The Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone is a modestly priced, versatile handheld microphone with USB and XLR outputs. The microphone may be connected to an XLR input while simultaneously recording to your favorite Mac or Windows OS software. The AT2005USB features a rugged, handheld build and an extended frequency response for maximum detail. High quality 16-bit, 44.1 / 48kHz converters ensure high resolution and quality digital recordings. The AT2005USB also features a headphone output and adjustable level control for accurate, latency-free monitoring.
Reviewed by 3 customers
This is a great microphone at this price point. If you were to do a YouTube search you'll find this one and ATR2100 (which are basically the same thing) pop up as being highly recommended. I use it as a USB device on a Windows 8 machine, plug and play, I didn't have to do anything for it to work. I immediately decided to keep it plugged in and even do my voice/video chats with it (Skype, Hangouts, etc.). The unit I received has a finicky sound output port. If I push the pin of my headphones all the way, I don't hear anything. It's not a big deal I just hope it won't deteriorate. Also, it has a BRIGHT blue light. That thing is blindlingly bright. If it bothers you or gets in your camera if you do video work, just cover it. Not a deal breaker...
I have recently upgraded the microphone (mic) that I use as well as the mics Marty, Julz and Eric use as well. The mics we are all using are the Audio-Technica AT2005USB. Speaking for myself When I started podcasting in November 2012, my mic of choice was the Audio-Technica ATR2100USB. It is a great mic as well and has served me well on the the air for both shows. While the ATR2100USB is now my convention/field mic, I am loving the AT2005USB. The AT2005 USB mic is rugged, well-made, even stylish, and comes with easy instructions for PCs and Macs. And it even has a blue LED light to show when itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s on and connected. The Audio-Technica AT2005USB works right out of the box with very little set-up and without the need of a mixer or external audio interface. You plug it directly into the USB port on any netbook, laptop, or desktop computer. You can plug your headphones directly into the base of the mic for latency-free monitoring. It also has an XLR input, in case you fall in love with it and want to use it as your everyday mic in the studio as well. I really love the fullness and richness of the tone the lays to track. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t feel the need to EQ my voice or my hosts as the tone I am looking for come natural with this mic. As you can see by the frequency response it is fairly flat up to about 2 kHz and very subtle increase in the mid to mid mid range frequencies. This mic is also a Cardioid pattern (heart shape) which offer a nice noise rejection from the back and sides. The AT2005USB have USB and XLR outputs, but both outputs can be used at the same time. Why would you want to do that? In some cases, while you have the mic connected by XLR to your mixer, which is used for broadcasting or podcasting, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s convenient to connect it by USB to a second computer thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s used for Skype or Google Hangouts. I would recommed this mic to anyone getting into the realm of podcasting. It will not let you down and break your pocketbook.
With so many microphones available today, it's almost impossible to know which one to pick. Not only do different mics have different sounds, but also the same mics can sound different on different voices. It's a never ending challenge. Dynamic microphones are usually recommended for Internet Broadcasting and podcasting. These studios are usually filled with a multitude of noisy computer fans. A condenser microphone does exactly what it's supposed to do: Pick up as much sound as possible. The lower sensitivity of a dynamic mic helps mask some of those undesirable ambient noises. Not only does the AT2005USB have USB and XLR outputs, but both outputs can be used simultaneously. Why would you want to do that? In some studios, while you have the mic connected by XLR to your mixer, which is used for broadcasting or podcasting, it's convenient to connect it by USB to a second computer that's used for Skype. If you're just getting started and don't have a mixer, you can connect the AT2005USB to your computer by USB. When you get a mixer, you don't have to replace the mic. Just connect an XLR cable, and you're good to go. The mic sounds great on a wide range of voices. To get a better sounding mic, you'd have to spend a LOT more money. Audio-Technica hit a home run with this one. While I've never used this mic in a recording studio for instrument pickup, based on the exceptionally good results I've had with it compared with some other brands of handheld dynamic mics, I'd bet it does a good job. Most Internet Broadcasters and podcasters use Skype extensively. Skype loves the AT2005USB. One good way for you to hear how the mic sounds is to have someone who has one to call you on Skype. You will be amazed at the sound quality.