ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
great mic. stand not great
Bought the mic over a year ago but didn't use it until earlier this summer for voiceover and other recording. The mic is easy to use and is easily recognizable by my Mac. The headphone connection is very helpful. I love it.
The stand, though, is not good. The thread stripped far too easily and I'm trying to find a way to replace it. I don't love it. At all.
This would have been a five star review if the stand hadn't failed.
(apologies. review was mistakenly posted by me as a comment)
November 12, 2013
assembling the device a metal ring fell out of the base and no explanation for how to re-attach it. the base won't screw back together without it. somehow managed to get it to work but why it couldn't just be a regular screw on base would be the way to go.
looks beautiful, with the blue LED too. pressing the up/down arrows adjust the computer OUTPUT volume not the mic gain, which seemed odd to me.
mac settings were easy to find just as in the manual, but nothing recording even though VU meters showed signal when i tapped the mic. useless toy.
tried recording audio via quicktime and garageband. no audio input. waste of time and money plus now i have to go back, return it, and find another USB mic that will actually work for our office needs.
November 9, 2013
Excellent for home recording and sound...Make sure the
November 8, 2013
The sound quality is terrible,it doesn't even sound as good as my laptop's built in microphone not that you can even hear the quality because the volume is so quiet. I maxed the volume on a couple different machines and it is still practically inaudible. The mic also has a rattle coming from inside that was audible when i took it out of the box. I would suggest avoiding this mic unless you are looking to buy a very expensive baby toy.
October 31, 2013
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 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.
October 11, 2013
Great Mic... while it lasts
I got this mic 3 months ago at a brick and mortar store. It worked great with no problems at all for skype and video recording. WAY better sound quality than my built-in mic or headsets.
Yesterday, it stopped working properly. Now it just records loud static. I tried using different USB cables and different computers and different recording software... all with the same result: STATIC.
October 1, 2013
Driver Error with Windows 8
After buying this product to my dismay I found that while it worked on my laptop running Windows 7, Windows 8 could not find a driver for it. I am extremely dissatisfied with this as I was planning on mainly using the mic with my desktop.
September 25, 2013
Money well spent, great mic
Great quality mic for voice work. I produce television and interment programming and love the versatility of the mic. Use it as a table mic, scissor arm or boom. Full sound, deep and rich. My money well spent on this addition to my equipment. Only one negative - cheap stand included broke during assembly. Still worth it without the stand.
August 9, 2013