The Audio Technica Pro31 is the exception to the "you get what you pay for" rule! We have a bunch of Audio Technica Pro31s in our rental department at Direct Pro Audio because our customers love them, and we love that they do not BREAK! The Pro31 also features a silent on/off switch, a big bonus considering that other companies usually charge for adding an on/off switch! Great for vocals, the Pro31 has low handling noise so your vocals will cut through the mix, but your hand movements won't. As if all these great features weren't enough, Audio Technica takes it a step further and throws in a free microphone cable!
Here are the features of the Audio Technica Pro31 taken right from the official Audio Technica website:
- The Pro31 excels as a close-up vocal performance microphone, while also setting new standards in the realm of price/performance, standards for intelligibility, transparent sound quality and noise suppression
- The Pro31 vocal microphone sports a cardioid polar pattern which reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
- Cutting-edge Hi-ENERGY neodymium magnet for high output and articulate vocal reproduction
- Two-stage ball-type headcase for superior "pop" protection
- MagnaLock on/off switch
- Corrosion-resistant contacts from gold-plated XLRM-type connector
- Rugged design and construction for reliable performance
- Pro 31 frequency response: 60 Hertz to 13,000 Hertz
More information on the Audio Technica Pro 31 from the Direct Pro Audio Blog: There are many choices in low cost handheld microphones, but perhaps the best is the Audio Technica Pro 31. Of all the microphones near this price point, I have found that the Pro 31 exhibits the least amount of handling noise, while also offering the best gain before feedback. Sonically speaking, the microphone does a wonderful job of reproducing sound in an accurate way. In other words, what you put into the microphone is what you get out of it. Some microphones at this price point color the sound, leaving you with a bad sound that makes you wonder why you wasted money on a horrible microphone. In addition, this Audio Technica microphone comes with a silent on/off switch that many other manufacturers charge extra for. Best of all, the switch is SILENT. No thumps or thuds when moving the switch. Frequency response is perfect for most applications where real word performers are taking to the stage. As an added bonus, the Pro 31 comes equipped with a microphone cable, so you are ready to go right out of the box.'