Audio-Technica AE2500Item ID: AE2500
Condenser and Dynamic Dual-Element Kick Drum Microphone
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The Ultimate Kick Drum Mic!The AE2500 features Audio-Technica's unique dual-element design. This revolutionary concept combines condenser and dynamic capsules within a single housing, positioned in a perfect phase relationship - something that would be nearly impossible to accomplish with separate microphones! Ideal for kick/bass drum applications, the microphone will survive extreme SPLs while providing uncompromising audio quality. The AE2500's dynamic element cleanly captures the attack transients of the beater, while the condenser element renders the internal tonalities of the shell and the instrument as a whole.
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Bruce, North Canton, OH
Reviewsbased on 2 reviews
Great mic! Endless possibilities!
by Chris from FloridaThis is a great mic. I wanted something a little more natural sounding. I wanted to be able to create my own kick drum sound instead of the typical boost the lows somewhere below 100hz, cut all the mi... read more [+]ds from 200hz-1k. Boost 3-6k. The other advantage to this mic is there are no phase issues which typically occur when you double mic a kick drum.
May 15, 2012
Music Background: Engineer,producer
This mic having 2 mics in one is awesome. They both have a flat mid response from about 200hz-1khz. But the 2 mics respond to frequencies differently which is great!
What I've noticed..
The dynamic mic has a boost from about 100hz-200hz. If you add a low pass filter you can create a sound similar to the Yamaha Subkick. 2khz-5khz which captures the attack, seems to sound better to me on this mic over the condenser.
The condenser sounds better on freqs 70hz and lower. It captures freqs from 5khz-10khz much better than the dynamic. Which picks up the click of the beater.
To sum it up...
If you combine the 2 mics u can create the perfect kick sound. Be prepared to cut a lot of mids if you do rock, country, or gospel. No EQing can give you a great jazz kick drum sound. Placement and good tuning is key with this mic. Don't look at the frequency response charts and freak out when you see no dips in the mids.
I love it! Thanks Paul close [-]
Not just a cool kick mic
by Eddie Mapp from new Orleans, LaPlacement can be really important with this mic. Try right inside the resonant head (outer) hole and work from there. If you need more attack move the mic closer inside the shell. Sometimes flipping t... read more [+]he polarity (phase) can help too.
September 2, 2008
Music Background: live sound engineer: Evanescence, Stone Temple Pilots, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society
This also doubles as an amazing guitar mic. close [-]
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