AT2005USB

Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

MSRP* US$149.00
One-Year 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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  • Overview


    Building on the heritage of the renowned 20 Series line of studio microphones, Audio-Technicaís new AT2005USB is an all-purpose microphone designed to take you from the stage to the studio and beyond. This rugged handheld microphone offers two outputs, USB output for digital recording, and an XLR output that connects with a sound systemís conventional microphone input for use in live performance. The microphone plugs right into your computerís USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software.

    The AT2005USB also offers 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. The microphone is ideal for live performance, podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use.
  • Features


    • Handheld dynamic microphone with USB digital output and XLR analog output

    • USB output connects to your computer for digital recording, while the XLR output connects with your sound systemís conventional microphone input for use in live performance

    • Smooth, extended frequency response ideally suited for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, voiceover, and on-stage use

    • Built-in headphone jack allows you to directly monitor from your microphone

    • Adjust headphone volume with easy-to-use controls on the bottom 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

    • Tripod desk stand with folding legs for secure and easily portable tabletop use

    • Threaded stand clamp attaches securely to the supplied tripod or to a conventional microphone stand

    • USB and XLR cables included

    • Durable metal construction for long-lasting performance

    • On/off switch functions for both USB and analog operation


  • Specifications

    ELEMENTDynamic
    POLAR PATTERNCardioid
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE50-15,000 Hz
    POWER REQUIREMENTSUSB Power (5V DC)
    BIT DEPTH16 bit
    SAMPLE RATE44.1 kHz/48 kHz
    CONTROLSOn/off Switch;
    Headphone Volume Control
    WEIGHT266 g (9.4 oz)
    DIMENSIONS183.6 mm (7.23") long,
    51.0 mm (2.01") maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORUSB-type/XLR-type
    HEADPHONE OUTPUT POWER10 mW at 16 ohms
    HEADPHONE JACK3.5 mm TRS (stereo)
    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTSMacintosh: MAC OS X; USB 1.0 or 2.0; 64 MB RAM (minimum)

    Windows: XP/Vista/Windows 7; USB 1.0 or 2.0; 64 MB RAM (minimum)
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDStand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; tripod desk stand; 6.6' (2 m) mini USB cable, 9.8' (3 m) XLRF-type to XLRM-type cable
    AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLET7
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    FREQUENCY RESPONSE
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  • Downloads

    AT2005USB Owner's Manual (pdf 927.08 KB)
    AT2005USB FCC Document (pdf 162.90 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Audio-TechnicaAT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
     
    4.5

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    3.0

    Broken USB port on the mic

    By 

    from Tampa, FL

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Sound Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

      I have had this mic for just shy of 2 years. I do a weekly podcast. The last time I tried to use the mic the usb port came loose from the board and now does not work (I took the 3 small screws out to see if it was something simple I could fix and unfortunately the points are much too compact for me to solder). The sound quality for the 2ish years it did work was amazing. The ability to plug the headphones into the mic and monitor your sounds was fantastic. The fact that it can run via usb to the computer or into a mixer was also pretty awesome. I only wish mine was still working.

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      • Over a year
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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great mic but mine had a promblem

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      from ohio

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

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          Comments about Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

          this is a great mic for any one from a average gamer looking for good sound quailty to a pro who wants a on stage mic sadly i had the usb break on mine though it may have been me who made it break by dropping it from me having it at weird angles but it did hold up and the way the microphone is made makes it so you dont need a shock mount or a pop cap filter since there both built in also for best audio quailty use the xlr output since the usb it came with does pick up some noise but that would be it as far as complaints.

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          • Less than a month
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          5.0

          Great mic overall for recording on the go or podcasting

          By 

          from Kissimmee, FL

          Site Member

          Pros

          • Interviews
          • podcasting
          • Presentation/Spoken Word

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              Comments about Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

              I have recently upgraded the microphone (mic) that I use as well as the mics Marty, Julz and Eric use as well. The mics we are all using are the Audio-Technica AT2005USB. Speaking for myself When I started podcasting in November 2012, my mic of choice was the Audio-Technica ATR2100USB. It is a great mic as well and has served me well on the the air for both shows. While the ATR2100USB is now my convention/field mic, I am loving the AT2005USB.

