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Audio Technica ATR2500-USB Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic w/ USB output

Ideal for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use, the ATR2500-USB plugs right into your computer's USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. This large-diaphragm side-address condenser offers a USB output for recording to your computer, a quality analog-to-digital converter for excellent fidelity, and a headphone output with level control for monitoring with no audible delay. Its cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear.

Specifications:
  • ELEMENT: Condenser
  • POLAR PATTERN: Cardioid
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 30 - 15,000 Hz
  • POWER REQUIREMENTS: USB Power (5V DC)
  • BIT DEPTH: 16 bit
  • SAMPLE RATE: 44.1 kHz/48 kHz
  • VOLUME CONTROL: Headphone volume controlled by up/down buttons
  • WEIGHT: 366 g (12.9 oz)
  • DIMENSIONS: 155.0 mm (6.10") long, 50.0 mm (1.97") maximum body diameter
  • OUTPUT CONNECTOR: USB-type
  • HEADPHONE OUTPUT POWER: 10 mW @ 16 ohms
  • HEADPHONE JACK: 3.5 mm TRS (stereo)
  • ACCESSORIES FURNISHED: Pivoting stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; tripod desk stand; 1.8 m (5.9') mini USB cable
Features:
  • Side-address condenser microphone with USB output for easy connection to your computer
    Ideal for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use
    Built-in headphone jack allows you to directly monitor your microphone's output without audible delay
    Adjust headphone volume with easy-to-use controls on the front of the microphone
    High-quality AD convertor with 16 bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate
    Compatible with Windows and Mac
    Low-mass diaphragm provides excellent frequency response
    Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
    Low self-noise - ideally suited for digital recording equipment
    Pivoting, threaded stand mount attaches securely to the supplied tripod or to a conventional microphone stand
    Tripod desk stand with folding legs for secure and easily portable tabletop use
    Durable metal construction for long-lasting performance
    USB cable included
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AUDIO-TECHNICAAudio Technica ATR2500-USB Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic w/ USB output
 
2.8

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

Pros

  • Voiceover/dialog (6)
  • Podcast (4)
  • Vocals (4)
  • Film/video production (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      unrecognizable by windows

      Hi. I love this mic... for the first day until I turned off my computer. Then I turned it on and plugged in the microphone. There was a notification saying,...Read complete review

      Hi. I love this mic... for the first day until I turned off my computer. Then I turned it on and plugged in the microphone. There was a notification saying, "The last usb device that you plugged in is not recognized by windows." I looked all around the internet and nothing. I even looked here. I have windows 8 and I updated it today. After that it was unrecognizable. I'm frustrated! Please help me I need help. Thank you.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great for Practice Vocals

      If you are curious about doing voice-overs and want to record test tracks, this portable mic is great. I've had success using it in "live" environments as well as when...Read complete review

      If you are curious about doing voice-overs and want to record test tracks, this portable mic is great. I've had success using it in "live" environments as well as when hooking up to a laptop for recording slide notes. I also use it for webcasts at my desk - the room's "live" with background noise. The mic seems to help limit some of the background sound issues because of it's cardioid pickup. If you have a sound booth or recording environment, choose one of the better Audio-Technica mics (AT2020, 2035 or 2041). The price is great. However, the quality is a bit dodgy. The first one I received stopped working immediately. The second one is still going strong. Two things irritate me about this mic. The headphone jack is nice idea, but not practical. Every time I touch the headphone cable, the sound goes right to the mic. And, the volume buttons might as well not be there. They rattle and feel very cheap.

      Reviewed by 13 customers

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      1.0

      Just Terrible

      By IAmWahooooooo

      from Little Rock, AR, USA

      Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica ATR2500-USB Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic w/ USB output:

      I bought this device only to find out it's not going to work with my PC. I use a different microphone from another brand and it works properly on my computer. This seemed to be the only thing that gives me the error of "USB Device Not Recognized" When I've seen this equipment work it is amazing but only when you can get it to work. I will never buy from this manufacturer again.

       
      3.0

      Terrible background noise!

      By Capppy

      from South Carolina, SC

      Pros

      • easy to use and small enough for a clean set-up.

      Cons

      • picks up a lot of background noise and default tri

      Best Uses

        Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica ATR2500-USB Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic w/ USB output:

        I've had this mic for a while now. Probably 6-8 months, and all of the sudden it's starting to be all weird with my fan in the back ground. *Note I bought a pair of studio headphones for my computer and it might be the headphones, but i'm not sure. The first few months i've had the mic I could have my fan on all day on the highest setting and you could barely hear it, that was using my default apple headphones that came with the iPhone. Now that I bought Behringer HPS 3000's the audio on the mic picks up my fan over me. Even on the lowest setting. And even with it off you can hear the noise my computer makes. I don't under stand what I did or what happened to make the mic pick so much noise up! So I might as well ask for support or something to help me fix this issue. Other than the mic picking up things it really never had or should be, in my opinion, it's great. Very easy to use HOWEVER, the initial tri-pod desk stand that comes with it is very flimsy and falls over if shake your desk or something. So I bought a 'On Stage Stands' microphone stand which works great.

