ATR6550

Condenser Shotgun Microphone

MSRP* US$79.95
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


    Crisp & intelligible pickup—far away or up close. In its “Tele” range setting, this cardioid condenser is engineered to pick up dialogue and sound effects at a distance, while bypassing ambient noise such as traffic, air-handling systems, room reverberation and mechanically coupled vibrations. Designed especially for use with video cameras.
  • Features


    • 3.5 mm connector plugs into your video camera

    • Two range settings: "Normal" for close & medium-distance; "Tele" for long-distance

    • Includes camera-mount, stand clamp, foam windscreen, battery


  • Specifications

    ELEMENTCondenser
    POLAR PATTERNNormal: Cardioid
    Tele: Supercardioid
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE70 – 18,000 Hz
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITYNormal: -56 dB
    Tele: -45 dB
    IMPEDANCENormal: 1,000 ohms
    Tele: 2,200 ohms
    WEIGHT113 g (4 oz)
    CABLE1 m (3') long, permanently attached cable with 3.5 mm (1/8")
    mini-plug
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDCamera mount; microphone stand clamp; foam windscreen; AA battery



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  • Downloads

    ATR6550 Manual (pdf 149.32 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
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    Audio-TechnicaATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone
     
    4.0

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    4.0

    Reliable mic, with a silly problem, makes up on a great set-

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    from Los Angeles

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    Pros

    • Film/Video Production
    • good selection of wide and narrow
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • battery does not fit - factory knows says push!

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      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

      I am quite pleased with this mic. with one BIG exception -
      The Chinese "AA" battery is 0.003 " to big in diameter so the battery DOES go into the basttery compartment, BUT the fat size if the battery stops the positive ( + ) end of he battery from making contact with the battery contact at the end of the battery compartment. So unless you monitor your video camera with headphones you won't know that you have no sound until you playback the tape, and by then it's too late to re-record your event. I bought the tiny FiiO "E06" headphone amplifier, plugged it into the A/V output jack on my old Sony DCR-HC40 HandyCam, plugged a set of good full sized "technical pro HP-B820 cheapie full-sized headphones, plugged the Audio-Technica ATR-6550 Mic into Sony Handy-Cam "PLUG in Power Mic" jack, and now I can monitor my sound while recording with my little Handy-Cam. I mount the shotgun mic on top of he Sony Handy-Cam camera with the AudioTechnica AT8410A Shock-Mount and I have a poor man's version of a pro-video camera used by news teams all over the place. And all that hear does fit into a 10" x 6" x 4" standard little camera bag withe a 110volt. camera battery charger, 4 extra camera batteries, the camera, the shock mount, the shotgun microphone, two spare "AA" batteries, all the manuals, the headphone amp and I put the headphones on the outside of the top of the camera bag and carry the whole setup with one hand.
      Now I get all kinds of questions and "ALL=RIGHTs" from citizens and pro alike. It took me a years to figure out how to have a full video-studio, even a little camera light, into a one-handing bag, but I am sure glad I went through all the thought. Now all this valuable info is for you for free, and that's the way I like the world to work. The lazy ones can get their own results which always show so badly.
      I also made a camera shoulder mount from a piece of 1/4" plywood, 2" x 16", and put a 4" plastic bicycle handle for my hand on one end and a 1/4"NC washer+nut+bolt nut to mount the camera. Then I covered the plywood with gaffers tape. Now my camera moves are close to the results of a Steadicam for less than 2 bucks, I have a fairly big monitor screen and can monitor my sound all day long. The E06 headphone amp was the key to the whole thing. .

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      • Expert
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      • Videographer
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      • Over a year
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      1.0

      Doesn't work?

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            Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

            Just got it out of the box and tried it on my ipad2, which is why I bought and the mic doesn't come on at all?

            Tried it on a Canon Vixia HFG10 and have the same results...nothing.

            Now I have to spend additional money to get a replacement or my money back.

            How can you package any product without an instructional manual. This item doesn't come with any instructions at all. I will not be using this company again.

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            • Intermediate
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            4.0

            Noise

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            from San Francisco, CA, USA

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            • Film/Video Production

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                Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                I am using the ATR-6550 with a Canon VIXIA HF R300 and getting room hiss and a low hum, even when sound is on auto.

                Any suggestions?

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Intermediate
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                • Live Sound
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                5.0

                I Love this mic !

