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Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE2500 (AE2500) Kick Drum Mic

Dual-Element Cardioid Bass Drum/Instrument Microphone

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What's in the box:

  • Audio-Technica AE-2500 - Dual Element Cardioid Kick Drum Microphone
  • 16.5' (5 m) Cable
  • AT8471 Isolation Clamp
  • 3/8"-16 Threaded Adapter
  • Protective Pouch
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty


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The ultimate kick-drum mic.

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 element’s 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.


  • 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 for the Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE2500

{ "ELEMENTS":"Condenser, dynamic", "POLAR PATTERN":"Cardioid", "FREQUENCY RESPONSE": ["20-17,000 Hz (condenser)","30-10,000 Hz (dynamic)"], "LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF":"80 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)"], "IMPEDANCE":["100 ohms (condenser)","600 ohms (dynamic)"], "MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL":["148 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 RATIO":"70 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (condenser)", "PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS":"11-52V DC, 3 mA typical (condenser)", "SWITCHES":["(Condenser Only) High-pass filter","10 dB pad (nominal)"], "WEIGHT":"13.8 oz (390 g)", "DIMENSIONS":"6.50\" (165.0 mm) long, 2.17\" (55.0 mm) maximum diameter", "OUTPUT CONNECTOR":"Integral 5-pin XLRM-type", "CABLE":"16.5' (5 m) dual shielded, 8-conductor cable, 5-pin XLRF-type connector at microphone, two 3-pin XLRM-type output connectors", "ACCESSORIES FURNISHED":"AT8471 isolation clamp for 5/8\"-27 threaded stands; 5/8\"-27 to 3/8\"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch", "AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLE":"R8" }

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