Getting your audio right is essential for content creators and office workers alike. We’ve all had to stop a video because the audio quality was bad or worse, endure a Zoom meeting with someone having microphone issues. It is easy to accept a lower image quality, but people click away as soon as the audio is flawed because it quickly becomes unbearable. Getting a setup that makes you sound great might be easier and more affordable than you think. At Audio-Technica, we have taken some of our best selling products and turned them into USB microphones, so all you need to do is plug-and-play!
The AT2020USB+ is one of our most popular microphones, which had its debut as an XLR mic almost a decade ago. After many updates and upgrades, the condenser microphone has become a massive favourite among content creators and musicians. It gives you a rich, full-bodied sound and is an allrounder when it comes to audio recording. The large built-in diaphragm is very sensitive, which is great for capturing every little detail. On the other hand, should you have louder sound sources, the AT2020USB+’s high SPL can handle whatever you throw at it. To hear your recording in real-time, just plug your headphones into the monitoring output on the side. You can even turn up the volume of your premixed audio from your PC using the mix control in the mic to make sure it syncs up with your recording. The microphone comes with a micro USB cable, a tripod and a pouch for easy transport.
The latest addition to our USB mic range, ATR2500xUSB, was made with content creators in mind. It does a fantastic job capturing your sound in high-quality, is easy to set up and delivers a fast and reliable connection. With the highest analogue-to-digital sample rate of all of our mics, you will get the best available conversion without any lag. The sensitive large-diaphragm creates that studio-level sound for your vocal and instrument recordings. To get started, just place it ca. 15-20 cm away from your sound source and plug it into your computer. Anything you don’t want to record, such as a keyboard or mouse clicking, you can place behind the mic. If you want to make sure your sound is on point while recording, you can plug your headphones into the built-in monitoring output and listen to the recording without any lags. The ATR2500xUSB comes with two 2 m cables (USB-C to USB-C, USB-C to USB-A), pivoting stand mount, and a tripod desk stand.
Tips for Soundproofing on a Budget
With a condenser mic like the AT2020USB+ or the ATR2500xUSB, you can do a lot of amazing stuff without adding or doing anything to it. However, if you want to get the most out of your setup, you might want to have a look into soundproofing. There are a ton of easy and affordable options for your recording room, such as using thick curtains and carpets, putting a mattress against the wall, or recording in your closet. Get your old comfy couch into your home studio. Soft materials covering hard surface areas help to avoid echo or hall. You can even go as far as building a small recording booth made out of doonas and pillows to go behind your microphone.
What if you could have a well-built, simple mic that does it all? The ATR2100x-USB is versatile and durable, which means you get a solid performance whether you are in a quiet setting or on the road. Not sure whether you want to commit to a USB setup? No problem. The ATR2100x-USB is a hybrid XLR/USB-C dynamic microphone you can use on a stage, outdoors or in your home studio. The best thing about it is how effective it blocks out unwanted sound coming from the off-axis. Like many dynamic mics, you should position it very close to your sound source (5-7cm). It only records what’s directly in front of it. This is great if you try to use it in an untreated room with noise coming from the road, planes or neighbours. The ATR2100x-USB has a monitoring output for your headphones located at the bottom of the microphone. The mic comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable, an XLR cable, a tripod and a pouch to take the ATR2100x-USB wherever you go.
The ATGM1 is a no-fuss, simple gooseneck microphone for your voice and video chats. You can place it anywhere on your desk within range of the cardioid pick up pattern. This mic is great if you want a clear microphone sound while you work from home or play online. The ATGM1 is a great alternative to a headset—no need to ditch your favourite headphones, just add your external USB microphone, and you’re good to go.
Whether you’re a long time content creator or new to the game, the Creator Pack Pro is your new one-stop home recording combo. To make sure you’re up and running in no time, we included the versatile AT2020USB+ cardioid condenser USB microphone, the ATH-M20X studio monitoring headphones and a boom arm — the perfect solution for setting up a recording studio wherever you are.
If you are looking for a high-quality recording setup you can easily assemble right where you need it, the Creator Pack Pro is the right choice for you!