Audio-Technica AE-2500 - Dual Element Cardioid Kick Drum Microphone

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The Audio-Technica AE-2500 is a cardioid kick drum microphone featuring a unique, revolutionary design. The AE-2500 features both, a condenser and dynamic element within the capsule. The dynamic element accurately reproduces signals rich in transient response, so the result is accurate, rich reproduction of sharp attacks without noise and distortion. The condenser element is in place to deliver the warm tonal, resonant response of the drum's shell. Together both elements deliver an accurate, warm kick drum signal without noise, coloration and distortion.

The AE-2500 also provides a low-frequency roll-off switch. Frequencies below 80Hz can be eliminated to reduce noise and improve intelligibility. The cardioid polar pattern is effective in minimizing noise and ambiance at the off-axis sections of the microphone. A 10dB Pad switch increases head room allowing louder, transient rich signals to be reproduced without distortion. The output connection is a 5-pin XLR male and a 16.5-foot (5m), 5-pin XLR female to dual XLR 3-pin male cable is provided. The dual cable design allows users to obtain individual control over each element using two channels on a separate audio mixer or dual preamplifiers.

Dual Element Design
The AE-2500 features a capsule with a dynamic and condenser element in place. The dynamic element accurately captures the drum's attack, while the condenser reproduces rich warm tones.
High Pass Filter
The microphones High Pass Filter switch eliminates frequencies below 80Hz. This eliminates structure born noise and other noise registered at low frequencies.
10dB Pad Switch
A 10dB Pad switch increases headroom and allows the AE-2500 to better handle transient response while capturing excessively loud signals.
5-pin XLR Output
The microphone features a 5-pin male XLR output. A 5-pin female XLR to dual 3-pin male XLR cable is provided and allows individual control over each element.
Key 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

Technical Specifications

  • Element: 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)
  • 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: 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)
  • Cable: 16.5' (5 m) dual shielded, 8-conductor cable, 5-pin XLRF-type connector at microphone, two 3-pin XLRM-type output connectors
  • Dimensions:
    • 6.50" (165.0 mm) long
    • 2.17" (55.0 mm) maximum diameter
  • Output Connector: Integral 5-pin XLRM-type
  • Audio-Technica Case Style: R8

What's Included

  • 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