Cardioid Polar Pattern The capsule features a cardioid polar pattern which effectively minimizes audio signal and noise at the off-axis sections of the microphone. See any errors on this page? Please let us know! Update Unrecognized Zip Code. Unlike most tube microphones, no external tube power supply is needed.
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By Paul White This ground-breaking new tube mic design can run directly from phantom power. But how does it sound? This seems impossible when you consider that conventional tubes require high plate voltages and high heater currents, but the AT uses no conventional tube.
Instead it uses a miniature low-current tube developed for use in hearing aids, the aim being to achieve tube warmth at a lower UK price point and without the need for bulky power supplies.
Needs no external PSU, because it runs on regular phantom power. Attractively priced. Well built and stylishly designed. At 20kHz, the response is down by around 10dB. Supplied with a soft pouch and a good-quality shockmount, the AT is well engineered and stylish, measuring It connects via a regular three-pin balanced XLR mic cable, but, as with any tube device, it needs around ten minutes to warm up and stabilise after the 48V phantom power has been applied.
Studio Test Although the AT has a tiny valve, the sound is anything but tiny. In fact the whole sound offers a good combination of smoothness and clarity. Photo: Mark Ewing In addition to checking the AT with vocals, I also used it to record a violin track with the mic set up behind and slightly above the player and found that this setup delivered a silky sound quality, with focus and clarity but not too much edge.
The AT also turned in a good result with acoustic guitar, which suggests it would make a good all-rounder as well as a very nice vocal mic. Overall I feel the AT delivers the essential flavour of what most people think of as the tube microphone sound, but without pushing the tube sound in your face. Although some spectral tweaking has been done to give the mic a specific character, this is subjectively quite subtle and, when used with vocals, the overriding impression is of a well-balanced, natural sound rather than anything too hyped.
Audio Technica AT3060