ATR2100-USB

Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR 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


    The ATR2100-USB is 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 ATR2100-USB 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 Ė 15,000 Hz
    POWER REQUIREMENTSUSB Power (5V DC)
    BIT DEPTH16 bit
    SAMPLE RATE44.1 kHz/48 kHz
    CONTROLSOn/off switch;
    headphone volume control
    WEIGHT268 g (9.5 oz)
    DIMENSIONS183.0 mm (7.20") long,
    51.0 mm (2.01") maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORUSB-type/XLR-type
    HEADPHONE OUTPUT POWER10 mW @ 16 ohms
    HEADPHONE JACK3.5 mm TRS (stereo)
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDStand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; tripod desk stand; 2 m (6.6') mini USB cable; 3 m (9.8') XLRF-type to XLRM-type cable



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  • Downloads

    ATR2100-USB Manual (pdf 941.02 KB)
    ATR2100-USB FCC DOC (pdf 162.82 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
     
    2.7

    (based on 12 reviews)

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    44%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works well thought USB

    I use the microphone for recording voice for video, podcasts, etc., and it has been working well for about 6 months or so. It works well into a Mac running MacOS 10.11,...Read complete review

    I use the microphone for recording voice for video, podcasts, etc., and it has been working well for about 6 months or so. It works well into a Mac running MacOS 10.11, simply appearing in the Control Panel. I use a wind cover and a spit shield, and tend to deploy it on a floor stand to get the height right. For me, the included desk stand is too low. I have had no problems with the USB connection, which is the only one I use.

    I do use a bit of bass boost on the final product, and you do need it to be quite close to get good volume; about a fist length away, so try to restrict your gesticulations!

    Overall, good value for money.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great mic, bad USB connector

    I've been very happy with this mic for the last six months. I've had it set-up in my office on a swing arm in the same spot since purchase. I recently moved the swing...Read complete review

    I've been very happy with this mic for the last six months. I've had it set-up in my office on a swing arm in the same spot since purchase. I recently moved the swing arm mic stand and had to disconnect the USB cord from the rear of the mic. Now the mic doesn't work. I tried the same USB cord with my old mic, and it still works fine. I used the ATR-2100 for about 8-15 hours a week, and performance has met my expectations. I'm disappointed in the flimsy connection for the USB. I will likely start the warranty process this week.

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    1.0

    Avoid this Product

    By 

    from Utah

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Sound Quality

    Cons

    • Flimsy
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

      Sounds great, but doesn't last long -- it's broken after less than 2 months. I've tried to connect it via USB with multiple cables across multiple computers and it just isn't being recognized. This seems to be a known problem with this mic but they're still selling 'em.

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      • Less than a month
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      2.0

      Great mic, bad USB connector

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      from Austin, Texas

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

        I've been very happy with this mic for the last six months. I've had it set-up in my office on a swing arm in the same spot since purchase. I recently moved the swing arm mic stand and had to disconnect the USB cord from the rear of the mic. Now the mic doesn't work. I tried the same USB cord with my old mic, and it still works fine. I used the ATR-2100 for about 8-15 hours a week, and performance has met my expectations. I'm disappointed in the flimsy connection for the USB. I will likely start the warranty process this week.

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        • Up to a year
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        5.0

        Works GREAT and sounds GREAT!

        By 

        from Southern California

        Pros

        • Lots Of Extras
        • Well Produced

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            Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

            I bought this microphone after reading very positive reviews on some voiceover sites. They compared it very favorably to the Hyle PR40. So, it was an instant sell.
            It sounds, in my opinion, better than a Shure sm57 and it can do the same jobs.
            It feels solid!
            It works GREAT for recording in Reaper.
            I am very happy with the mic. I liked it a lot more when I bought it for under $40. but at it's current price, it's still a good product.

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              5.0

              This a great mic, especially for the price

              By 

              from Oakland, Ca

              Pros

              • Good Commentary
              • Well Produced

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                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

                  This mic has lasted me for 2 years with no problems. The audio quality is very good but the audio is not the absolute best because it is very good for the price. I use this for commentary and for singing and I have had no problems. The only thing I would have to say about it is that you have to be fairly close to it to get good volume. Also, it is a bit bass-y from my experiences but it should be fine as it isn't too bad.

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                  • Over a year
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                  4.0

                  Mostly satisified. Good product.

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                  from San Jose, CA

                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

                  Used for over a year with no issues. Mostly use for web conferences. Voice quality is high. Not sure what it's frequency range is as I use mainly for voice.

                  Others reviews say USB failed but I haven't had this issue. If USB failed after 3 uses, probably a manufacture defect. I would return and then write a review.

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                  • Over a year
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                  (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Please never buy this product ever....

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                  from India

                  Pros

                  • Entertaining

                  Cons

                  • Poor Commentary

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

                    I bought this product for my Tutorial recordings. I ordered it from US, as it was not available in stock in india. I got it after long wait.

                    In only two to three uses, the USB no longer works. Its detects the microphone etc. But no sound at all while recorrding.

                    I searched for drivers, but no drivers or updated drivers on net anyhere. On this website also no drivers at all. I tried on windows 8, windows 10 and Mac Book Pro with Mac OS X

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                    • Less than a month
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                    4.0

                    Works well thought USB

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                    from Alaska

                    Pros

                    • Works well, easy to deploy and use

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                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

                        I use the microphone for recording voice for video, podcasts, etc., and it has been working well for about 6 months or so. It works well into a Mac running MacOS 10.11, simply appearing in the Control Panel. I use a wind cover and a spit shield, and tend to deploy it on a floor stand to get the height right. For me, the included desk stand is too low. I have had no problems with the USB connection, which is the only one I use.