              The AT2005 USB mic is rugged, well-made, even stylish, and comes with easy instructions for PCs and Macs. And it even has a blue LED light to show when it�s on and connected. The Audio-Technica AT2005USB works right out of the box with very little set-up and without the need of a mixer or external audio interface. You plug it directly into the USB port on any netbook, laptop, or desktop computer. You can plug your headphones directly into the base of the mic for latency-free monitoring. It also has an XLR input, in case you fall in love with it and want to use it as your everyday mic in the studio as well.

              I really love the fullness and richness of the tone the lays to track. I don�t feel the need to EQ my voice or my hosts as the tone I am looking for come natural with this mic. As you can see by the frequency response it is fairly flat up to about 2 kHz and very subtle increase in the mid to mid mid range frequencies. This mic is also a Cardioid pattern (heart shape) which offer a nice noise rejection from the back and sides. The AT2005USB have USB and XLR outputs, but both outputs can be used at the same time. Why would you want to do that? In some cases, while you have the mic connected by XLR to your mixer, which is used for broadcasting or podcasting, it�s convenient to connect it by USB to a second computer that�s used for Skype or Google Hangouts. I would recommed this mic to anyone getting into the realm of podcasting. It will not let you down and break your pocketbook.

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              • Up to a year
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              5.0

              Exceptional Value and Sound Quality

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              from North Carolina

              Site Member

              Pros

              • internet broadcasting
              • Interviews
              • Other
              • podcasting
              • Presentation/Spoken Word

              Cons

              • headphone jack may be a little fragile
              • noisy on-off switch

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                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

                With so many microphones available today, it's almost impossible to know which one to pick. Not only do different mics have different sounds, but also the same mics can sound different on different voices. It's a never ending challenge.

                Dynamic microphones are usually recommended for Internet Broadcasting and podcasting. These studios are usually filled with a multitude of noisy computer fans. A condenser microphone does exactly what it's supposed to do: Pick up as much sound as possible. The lower sensitivity of a dynamic mic helps mask some of those undesirable ambient noises.

                Not only does the AT2005USB have USB and XLR outputs, but both outputs can be used simultaneously. Why would you want to do that? In some studios, while you have the mic connected by XLR to your mixer, which is used for broadcasting or podcasting, it's convenient to connect it by USB to a second computer that's used for Skype.

                If you're just getting started and don't have a mixer, you can connect the AT2005USB to your computer by USB. When you get a mixer, you don't have to replace the mic. Just connect an XLR cable, and you're good to go.

                The mic sounds great on a wide range of voices. To get a better sounding mic, you'd have to spend a LOT more money. Audio-Technica hit a home run with this one.

                While I've never used this mic in a recording studio for instrument pickup, based on the exceptionally good results I've had with it compared with some other brands of handheld dynamic mics, I'd bet it does a good job.

                Most Internet Broadcasters and podcasters use Skype extensively. Skype loves the AT2005USB. One good way for you to hear how the mic sounds is to have someone who has one to call you on Skype. You will be amazed at the sound quality.

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                • Up to a year
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              • Q & A

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                • Q:

                  Is there a driver to help adjust the recognizing and volume of this mic in Windows 10?
                  Asked on 3/31/2016 by Just Jake from Hollywood, CA

                  1 answer

                • Q:

                  Attachment via USB draws Win10 error message. It is not recognized, lacking a driver, and does not appear in Control Panel Sound Devices. Would you please direct to the driver link? Will that solve it? Will I be able to both talk via USB AND listen via its 3.5mm jack?
                  Asked on 3/24/2016 by Just Jake from Hollywood, CA

                  1 answer

                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    For technical support, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                    audio-solutions@atus.com

                    Thanks!

