Field Report: Audio-Technica AT2005USB
Putting the mic to use
My first test was the USB connection. I connected it with my netbook running Windows 7 and immediately the mic was found and ready to use. I tried the mic with three different recording programs (Audacity, Adobe Audition and ProTools) and as I expected had no problem getting the mic to work. In Audition and Pro-tools had to configure the software to use that input, but every time I use those programs I'm always changing the hardware settings, so I'm used to it. The plug-and-play aspect is perfect. I also tried the mic on a Windows Vista computer and it had no problems connecting there as well. The A/D converter in this mic when connected to a computer is a 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz sampling rate.
Moving on to the XLR or simple Dynamic mic use, the AT2005USB worked perfectly. I've seen and used other USB/XLR mics. Some are condensers and require phantom power in XLR mode. This mic is a dynamic and requires no phantom power.
The mic's durable metal construction not only gives it a good look but also a feeling that you have a mic that will be around for awhile. While I mostly used the mic in a stand, it is a hand-held microphone and I used it as such a few times and it responded and felt like a dynamic hand-held mic. I was afraid that being a USB mic it might have some sensitivity issues, such as handling noise, but I noticed no such problem. The mic surpassed expectations in that use as well. The cardioid pickup pattern is also suitable for typical voice use and can help eliminate some background noise.
With the affordable price this mic should be added to anyone's audio grab bag whether as a remote broadcast engineer, or portable production studio. The immediate uses I have found ranged from podcasting to home voice recording to a live remote broadcast.
Wilson is an announcer, producer, webmaster and promotions guy at WAKO-AM/FM, Lawrenceville, IL, and an independent producer/voice talent.
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