ATR2500-USB

Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

MSRP* US$99.95
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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  • 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



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  • Downloads

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

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    Audio-TechnicaATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
     
    3.0

    (based on 19 reviews)

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    Pros

    • Voiceover/dialog (8)
    • Film/video production (5)
    • Podcast (5)
    • Vocals (5)

    Cons

    No Cons

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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

     

    Great for Practice Vocals

    If you are curious about doing voice-overs and want to record test tracks, this portable mic is great. I've had success using it in "live" environments as well as when...Read complete review

    If you are curious about doing voice-overs and want to record test tracks, this portable mic is great. I've had success using it in "live" environments as well as when hooking up to a laptop for recording slide notes.

    I also use it for webcasts at my desk - the room's "live" with background noise. The mic seems to help limit some of the background sound issues because of it's cardioid pickup.

    If you have a sound booth or recording environment, choose one of the better Audio-Technica mics (AT2020, 2035 or 2041).

    The price is great. However, the quality is a bit dodgy. The first one I received stopped working immediately. The second one is still going strong.

    Two things irritate me about this mic. The headphone jack is nice idea, but not practical. Every time I touch the headphone cable, the sound goes right to the mic. And, the volume buttons might as well not be there. They rattle and feel very cheap.

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    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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      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
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          • Less than a month
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          4.0

          Amazing Product for Beginners!

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          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
            • How long have you used this product?:
            • Up to a year
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            3.0

            Overall a Good Device

            By 

            from Arkansas

            Site Member

            Pros

            • Voiceover/Dialog

            Cons

            • Durability

            Best Uses

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

              I have used this device for six months, but I do travel with the device and have found that this device is not meant to travel. The small prongs at the base used for the USB connection are not meant to be plugged in over and over again even though I am very careful. Even going as far as purchasing a separate carry case for the microphone to go into. The USB cord now makes intermittent connections with the four prongs causing it to disconnect with the computer if the cord is not positioned just right, and is not hit accidentally during recording.

              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
              • Intermediate
              • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
              • Computer
              • How long have you used this product?:
              • Up to a year
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              1.0

              Just Terrible

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              from Little Rock, AR, USA

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

                    I bought this device only to find out it's not going to work with my PC. I use a different microphone from another brand and it works properly on my computer. This seemed to be the only thing that gives me the error of "USB Device Not Recognized" When I've seen this equipment work it is amazing but only when you can get it to work. I will never buy from this manufacturer again.

                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                    • Expert
                    • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                    • Studio
                    • How long have you used this product?:
                    • Less than a month
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                    3.0

                    Terrible background noise!

                    By 

                    from South Carolina, SC

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • easy to use and small enough for a clean set-up.

                    Cons

                    • picks up a lot of background noise and default tri

                    Best Uses

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

                      I've had this mic for a while now. Probably 6-8 months, and all of the sudden it's starting to be all weird with my fan in the back ground.

                      *Note I bought a pair of studio headphones for my computer and it might be the headphones, but i'm not sure.

                      The first few months i've had the mic I could have my fan on all day on the highest setting and you could barely hear it, that was using my default apple headphones that came with the iPhone.

                      Now that I bought Behringer HPS 3000's the audio on the mic picks up my fan over me. Even on the lowest setting. And even with it off you can hear the noise my computer makes. I don't under stand what I did or what happened to make the mic pick so much noise up!

                      So I might as well ask for support or something to help me fix this issue.

                      Other than the mic picking up things it really never had or should be, in my opinion, it's great. Very easy to use HOWEVER, the initial tri-pod desk stand that comes with it is very flimsy and falls over if shake your desk or something. So I bought a 'On Stage Stands' microphone stand which works great.

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Intermediate
                      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                      • Computer
                      • How long have you used this product?:
                      • Up to a year
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                      3.0

                      Iffy

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                      from Undisclosed

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

                            I just got this microphone and when I went to plug it in my audio coming through my headphones stopped working. I tried rebooting, changing headphones, unplugging the mic but still no sound except for skype. I have windows 8 and I noticed that there was no setup info for windows 8. Overall it is a good mic if you have anything but windows 8

                            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                            • Novice
                            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                            • Computer
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                            • Less than a month
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                            1.0

                            Horrible

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                            from Undisclosed

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                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Doesn't work at all

                              Best Uses

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

                                I doesn't even work with my computer! I tried everything. Overall, this was a complete waste of my time and I am better off buying a new microphone.

                                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                • Intermediate
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                                • Computer
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                                • Less than a month
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                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Sleek and Effective.

                                By 

                                from Ohio

                                Site Member

                                Pros

                                • Podcast
                                • Vocals
                                • Voiceover/Dialog

                                Cons

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

                                    This microphone is a great way to get started with a majority of projects. I personally use it for Voice Acting and Vocals. I have received several compliments on having professional sound quality. I highly recommend purchasing this microphone!

