Dual-element Cardioid Instrument Microphone

MSRP* US$769.00
Five-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.

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  • Overview

    The ultimate kick-drum mic, the Artist Elite AE2500 dual-element instrument microphone features cardioid condenser and dynamic capsules combined in one housing. The dynamic element delivers the aggressive attack of the beater; the condenser captures the round tonalities of the shell. Two layers of resistive mesh form multiple densities over the dynamic elementís side-entry ports, exercising precise control over the time at which off-axis signals arrive at the diaphragm. The condenser diaphragm is optimally tensioned and aged for long-term consistency and stability.
  • Features

    • Revolutionary dual-element design represents a ground-breaking transducer achievement

    • Two elements (condenser and dynamic) are enclosed in a single housing

    • Dynamic element delivers the aggressive attack of the beater while the condenser captures the round tonalities of the shell

    • Elements are positioned in a perfect phase relationship, something practically unachievable with two separate microphones

    • Robust design for enduring dependability on the road

    • Integral 80 Hz HPF switch and 10 dB pad on condenser element

    • Includes isolation clamp for shock protection, secure mounting and easy positioning

    • Includes a 16.5' (5 m) cable (5-pin XLRF to two standard 3-pin XLRM connectors) for separate control over each element

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTSCondenser, dynamic
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE20-17,000 Hz (condenser)
    30-10,000 Hz (dynamic)
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 12 dB/octave (condenser)
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY-51 dB (2.8 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa (condenser)
    -54 dB (1.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa (dynamic)
    IMPEDANCE100 ohms (condenser)
    600 ohms (dynamic)
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL148 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D. (condenser);
    158 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal)
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)124 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL (condenser)
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO70 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (condenser)
    PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS11-52V DC, 3 mA typical (condenser)
    SWITCHES(Condenser Only) High-pass filter;
    10 dB pad (nominal)
    WEIGHT13.8 oz (390 g)
    DIMENSIONS6.50" (165.0 mm) long,
    2.17" (55.0 mm) maximum diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 5-pin XLRM-type
    CABLE16.5' (5 m) dual shielded, 8-conductor cable, 5-pin XLRF-type connector at microphone, two 3-pin XLRM-type output connectors
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8471 isolation clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch
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  • Downloads

    AE2500 Specification Sheet (pdf 101.77 KB)
    AE2500 Submittal Sheet (pdf 494.51 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews


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    Audio-TechnicaAE2500 Dual-element Cardioid Instrument Microphone

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    Great addition to the kit


    from Illinois

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    • kick drum recording


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        Comments about Audio-Technica AE2500 Dual-element Cardioid Instrument Microphone:

        Most audio engineers will reach for a Shure Beta 52A or an AKD D112, giving them a specific audio quality that each mic is known for. They are good mics, and that's why they're used around the world.

        But what if you want a sound quality to your kick drum that provides more mid-high frequency tonal definition, but still has the low-end punch either of these mics have? What if you want sonic options on the sound of your kick, but need to lay down tracks and move on?

        That's when I reach for my AE2500 kick mic. The dynamic element gives me excellent low-end definition without muddiness, and the condenser element gives me a response in the mid- to mid-high frequencies that help define a drum's characteristic.

        With this mic and the infinite blending of its two signals, I can shape the sound of a kick drum to meet the needs of the tune.

        Low, with a thud? No problem.
        Clear and open with low frequency punch? No problem.

        This mic, combined with a drummer who knows how to tune and muffle his kick drum, will give you any sound you want.

        I rated the "Ease of Use" with 3 stars because it takes some experimenting and finessing to understand the sonic qualities of each signal.

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        • Over a year
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          Cable for AE2500

          I am not able to find a replacement mic cable for the AE2500. Do you know where I can purchase it?
          Asked on 10/23/2012 by sofocado from New York, NY, USA

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          • A:

            The cable for the AE2500 is available through the ATUS Parts Department. For more information, please email .

            Answered on 10/24/2012 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
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