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Audio Technica AE2500 Dual-element Cardioid Instrument Microphone

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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


Polar Pattern


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)


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

124 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL (condenser)

Signal to Noise Ratio

70 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (condenser)

Phantom Power Requiremens

11-52V DC, 3 mA typical (condenser)




165mm long, 55mm maximum body diameter

Output Connector

Integral 5-pin XLRM-type


16.5′ (5 m) dual shielded, 8-conductor cable, 5-pin XLRF-type connector at microphone, two 3-pin XLRM-type output connectors


AT8471 isolation clamp for 5/8″-27 threaded stands; 5/8″-27 to 3/8″-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch


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