Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone Review

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone Review, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
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It’s been a fair amount of time since I’ve last reviewed a stand alone USB microphone. And this unit, the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone caught my eye not only because of its unusual long title, but the look of it. Checking out a few other reviews and its current price point at Amazon, I think this is a great mic for any of my readers to check out.


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Although it's been around from quite some time, I thought I'd give you some insights now since it's been sold at massive discounts all around. The first time this unit was made available for purchase at Amazon was on March 8, 2011.

Personally, I consider this to be a great mic for personal, "household" use, but I've heard some use its XLR output for live performance such as karaoke nights and other forms of live entertainment. But I'm just going to stick to the "personal-use" stand point and give you some insights of what other users have to say about it.

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  • Durable metal construction
  • On/off switch functions for both USB and analog operation
  • Non-durable USB cable

First of all, I have to mention that the ATR2100-USB mic was developed for both the studio, live and personal use. This handheld microphone is equipped with two outputs, an USB output for "casual" digital recording, and this is what most people use it for. And then there's the XLR output that allows you to connect the mic with a sound system’s conventional microphone input. As I mentioned earlier some people use it in bars/restaurants for in live performance. The setup is really easy, you won't have to worry about configuring complicated drivers and software. Just plug it in your PC's USB port, and the mic will function with your favorite software and settings. That's always a load off my shoulders, I guess it will help a few other people as well.

One thing the ATR2100-USB brings to the table, which is worth every penny in my opinion, is a quality analog-to-digital converter (16 Bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate) for better fidelity. It also offers a headphone output along with volume level control for monitoring (controls on the bottom of the mic). Its cardioid polar pattern will reduce the pickup of unwanted sounds making this a great microphone for podcasting, home recording, and voiceover use; like I mentioned earlier, you can't beat it at this price point for personal use. The extended frequency response (50 – 15,000 Hz) adds to my theory of being suited for podcasting and home recording.

The Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone comes with every accessory you need, a tripod desk stand with folding legs making it comfortable for tabletop use, as well as both USB and XLR cables are included.

The price point, and quality of the product is unbeatable for similar items. If you can't afford a Blue Microphones Yeti Pro, this is the best alternative; and it comes with a lot of accessories you otherwise would have paid a lot for. I truly recommend it for household use, as well as some drunken midnight live performance. Have fun and enjoy it.

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