanks!


    AT4041 or AE5100 for live concert recording of orchestra Which of these might yield better recording results in ORTF/NOS configuration for recording a symphony orchestra in a concert hall/auditorium?


    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.


    AT4040 or AE5100 ? I'm looking to record fingerstyle acoustic guitar. Between the AT4040 and the AE5100 is one better suited than the other?


    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. Thanks!