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

Manufacturer: Audio-Technica

Item #: AT-ATR2500-USB   •   MFG #: ATR2500-USB

 

List Price:$99.95
Our Price:$74.99

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As it is with everything, a strong foundation is the basis for building anything worthwhile. If your building a recording empire the best place to start is right there on your desktop. Start with the Audio Technica ATR2500-USB mic, add a laptop and you're on your way to what may prove to be a very lucrative career.

Ideal for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use, the Audio Technica 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.

 
  • 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
     
  • 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
     
 

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AUDIO-TECHNICAAudio Technica ATR2500-USB Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic w/ USB output
 
3.0

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

Pros

  • Voiceover/dialog (16)
  • Podcast (10)
  • Vocals (10)
  • Film/video production (9)

Cons

  • Doesn't work (3)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great sound, super simple setup

First off, read the manual before you plug in the microphone. It only takes a couple of minutes.

I'm using a Win7 laptop with an SSD, which means that it's the...Read complete review

First off, read the manual before you plug in the microphone. It only takes a couple of minutes.

I'm using a Win7 laptop with an SSD, which means that it's the quietest computer that I can find.

I am using this microphone for voiceovers for videos and for future studio use (voice only).

After reading the instructions, I attached the microphone to a mic stand, ran the cable from the microphone to my PC.

This is a substantial microphone in terms of size and weight. Not massive, but it's larger and heavier than you would expect.

It took about 30 seconds for Win7 to recognize the mic and install the drivers. I adjusted the microphone level.

I did a test reading for about 20 seconds, but the mic was reversed. Stupid me! It picked up my voice and the TV in the background.

Test reading two. Turned off the TV, turned around the mic and was very impressed by the sound quality.

I'm recording directly into Sony Sound Forge v9.0D and have found it to meet my needs.

I don't plan on using the mini-tripod. I will use a mic stand so when I do my voiceovers, I can stand and move my arms and have some freedom of movement.

In the attached photo, I've left plenty of slack at the USB connector, and I used Velcro to keep the cord against the mic stand pole. I also replaced the original USB cable with one that is about 12 feet long, which lets me move my laptop far out of the range of the audio.

In my test audio, you can hear the dog playing with his squeaky toy. He will be removed from the room during actual voiceover work.

Dislikes: The extremely bright blue LED. I slipped a label maker label over it. You can still see the blue, but it doesn't blind you. I tried the headphone jack. I need to do some more testing.

I want a longer USB cable to move it further from my computer. I replaced it with a much longer cable.

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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.

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2.0

Very sensitive to noise

By ComradeMuffin the youtuber

from London, England

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Falls easily
  • Sensitive to noises
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

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

    This mic was bought to do gaming commentaries on for my YouTube channel. I thought it looked like a good mic but if you just raise your voice it like cuts off the sound. Also the mic is way to heavy for the stand. It always tips over. Horrible mic. I should return it

    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
    • Film/Video Production
    • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
    • Intermediate
    • How long have you used this product?:
    • Less than a month
    • Reliability:
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    5.0

    Excellent Microphone for Price

    By iccowan

    from North Carolina, USA

    Pros

    • Film/Video Production

    Cons

    • none at all.

    Best Uses

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

      For $100, this is an excellent microphone. It doesn't have as many features as the $300-$600 ones though. I have used this microphone for almost 2 years. I use this is a YouTube recording studio setup, and it does everything I need it to. It works with Windows and Mac very cleanly. All I had to do was plug it in, enable it in the settings, and it worked great. There is no static in the background of the audio. Great microphone and audio quality. I highly recommend this mic.

      The mic is very sensitive to clicks and taps on a desk, so I use a microphone stand and pop filter to keep it from picking up on every mouse and keyboard click.

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Novice
      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
      • Studio
      • How long have you used this product?:
      • Over a year
      • Reliability:
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      5.0

      Great sound, super simple setup

      By MikeBE

      from New Jersey

      Pros

      • Excellent sound quality
      • very easy setup
      • Voiceover/Dialog

      Cons

      • blinding blue led light

      Best Uses

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

        First off, read the manual before you plug in the microphone. It only takes a couple of minutes.

        I'm using a Win7 laptop with an SSD, which means that it's the quietest computer that I can find.

        I am using this microphone for voiceovers for videos and for future studio use (voice only).

        After reading the instructions, I attached the microphone to a mic stand, ran the cable from the microphone to my PC.

        This is a substantial microphone in terms of size and weight. Not massive, but it's larger and heavier than you would expect.

        It took about 30 seconds for Win7 to recognize the mic and install the drivers. I adjusted the microphone level.

        I did a test reading for about 20 seconds, but the mic was reversed. Stupid me! It picked up my voice and the TV in the background.

        Test reading two. Turned off the TV, turned around the mic and was very impressed by the sound quality.

        I'm recording directly into Sony Sound Forge v9.0D and have found it to meet my needs.

        I don't plan on using the mini-tripod. I will use a mic stand so when I do my voiceovers, I can stand and move my arms and have some freedom of movement.

