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Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic Handheld USB/XLR Microphone

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Gig? Use it. Session? Use it. Cool microphone.

Audio-Technica's 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
  • XLR output connects for use in live performance
  • Suited for podcasting, recording, voiceover, and on-stage use
  • Built-in headphone jack allows you to directly monitor from your microphone
  • Adjust headphone volume from the bottom of the microphone
  • 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
  • Tripod desk stand with folding legs for secure and easily portable tabletop use
  • Threaded stand clamp
  • Cables included
  • Durable metal construction for long-lasting performance
  • On/off switch functions for both USB and analog operation

USB and XLR have never been closer together. Order today for a truly multi-purpose microphone.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Element: dynamic
  • Polar pattern: cardioid
  • Frequency response: 50-15,000 Hz
  • Power requirements: usb power (5v dc)
  • Bit depth: 16 bit
  • Sample rate: 44.1 khz/48 kHz
  • Controls: on/off switch;
  • Headphone volume control
  • Weight: 266 g (9.4 oz)
  • Dimensions 183.6 mm (7.23") long,
  • 51.0 mm (2.01") maximum body diameter
  • Output connector: USB-type/XLR-type
  • Headphone output power: 10 mw at 16 ohms
  • Headphone jack: 3.5 mm trs (stereo)
  • System requirements: Macintosh: 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 furnished stand 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
  • Audio-technica case style t7
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Audio-TechnicaAT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic Handheld USB/XLR Microphone
 
4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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  • Easy to use (3)
  • Great sound quality (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Broken USB port on the mic

By Devo

from Tampa, FL

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Great Sound Quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Unreliable

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    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic Handheld USB/XLR Microphone:

    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.

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    • Over a year
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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great mic but mine had a promblem

    By jim

    from ohio

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Sound Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

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        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic Handheld USB/XLR Microphone:

        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.

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        • Less than a month
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        5.0

        Great mic overall for recording on the go or podcasting

        By WBGMike

        from Kissimmee, FL

        Pros

        • Interviews
        • podcasting
        • Presentation/Spoken Word

        Cons

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            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic Handheld USB/XLR Microphone:

            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.

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

             
            5.0

            Great microphone, excellent sound.

            By Jesus

            from Monterrey, Mexico

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Great Sound Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Hard to Clean

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              Comments about Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic Handheld USB/XLR Microphone:

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

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              • Less than a month
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              4.0

              No complaints for the price

              By Mcd

              from Wy

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              Pros

              • It's Solid It Works

              Cons

              • Nada

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                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic Handheld USB/XLR Microphone:

                I got this mostly for speech recognition.
                But downloaded free software and now just leave it available on a little notebook for any song writing ideas. Can't lose for the price. I'm pleasantly shocked of the quality.

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                5.0

                Exceptional Value and Sound Quality

                By patlaw

                from North Carolina

                Pros

                • internet broadcasting
                • Interviews
                • Other
                • podcasting
                • Presentation/Spoken Word

                Cons

                • headphone jack may be a little fragile
                • noisy on-off switch

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                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic Handheld USB/XLR Microphone:

                  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.

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                  • Up to a year
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