Audio-Technica ATM25 by Sim
I noticed that this is the first review of the ATM 25.
It's a bit of an un talked about microphone I heard Lars Ulrich will use no other mic on his floor toms live.
Anyway I picked this little gem up for £55 when in search for a floor tom mic as I was using sm58's or d112's at the time.
The mic is really solid and has a nice built in mic holder. AT don't supply a max SPL value which seems unusual but i'm guessing it's up at the 130 mark.
This mic has much more natural sound than a lot of other budget mics or mic's around the £120 mark. It has shallow dip in the mids that cleans up the tom's and has a really even tight bass response that is perfect for toms and makes a very malleable sound to change during mixing.
Used on the kick drum it really pick's up the articulation of the beater very naturally. It doesn't boost the low end like a lot of kick drum mics but does cut out a little mess and clean the drum up. As a kick drum mic it's probably the flattest sounding mic out of the sub £200 level. So if you like a flat mic on the kick but don't have the cash this is a worth tryng out. It kinda meats the flat kick mics and the 'pre-eq'd' ones in the middle but it's cheaper than most of them. It's also pretty great on small 18" kicks for jazz, just superb.
I'd need to give this mic a try on bass cab because from my experience these kinda half way flat mics with a bit of flavour work well hear. I assume it may not work great on guitar cabs as it might not get the mids right.
Overall an excellent dynamic mic for the price.