Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

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Street Price: 

$90
Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

The Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB is a low cost large-diaphragm condenser USB mic.

Applications

Podcasting, voiceovers and recording music demos.

Features

It comes with a pivoting stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands, tripod desk stand and a 1.8 m (5.9') mini USB cable. It has a headphone jack for zero latency monitoring and the headphone volume is controlled by pressing up and down buttons on the front of the mic.

Compatibility

Macintosh: Mac OS X; USB 1.0 or 2.0
Windows: XP/ Vista / Windows 7; USB 1.0 or 2.0

Although Windows 10 isn't included in the documentation I have seen reports that it does work with the latest Windows.

Specifications:

  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 30 Hz to 15 kHz
  • Sampling Rate: 44.1 kHz / 48 kHz
  • Bit Depth: 16 bits
  • Maximum SPL: Not specified
  • Power Requirements: 5V USB

Polar Pattern Chart

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Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Polar Pattern

Frequency Response Chart

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Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Frequency Response

Pros

One of the most common sentiments in positive customer reviews is that the ATR2500-USB is "great value for the money". Although there are many positive reviews from musicians it seems to get its highest praise from podcasters and people doing voiceovers.

Cons

A number of expert reviewers said this is not suited for release quality music recordings other than recording demos - this sentiment was also reflected in some customer reviews. A number of owners had complaints about the lack of a gain control knob - you can only adjust the gain in your recording software. There were also a number of people who have reported that the desk stand it comes with is flimsy - there were also complaints about the build and quality of materials although others specifically stated that they thought it was well made.

Overall

If you're in the market for an inexpensive USB condenser mic then this may be just what you're looking for - particularly for anyone who's just getting started with podcasting or home recording.