Ambient Emesser ATE 308 Compact Condenser “Figure-of-Eight” Microphone.
The Ambient Emesser (ATE 308) is a very compact true condenser “figure-of-eight” microphone intended to convert any boom mic on the fly into a M/S stereo system. It allows you to add a bit of stage to the dialogue but also capture textured room tones or even ambience sounds in pristine stereo without the need to change your setup whatever mic is in use.
Featuring a high-quality real condenser powered on 48V phantom, it delivers an enhanced dynamic range required for critical recordings.
The Emesser Set (ATE208Set) comes complete with mounting clip (ATEC-R) and Y-loom (ATEK), which outputs both M and S signals in a standard balanced 5-pin XLR in applied box (ATE-Box). Including all the necessary accessories and allowing continued use of the existing shotgun mic, suspension and windshield it offers a very economic solution for those who don’t want to part with their favored shotgun to go stereo.
Due to the M/S technology and the same mic being used for dialogue and ambience recordings, seamless transitions between mono and stereo are feasible without alteration of the sound characteristics. The frequency response therefore was custom-tailored to match the acoustic pattern of typical boom mics at 90° with the characteristic, distinct bass roll-off.
The result is a distinguished stereo perception with pronounced presence and minimal negative phase correlation at the low end with exceptional good suppression of handling noise.
Comparison with the predecessor model ATE 208: We merged the preamp design of our Soundfish Hydrophone series with a redesigned capsule. This resulted in a warm, natural sound with the perceived noise floor cut down more than half.