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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. <br/>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.<br/>
 
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Exceptional Value and Sound Quality
PostedDecember 31, 2012
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patlaw
from North Carolina
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Expertise:Expert
How Long:Up to a year
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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.
Pros Presentation/Spoken Word, Interviews, Other, podcasting, internet broadcasting
Cons noisy on-off switch, headphone jack may be a little fragile
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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. <br/>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.<br/>
 

Difference compared to ATR2100

I have read that the AT2005 and ATR2100 are essentially the same microphones with different cases and windshields. What are the difference in terms of recording quality?

I will be using the mic for home studio recording, mostly with vocals but might include an acoustic guitar (non plugged in) and keyboard.

Thanks in advance.
The AT2005USB has a more robust windscreen, the on-off switch is magnetic (but still noisy), and the case is black. The two microphones are sold though different dealer channels. The ATR2100-USB is sold through consumer dealers, and the AT2005USB is sold through professional dealers.
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