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.


  • 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)
  • Impedance: 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 (Typical): 124 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL (condenser)
  • Signal-To Noise Raion: 70 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (condenser).