Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
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- 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 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 your microphone output without audible delay
- Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear; System requirements Macintosh MAC OS X, USB 1.0 or 2.0, 64 MB RAM minimum, Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7, USB 1.0 or 2.0, 64 MB RAM minimum
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USB output for digital recording, while the XLR output connects with your sound system's microphone input for use in live performance.
Smooth, extended frequency response
Low-mass diaphragm provides excellent frequency response ideally suited for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, voiceover, and on-stage use.
Compatible with Windows and Mac
The microphone plugs right into your computer's USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software.
Built-in headphone jack allows you to directly monitor from your microphone as well as adjust headphone volume with easy-to-use controls.
Reduce unwanted noise
Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source.
Durable metal construction for long-lasting performance.
Tripod or stand clamp use
Included tripod desk stand with folding legs for secure and portable tabletop use. Threaded stand clamp attaches securely to a conventional mic stand.
USB, XLR cables, tripod desk stand, and stand clamp or threaded stands.
The Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone is 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 conventional microphone input for use in live performance. The microphone plugs right into your computer USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. The ATR2100-USB also offers 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. The microphone is ideal for live performance, podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use. Low-mass diaphragm provides excellent frequency response
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Comparatively, the Sno Ball picks up every background hum and sometimes random sound frequencies so the finished audio track will contain constant fuzz behind vocals that only goes away if the speaker mutes themselves. When using a Sno Ball, it's not always apparent during a live recording, but the audio track will have picked it up. And since it's underneath the vocals, an editor can only do so much without turning the speaker into sounding like a robot. The only thing I would recommend this mic for would be for better-than-a-cheap-headset sounding Skype, Discord or TeamSpeak/Vent conversations but not for audio recordings.
The Blue Yeti picks up every single background noise but is usually pretty good with not picking up buzz. Got a squeaky door? Chair? Scratch an itch on your arm or face when you're near the mic? Drop a pen? You got it, the Yeti will pick all of that up with enthusiasm. The audio quality is really decent, however, but, dang, if it doesn't want to record absolutely every sound that occurs within the room.
This mic, the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB, since it uses a cardioid polar pattern, doesn't pick up any noise from the sides or rear, making background noise pick-up very minimal. I have it right next to and slightly in front of my desktop and it never picks up the hum of the fans or noises from the processor. I've heard from musician friends that this is a challenging mic to work with on stage as a singer because you basically have to inhale the mic to be heard, but for podcasting, I find that the closer I get to the mic, the more pronounced my pops are. I can be a good 6 inches away and my vocal quality is great, without the pops.
When I first got into podcasting, the reason I ended up choosing this mic as my starter mic was because all the podcasting equipment advice I kept researching pointed to this mic over a Yeti for overall sound quality and a better price point. Quality and a cheaper price is something it definitely delivers on. This mic will last me a really long time and couldn't be happier about my purchase of it almost a year ago. If you're serious about wanting really good audio with little hassle (especially in post), I highly recommend this mic. Super easy to set up, too. Just plug the USB into your computer and you're good to go.
Since this is dynamic microphone it will mostly capture sound from the direction it is pointing. This is different from a condenser microphone which will capture any sound anywhere in the room.
This microphone is useful if you're recording in an environment where you cannot control the environmental sounds. This microphone is great for any amateur podcaster or let's player, since you're probably not going to have access to a quiet recording studio. Another perk of this microphone is that has both xlr and usb connections. This leaves you room to grow and if you decide to get a mixer then you can just switch from usb to xlr.
There are a few cons. I have a mechanical keyboard, so it's a bit louder than the average keyboard. This microphone will still pick up the keyboard sounds. These sounds aren't very loud and don't distract away from my commentary so it's not really a problem for me. Just don't expect it to eliminate every single sound perfectly.
The other con is that it records kind of quietly so you may need to crank up your gain a bit. From my understanding all dynamic microphones are like this. The gain will create a fuzzy sound in the background. You can easily remove this sound in post though. Even Audacity (free) has a sound removal feature that will remove this sound effectively.
Once the fuzzy background sound is eliminated, my voice sounds nice, clear and proffesional. This is a great beginner microphone and your money is well spent on this microphone.
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The Audio Technica ATR2100 USB is a USB and XLR mic that features a dynamic capsule to reject background noise. It serves as the perfect transition point for those getting serious about audio.
NOTE: Like any product, sometimes it goes up in price. If you want the $50 price tag, wait for a sale! :)
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Picks up EVERY sound that's in front of it, so a boom arm and shock mount will be necessary. If you mount it on the tripod and set it on your desk, your recordings will be full of typing and table bumps.
This mic ticked all the boxes for me - the only thing I'd change if it was possible would be to offer a desktop version rather than being in an actual microphone format for looking more aesthetic on a desk.
update : One thing i learned while using it is, the quality increases if you place the mic 1/2 feet away from you instead of sticking it so close to mouth.
Mic casing solid and well made.
Sound quality below average and tinny.
Exaggerated breath pops.
Verdict: Would not buy again.
The mic stand is flimsy but you can probably buy another - we have paid for the mic not the stand.
The headphone input needs some wiggling from time to time - not had the mic long enough to know if this is going to get worse?
the plus sides - great mic for the money - clear, easy to use, pics up sound well provided you are pretty close to the mic (I am only using it for vocals).
I use my mic for demo writing and rough recording. It is great for this purpose. Am using without a pop shield and haven't needed one.
Plugged it into my mac and was able to use it straight away, very easy!!