         
        3.0

        Iffy

        By West

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica ATR2500-USB Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic w/ USB output:

        I just got this microphone and when I went to plug it in my audio coming through my headphones stopped working. I tried rebooting, changing headphones, unplugging the mic but still no sound except for skype. I have windows 8 and I noticed that there was no setup info for windows 8. Overall it is a good mic if you have anything but windows 8

         
        1.0

        Horrible

        By Robert1105

        from Undisclosed

        Pros

          Cons

          • Doesn't work at all

          Best Uses

            Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica ATR2500-USB Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic w/ USB output:

            I doesn't even work with my computer! I tried everything. Overall, this was a complete waste of my time and I am better off buying a new microphone.

             
            5.0

            Sleek and Effective.

            By UltimaBurnie

            from Ohio

            Pros

            • Podcast
            • Vocals
            • Voiceover/Dialog

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica ATR2500-USB Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic w/ USB output:

                This microphone is a great way to get started with a majority of projects. I personally use it for Voice Acting and Vocals. I have received several compliments on having professional sound quality. I highly recommend purchasing this microphone!

                 
                4.0

                unrecognizable by windows

                By Frenel

                from San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA

                Pros

                • Film/Video Production
                • Instruments
                • Podcast
                • Vocals
                • Voiceover/Dialog

                Cons

                • can't be recognized by windows

                Best Uses

                  Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica ATR2500-USB Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic w/ USB output:

                  Hi. I love this mic... for the first day until I turned off my computer. Then I turned it on and plugged in the microphone. There was a notification saying, "The last usb device that you plugged in is not recognized by windows." I looked all around the internet and nothing. I even looked here. I have windows 8 and I updated it today. After that it was unrecognizable. I'm frustrated! Please help me I need help. Thank you.

                   
                  3.0

                  great mic. stand not great

                  By EnglishmanInNY

                  from New York, NY, USA

                  Pros

                  • Ease of Use

                  Cons

                  • stand is poorly constructed

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica ATR2500-USB Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic w/ USB output:

                    Bought the mic over a year ago but didn't use it until earlier this summer for voiceover and other recording. The mic is easy to use and is easily recognizable by my Mac. The headphone connection is very helpful. I love it. The stand, though, is not good. The thread stripped far too easily and I'm trying to find a way to replace it. I don't love it. At all. This would have been a five star review if the stand hadn't failed. (apologies. review was mistakenly posted by me as a comment)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Product!

                    By DeeMan

                    from ATL

                    Pros

                    • Podcast
                    • Vocals
                    • Voiceover/Dialog

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica ATR2500-USB Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic w/ USB output:

                        Excellent for home recording and sound...Make sure the

                         
                        1.0

                        No....Just No

                        By kyler

                        from Undisclosed

                        Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica ATR2500-USB Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic w/ USB output:

                        The sound quality is terrible,it doesn't even sound as good as my laptop's built in microphone not that you can even hear the quality because the volume is so quiet. I maxed the volume on a couple different machines and it is still practically inaudible. The mic also has a rattle coming from inside that was audible when i took it out of the box. I would suggest avoiding this mic unless you are looking to buy a very expensive baby toy.

                         
                        3.0

                        Great for Practice Vocals

                        By brad3k

                        from Libertyville, IL, USA

                        Pros

                        • Vocals
                        • Voiceover/Dialog

                        Cons

                        • loose noisy buttons
                        • Quality Issues

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica ATR2500-USB Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic w/ USB output:

                          If you are curious about doing voice-overs and want to record test tracks, this portable mic is great. I've had success using it in "live" environments as well as when hooking up to a laptop for recording slide notes. I also use it for webcasts at my desk - the room's "live" with background noise. The mic seems to help limit some of the background sound issues because of it's cardioid pickup. If you have a sound booth or recording environment, choose one of the better Audio-Technica mics (AT2020, 2035 or 2041). The price is great. However, the quality is a bit dodgy. The first one I received stopped working immediately. The second one is still going strong. Two things irritate me about this mic. The headphone jack is nice idea, but not practical. Every time I touch the headphone cable, the sound goes right to the mic. And, the volume buttons might as well not be there. They rattle and feel very cheap.

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