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Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

U.S. Lifetime Limited End-user Warranty

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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Downloads
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

  • Overview

    Ideal for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use, the ATR2500-USB plugs right into your computer’s USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. This large-diaphragm side-address condenser offers a USB output for recording to your computer, 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.
  • Features

    • Side-address condenser microphone with USB output for easy connection to your computer

    • Ideal for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use

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

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

    • Low self-noise – ideally suited for digital recording equipment

    • Pivoting, threaded stand mount attaches securely to the supplied tripod or to a conventional microphone stand

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

    • Durable metal construction for long-lasting performance

    • USB cable included

  • Specifications

    FREQUENCY RESPONSE30 – 15,000 Hz
    BIT DEPTH16 bit
    SAMPLE RATE44.1 kHz/48 kHz
    VOLUME CONTROLHeadphone volume controlled by up/down buttons
    WEIGHT366 g (12.9 oz)
    DIMENSIONS155.0 mm (6.10") long,
    50.0 mm (1.97") maximum body diameter
    HEADPHONE JACK3.5 mm TRS (stereo)
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDPivoting stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; tripod desk stand; 1.8 m (5.9') mini USB cable

  • Downloads

    ATR2500-USB Manual (pdf 1.00 M)
    ATR2500-USB FCC DOC (pdf 162.83 KB)
  • Reviews

    Effective, simple, great for the money


    The naysayers must have got a defective one. It does the job very well for my home setup, which involves spoken work.

    Vancouver, BC


    I would recomend this to people who are getting into youtube


    I use this for youtube. Great audio quality. But i does not sound good in voice chatting apps.


    Abject junk


    The packaging was lackluster at best. In windows 10 the mic had a terrible time of trying to configure. I ended the test right there because in today's age of plug and play this is considered unacceptable. Spend a little more to get quality.

    Jacksonville, FL


    Decent Mic


    It's a great Product Ive had it for a little over eight months now, I honestly will say It's built like a tank, there is no way you would break it unless you threw it at a wall. Its not hard to use, simply plug it into a USB port and make sure its the enabled device on your PC and you will be set.

    Nor Cal


    You'd be better off saving up an extra $50 for an AT2020USB+


    I've used this mic for a few months to replace my Blue Yeti (since the Yeti was way too big and heavy for the equipment I had). I normally used it for Let's Plays on YouTube, and up until a week ago, it'd been serving me fine. Unlike most who bought this, the desk stand wasn't the problem... it was the mic's USB-B port. I had this hooked to an arm and when I was rearranging the mic setup, the USB cord fell out and I noticed that there was a part embedded in the cable. Turns out a part had snapped within the port and now the prongs were unusable alongside the rest of the mic. I'm hoping I can either get this repaired or replaced by another mic of the same price and/or quality.

    S San Fran, CA


    This is everything you will need


    You can't scream into this microphone from close distance, otherwise the audio quailty is fantastic and can be compared to the AT2020. The only reason not to buy this would be if you want more flexibility with an xlr mic. Oterwise there is no reason to buy any other usb mic than this one. A lot of people complain about the build quality which I have has no problem with. The stand is not good, but you can just get a boom arm, and besides, the stand does work.



    This microphone is one of the worst. Bad quality. DO NOT BUY



    San Francisco, California


    love this mic, and all audio tech really


    love this product. please make more mic's like this one.

    greenville sc


    Stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz


    Microphone was fine for awhile. Now recently it has stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz. In the attached image you can see the spectrum for a voice clip I recorded. (Played back in foobar2000) It sounds extremely muffled, like I'm speaking through a door. Hoping AT will stand behind their warranty.


    Would recomend investing in something else.


    The Pros here really don't outweigh the cons. This product has poor durability, so bad that I think the one that I bought was manufactured improperly. I'm not exaggerating when I say that after 4 months of light usage, the stand provided with the microphone literally broke at every joint. When I opened it up, I was confused as to why the setup didn't work properly, but then I realized that the grooves inside the base of the microphone weren't cut deep enough to screw into stand, so it had to be balanced very precariously on my desk whenever I used it. The flickering blue light is a bit irritating, and was inconsistent when recognizing whether or not the device was functioning at any given time. The USB 2.0 type B port in the base that was used to connect microphone to the cable ended up putting the mic out of usage when the prongs in the port ended up bending after being plugged in. I got the port repaired, but unfortunately, now no device will even recognize the microphone as a microphone. The Microphone promised limited interference, but the only way to prevent it from being overwhelmingly present in my recordings was to put a stocking over the Mic, or to use a pop screen. The sound quality is generally good, but I could easily find it in another product for cheaper. It was easy enough to use, but what with all the problems I encountered, I wouldn't even recommend this product to someone new to recording.

    Boston, MA


    ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

    3.1 30


  • Q & A

    hi,can use at2020 or 2020usb+ on windows 10?


    You may contact your local Audio-Technica offices for further assistance.


    Hello, Is there an adapter or device that can be used to allow this microphone to plug into a phone (for instance, a Samsung Galaxy S7)?


    The ATR2500-USB is designed to be connected to a computer and not a smart phone as the power supplied by smartphones is not the same. It may work, but again, is not recommended.


    I had bought a ATR2500-USB, but the "pivoting stand mount" is missing, do you have this accessory for sell? Thank you.


    You may contact Audio-Technica Malaysia for further assistance.


    I used this mic a few times, but mi laptop doesn't recognize the device anymore, the mic is so well cared, what are the possible causes?


    This could be an issue with the USB audio Codec that is part of the operating system. You may need to the provider of the computer.


    If I am connecting two of these microphones to one computer for a podcast, is there a way to be able to hear the other microphone in my headphones?


    Thank you for your inquiry. You would need to define one of the microphones as the play back device and then turn on monitoring in your recording application.


    Hi. I bought this mic about 2-3 years ago at my local Radio Shack. I don't have the recite any more though. The problem is that I don't know if it is the cord or the connection prongs but I have to keep it at a perfect angle or it wont stay on. Is their anything I can do or is their something i'm doing wrong???


    Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5003 or at for assistance with this.


    Can this microphone be used with a pre-amp?


    The A/D converter is within the microphone and may only be used with a digital USB connection.


    I understand that it will block sound from the sides and back but is it possible to disable that feature? I'd like to be able to have multiple people sit around it and speak into it. Thanks.


    No. The microphone has a fixed cardioid pickup pattern. You will want either an omnidirectional pickup pattern or a bi-directional (figure 8) pickup pattern microphone such as the AT2050. You may find additional helpful information here:


    How can I order a replacement ring-holder for the mic. This is the part that screws on to the mic stand and also the mic itself.


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


    When I record vocals on my laptop via Windows 10, why is the sound so loud when I replay it what I recorded? Is there anyway I can fix this problem so it sounds more of a professional sound?


    You want to make certain you have good gain structure throughout your recording signal chain to get the best signal with plenty of headroom. Post production will be where you may compress, EQ, etc to add a "polished" tonality.