Submitted January 16, 2019 by Jonathan B in Mesquite, TX
zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I really like this microphone. Great sound, easy to place and tough as nails. For the price point you can do different, but not necessarily better.Other contenders at this price point are the Audix ADX51, Sennheiser e614 and for a smidge more money the Shure KSM 137. I own all of them, and with the exception of the e614 that sounds rather harsh and cheap to my ears, they all have their uses. I tend to reach for the ATM450 for live micing hi-hat, ride and snare bottom. The off axis response is very even, so the unavoidable bleed you get in the positions I use them sounds much more pleasing. They're also brighter than the others, but in a good way. They really bring out the bite without being harsh. The side address design makes placement much easier as well.On occasion I've also used them as overheads and on snare top for jazzier type stuff. They do very well here as well. They don't excel on acoustic instruments though. That brightness tends to be a but too much there, and though the bottom end is very flat and clean, it is a bit on the lean side. If you're only going to buy one type of SDC, I'd go for the ADX51 or splurge a bit for the KSM137. They're certainly more versatile. For drums and percussion work though, it's hard to beat the ATM450.They're very roadworthy mics. I've drug mine all over the world and they consistently do 200+ shows a year. They've been hit and dropped many times. I've yet to have a single failure.
Professional FOH Engineer for 20+ years.
I'll mix whatever pays the bills, but tend to do mainly lighter rock and pop type stuff.
Did you find this review helpful?
Thanks for your opinion!