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Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
- Handheld dynamic microphone with USB digital output and XLR analog output
- USB output connects to your computer for digital recording, while the XLR output connects with your sound system's conventional microphone input for use in live performance
- Smooth, extended frequency response ideally suited for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, voiceover, and on-stage use
- Built-in headphone jack allows you to directly monitor from your microphone
- Adjust headphone volume with easy-to-use controls on the bottom of the microphone
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USB & XLR Output
Handheld/stand-mounted dynamic microphone with USB digital output and XLR analog output.
Recording & Live Performance Use
USB output connects to your computer for digital recording, while the XLR output connects with your sound system’s conventional microphone input for live performance.
Smooth Frequency Response
Low-mass diaphragm provides excellent frequency response ideally suited for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, voiceover, and on-stage use.
Adjust headphone volume with easy-to-use controls on the bottom of the microphone along with on/off switch functions for both USB and analog operation.
Superb Audio Quality
High-quality A/D convertor with 16 bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate.
Compatibility & Included Accessories
Windows and Mac. Includes stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; tripod desk stand; 6.6' (2 m) mini USB cable, 9.8' (3 m) XLRF-type to XLRM-type cable.
|Element||Dynamic||Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser||Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser|
|Frequency Response||50-15,000 Hz||20 - 20,000 Hz||20 - 20,000 Hz|
|Power Requirements||USB Power (5V DC)||USB Power (5V DC)||USB Power (5V DC); Lightning (3.3V DC)|
|Bit Depth||16 bit||16 bit||24 bit|
|Sample Rate||44.1 kHz/48 kHz||44.1/48 kHz||Up to 96 kHz|
|Controls||On/off Switch; Headphone Volume Control||Mix control; Headphone volume control||Mic gain control|
|Headphone Jack||3.5 mm TRS (stereo)||3.5 mm (1/8") TRS (stereo)||N/A|
|Accessories Furnished||Stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; tripod desk stand; 6.6' (2 m) mini USB cable, 9.8' (3 m) XLRF-type to XLRM-type cable||Pivoting stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch; tripod desk stand; 10' (3.1 m) USB cable||Pivoting stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch; tripod desk stand; 4.9' (1.5 m) USB cable; 4.9' (1.5 m) Lightning cable|
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Building on the heritage of the renowned 20 Series line of studio microphones, Audio-Technica’s new AT2005USB is an all-purpose microphone designed to take you from the stage to the studio and beyond. This rugged handheld microphone offers two outputs, USB output for digital recording, and an XLR output that connects with a sound system’s conventional microphone input for use in live performance. The microphone plugs right into your computer’s USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. The AT2005USB also offers a quality analog-to-digital converter for excellent fidelity, and a headphone output with level control for monitoring. Its cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear. The microphone is ideal for live performance, podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use.
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Nonetheless, this is one of the rare instances where I opted to purchase the extended warranty in the event the USB dies. The value of this microphone is phenomenal; it compares better than mics 3-4x its price. Only mics approaching the 400 dollar level are better and for vocal use, it becomes overkill at that point unless you're doing a big, big, budget project. Listen to the video clip for real-world audio results (note that I make a correction that this is the 2005 model, not 2050)
Yes, this is a highly directional mic. It's meant to be used in noisy environments to capture only your voice. But this means you must speak within inches of the unit. Issues such as fans, a/c units, background automobiles moving about, all become non-issues. If you built a recording studio in your home that squelches these kinds of noises, then you might want to opt for a more traditional condensor mic. Me, I use it while sitting right next to a poorly sealed window right in front on my computer, with a vent fan right above me, and the fridge a few feet away.
On a lark, I decided to swap it out with my Electrovoice RE-20 on air studio mic. For this test I used the XLR connection instead of the USB, and ran it through the same audio chain as the RE-20. WOW...was I surprised! I think most listeners would not be able to guess which is the RE-20 and which is the AT2005. In fact it sounded so good, I just did a full show with it. It has a pleasantly warm low end and a clean high end that isn't tinny or irritating. Well balanced and perfectly to my liking.
Note, it will sound much better using the XLR connection with a good board and digital converter, than it does through it's own internal pre's with USB, but this mic is a tremendous value no matter how you size it up.
If you want to use it on the iPad, purchase the Apple camera connection kit and use the USB connector to simply plug it right in. This is an undocumented feature of the new iPad 3 (haven't tested the iPad 2) but it works like a champ. I use an app called AudioMemos that has some nice audio boosting features which you will find handy, as the audio levels can be a bit low when recording through the USB port. That said, this mic works with all the apps I've tried so far, even iMovie. So yes, you could shoot hi-def video interviews with this mic and an iPad 3. Just add a mic flag and you're all set. The only other thing you may want for video interviews is a Tri-pod mount. I use the Tournez2 carbon fiber mount by Joy Factory, available here on Amazon for under $70 bucks, but there are cheaper options too.
Lastly, the AT2005USB includes a long thin USB cable (which comes in handy when connected to the iPad for interviews), an XLR cable, a small folding stand and a zippered pouch. You will likely want to get a foam windscreen for it to cut down on "p-pops".
Nice job Audio-Technica. This is my new favorite mic!
I was looking for a cheap alternative to the Shure SM7B which in my opinion is the best vocal & broadcast microphone ever made. I came across this At2005 USB model and it sounds pretty close to the SM7B, it's USB, and the price is 7 times less.
This microphone is excellent because it has that warm bassy sound and captures your voice the way people hear it. It is of excellent heavy quality and does not pick up any unwanted noise instead just your voice. It does come with an xlr cable but I'd suggest getting yourself a high quality one separately.
It comes with a plastic tripod, very cheap and delicate. Better get a proper mic stand or boom arm for your desk usage.
Other than that, the microphone is excellent and I would by any other audio technica product eyes closed.
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