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                from Los Angeles, CA, USA

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                • Film/Video Production

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                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                    This is my first shotgun and though I recognize that it is "value" manufactured and priced it gave great results when I recorded a friend talking to a crowd of 30 in a living room. Extraneous noise was almost non-existent and the speaker's voice 20 feet away was rich, full and accurately sibilant in the higher frequencies. I mounted it in the AT8410a shock mount and that into the hot shoe on a consumer-grade video-tape Handicam and the results were just fine. I got plenty of signal from the mic into the recorder so the sound on a TV set is really good for such an amateurish production. I highly recommend the AT6550, especially for the price and the results. Great job A-T !

                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                    • Intermediate
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                    • Other
                    • How long have you used this product?:
                    • Less than a month
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                    4.0

                    Great for use with DSLR cameras.

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                    from South Florida

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                    Pros

                    • Ambience
                    • DSLR
                    • Film/Video Production

                    Cons

                    • can not be unplugged from mike
                    • unbalanced line

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                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                      The ATR6550 comes with a permanently attached 18 inch coiled cord with a 1/8 inch stereo audio plug at the other end (wired for mono sound). Since the cord can't be unplugged from the mike, it's really designed for on-camera use. To use it on a boom pole, you'd need to use an extension cable with 1/8 inch connectors. Extending an unbalanced line such as this can introduce unwanted electrical noise into your audio.

                      This is really the perfect mike to be used on top of any DSLR, because it is self powered and plugs directly into the camera's external mike input without the need for any cable adapters. While it will not match the audio quality of a phantom powered XLR balanced line mike, it also costs only a fraction as much. The sound quality is crisp and intelligible for voices, but it does sound a little thin in the bottom end when used on a Nikon D5100. It does sound much better than the stock in-camera mike, and so it fills the needs for small budget film projects using DSLR cameras.

                      It has much better low end audio response and high end crispness when used with a dedicated video camera like a Panasonic TM700. On that camera, the sound quality more closely matches that of mikes in the 300 dollar range. In summary, it's perfect for the hobbyist or student film maker with a DSLR or small camcorder, but a pro will need an XLR mike.

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                      • Intermediate
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                      • Videographer
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                      • Less than a month
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                      5.0

                      Great value for better audio!

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                      from Fairhope, AL, USA

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                      Pros

                      • Film/Video Production
                      • Light Weight

                      Cons

                      • a little large for camcorders

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                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                        The "Tele" setting on this mike does a great job of picking up audio from a distance, almost as good as a lav mike. Easy to use, also, easy to forget to turn on but you only make that mistake once. An LED indicator when the mike is switched on would be a nice reminder to turn it off before storing. Battery life is very good. I use a NIMH rechargable battery and carry a charged spare. Accessory foot does not fit Canon Vixea Mini-Advanced Shoe. All-in-all a great buy!

                        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                        • Intermediate
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                        • Videographer
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                        • Up to a year
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                        5.0

                        Great Budget Microphone!

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                        Pros

                        • cheap
                        • Film/Video Production

                        Cons

                        • Unbalanced

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                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                          For the price of this mic you really cant go wrong. It is an awesome mic with great performance. You do get some background noise / interference but it is not noticeable at all unless you really amp up the sound.

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                          • Q:

                            Should the logo on my microphone be silver or gold?

                            I ordered the ATR6550 from an authorized seller. While testing, I noticed a lot of background noise so I went back to the reviews for suggestions. Several commenters shared that they may have been given a counterfeit product. According to them and the official picture, the logo and other print on the microphone should be gold and the included battery a Maxell. The product I, and several others received had silver details painted on and it included a Chinese brand battery (mine was Kendal). My microphone also said “China” on the bottom of the jack. Those who have compared the silver and gold “versions” say that the gold version is superior in quality. I just want to make sure I got the genuine Audio-Technica I ordered.
                            Asked on 6/23/2015 by Tyler107 from Indiana, USA

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                            • A:

                              The current ATR6550 Microphone logo and other details are silver. The previous version of the mic, the ATR55 had gold detailing. We change battery vendors from time to time and this is the reason for the different battery brand. You will also notice that the ATR6550 (current version of it anyway) has a Tip, Ring, Sleeve (TRS) type plug and that a ¼” adapter is no longer provided. We are not aware of any counterfeited product for this model at this time.

                              What are you connecting the microphone to?

                              What is the sound source?

                              How far away is the sound source?

                              Is there noise behind the sound source?

                              Please contact our Audio-Solutions Department for further assistance.

