ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
Excellent Microphone for Price
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.
January 2, 2015
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
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
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
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