                    Answered on 4/8/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                • Q:

                  Do the headphones work while the mic is being used in XLR format or only USB?
                  Asked on 12/25/2015 by LB from Birmingham, AL

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    The headphone amp must be powered via USB and will only monitor the signal from the microphone.

                    Answered on 12/27/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                • Q:

                  Does it work on a Casio Ctk 2000 electric piano?
                  Asked on 12/12/2015 by Bre_n01 from Carbon, tx

                  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 12/13/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                • Q:

                  Hi,
                  is this mic avaible in Europe? I can't see it on EU Audio-technica site.
                  Best regards
                  Marcin
                  Asked on 11/12/2015 by Marc

                  1 answer

                • Q:

                  Wich shock mount for the AT2005 USB?

                  Please tell me the right shock mount model for the AT2005 USB.
                  Thanks!
                  Asked on 7/28/2015 by cvenegas from Chile

                  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 7/31/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                • Q:

                  Non-standard mic clip?

                  I have been told this mic doesn't fit most mic clips, and the included mic clip doesn't fit many standard mic stands. How can I verify the stand I buy will be compatible? Can you recommend a specific model stand that is compatible with this clip, or a mic clip that fits standard stands that will hold this mic?
                  Asked on 4/22/2015 by Radio

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                  • A:

                    The included clip does fit standard 5/8-27 mic stands, such as a floor stand. We make a screw-in adapter, part number 037400210, that reduces the opening to 3/8-16 which is a common boom pole and camera tripod size.

                    At 29.8 mm (1.17 inches), the handle diameter of the ATR2100-USB Microphone is quite large for a "wired" type microphone. Our AT8456a Quiet-flex Stand Clamp for our wireless handheld transmitters also works fine however.
                    Like the provided clip, the AT8456a Quiet-flex Stand Clamp will accomodate the microphone and fit a standard 5/8-27 mic stand or tripod, such as the tripod included.

                    Answered on 4/27/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
                  • A:

                    The included microphone clip will fit any standard 5/8"-27 threaded microphone stand. An adapter is included for different size and may be removed.

                    Answered on 4/27/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                • Q:

                  Can it work on IPad?

                  I saw a demo where AT2020 usb mic can be connected to an ipad using camera connection kit.

                  You can see your demo here.
                  http://youtu.be/JWVTGbNllxo

                  Now, my question is,
                  would a AT2005 usb mic work as well on ipad using same tool?

                  Thank you for your answer.

                  Sincerely
                  Asked on 3/11/2015 by darkestroom

                  1 answer

                  • A:

                    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, this should work for you.

                    Answered on 3/11/2015 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                • Q:

                  I've heard this microphone is Soft...

                  I've heard this microphone is soft with Windows 7/8. I'm someone who's looking into voice-overs, and I plan on staying on Dynamic microphones as it will be several years before I could afford build or buy a good studio for a quality condenser mic.

                  This will be my first microphone, can I use a preamp to improve the volume of the recording with this mic or will a preamp be useless on this microphone? This may be my next purchase later on.
                  Asked on 6/7/2014 by TheJournier

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                  • A:

                    Thank you for your inquiry. With Windows 8, Microsoft made some changes to their audio driver that did reduce the level a bit. This is the same for all USB microphones. This mic cannot use a preamp via the USB connection.

                    Answered on 6/10/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                • Q:

                  warranty difference with atr100

                  if ATR2100usb and AT2005usb are practically the same microphone, why the most expensive one (AT2005) has the worst warranty? just one year... but the ATR2100 has lifetime warranty. Why should I buy the the AT2005 instead of the other? Is the ATR2100usb more reliable?, and for this reason it has a better warranty? thanks in advance!
                  Asked on 12/30/2013 by ricardo from spain

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                  • A:

                    Thank you for your inquiry. The ATR2100 is in the ATR series of products. All products in the ATR series have a limited lifetime warranty.

                    Answered on 1/16/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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