        In the attached photo, I've left plenty of slack at the USB connector, and I used Velcro to keep the cord against the mic stand pole. I also replaced the original USB cable with one that is about 12 feet long, which lets me move my laptop far out of the range of the audio.

        In my test audio, you can hear the dog playing with his squeaky toy. He will be removed from the room during actual voiceover work.

        Dislikes: The extremely bright blue LED. I slipped a label maker label over it. You can still see the blue, but it doesn't blind you. I tried the headphone jack. I need to do some more testing.

        I want a longer USB cable to move it further from my computer. I replaced it with a much longer cable.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Intermediate
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Other
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Less than a month
        • Reliability:
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        5.0

        Great sound, super simple setup

        By MikeBE

        from New Jersey

        Pros

        • Excellent sound quality
        • very easy setup
        • Voiceover/Dialog

        Cons

        • blinding blue led light

        Best Uses

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

          First off, read the manual before you plug in the microphone. It only takes a couple of minutes. I'm using a Win7 laptop with an SSD, which means that it's the quietest computer that I can find. I am using this microphone for voiceovers for videos and for future studio use (voice only). After reading the instructions, I attached the microphone to a mic stand, ran the cable from the microphone to my PC. This is a substantial microphone in terms of size and weight. Not massive, but it's larger and heavier than you would expect. It took about 30 seconds for Win7 to recognize the mic and install the drivers. I adjusted the microphone level. I did a test reading for about 20 seconds, but the mic was reversed. Stupid me! It picked up my voice and the TV in the background. Test reading two. Turned off the TV, turned around the mic and was very impressed by the sound quality. I'm recording directly into Sony Sound Forge v9.0D and have found it to meet my needs. I don't plan on using the mini-tripod. I will use a mic stand so when I do my voiceovers, I can stand and move my arms and have some freedom of movement. In the attached photo, I've left plenty of slack at the USB connector, and I used Velcro to keep the cord against the mic stand pole. I also replaced the original USB cable with one that is about 12 feet long, which lets me move my laptop far out of the range of the audio. In my test audio, you can hear the dog playing with his squeaky toy. He will be removed from the room during actual voiceover work. Dislikes: The extremely bright blue LED. I slipped a label maker label over it. You can still see the blue, but it doesn't blind you. I tried the headphone jack. I need to do some more testing. I want a longer USB cable to move it further from my computer. I replaced it with a much longer cable.

           
          4.0

          Amazing Product for Beginners!

          By JesusEstradaCHZ97

          from Saratoga Springs, UT, USA

          Pros

          • Field Recording
          • Film/Video Production
          • great beginner mic!
          • Guitar
          • Podcast
          • Vocals

          Cons

          • loose cord

          Best Uses

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

            This product is great for anyone who's looking for a cheap but good quality mic!! I been using it for awhile now and I don't regret spending my money on it!

            However there is times that the mic cord has a hard time but betides that everything is just amazing!

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Intermediate
            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
            • Computer
            • How long have you used this product?:
            • Up to a year
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            4.0

            Amazing Product for Beginners!

            By JesusEstradaCHZ97

            from Saratoga Springs, UT, USA

            Pros

            • Field Recording
            • Film/Video Production
            • great beginner mic!
            • Guitar
            • Podcast
            • Vocals

            Cons

            • loose cord

            Best Uses

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

              This product is great for anyone who's looking for a cheap but good quality mic!! I been using it for awhile now and I don't regret spending my money on it! However there is times that the mic cord has a hard time but betides that everything is just amazing!

               
              3.0

              Overall a Good Device

              By CidWilliams

              from Arkansas

              Pros

              • Voiceover/Dialog

              Cons

              • Durability

              Best Uses

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

                I have used this device for six months, but I do travel with the device and have found that this device is not meant to travel. The small prongs at the base used for the USB connection are not meant to be plugged in over and over again even though I am very careful. Even going as far as purchasing a separate carry case for the microphone to go into. The USB cord now makes intermittent connections with the four prongs causing it to disconnect with the computer if the cord is not positioned just right, and is not hit accidentally during recording.

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Intermediate
                • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                • Computer
                • How long have you used this product?:
                • Up to a year
                • Reliability:
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                3.0

                Overall a Good Device

                By CidWilliams

                from Arkansas

                Pros

                • Voiceover/Dialog

                Cons

                • Durability

                Best Uses

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

                  I have used this device for six months, but I do travel with the device and have found that this device is not meant to travel. The small prongs at the base used for the USB connection are not meant to be plugged in over and over again even though I am very careful. Even going as far as purchasing a separate carry case for the microphone to go into. The USB cord now makes intermittent connections with the four prongs causing it to disconnect with the computer if the cord is not positioned just right, and is not hit accidentally during recording.

                   
                  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.

                   
                  1.0

                  Just Terrible

                  By IAmWahooooooo

                  from Little Rock, AR, USA

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                    Cons

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                        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.

                        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                        • Expert
                        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                        • Studio
                        • How long have you used this product?:
                        • Less than a month
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