To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
I had purchased this back in 2018, in a lightning deal. I have sparingly used it since then, but now that I have started to use it regularly, I have noticed a remarkably low recording volume, even for a dynamic mic. I have used other dynamic microphones, but this one is extremely muffled. I thought I had a defective item, and I have since then tried to contact Audio Technica via their website forms and emails. I am yet to receive a reply, and, meanwhile, the warranty period of one year is about to run out. So I am stuck with it. Not recommended.
Works well when it works but after a couple of weeks the USB connector starts to cut out and eventually, no matter how much you fiddle with it, it eventually fails. No easy way to open and try to fix. You are better off with something that has a built in USB cord to avoid this sort of failure.
I bought this mic and it sounded brilliant for the first two uses of like maybe two hours each. Then after that, whenever recording, you get this weird almost scratchy noise when I listened back to the recording. It doesn’t do well with sopranos or low pitches anymore and I can’t sing into it anymore because it just sounds horrible (ps I’m an alto, and a musical singer). I used to be able to get close to the mic to do softer sounds but that won’t work, etc... just too much complaint. I asked for a replacement and got one but the same thing happened to this one, so I honestly think it’s the product itself.
Disappointed. I ordered it two months ago, and finally opened the box yesterday. -- Whether I connect this mic via USB directly to my laptop, or via XLR through an audio interface, I hear a hum. I took it off the desk to make sure to eliminate vibrations causing it. I realized what I heard was an electronic hum. I have a USB2005, and will be using that one instead. This one, I'm probably going to take apart just for fun, mainly because that will be one way to ensure I never use it again.
Big alert! I gave this a two star because while the USB plug and play portion of this microphone worked just as video reviews had described, the XLR input does not. I used the ATR2100 in conjunction with a Behringer USB Mixer and the volume was much too low. Even after modifying the gain and levels to increase the volume, the audio from this microphone had a background hum and echo from the other microphones in my podcast area. I personally feel that if this microphone is only being used via it's USB for solo recording, it's very good. 4 stars for sure! Given that I needed for a specific podcast that involved recording with two other condenser microphones in close proximity, I couldn't get this to work in the two hours I spent doing multiple tests in both Logic Pro and Garageband.
Should anyone out there be recording in Garageband for podcasts, which I use, I usually go with "Male Narrator" in the Podcast section for the recording. None of the settings I chose from removed the hum. I even changed XLR cables in case that might have been an issue. Nothing except the USB worked decently well.
There was no stand in the package. I need a stand. I know I can get one elsewhere, but besides the awesome reviews of the mic itself, the stand is one of the reasons I chose this one. Please send? Very happy to change feedback with the stand in hand. THANKS!
Have at adjust all my recording and playback volumes to near max to get a useful signal while speaking 18" away from the mic. Nice to have USB and std mic cable options, well made, can only hope you get a good one. The blue USB power indicator light is very bright, no way to turn it off or down. The stand is nicely made, sure wish this had worked properly. Maybe it's doing what it is supposed to do, for a hand-held mic close to one's mouth, but not suitable for desktop recording of normal speech.
After 2 years of very infrequent use, the USB port's poor construction quality caused the connection to the computer to drop in the middle of recording to GarageBand. When GarageBand lost the connection to the mic a tremendous howl suddenly came through my headphones. I had pain in my hearing for about an hour after that, and I still feel the aftereffects. So, watch out when using this mic with GarageBand!