                                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                    • Intermediate
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                                    • Computer
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                                    • Up to a year
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                                    • Q:

                                      How can I record using my microphone with out having to plug in headpones?

                                      Right now it will only record if I have headphones plugged into the microphone.

                                      Thanks in Advance.
                                      Asked on 8/19/2015 by Katie from United States

                                      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 8/25/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpecialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      when I plug my USB mic into my computer it says does not recognize my driver is up to date is there anything I could do to help me out
                                      Asked on 8/18/2015 by Frank from Waterloo iowa

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Audio Solutions team at 330-686-260 ext. 5000. They can help with this.

                                        Answered on 8/24/2015 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                    • Q:

                                      Does this work on window 10?
                                      Asked on 8/10/2015 by DarkRa from Yakima , Wa

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry.

                                        All Audio-Technica USB products utilize the standard USB CODEC drive which is provided by the computer's operating system. This allows for "virtually" any USB device to work on "virtually" any computer. Audio-Technica USB products have been tested with the Windows 10 OS and do work.

                                        Answered on 8/11/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpecialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      Only Left signal on Headphones

                                      Hi, when I plug in my headphones to the headphone jacks on the microphone, I only get sounds coming out from the left side. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the mic but still the same problem. Is this normal or is the mic defective?
                                      Asked on 7/8/2015 by jpebalobo from Metro Manila, Philippines

                                      1 answer

                                      • A:

                                        Assuming that both sides of the headphones work when they are connected to a stereo headphone jack on other devices, if the sound you are referring to is that of the microphone as you are speaking into it and you only hear it on the left side - either the headphones plug is not plugged all the way into the jack on the microphone or the microphone is bad.
                                        If the sound you are referring to is a previously recorded track, make certain that the track was recorded in stereo and/or panned center.

                                        Answered on 7/16/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
                                    • Q:

                                      I keep Getting this humming sound

                                      I am using my mic on both my Mac and my PS4, but for some strange reason I keep getting this humming noise in the background. Any suggestions?
                                      Asked on 6/5/2015 by Tac0TruckPr0ductions from Los Angeles, CA, USA

                                      1 answer

                                      • 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 6/9/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                                    • Q:

                                      Mic picks up keyboard and mouse clicks

                                      I've just received my product and it doesn't matter where I put it, it picks up the clicks sounds. At the control panel there is no gain control option, the volume is already pretty low at 20. I'm using a laptop windows 8.1
                                      Asked on 4/20/2015 by mimi from canada

                                      2 answers

                                      • A:

                                        This is the OP. I contacted the customer service and received this answer:

                                        "Any and all microphones will act as human ears and if you can hear something while in front of the microphone, the microphone will “hear” it as well. There are tools used to help minimize unwanted noise. One is to isolate the microphone from other noises. This is why in recording studios, they use sound isolation rooms and specialized acoustic materials. Another tool is to put “unwanted” sources in the null point of the microphone. The ATR2500-USB microphone has a cardioid pattern and the rear of the microphone has a null point in the pickup of the microphone element. This may help."

                                        Posting it here for any future inquires about the same doubt.

                                        Answered on 4/26/2015 by mimi from canada
                                      • 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 4/21/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                                    • Q:

                                      Is there a way to make the microphone pick up less.

                                      My Microphone picks up everything in the room I am recording in. Is there a way the make range it picks up sound in smaller?
                                      Asked on 4/12/2015 by alaphant42

                                      1 answer

                                      • 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 4/21/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                                    • Q:

                                      How far away from you can the ATR-2500 be?

                                      I am considering purchasing this for recording. I will be approximately 12-18 inches from the mic, and am not looking to purchase a mic boom at this point. Will this be sufficient and if not, what are other microphones that can satisfy me? Thanks in advance!
                                      Asked on 3/18/2015 by TheHomeSlice

                                      1 answer

                                      • A:

                                        Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com to discuss your options on microphone placement.

                                        Answered on 3/23/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                                    • Q:

                                      Would painting the microphone void the warranty?
                                      Asked on 1/31/2015 by esoogyerg

                                      1 answer

                                      • A:

                                        Yes it will.

                                        Answered on 2/2/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
                                    • Q:

                                      What Mic Stand/Shock Mount do you recommend?

                                      Hey! I have been looking for a Shock Mount and a Boom Stand for my atr2500 and I do not want to purchase something and it not be correct if you have anything that would help it would be amazing!
                                      Asked on 1/6/2015 by Basic from North Carolina, USA

                                      1 answer

                                      • A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. We do not manufacture a shock mount for this microphone. I'm not sure if there is a third party mount.

                                        Answered on 1/20/2015 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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