ATR2500-USB

Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

MSRP* US$99.00
Lifetime Limited End-user Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Q & A

  • Overview


    Ideal for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use, the 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. 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 from your microphone

    • 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

    ELEMENTCondenser
    POLAR PATTERNCardioid
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE30 – 15,000 Hz
    POWER REQUIREMENTSUSB Power (5V DC)
    BIT DEPTH16 bit
    SAMPLE RATE44.1 kHz/48 kHz
    VOLUME CONTROLHeadphone volume controlled by up/down buttons
    WEIGHT366 g (12.9 oz)
    DIMENSIONS155.0 mm (6.10") long,
    50.0 mm (1.97") maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORUSB-type
    HEADPHONE OUTPUT POWER10 mW @ 16 ohms
    HEADPHONE JACK3.5 mm TRS (stereo)
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDPivoting stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; tripod desk stand; 1.8 m (5.9') mini USB cable



    Conditions
  • Downloads

    ATR2500-USB Manual (pdf 1.00 M)
    ATR2500-USB FCC DOC (pdf 162.83 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Audio-TechnicaATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
     
    2.9

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (8)

    50%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Voiceover/dialog (8)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Film/video production (5)
    • Good audio (5)
    • Podcast (5)

    Cons

    • Not durable (4)
    • Unreliable (4)

    Best Uses

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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.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Would recomend investing in something else.

    The Pros here really don't outweigh the cons. This product has poor durability, so bad that I think the one that I bought was manufactured improperly. I'm not exaggerating when I say that...Read complete review

    The Pros here really don't outweigh the cons. This product has poor durability, so bad that I think the one that I bought was manufactured improperly. I'm not exaggerating when I say that after 4 months of light usage, the stand provided with the microphone literally broke at every joint. When I opened it up, I was confused as to why the setup didn't work properly, but then I realized that the grooves inside the base of the microphone weren't cut deep enough to screw into stand, so it had to be balanced very precariously on my desk whenever I used it. The flickering blue light is a bit irritating, and was inconsistent when recognizing whether or not the device was functioning at any given time. The USB 2.0 type B port in the base that was used to connect microphone to the cable ended up putting the mic out of usage when the prongs in the port ended up bending after being plugged in. I got the port repaired, but unfortunately, now no device will even recognize the microphone as a microphone. The Microphone promised limited interference, but the only way to prevent it from being overwhelmingly present in my recordings was to put a stocking over the Mic, or to use a pop screen. The sound quality is generally good, but I could easily find it in another product for cheaper. It was easy enough to use, but what with all the problems I encountered, I wouldn't even recommend this product to someone new to recording.

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    4.0

    This is everything you will need

    By 

    from Småland

    Pros

    • Bang for the buck
    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Maximum decibel input level is low

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

      You can't scream into this microphone from close distance, otherwise the audio quailty is fantastic and can be compared to the AT2020. The only reason not to buy this would be if you want more flexibility with an xlr mic. Oterwise there is no reason to buy any other usb mic than this one. A lot of people complain about the build quality which I have has no problem with. The stand is not good, but you can just get a boom arm, and besides, the stand does work.

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Computer
      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
      • Intermediate
      • How long have you used this product?:
      • Over a year
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      (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      This microphone is one of the worst. Bad quality. DO NOT BUY

      By 

      from San Francisco, California

      Pros

      • Compact

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Limited Functions
      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Pricey / Poor Value
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

        HORRIBLE. DO NOT BUY! LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE AND DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.

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

        love this mic, and all audio tech really

        By 

        from greenville sc

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

          love this product. please make more mic's like this one.

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Videographer
          • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
          • Expert
          • How long have you used this product?:
          • Over a year
           
          1.0

          Stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz

          By 

          from Canada

          Pros

            Cons

            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

              Microphone was fine for awhile. Now recently it has stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz.

              In the attached image you can see the spectrum for a voice clip I recorded. (Played back in foobar2000)

              It sounds extremely muffled, like I'm speaking through a door.

              Hoping AT will stand behind their warranty.

              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
              • Computer
              • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
              • Intermediate
              • How long have you used this product?:
              • Up to a year
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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Would recomend investing in something else.

