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.
Audio-Technica AE2500 Specs
1 x Condenser 1 x Dynamic
80 Hz, 12 dB/Octave
Condenser: 20 Hz to 17 kHz Dynamic: 30 Hz to 10 kHz