AE2500

Dual-element Cardioid Instrument Microphone

MSRP* US$549.00
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
    POLAR PATTERNCardioid
    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
    AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLER8
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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
     
    4.0

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    4.0

    Great addition to the kit

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    Pros

    • kick drum recording

    Cons

      Best Uses

        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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        • Studio
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Over a year
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        • Q:

          Is Perfect to my Guitar amp, Peavey Classic 30 ????
          Asked on 10/19/2016 by juanjo from spain (canary islands)

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          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Each microphone has a different sound signature and used for different purposes. The AE2500 microphone has been used with great results but I always recommend trying it out for yourself and see if it will best suit your needs.

            Answered on 10/20/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
        • Q:

          what are the other dynamic and condenser mics that AT sells that the elements in the AE2500 are most similar?

          I want to know what other applications they would be useful for when I don't have drums to mic — like saxophone, etc.
          Asked on 4/8/2016 by Caleb from Pittsburgh PA

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            A:

            The AE2500 features its own dynamic and condenser elements, which are not found in any other Audio-Technica microphone. Although this is the case, the closest dynamic element that we manufacture is from the AE2300, and the closest condenser element we manufacture is from the AE5100.

            If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
            audio-solutions@atus.com

            Thanks!

            Answered on 4/11/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
        • Q:

          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 parts@atus.com .

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