My latest and least-expensive microphone recommendation



This one rocks. It’s only $39.99 here: Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB Microphone.

Unscrew the top and pull out the inner foam (use scissors or tweezers) and throw the inner foam away. It’s not good for stopping plosives, plus it smells like diesel (as do most things from China these days). Leave the grill off for a day and let it air out. Then put the grill back on and put a foam windscreen on the grill (get those HERE):


Throw away the little tripod stand, it won’t get the mic close enough to your mouth. The mic should be about a fist away from your mouth. Use this mic stand.

This mic shows up as a different mic (USB2005) in programs, but it’s all good. If you wanna hear this mic in action, over FeenPhone, listen to me (Michael Dean) on the first 13 minutes of this episode.

4 response to "My latest and least-expensive microphone recommendation"

  1. By: Jeff Posted: March 2, 2016

    Hi Michael –

    Thanks for this site and all of your excellent advice! Do you happen to know if this mic would attach properly to my swivel mount (link below)? I know it’s not the one you recommend; but it’s a bit of a sunken cost, and I’d like to keep it if it’s “close enough for government work.”

    RODE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm

  2. By: dAv Posted: September 21, 2016

    If both of the mics are the same price which one should I buy?

    Note: I already have one USB 2005. I just want two because I may be recording in two different locations. Would it be better to have 2 of the same type?

    PS I will finally remember to order something through the amazon link. :/ I’ve bought a bunch lately and keep forgetting.

    Thank you for the service MWD.

    • By: Michael Posted: September 22, 2016

      if both are the same price now, buy the USB2500. It’s a little better.

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