                        I do use a bit of bass boost on the final product, and you do need it to be quite close to get good volume; about a fist length away, so try to restrict your gesticulations!

                        Overall, good value for money.

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                        • Up to a year
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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        USB Dead After Three Uses

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                        from USA

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                          • Poorly Produced

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                            Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

                            It sounded good while it worked but died after just a few uses. Seems to be an issue with the USB port as I have tried multiple cables to no avail.

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                            • Up to a year
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                            (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Stay Away from this Mic

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                            from Phoenix

                            Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

                            This thing is junk. Had to send it back once to get a component fixed after 2 uses. The turnaround was good on the mic being "fixed" and returned but it still doesn't work correctly. Windows does not recognize the mic.

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                            • Up to a year
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                            2.0

                            USB feature unreliable/broken

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                            from Irvine, CA, USA

                            Site Member

                            Pros

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                              • usb connectivity

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                                Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

                                I bought three of the ATR2100-usb mics in March 2014 for light usage (podcast recording). When I use the XLR output and go through a mixing board, these mics work fine; great tone, noise free, etc.

                                The problem I have is when using the USB connection. For the first six months of very occasional use (twice monthly for up to 20 minutes), the mic worked fine. But no more.

                                First one mic became unusable on my Windows 7 laptop, displaying the error "usb device not recognized". The other mics worked fine, until today when mic #2 "broke".

                                (I subsequently tried the "broken" mics on my mac, same result.)

                                Now I'm left with only one of the original three mics able to be used via the USB connection to the laptop.

                                At this time I cannot recommend the ATR2100-USB.

                                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                • Intermediate
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                                • Studio
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                                • Up to a year
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                              • Q & A

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                                • Q:

                                  What is the best app to use this with?
                                  Asked on 10/21/2017 by Declan from undisclosed

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

                                    You may use the ATR2100-USB microphone with any recording application that will allow for an external USB microphone input.

                                    Answered on 10/23/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  Is this microphone compatible with Windows 8?
                                  Asked on 8/30/2017 by Lisa from NSW

                                  1 answer

                                • Q:

                                  Hello;
                                  I have purchased the Audio Technica 2100 mic - and using a macbook to record a podcast. However, when I plug in my Bose headphones in the headphone jack of the microphone, I don't hear myself when recording. What am I doing wrong?

                                  The audio recording works fine on audacity and QuickTime, and the playback can be heard on the microphone headset, as I have set the system sound output and input to go to AudioTechnica

                                  Not sure, why I can't hear myself while recording. Please advise

                                  Thanks
                                  Kal
                                  Asked on 7/18/2017 by Kal from Washington

                                  1 answer

                                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                                    A:

                                    It appears you may have the volume control for the headphone jack on the microphone turned all the way down. Push the black thumb wheel located between the Headphone and USB jacks on the microphone to the right and hold it to turn up the volume.

                                    Answered on 7/21/2017 by audio-solutionsSpec1 from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  Is it normal for the blue light on this mic to stay on even after the computer is shutdown?
                                  Asked on 6/21/2017 by Teroc from Brooklyn ny

                                  1 answer

                                • Q:

                                  I have a windows 7 pro machine and have the microphone hooked up through usb but am awfully quiet on the microphone. Even at 4 inches away from the device it barely picks me up. Any ideas on how to boost the microphone? I have the microphone set to 100 in the windows sound options.
                                  Asked on 4/12/2017 by micahicross from Signal Mountain, TN

                                  1 answer

                                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                                    A:

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

                                    Answered on 4/13/2017 by Anonymous
                                • Q:

                                  I have a windows 10 pc, and the mic sensitivity isn't high enough even when set to 100, is there a better fix?
                                  Asked on 4/10/2017 by cunnart from Pennsylvania

                                  1 answer

                                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                                    A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. You will need to turn up the gain on your recording program instead of just turning up the level on sound setting for your computer.
                                    If you still have problems please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                    Answered on 4/11/2017 by Anonymous
                                • Q:

                                  The blue light doesn't come on when I plug the mic into my USB port, and all anybody hears when I talk through it is loud static over my voice, which is barely audible. I have a second ATR2100 that works fine when plugged into my USB port. Any suggestions about what's going on with the first one?
                                  Asked on 3/30/2017 by Laura from north Texas

                                  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 4/4/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  Does the 3.5 mm headphone jack support audio pass-through from the computer connected through the USB port? (i.e If I plug in a pair of headphones to the mic headphone jack and my PC to the USB port, will I hear my PC audio through the headphones?)
                                  Asked on 3/27/2017 by Carl

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. That is the case if you define the ATR2100-USB as the default playback device in your operating system.

                                    Answered on 3/28/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                • Q:

                                  Can this microphone be used for Zoom/Skype video conferencing? If the microphone is plugged into my laptop, my audio does not work.
                                  Asked on 2/22/2017 by Jennifer from United States

                                  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 3/1/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  What (inexpensive) foam cover windscreen is compatible with this mic. I'm needing to resolve the "P-popping" problem I'm having.
                                  Asked on 2/16/2017 by John from United States

                                  1 answer

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