Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB and AT2005USB cardioid dynamic microphones

This are both great microphones for beginning podcasters. They are essentially the same microphone with USB and XLR outputs, so you can plug either straight into your computer, or use them with a mixer.

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
  • 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 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 your microphone output without audible delay
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear; 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
Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone,Black
  • 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

Differences between AT2100-USB and AT2005USB

I generally recommend to pick whichever microphone is cheaper at the moment, but the ATR2100-USB has a much better warranty. Both microphones sound good with only subtle differences between them.

Special mic-stand clamp Standard mic-stand clamp
Gray Black
Lifetime Limited End-user Warranty One-Year Limited End-User Warranty


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11 years ago

I use the ATR-2100 and it is a great mic.

11 years ago

I initially recorded shows with Blue Yeti USB mic and then switched to a Yeti Pro. My Yeti Pro did not work well with my mixer so after much discussion and troubleshooting with Mike Philips I decided to switch to the ATR-2100 and have never looked back. Sound quality is solid and it works well with my mixer (Alesis Multimix 8 USB)

Jeremy Sarber
11 years ago

I got two of these mics at the recommendation of Mike Phillips. Right out of the box I was impressed by them. I’ve used a Rode Podcaster for a few years and I’ve loved it. The ATR-2100 also has the USB output and headphone monitoring plus the XLR output to boot. Not to mention, it costs considerably less than the Rode.

I haven’t had a chance to record with it yet, but I’ve plugged it to test and it sounds as good or better than the Rode.

Jeremy Sarber
11 years ago

I record straight into the computer. Without any processing at all, the ATR-2100 sounds slightly deeper and richer. It’s not a huge difference, but when you factor in the price, the ATR-2100 wins in my book.

11 years ago

I’ve been using a Blue Encore 200 here at home. It’s a dynamic mike, but it uses phantom power to run an internal pre-amp. The advantage is that you can use less gain on your mixer, which minimizes any noise that might be coming from the mixer itself (sometimes an issue with cheaper mixers), and it helps cut out other ambient sounds as well. It’s got a pretty warm sound and it’s highly directional. Half the price of the Heil PR-40.

11 years ago

Yes, XLR, although Blue has an adapter called Icicle(I think) that provides phantom power and converts to 1/4″ if that’s preferable.

Erik Fisher
11 years ago

I’ve tried this mic. I used it for a skype recording on podcast answer man when I travelled once and was out of town. When doing an audio comparison between that episode and the others when I used my Heil or RODE Podcaster mic, there was no audible difference through skype.

Erik Fisher
11 years ago

What do you mean by local audio? All I can say is that I went back to the PAM episode with the Rode, and the one with this mic, and through Skype after Cliff’s processing, I couldn’t tell the difference.

Kate Luella
11 years ago

Top tip Daniel – Dave Jackson sprukes about this one too – I’m def going to gt this one myself, soon, I promise, soon, well maybe later than sooner, but sometime in the future – LOL 🙂 Kate

Sheree Martin
11 years ago

I purchased my podcasting equipment in mid-August, just in time to discover the ATR2100-B. I did a lot of research and this one seemed to be getting rave reviews by several serious podcasters. I bought one to have a solid (yet inexpensive) dynamic mic for my Zoom H4N recorder.

Very pleased so far. I’m still getting my podcasting “sea-legs” but the first 5 episodes have received some positive comments and listeners are coming back. I attribute that to starting out with above-average audio quality for a first-time podcaster.

I think the ATR2100-B has to be the best dynamic mic available for the price point.

I’ve just bought my first mixer and now hope to step up to the next level.

The podcast is Shine Springs Farm Podcast and it’s available via iTunes, Libsyn and my blog, for now.

11 years ago

Daniel I can’t wait for your review of this. I’m prepping my Christmas List and a mixer and XLR mic will make an appearance. Haven’t decided on the mic yet and if you give this a good review, it’ll make it onto the list. Otherwise, the Nady SP-1 will be my first XLR mic.

11 years ago

Just purchased the ATR2100 and can’t wait for it to arrive. The question now becomes…what shock mount to buy for it.

BD Crowell
BD Crowell
10 years ago
Reply to  cwfgamecast

From what I’ve read, the

On Stage MY-420 Studio Microphone Shock Mount should work with it.

Dave Navarro, Jr.
Dave Navarro, Jr.
10 years ago

I am pretty amazed at the quality of sound you get from this mic as well as the off-axis rejection. My computer is VERY loud, but when I record with this MIC, you can’t hear it at all.

I am used to lav mics and I started with the Audio Technica ATR-3350 connected to a Zoom H1. The first hundred or so commercials and short films I shot with this setup. About 6 months ago, I finally upgraded to a Sennheiser G3 wireless kit and a Zoom H4N. It’s great for doing video, but for doing voice-over work and a new podcast I started, I wanted a mic I could use at my desk more easily.

The ATR2100-USB is amazing. I just ordered a second one so that a friend could join me on my new podcast. At the moment I’m using them connected to USB, but my next purchase will be a mixer.

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