audio-technica AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone User Manual

User ManualCardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone AE5100

Thank you for purchasing this product. Before using the product, read through the user manual to ensure that you will use the product correctly. Please keep this manual for future reference.


  • Uncompromising sound quality for overheads, percussion, acoustic guitar, strings, and other acoustic instruments
  • Large-diaphragm capsule delivers an accurate and natural response
  • Low-profile design permits innovative placement options previously unattainable with a large-diaphragm condenser
  • Robust design for enduring dependability on the road
  • Integral 80 Hz HPF switch and 10 dB pad
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of the desired sound source

Notes on use

The AE5100 is intended for use in professional applications where remote power is available. It requires 11V to 52V DC phantom power, which may be provided by a mixer or console, or by a separate, in-line source such as the Audio-Technica AT8801 single-channel or CP8506 four-channel phantom power supplies.

Output from the microphone’s XLRM-type connector is low impedance (Lo-Z) balanced. The signal appears across Pins 2 and 3; Pin 1 is ground (shield). The output phase is “Pin 2 hot” – positive acoustic pressure produces positive voltage at Pin 2.

An integral 80 Hz hi-pass filter provides easy switching from a flat frequency response to a low-end roll-off. The roll-off position reduces the microphone’s sensitivity to popping in close vocal use. It also reduces the pickup of low-frequency ambient noise (such as traffic, air-handling systems, etc.), room reverberation, and mechanically-coupled vibrations. The AE5100 includes an AT8471 isolation clamp to provide secure mounting, versatile positioning, and effective dampening of unwanted mechanical noise.Avoid leaving the microphone in the open sun or in areas where temperatures exceed 43°C for extended periods. Extremely high humidity should also be avoided.

Safety precaution

Although this product was designed to be used safely, failing to use it correctly may result in an accident. To ensure safety, observe all warnings and cautions while using the product.

Cautions for the product

  • Do not subject the product to a strong impact to avoid malfunction.
  • Do not disassemble, modify or attempt to repair the product.
  • Do not handle the product with wet hands to avoid electric shock or injury.
  • Do not store the product under direct sunlight, near heating devices, or in a hot, humid, or dusty place.

Connection procedure

Connect the output terminals of the microphone to a device that has a microphone input (balanced input) compatible with a phantom power supply. The output connector is anXLRM-type with polarity as shown in the figure below.

This product requires 48 V DC phantom power.


Element Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
Polar pattern Cardioid
Frequency response 20 – 20,000 Hz
Low Frequency response 80 Hz, 12 dB/octave
Open circuit sensitivity -36 dB (15.8 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
Impedance 150 ohms
Maximum input sound level 148 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.

158 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (normal)

Noise 11 dB SPL
Dynamic range (typical) 137 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
Signal-to-noise ratio 83 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Phantom power requirements 11-52 V DC, 3.2 mA typical
Switch High-pass filter,

10 dB pad (normal)

Weight (less accessories) 143 g
Dimensions 148.5 mm long, 26.0 mm maximum diameter
Output connector Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
Included accessories AT8471 isolation clamp for 5/8″-27 threaded stands; 5/8″-27 to 3/8″-16 threaded adapter;

AT8136 windscreen; soft protective pouch

• 1 Pascal = 10 dynes/cm² = 10 microbars = 94 dB SPL* Typical, A-weighted, using Audio Precision System One.For product improvement, the product is sublect to modification without notice.

Polar pattern

Frequency response

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