                              Answered on 6/30/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
                          • Q:

                            Is the ATR6550 compatible with the Nikon D3300?
                            Asked on 6/16/2015 by Ackerman

                            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 6/16/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                          • Q:

                            Recording using Casio EXILIM EX-H5

                            Hi, I have recently bought ATR6550 but it doesnt record when i connect it to digital camera Casio EXILIM EX-H5 ,

                            I tried it to my another camera Canon G7

                            pl let me know what do i need to do in order to use it with any of these camera

                            Also pls let me know if this can work with Laptop as well

                            Thanks ,
                            Rajesh
                            Asked on 6/15/2015 by Rajesh from India

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                            • 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 6/16/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                          • Q:

                            Using a splitter for 2 6550's

                            I'm recording 4 people talking in a newsroom-type setting, and because I have to cover about 8' of space between all 4 people I was going to get a splitter cord for my camera and plug 2 of these in at once to capture all 4 people. Will the camera let 2 of these run at once if plugged directly in? (Camera I'm using is Canon EOS 70D)
                            Asked on 4/26/2015 by Clifton from Gilbert, AZ

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                            • A:

                              You will want to use a mixer.

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

                            Recognized as headset, not mic

                            Want to use as an external mic when filmmaking on my Samsung Galaxy S5, and have the phonejack adapter. Galaxy recognizes that a device is plugged in, but only as headphones and not when I'm trying to record video on the built-in video cam feature.

                            The voice recorder function will use it as an external mic successfully, but not the video function.
                            Asked on 3/11/2015 by sinewa

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                            • A:

                              Depending on the type of adapter you purchased, this might happen. The only third-party adapters we recommend using are the KM-IPHONE-MIC and the KM-IPHONE-2TRS, both of which are available from KVconnection.com. This is because these adapters properly convert mono TS and (dual) mono TRS microphones (but not stereo microphones) to the proper CTIA TRRS pin-out for use with iPhones/iPads and Samsung Galaxy Devices. If you plug a microphone directly into such devices without the use of an adapter, or using the incorrect adapter, will cause your phone to think headphones are attached and not a microphone.

                              DO NOT RESPOND IN THIS FORUM!!!

                              If you have any further questions or for any future correspondence, please send your original question and this response, and contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                              audio-solutions@atus.com

                              Thanks!

                              Answered on 3/12/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
                          • Q:

                            How can I get my computer to recognize my mic?

                            I plug this mic into my computer through the 3.5 mm jack that is meant for headphones and headsets however it does not pick up that the mic is even plugged in. Is there a sort of adapter to use with the atr6550 so that my laptop will recognize it? or is there any reason why it doesn't recognize it now?
                            Asked on 2/1/2015 by PatrickWilson

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                            • 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 2/12/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                          • Q:

                            Will this microphone work when plugged into a laptop or digital recorder, such as Zoom H1 (which has mic input)?

                            My Samusng NX300 does not have external mic input.
                            Asked on 12/9/2014 by Yashi

                            1 answer

                            • A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. As long as your device has a 3.5mm microphone level input it should work.

                              Answered on 12/16/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                          • Q:

                            Can I use this with my PC for a videconference?

                            I'd like to use a shotgun microphone at a trade show; so people can walk up, speak into the mic (they'll already be on camera) to participate in a live videoconference. I've done this using the microphone built into the webcam and we get too much background noise. With a desktop microphone, they have to stand really close to the mic to be heard. Is this product a better option? Our web-based videoconference in this case is accessed on a Windows 7 PC using Microsoft Lync 2013 Web Access and IE10, with sound provided via external USB or 3.5mm analog speakers.
                            Asked on 8/27/2014 by Jaksnipe

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                            • A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. As long as your computer has microphone level inputs this would be a good choice.

                              Answered on 9/5/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                          • Q:

                            How do I order a foam windscreen replacement for this microphone?

                            My toddler tore the windscreen to bits and I need to order a new one immediately. It wasn't our microphone!
                            Asked on 8/7/2014 by musicabella from Vista, CA, USA

                            1 answer

                            • A:

                              Our AT8134 Foam Windscreen will work with your mic. It is available from our Professional Products dealers. Enter your zipcode into the dealer locator located on the home page of our website, www.audio-technica.com to find a dealer near you.

                              Answered on 8/12/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
                          • Q:

                            Compatible with these cameras?

                            I have a Canon Powershot SX120 IS, and a Sony Cybershot DSC- H20. Is this mic compatible with either cameras? If not, is there some sort of adapter I can purchase?
                            Asked on 4/20/2014 by Tony1997 from Canada

                            1 answer

                            • A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. this should if your camera has a 3.5 mm microphone input.

                              Answered on 4/21/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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