AE2500: ‘A very, very big sound.’

“The AE2500 is possibly the best mic ever made,” says front-of-house engineer Laurie Quigley, whose clients include Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, and Van Halen.


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“The AE2500 is possibly the best mic ever made,” says front-of-house engineer Laurie Quigley, whose clients include Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, and Van Halen.

Josh Swart, who mixes monitors for Evanescence, singles out the AE2500 as “one of the few microphones in the world that you can just put up there with virtually no EQ and it sounds phenomenal as is.”

“It’s an incredible kick drum mic, but I also use it on guitar cabinets,” Quigley adds. “The first time I used the AE2500, I shoved it in front of a guitar cabinet just to see what it would do, and I was frightened by the sound—it was that good.”

The ultimate kick-drum mic, the Artist Elite AE2500 dual-element instrument microphone features cardioid condenser and dynamic capsules combined in one housing—a groundbreaking transducer achievement. The elements are positioned in a perfect phase relationship, something practically unachievable with two separate microphones.

“The AE2500 is absolutely stunning on guitar cabinets,” says Metallica front-of-house engineer Mick Hughes. “The summation of the two (elements) is so much more than the individual elements—it’s a very, very big sound. I’m also using it on kick. The 2500 lets me get the attack of the beater and the resonance of the shell.”