Review: Audio-Technica AT-UMX3 

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Review: Audio-Technica AT-UMX3 

Words by Christopher Hockey

Audio-Technica AT-UMX3 | Technical Audio Group (TAG) | RRP $279

The perfect recording tool for streamers and podcasters is here in the form of the brand new AT-UMX3 USB audio mixer from Audio-Technica. A simple and reliable interface that delivers high quality, professional results, the AT-UMX3 is a plug-and-play mixer that allows you to connect your favourite microphone and musical instruments, all while providing a loopback function so you can easily add in your in-game or PC audio directly to your livestream mix. 

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Audio-Technica was first established in 1962 in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, by Hideo Matsushita as a phonograph cartridge manufacturer. As business rapidly developed, Audio-Technica swiftly and successfully expanded into a broad range of audio fields. Since then, Audio-Technica have become well loved in the music world for their precise craftsmanship and affordability and are known for making reliable products at a variety of price points. 


Today, Audio-Technica’s product range includes a wide variety of microphones, headphones, and audio accessories, used in applications from live sound and recording to broadcasting, podcasting, and consumer audio. The company remains committed to innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction, and is widely recognized as one of the most respected and trusted names in the audio industry. Now, with the new AT-UMX3, Audio-Technica have built a fantastic portable audio mixer for the modern age, proving that they are as relevant as ever. 


Mixing and monitoring has never been easier thanks to the AT-UMX3’s compact design and intuitive layout. Featuring a Neutrik XLR/6.3mm combo microphone jack (with selectable 48V phantom power) and a switchable Hi-Z or stereo input for guitar, bass, keyboard, or other external devices, the AT-UMX3’s two inputs each have separate gain and level controls, peak and signal indicators and a dedicated microphone mute button. The AT-UMX3 also features a microphone monitor mute and adjustable output for your own headphone mix. 

Featuring a sleek, modern design, the AT-UMX3 is finished in a smooth matte black and provides a pleasant tactile experience. The controls all operate smoothly and have the perfect amount of resistance for easy fine tuning. More than just a pretty face however, this mixer’s sturdy, compact chassis is robustly constructed and designed to withstand extensive travelling. 

Audio-Technica AT-UMX3

As well as being built to last, the AT-UMX3’s layout is self explanatory and user-friendly, with clear labelling and easy-to-access controls. At just 334g, it is incredibly lightweight, perfect to simply pop in your backpack and hit the road. This is invaluable for people like podcasters who often travel for work and need a minimalist method of recording that’s mobile and quick to set up. 

Low noise floor and high headroom

The AT-UMX3 is designed to deliver exceptional performance in a variety of settings. Its low noise floor and high headroom make it perfect for capturing a wide range of audio sources, from soft spoken-word vocals to loud instruments. The mixer’s USB audio interface is

compatible with both Mac and PC, and it works seamlessly with all popular recording softwares. 

Delivering exceptional sound quality, the AT-UMX3 generates clear and detailed audio reproduction. Its high-quality components ensure that audio is captured faithfully and with smooth, glitchless tracking. With a maximum frequency deviation of just 1.5db within a range of 20hz-20khz, this mixer’s frequency response is flat and even, making it suitable for a wide range of audio applications. 

The AT-UMX3 is equipped with a high-quality preamp and offers plenty of gain, making it easy to get a strong signal from your microphones or instruments. These specially designed microphone preamps are optimised for the Audio-Technica 20 series, ensuring you get the best results every time you go live. The dedicated headphone output is also a nice touch, allowing you to monitor your audio in real-time without having to worry about latency or interference. 

Offering maximum control whilst taking up minimal space on your desk, the AT-UMX3’s compact size makes it incredibly convenient and portable. The simple design layout helps you work fast and efficiently, allowing you to mute your mic with the touch of a button, adjust gain, levels and personalise your monitor mix with ease. Whilst this mixer is stripped back and light on features, its rugged build and portability more than make up for it. This really is the perfect unit for a professional on the go. 

Measuring up at just 127mm x 131mm x 44mm, the AT-UMX3 fits in with your work, whatever it may be. Saving space on your desk, in your suitcase and in the field is a great feature of this device and the amount of punch it packs for its size is genuinely impressive. Also impressive, is the price. The AT-UMX3 is extremely affordable considering its exceptional sound quality and physical durability. It may be slightly more expensive than some entry-level mixers, but its performance and build quality make it excellent value for professionals and hobbyists alike. 

All in all, the AT-UMX3 is a great choice for anyone looking for a high-quality USB audio mixer with a simple and intuitive design. Its exceptional sound quality and portability make it perfect for a wide range of applications, from podcasting and live streaming to music production and recording. You certainly don’t have to be a sound engineer to operate this device, making it an appropriate choice for people from a variety of professional backgrounds and experience levels. 

But, what really sets the AT-UMX3 apart is its exceptional build quality. This thing is built like a tank, with a sturdy lightweight metal chassis and robust construction that can withstand the rigours of life on the road. Whether you’re gigging, recording, or streaming, you can trust the AT-UMX3 to deliver reliable, high-quality audio every time. For those who prioritise durability, simplicity, ease of use and exceptional sound quality, this mixer is a no-brainer.

With this product, Audio-Technica have successfully created the perfect interface for the age of the internet, reminding us that after 62 years, they’re still on the cutting edge. The AT-UMX3 is a top-notch USB audio mixer that provides a reliable, high-quality audio solution on the go, at an incredibly reasonable price. Whether you’re a musician, podcaster, or live streamer, this mixer is definitely worth checking out. 

For local enquiries, visit Audio Technica Australia here.