NAMM 2016: Audio-Technica launches array of new mics

Audio-Technica has introduced an assortment of new microphones and headphones at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

The first of which is the Artist Elite AE2300 dynamic cardioid instrument microphone (pictured above), which features Audio-Technica’s double-dome diaphragm construction, giving it high-frequency and transient response. It has a low-profile design, the ability to handle high SPLs, and the ability to capture sound from a range of instruments ’with clarity and precision.’

The AE2300 is also equipped with a switchable low-pass filter that cuts out harsh, high-frequency noise without negatively affecting the overall tone of an instrument.

The Audio-Technica AE2300 mic will be available in April 2016 and carry a recommended retail price of £220/€299.

Next is the ATM230 hypercardioid dynamic instrument microphone (pictured below), ideal for capturing drums and percussion and featuring a proprietary capsule that is also designed to excel in high SPL applications, much like the AE2300.

The hypercardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source – making it perfectly suited for miking toms, snare and other percussion instruments.

The ATM230 will be available in April/May 2016, both individually and as a set of three (ATM230PK) – each option includes a matching quantity of AT8665 drum microphone clamps. The ATM230 carries a RRP of £110/€168 while the set of three will cost £299/€420.

Audio-Technica has also debuted a new range of its professional in-ear monitor (IEM) headphones at the NAMM show.

Bringing the sonic signature of the M-Series to an in-ear design, the three models – ATH-E70 (pictured, below), ATH-E50 and ATH-E40 – have been designed to answer the needs of sound professionals and musicians from the studio, to the stage, to the DJ booth.

The headphones are compatible with Audio-Technica’s popular M3 in-ear monitor wireless systems, offering a ‘comprehensive’ in-ear monitoring solution for use in any application requiring the use of in-ear monitoring.

Audio-Technica’s new professional in-ear monitor headphones will be available in April 2016 with recommended retail prices as follows:

ATH-E70: £280/€399

ATH-E50: £140/€199

ATH-E40: £70/€99

Audio-Technica has also introduced new desk stand and boundary microphone models compatible with its System 10 PRO rack-mount and System 10 stack-mount digital wireless systems.

Designed to work with phantom-powered, condenser gooseneck microphones with a three-pin XLRM-type output, the ATW-T1007 System 10 microphone desk stand transmitter pairs with the System 10 PRO or System 10 digital wireless receiver of choice to provide 2.4GHz wireless performance.

Then there is the ATW-T1006 System 10 boundary microphone/transmitter, which also pairs with any System 10 PRO or System 10 digital wireless receiver to provide ‘clear, natural sound quality’ with 2.4GHz wireless performance, designed for conference rooms and other meeting spaces.

ATW-T1006 System 10 Boundary Microphone/Transmitter: £335/€446

ATW-T1007 System 10 Microphone Desk Stand Transmitter: £299/€399

Lastly is the M50xMG, a limited edition matte gray version of Audio-Technica’s popular ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones, part of its M-Series line. These will be available in February and will carry a recommended retail price of £159 / €219 (inc VAT).

Audio-Technica is exhibiting at Booth 6740 (Hall A) at the 2016 NAMM Show.