This cardioid small-diaphragm condenser is great where you want to accurately capture plenty of detail and a measure of ambiance at the same time. With low noise, a hi-pass filter and cardioid polar patter, the Audio-Technica AT2031 can be used in a variety of live and studio recording situations.
Here's what Audio Technica say about the AT2031
The AT2031 is the ideal microphone for stringed instruments in critical studio and live applications. Its permanently polarized element offers extended frequency response with a slight rise in the high frequency range for a more detailed sound. Its low self-noise and high SPL handling capability offer a wide dynamic range, perfectly suited for the most demanding applications.
- Outstanding performance and rugged construction
- High SPL handling and wide dynamic range
- Smooth, extended frequency response with a slight rise in the high-frequency region
- Switchable 150 Hz 6dB/oct hi-pass filter
- Cardioid polar pattern improves isolation of desired sound source
- Low self-noise perfectly suited for digital recording equipment
- Ideal for stringed instruments such as violin, cello, acoustic guitar, harp and piano.
- Element: Fixed-charge back plate permanently polarized condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
- Low Frequency Roll-Off: 150 Hz, 6 dB/octave
- Open Circuit Sensitivity: – 34 dB (19.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa*
- Impedance: 85 ohms
- Maximum Input Sound Level: 141 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
- Noise: 17 dB SPL
- Dynamic Range: (typical) 124 dB, 1 kHz at max SPL
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 77 dB, 1 khz at 1 Pa*
- Phantom Power Requirements: 48V DC, 2mA typical
- Switches: Flat, roll-off
- Weight: (less accessories) 134 g
- Dimensions: 143.0 mm long, 21.0 mm maximum body Ø
- Output Connector: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
- Accessories Furnished: AT8405a stand clamp; windscreen; soft protective pouch
*1 pascal = 10 dynes/cm2 = 10 microbars = 94 dB SPL