Audio-Technica AE6100 Artist Elite Hypercardioid Dynamic Microphone

Get outstanding feedback rejection and larger-than-life vocal sound, thanks to the A-T Artist Elite AE6100 dynamic microphone's hypercardioid pickup pattern.
The Audio-Technica 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.

Audio-Technica's Artist Elite Series

The Artist Elite Series is the most superb sonic design for the most elite venues. Recent advances in the quality and sophistication of professional live-sound systems have been nothing short of revolutionary. Tours, clubs, broadcast events, corporate facilities, and worship venues sound better than ever, utilizing better system design and better components in the audio chain. That's why Audio-Technica has been partnering with industry professionals on the front line of this revolution - the top touring companies, award show designers, FOH and monitor engineers, audio consultants, and artists - to learn what it takes to make the best-sounding, most reliable and consistent microphones for the live-sound industry. They listened carefully. Then they applied this knowledge to the creation of a line of high-performance microphones. Each model is read more designed to extend the performance of a sound system, not limit it. Introducing the standard in live audio: Artist Elite.

Features:

- Assertive sound for the uncompromising vocalist
- Great presence with excellent monitor cut
- High output, fast transients, and clean articulation
- Maximum feedback rejection
- Superior anti-shock engineering for low handling noise
- Outstanding pop protection
- Tough, durable, resilient - built for the road
- Includes AT8470 Quiet-Flex stand clamp
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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AE6100
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 330-686-2600
(6 ratings)
Submitted August 19, 2009 by a customer from hotmail.com
"King of Handheld Dynamics"
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I won't replace this mic ever. It won't need to be replaced. I will however purchase the ae5400, but as an additional color for my vocal spectrum, not a replacement or upgrade.

Sound
I've owned this mic for about three years. During that time I've performed in every situation other than an arena. That includes the bars with a useless sound guy, the clubs with an excellent sound guy, the outdoor festival with no sound guy at all, the theaters with perfect acoustics and pristine sound system, and of course the cramped practice space. I've used it a lot. This mic is best performing dynamic I've used. Having used the Shure SM58 and Beta 58a, Electrovoice n/d 767, Audix OM2 and OM5, and the Sennheiser e835, I'd say I have a pretty good basis for comparison. The 6100 rejects feedback as well or better than any of these. The transients cut straight through, and the clarity is unrivaled. I sang with a super loud heavy progessive/metal band. Whisper to scream, the 6100 shines.

Features
Superb clarity, incredible feedback rejection. Oh, and it handles plosives amazingly well.

Ease of Use
Hypercardioids have a slightly higher learning curve. You have to keep on them tightly, or else you're lost. That said, the 6100 reacts amazingly well to "playing the mic." That's something all singers should do with their mic. Spend some time with it, develop a relationship with it and you won't be read more disappointed.

Quality
Let's bring up the really important point -- How durable is this thing? I've thrown it, I've dropped it. It's lived through fog filled venues, dusty outdoors festivals, smoke filled rehearsal spaces... Not a scratch, and it still sounds incredible. Buy this mic.

Value
Best gear investment I've made as a singer.

Manufacturer Support
Never needed to talk to them. I love Audio Technica. I also own an AT4050. Incredible mics.

The Wow Factor
This thing stands out from the crowd. Not the "golfball on a stick" look we've seen from Shure, or the blacker than black from Audix. Has a look and feel all it's own. I like that the grip isn't just rounded. It makes for a better hold.

Musical Background:
Active Musician, vocalist

Musical Style:
Metal, electronic, heavyyyyyy
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