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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  • 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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  • Downloads

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

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    Audio-TechnicaAT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
     
    5.0

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    5.0

    Great mic overall for recording on the go or podcasting

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    from Kissimmee, FL

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    Pros

    • Interviews
    • podcasting
    • Presentation/Spoken Word

    Cons

      Best Uses

        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.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Expert
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        • Other
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Up to a year
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        5.0

        Exceptional Value and Sound Quality

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        from North Carolina

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        Pros

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

        Cons

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

        Best Uses

          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:

            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

            2 answers

            • 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

            1 answer

            • 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

            1 answer

            • 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
          • Q:

            AT2005usb

            My win 8 laptop does not seem to recognize this mic
            Any suggestions?
            I will continue to try and solve myself
            Thanks
            Asked on 7/16/2013 by Boris from Maine

            1 answer

            • A:

              Thank you for your inquiry. We have many customers using this microphone with Windows 8. I suspect an issue with the USB Audio Codec on your system. Please review the information below to check your system.

              Checking for the USB Audio Codec on Windows 7 and Windows 8

              In the c:\windows\inf folder these two files must exist:

              wdma_usb.inf
              wdma_usb.PNF
              (Please note, your directory may not show the .inf extension it may be listed as wdma_usb)

              It is really the .inf file that is important. These may not exist or in some cases certain software seems to knock these out by renaming them to:

              wdma_usbinf.bak
              wdma_usbpnf.bak

              Also note that the inf file references the file:

              c\windows\system32\drivers\usbaudio.sys

              This file must also be present. If any of these files are missing, this is a problem.

              Please note that even if the files are present, it is possible that one or more of them may be corrupt. If any do not exist or are corrupt the hardware vendor will have to be contacted to advise how to install it.

              Answered on 7/29/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
          • Q:

            Windows 8

            Hello, does the AT2005USB microphone work under Windows 8?
            Asked on 2/22/2013 by Kubaz from Germany

            1 answer

            • A:

              Thank you for your inquiry. yes it does work with Windows 8.

              Answered on 2/27/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
          • Q:

            Difference compared to ATR2100

            I have read that the AT2005 and ATR2100 are essentially the same microphones with different cases and windshields. What are the difference in terms of recording quality?

            I will be using the mic for home studio recording, mostly with vocals but might include an acoustic guitar (non plugged in) and keyboard.

            Thanks in advance.
            Asked on 12/22/2012 by SeanN from Singapore

            1 answer

            • A:

              The AT2005USB has a more robust windscreen, the on-off switch is magnetic (but still noisy), and the case is black. The two microphones are sold though different dealer channels. The ATR2100-USB is sold through consumer dealers, and the AT2005USB is sold through professional dealers.

              Answered on 12/31/2012 by patlaw from North Carolina
          • Q:

            delay

            I plug mic in via usb. I have windows7 on computer. there is a delay with microphone, is there any fix for this?
            Asked on 10/30/2012 by jonj

            1 answer

            • A:

              What you are experiencing is called “Latency”. Latency is normal for digital audio conversion. To optimize this, you would need to do the following:
              1. Close down all other programs while recording; your recording program should be the only software running.
              2. Use your recording software settings to configure the “buffer”. For more info on this, please consult the Owner’s Manual of your software.

              For more information on Latency, please visit the link below:
              http://www.sweetwater.com/expert-center/glossary/t--Latency

              Answered on 11/13/2012 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
          • Q:

            Mic is too soft in Win7 but there is no mic boost. Are there any drivers to increase gain?
            Asked on 10/13/2012 by Joel from Singapore

            1 answer

            • A:

              Audio-Technica does not supply a driver for any of our USB Audio Devices; the driver is supplied with/by the operating system and/or the hardware (soundcard) manufacturer. This is why you can use nearly any USB audio-device with nearly any computer. If there is an issue with the driver or if any supplemental drivers are available, you would need to contact the manufacturer of your sound card for further assistance.

              In terms of Low-Volume in Windows 7, the best way to boost volume is to adjust the volume in your OS (which it seems you have already done), adjust the volume in the software you choose to use, and stay within 6" - 7" of the microphone.

              Answered on 10/16/2012 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
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