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 computerís 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 Ė 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 Ė 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

    ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone 2.9 5 17 17
    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 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. November 13, 2014
    Amazing Product for Beginners! 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! November 1, 2014
    Overall a Good Device 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. October 17, 2014
    Just Terrible 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. August 28, 2014
    Terrible background noise! 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. July 30, 2014
    Iffy 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 July 16, 2014
    Horrible 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. July 6, 2014
    Sleek and Effective. 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! January 29, 2014
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    ATR-2500 Compatible Shock Mount

    Hello, hope all is well.

    I would like to know which (if any) of shock mounts are compatible with the ATR-2500 microphone. Your prompt reply is appreciated, thank you!

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    A traditional "bird cage" shock mount will fit the microphone, put it covers up the headphone input as well as the switches that are on the microphone
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    i really would like this mic to use as a temporary home studio mic. However i wanted to know if the included mounting bracket is compatible with the typical mic stand.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, the mic clip has a standard 5/8" 27 thread that is found on mic stands.
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    I need a longer cable for this mic

    I need a much longer USB cable for this mic due to my studio set up, what kind or type would you recommend?
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    Thank you for your inquiry. The is a lenghth limitation for USB cables of 16 feet.
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    I have tried hooking this up to 2 different computers, every usb port on both computers (one a desktop, one a laptop), both brand new.

    On the laptop (win7 x64 home), im lucky if the power even turns on on the device - and yes, i checked my usb power settings, but alas.. no new device is even detected.

    On my desktop (win7 x64 pro), it powers up but will only install the "unknown device" driver.

    This cant be right - is my device defective or do you have some driver you can send me.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Audio Solutions department at 330-686-2600 ext 5000 and they can help you trouble shoot this issue
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    I've plugged it into two Windows 7 computers and the drivers appeared to install correctly. However, even with recording volume turned up to 100 it picks up almost no sound. If I scream directly into the mic I can get the volume indicator to move, but barely. I've been unable to record any sound.

    On the levels tab of the microphone properties there isn't a boot option, despite that being in the manual.

    The drivers are the ATR USB microphone drivers from Microsoft, version 6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
     
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    Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Audio Solutions team at 330-686-2600 ext 5000 and they will help with this.
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