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Audio-Technica AE2500 Dual-Element Kick Drum Microphone

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The Audio-Technica AE2500 kick drum mic has a dynamic element that delivers the aggressive attack of the beater while the condenser captures the roun...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 01-13-2018

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Revolutionary dual-element design ” condenser and dynamic elements in a single housing.

The Audio-Technica AE2500 kick drum mic has a dynamic element that delivers the aggressive attack of the beater while the condenser captures the round tonalities of the shell. The dual elements are positioned in a perfect phase relationship, which is practically unachievable with 2 separate microphones. Robust design provides enduring dependability on the road. The AE2500 microphone features an integral 80Hz HPF switch and a 10dB pad. Includes the Audio-Technica AT8471 isolation clamp.

FEATURES
  • Revolutionary dual-element design
  • Condenser and dynamic elements are contained in a single housing
  • Elements are positioned in a perfect phase relationship
  • Robust design provides enduring dependability on the road
  • Integral 80Hz HPF switch and a 10dB pad
  • Includes the AT8471 isolation clamp
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Audio-TechnicaAE2500 Dual-Element Kick Drum Microphone
 
3.7

(based on 9 reviews)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Terrible Kick mic, Phenomenal Guitar mic

By Ryan O John

from New York City, NY

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Comments about Audio-Technica AE2500 Dual-Element Kick Drum Microphone:

As a kick mic, it doesn't seem to sound right. It always sounds like two separate tones that don't really fit together well. You'd be better off with a 91 and 52, or another similar combination. On the other hand, as a high gain guitar amp mic, it's probably the best I've heard. Previously I have used these combinations on tour: Heil PR30-E609, PR30-PR22, PR30-Fathead, SM57-MD421, SM7-MD441, and so many more. Even when I'd thought I'd dialed in killer tones, I swapped over to the ATM 2500 and those other tones were dwarfed. It gives you everything you need from a high gain guitar sound, and takes out everything you'd cut anyway. Just HPF it at 100 or so, and LPF as you see fit. Great tone immediately...

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great addition to the kit

By cbphoto

from Illinois

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  • kick drum recording

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AE2500 Dual-Element Kick Drum 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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      • Intermediate
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      • Studio
      • How long have you used this product?:
      • Over a year
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      (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Don't buy this

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Audio-Technica AE2500 Dual-Element Kick Drum Microphone:

      Audio Technica mics are usually awesome, I've loved my ATM 25s for years. I wanted to get a new kick mic for my studio and figured for twice the price the Beta 52 and AKG 112, and two mics in one, this would be 2 times better. WRONG! My SM58, SM57, ATM 25, and even a free cheap mic I had laying around all sound better than this on the kick drum. Good mic pres, thought for sure it was the cable, no just a crappy mic all around. Read someone said it does guitar cabs good though, but I highly doubt it. Pay attention to this review, I wish I had bought something else for the price, like a good kick drum mic. Thanks alot AT, you guys sold me straight junk!!!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not for Kicks

      By Ed-EMBQd

      from DC

      Comments about Audio-Technica AE2500 Dual-Element Kick Drum Microphone:

      This is a great mic. Just not very good for kick drums. This is a great mic for guitar cabs. It has better low frequencies than a 414, a fuller richer tone. Plus a decent stereo image with both mics in the capsule.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for Guitar Amps!

      By jdennis27

      from SLC, UT

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      Comments about Audio-Technica AE2500 Dual-Element Kick Drum Microphone:

      This baby is fantastic for guitar amps, I don't know why it's marketed as a kick drum mic, cause from the reviews I guess it sucks (haven't tried it on drums myself).
      This mic is awesome for mic'ing guitar amps--the dual-element provides a stunning clarity that most mics can't provide. Listening to either the condenser element or the dynamic element seperately doesn't sound like what you hear coming out of your amp, but together, this mic really captures the sound that you're ears worked so hard to achieve. I don't know why it's marketed as a kick drum mic, cause from the reviews I guess it sucks (haven't tried it on drums myself)
      Mine has lasted 5 years of abuse without issue.
      A little on the pricey side, but if you can find a good deal, definitely pick this up for mic'ing your amp--you won't regret it!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Capture the full spectrum of your kick

      By In10City

      from South Carolina

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      Comments about Audio-Technica AE2500 Dual-Element Kick Drum Microphone:

      I recently upgraded from an Audio Technica AT-25 to the AE2500 for recording my kick drum and it's amazing! The condenser element really captures the impact of the beater on the batter head. It does pick up the deep overtone as well but the dynamic element does it in a warmer way. If you have the tracks to spare, record each element seperately. If not, tune each channel and subgroup them into one track, you'll be amazed at how precise the kick will sound. The mic includes the clip and a cable with 2 XLR ends labeled for condensor and dynamic and a carrying case. This is the best my kick drum has ever sounded!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Good Concept, Bad Result

      By Glassman

      from Dallas, texas

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      Comments about Audio-Technica AE2500 Dual-Element Kick Drum Microphone:

      The concept of this mic is good, however, it was disapointing to hear. I used it on Kick drum and it sounded like two different frequency bands were 'fighting' Low end very poor and the high end 'condenser' side was bland. I had to really EQ the kick drum to the lo end out and boost the 1.6 to 2Khz to get somewhat of a bass drum tone. If you want to get low end along with high end attack, go ahead and get a Sennheiser E602 and a Shure Beta 91 and use them together, using two separate channels. But don't waste your money unless you're going to get this mic for other applications, like guitar mic. FYI, Signal chain used with mic; AE2500 to Midas XL200, processed by Drawmer gate.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Total disappointment

      By Drumman2112

      from new orleans

      Comments about Audio-Technica AE2500 Dual-Element Kick Drum Microphone:

      I have been a sound guy for over 8 years. I also am a drummer. I used this on my kick drum on a killer P.A. We're talking 4 18's, dual 15's...all Meyer sound and Allen & Heath. I wasn't getting the thump or I wasn't able to get a decent blend. It sound like someone knocking on a door with some bass added to it. I put in ol' faithful...a BETA 52....WOW! The beta blew the AT out of the water!!!! I was truley disappointed.

       
      5.0

      Wow

      By TrueBone

      from Dallas

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      Comments about Audio-Technica AE2500 Dual-Element Kick Drum Microphone:

      I use this mic for my guitar cab and it is the best thing since sliced bread. I love it and have never sounded so good. My soundmen try to steal it from me..haha..Guitar players.. ditch your SM57.. this is it.. don't think, just get it.

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