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ATM 35 mic, Audio Technica clip on mic, Great Mic for Saxophone Players

ATM 35 - Audio Technica

ATM 35? ATM 35 Pro? ATM 35x, proX, 4 pin, XLR.... HOW DO YOU USE IT and WHICH ONE?

I have played them all. I had a wireless A.T. as a prototype YEARS AGO. I call the techs and ask when I am unsure about anything and they are always great to talk to. Here's what I have learned...

ATM Capsules

Which mic on that website is the good one for Sax?

I called my tech guy at A.T. and he said the PRO35x is a smaller mic, in the same case/package/size as the lavaliere with a better capsule element for instrumental use.

The ATM 35 is the one I use. You can get different capsules (the tip on the mic comes off and can be changed), direct from Audio Technica and I have tried some of them but still use the standard capsule that the ATM 35 ships with.

The ATM 35 is bigger and better suited for sax/brass - the PRO35x (or now called the PRO35ax) is made small to hide on speakers for anouncements and such. Using the smaller size on Sax with a smaller 35 capsule works, but sounds better in the slightly larger version made for the Sax - ATM35.

I use the same mic (ATM35) and capsule for both the hard wired and wireless products for tonal consistency.

When I called - The tech said the ATM 35 was the one for sax. I just checked to make sure nothing was new or changed on me.

Plug in the MIC where? How...

The standard, store stocked version usually comes with a Body Pack. The Body Pack is where you plug in the Mic. You will find an XLR out; that is where the MIC (XLR) cable plugs into the mixer or PA. The Body Pack takes 9 Volt Batteries and will allow the ATM35 to work in any P.A. This is why I use the wired ATM 35 because it is versitle to any situation you might encounter live.

If the board you are plugging into has Phantom Power, the ATM 35 will run from the power sent from the mixer and not need a battery at all. I use Phantom power from the board 98% of the time. I keep 9V bat just in case, but it takes a pretty old mixer to need a battery anymore.

So, the ATM 35 will plug into the body pack with the weird 4 pin end from A.T. You plug a standard XLR mic cable into the other hole and you are in the PA or Sax Rig.

The Wireless works about the same. You plug the Mic into the Transmitter/Body Pack and the Receiver gets the radio signal from your wireless body pack. The wireless requires battery use since it is sending a radio frequency to the receiver and there is no cable conected to this body pack to use Phantom power on.

From there you can go out of the receiver 1/4 inch or XLR to the PA or sax rig from the back of the receiver which is a 1/2 rack space for the model I use. You can also use both outs if needed. Very easy to use and set up.

Now you can order the ATM 35 wired with a short cable - 6' foot and have it terminate with XLR or the body pack end.

XLR would require Phantom Power from the board, or a power supply/pre-amp. The body pack gives you the option of using a 9V battery or board phantom so I advise buying the ATM 35 with the body pack.

Wireless AT 1400 Series

The wireless I use is the older, half rack called the ATW-1451 UniPak Body-pack System.

This wireless is really great. I have had 3 of them now and they cover a huge distance with the same sound the wired ATM35 does. There can be a little time delay due to the physical laws of science regarding the speed of sound and how far away you might get from the speakers. Funny thing is the unit works great at such big distances in the first place.

The cool thing with the wireless is getting mobility around the stage and not having to worry about tripping on a cord as you move about.

I use the wireless for big shows and the wired ATM-35 for club and Church work.

The sound is the same on both and I have come to appreciate consistency in all my gear.

I really can't say enough good about this unit for both function and, more importantly, sound.

I have had to use other products when I have been without one or had a wireless supplied by a sound company and AT is the sax mic for me.

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