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CardioidAudio-Technica AE3000

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The AE3000 is a large-diaphragm electret condenser microphone with a fixed cardioid pickup pattern. It is intended as an instrument mic, designed for applications such as guitar cabinets, toms, snare, timpani and overheads.

AE3000 CapsuleThe capsule is a large-diaphragm electret model, edge-terminated, with a single-diaphragm construction rather than the more familiar Braunmühl Weber design.

The headbasket is large and features an open grille design, which reduces the coloration of reflected sound within the capsule area.

It has a 10dB pad and a high pass filter (-12dB/octave @ 80 Hz), switchable from the mic body.

AE3000 circuitThe circuit is built with surface-mount components, and features a large output transformer.

Mic photos by DJS-NJ

The Audio-Technica AE3000 is also known as: AE-3000.


Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
AE3000 Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (7.0 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10dB (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF: -12dB @ 80Hz (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
100 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 148 dB
Self-noise: 11.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
170g (6.00oz) 115mm (4.53'') 48mm (1.89'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 11-52v

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