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Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

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

  • Overview

    Building on the heritage of the renowned 20 Series line of studio microphones, Audio-Technica’s 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 system’s conventional microphone input for use in live performance. The microphone plugs right into your computer’s 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 system’s 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

    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
    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
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  • Downloads

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

    Great microphone, excellent sound.


    I use this mirophone for podcasting and the sound is great.

    Monterrey, Mexico


    Broken USB port on the mic


    I have had this mic for just shy of 2 years. I do a weekly podcast. The last time I tried to use the mic the usb port came loose from the board and now does not work (I took the 3 small screws out to see if it was something simple I could fix and unfortunately the points are much too compact for me to solder). The sound quality for the 2ish years it did work was amazing. The ability to plug the headphones into the mic and monitor your sounds was fantastic. The fact that it can run via usb to the computer or into a mixer was also pretty awesome. I only wish mine was still working.

    Tampa, FL


    great mic but mine had a promblem


    this is a great mic for any one from a average gamer looking for good sound quailty to a pro who wants a on stage mic sadly i had the usb break on mine though it may have been me who made it break by dropping it from me having it at weird angles but it did hold up and the way the microphone is made makes it so you dont need a shock mount or a pop cap filter since there both built in also for best audio quailty use the xlr output since the usb it came with does pick up some noise but that would be it as far as complaints.



    Great mic overall for recording on the go or podcasting


    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.

    Kissimmee, FL

    Exceptional Value and Sound Quality


    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.

    North Carolina

    AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

    4.6 5


  • Q & A

    Hello! My AT2005USB is presenting some issues. It randomly creates popping sounds even when no one is talking and it's failing, like, it goes silent for about 1 or 2 seconds and then get back on. What could this be?


    Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at for assistance with this.


    Hi, do you intend create a driver for windows 10, cuz some people bought yours microphone (i mean at2005) and they can't use it. :(


    You may contact Audio-Technica Europe for further assistance.


    How do I make the sound louder? When I am on ZOOM I have the mic on the stand very close to me, but the sound is very soft. I tried turning up the volume on it but it does not help.


    Thank you for your inquiry. There are no adjustment on the microphone. You would have to adjust the level on the input device.


    I plug the mic in with the mini usb and the blue light turns on and it works fine, but after a few minutes it randomly turns off and I have to reconnect it for it to start working again. Is there any way to fix this or can I get it serviced?


    Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at for assistance with this.


    I don't see Window 8 listed. I am considering a purchase but do not want an incompatible mic. What would you recommend near this price point for more recent versions of Windows (8 or 10...)? My daughter will be using this to create a recording for a local museum.


    Thank you for your inquiry. It should work with all versions of Windows.


    What is the difference between the ATR2100 vs AT2005 ?


    Thank you for your inquiry. They are very similar. Mostly cosmetic differences.


    Does this mic require phantom power in order to use with the Zoom H6?


    Thank you for your inquiry. No, it does not.


    Hello, Is the AT2005USB Microphone a monoaural microphone? I'm trying to record directly into Adobe Premiere and trying to figure out how many tracks I need. Best and thanks, Celina Fang


    The AT2005USB has a single element and is a mono signal.


    Does this product come with teh stand and xlr cable or do I have to buy those seperately


    Yes, the XLR cable, USB cable, and stand are included.


    Can you give me specifications for replacing the USB cable.


    The cable used is a standard USB cable with Type A (into the computer) and Type Mini (into the microphone.) You may also contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at for a replacement.