              By 

              from Boston, MA

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily
              • Limited Functions
              • Pricey / Poor Value
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                The Pros here really don't outweigh the cons. This product has poor durability, so bad that I think the one that I bought was manufactured improperly. I'm not exaggerating when I say that after 4 months of light usage, the stand provided with the microphone literally broke at every joint. When I opened it up, I was confused as to why the setup didn't work properly, but then I realized that the grooves inside the base of the microphone weren't cut deep enough to screw into stand, so it had to be balanced very precariously on my desk whenever I used it. The flickering blue light is a bit irritating, and was inconsistent when recognizing whether or not the device was functioning at any given time. The USB 2.0 type B port in the base that was used to connect microphone to the cable ended up putting the mic out of usage when the prongs in the port ended up bending after being plugged in. I got the port repaired, but unfortunately, now no device will even recognize the microphone as a microphone. The Microphone promised limited interference, but the only way to prevent it from being overwhelmingly present in my recordings was to put a stocking over the Mic, or to use a pop screen. The sound quality is generally good, but I could easily find it in another product for cheaper. It was easy enough to use, but what with all the problems I encountered, I wouldn't even recommend this product to someone new to recording.

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Studio Musician
                • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                • Intermediate
                • How long have you used this product?:
                • Over a year
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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Wow Just Wow But

                By 

                from New York

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Breaks Easily

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                  I love it but the stand breaks way to easy ive been trying to fix mine i really was expecting it to have a better stand

                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                  • Computer
                  • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                  • Expert
                  • How long have you used this product?:
                  • Less than a month
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                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Very sensitive to noise

                  By 

                  from London, England

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Falls easily
                  • Sensitive to noises
                  • Unreliable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                    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
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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Microphone for Price

                    By 

                    from North Carolina, USA

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Film/Video Production

                    Cons

                    • none at all.

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                      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
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                      5.0

                      Great sound, super simple setup

                      By 

                      from New Jersey

                      Site Member

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • blinding blue led light

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                        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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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Amazing Product for Beginners!

                        By 

                        from Saratoga Springs, UT, USA

                        Site Member

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • loose cord

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                          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
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                          • Up to a year
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                          • Q:

                            Can I use this microphone with my iPhone?
                            Asked on 10/25/2016 by Ted from NY

                            1 answer

                            • CUSTOMER CARE

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. no this will not connect to an iphone. However, the AT2020USBi and ATR3350iS will connect to an iphone.

                              Answered on 10/25/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                          • Q:

                            Does the ATR2500-USB work with Apple iMac or MacBook Pro?
                            Asked on 10/18/2016 by stlsold from Saint Louis, MO

                            1 answer

                          • Q:

                            I just bought this mic & i have an otb cable to connect it to my phone. Now i know my phone (note 4) is compatible with this method So how i get it to work like this?
                            Asked on 10/17/2016 by Aaron Jones

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                              Answered on 10/17/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            1) Is there a mount / shock absorber that works with this model? So far, the shock absorbers all cover the buttons, meaning they will be pushed down perpetually.
                            2) Would having the buttons perpetually pushed down be a problem? It works the same as when no buttons are pushed.
                            Thank you!
                            Asked on 10/16/2016 by itsemmaelise

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              No, we do not manufacture a shock mount for our mics in the consumer line. I would recommend looking at the AT2020USB+ which is in our professional line of products and may use the AT8458 shock mount.

                              Answered on 10/17/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            is this compatible with Windows 10?
                            is this model good for/compatible with Dragon speech recognition?
                            Asked on 10/13/2016 by swb31763 from Albany, GA

                            1 answer

                          • Q:

                            My computer(s) don't recognize the mic. The light comes on but it doesn't show up.
                            Asked on 10/11/2016 by Kate from Los Angeles

                            1 answer

                            • CUSTOMER CARE

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                              Answered on 10/12/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                          • Q:

                            what are the typical uses for this microphone?
                            Asked on 10/9/2016 by b from wichita falls texas

                            1 answer

                            • CUSTOMER CARE

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. The ATR2500-USB is a great mic for someone who would like a relatively simple recording setup and an awesome sounding mic where the mic can be plugged directly into your computer without the need of purchasing an interface. This mic is typically used for recording audio for youtube videos, podcasts, recording onto a laptop on the go, or recording instruments or vocals.

                              Answered on 10/11/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                          • Q:

                            The audio recording makes a clicking sound and there are breaks in spots in the recording when using this microphone. Is there some setting on the mic we need to correct to fix this?
                            Asked on 9/25/2016 by Toni

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              This sounds like a sample rate issue somewhere in your audio signal in the computer. Check all of your settings.

                              For troubleshooting purposes, try the microphone on a different computer and see if the issue follows. If not, we know the microphone is in working order.

                              Answered on 9/26/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            The ATR2500 comes with a USB cable; I was wondering if this mic has the ability to also connect with an XLR? If yes, was is the adaptor cable name?
                            Asked on 8/31/2016 by Jim from California

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              No, there is an A/D converter inside of the microphone and the signal output of the microphone is already in digital form.

                              Answered on 9/15/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            Will this microphone work with Slackware Linux 14.2?
                            Asked on 8/28/2016 by derelict.G1

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. We do not support Linux software, so I cannot say for certain if it will work.

                              Answered on 9/13/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
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