Our accomplished touring FOH and studio engineer friend, Steve Lagudi, is also an occasional A-T guest blogger. He’s tackled several topics, including miking cymbals and channel delay. At this year’s NAMM Show, Steve took some time to talk with us about some of his favorite A-T mics.
The Artist Elite® AE2500 dual-element microphone features cardioid condenser and dynamic capsules together in one housing. Traditionally, this mic is used for recording a balanced kick drum, but Steve uses it for miking the guitar as well.
“It just gives you everything that you want out of the guitar – everything from a tight low-end all the way to the top… hearing all the strings on the instrument. … This is definitely my go-to mic for guitars.”
The Artist Series® ATM450 is a versatile, low-profile cardioid condenser mic. It features an innovative side-address stick design for many placement options with few obstructions. Steve likes it best for spot-miking cymbals. Spot-miking isolates the sound you’re after and screens out unwanted bleed.
“It just shines. It just gives you that good character that you want from cymbals.”
The Artist Elite® AE6100 hypercardioid dynamic vocal microphone delivers high-output, assertive sound. With clean articulation and fast transients, it’s perfect for uncompromised vocals.
“This is probably the best vocal microphone for me…. I can really keep all my stage bleed down to almost- next to nothing.”
The Artist Elite® AE3000 can handle extreme SPLs. This large diaphragm cardioid condenser mic is great for such applications as guitar cabinets, toms, snare, timpani, horns and overheads.
“I can get a really nice, deep, round sound out of the drums… It’s a very versatile and, most of all, very low profile [mic], so you can get it in some tight areas.”
We’d like to thank Steve again for talking with us about some of his favorite Audio-Technica mics. Hopefully, you’ve picked up some new ideas for your studio!