ATR6550

Condenser Shotgun Microphone

MSRP* US$69.00
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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  • Features
  • Specifications
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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
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone
     
    3.6

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    • Film/video production (6)

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    1.0

    Poor audio, good form factor, quality on par with price

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    from Texas

    Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

    On multiple devices this microphone suffers from a DC hum and audio comes through very faint. Tried it on two laptops both plugged into power and on battery. Also tried it on a Canon 5DmkII with same result. $5 junk mic sounds better.

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    • Less than a month
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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

    Site Member

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • battery does not fit - factory knows says push!

    Best Uses

      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. .

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Expert
      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
      • Videographer
      • How long have you used this product?:
      • Over a year
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      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Doesn't work?

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      from Undisclosed

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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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          Pros

          • 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

              Best Uses

                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.

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • 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

                Best Uses

                  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
                  • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                  • Videographer
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                  • Up to a year
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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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 & A

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                    • Q:

                      Can I change the mono 1/8" plug for an XLR connector?
                      Asked on 7/1/2016 by Nate from Chile

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Thank you for your inquiry. If you are talking about removing the 3.5mm and replacing it with an XLR connector, it is possible bit I would not recommend it for a couple of reasons. First, it would void your warranty and secondly it is not very intuitive to do so. It would take some electronic skills to do this, plus knowing which wires to which pins.

                        Answered on 7/18/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                    • Q:

                      Hey guys where can I get an extra mount adapter for the camera ? I just lost the one is included in the package and is hard to me find another one building with the same quality Audio Technica offers. Thank you!
                      Asked on 6/26/2016 by WK from Vancouver, Canada.

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at Parts@atus.com for assistance with this.

                        Answered on 6/29/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                    • Q:

                      will this work with my laptop
                      Asked on 6/18/2016 by fat7e The PC Nerd from Egypt

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        While being designed primarily for use with a camera, the ATR6550 will work as long as your computer accepts a MIC level signal. The ATR6550 has a standard 3.5mm connection that could be plugged into a computer. Make certain your soundcard specs match the ATR6550.

                        Answered on 6/21/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                    • Q:

                      Will this work with my Canon Vixia HF R600
                      Asked on 3/3/2016 by Danny

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                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        Provided that the Canon Vixia HF R600 has 3.5mm microphone input, then the ATR6550 will work with it. Please double-check the Owner's Manual for your HFR600 to confirm that it does have a dedicated 3.5mm jack for microphone.

                        If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                        audio-solutions@atus.com

                        Thanks!

                        Answered on 3/4/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                    • Q:

                      Hi. Just bought this mic. Used it once, no problem. The second time I tried to use it, the normal mode doesn't work. Just the "tele" mode is working. Anyone have similar problems?
                      Asked on 2/16/2016 by Michael from NYC, NY

                      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 2/17/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                    • Q:

                      Can I use this on an iPad? I need better film audio. Thanks!
                      Asked on 1/31/2016 by Aidan

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                    • Q:

                      The ATR6550 looks to have a stereo mini plug on the end. Is this a stereo or mono mic?
                      Asked on 1/26/2016 by Frank from Keswick, Ontario. Canada

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                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        The ATR6550 is a mono microphone with a dual-mono/stereo connection, for greater compatibility with stereo 3.5mm (a/k/a 1/8th inch) microphone inputs. The same mono signal is split to both Left/Right channels of the input.

                        If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                        audio-solutions@atus.com

                        Thanks!

                        Answered on 1/28/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                    • Q:

                      Hi. My son has a Microsoft Surface3 running Windows10 and uses Evernote to record his college lectures. He is in a room with 15-20 students and is in the front row, so the professor is 5-20 feet away during the lecture. The microphone he uses is not picking up the audio very well and there is a lot of surrounding noise that affects the recordings. Is the ATR655 a good solution? Can it plug right into the headphone/mic jack on the Surface3? Do you have a better solution for under $150? He also has an old IPAD mini (first generation) if that would work better. Thank you.
                      Asked on 1/19/2016 by GAR from new york city

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                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Thank you for your inquiry. I believe the Surface has a combo jack (headphone and mic all in one) If so you will need a special adapter in order to use an external microphone.

                        Answered on 2/2/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                    • Q:

                      I purchased two ATR6550 to do video work using a Zoom H6 digital recorder. It has XLR and 1/4" inputs. I bought TRS adapters from 3.5mm to 1/4" but the sound levels are low and muffled. If I turn up the Zoom inputs I end up with lots of white noise and still they are muffled. Is this a high impedance versus low impedance situation?
                      Asked on 12/26/2015 by BB92

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                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        That is correct.

                        Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for additional assistance with this.

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

                      I need a shotgun mic like the ATR6550 but my dealer had only a ATR6250 for a shoot I had so I bought that unit. I can exchange it, but does the ATR6250 offer better coverage at shorter distances? For eaample intervieing two or three people at close range. If so I'll just keep it and have two mics.
                      Asked on 12/17/2015 by KGinSR from CA

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Thank you for your inquiry. The ATR6250 is a stereo mic and will have a wider coverage the the ATR6550 which is a mono microphone.

                        Answered on 12/19/2015 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
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