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Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone

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Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone

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  • Designed for Video Cameras
  • Tele and Normal Modes

You Pay: $53.00

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The Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone is an economical mic designed for use with video cameras. The ATR6550 features two modes: Normal for close and medium distance recording, and Tele for long-distance recording. The mic comes with a permanently attached 3.5mm connector plug/cable and a number of useful accessories.

Crisp and intelligible pickup
Designed especially for use with video cameras
3.5mm connector plugs into your video camera
Two range settings: Normal for close & medium-distance; Tele for long-distance
Works with Audio-Technica AT8410A shock mount
UPC: 042005157105
Element Mono condenser
Polar Pattern Normal: cardioid
Tele: supercardioid
Frequency Response 70Hz-18kHz
Open Circuit Sensitivity Normal: -56dB
Tele: -45dB
Impedance Normal: 1,000 Ohms
Tele: 2,200 Ohms
Cables 3' (1m) permanently attached cable with 1/8" (3.5mm) mini plug
Diameter .83" (2.1 cm)
Weight 4 oz (113 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.6 x 8.2 x 2.2"
Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone
  • Camera Mount
  • Microphone Stand Clamp
  • Foam Windscreen
  • 'AA' Battery
  • Limited Lifetime End-user Warranty
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    Audio-TechnicaATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone
     
    3.9

    (based on 71 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (42)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    84%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (55)
    • Lightweight (38)
    • Great sound quality (24)
    • Durable (11)
    • Good audio (10)

    Cons

    • Noisy (6)
    • Limited functions (4)
    • Unreliable (4)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (10)
    • Productivity (9)
    • Presentations (8)
    • Outdoor events / games (7)
    • Professional (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (23), Experienced (9), Semi-pro (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (22), Business (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Quality. Especially for price.

    Great starter mic. No problems with noise. I cant believe the price. Great batter life as well. I've had it for a year, and changed the battery once, just for a safety...Read complete review

    Great starter mic. No problems with noise. I cant believe the price. Great batter life as well. I've had it for a year, and changed the battery once, just for a safety measure for an important shoot.

    I use this mic very often, and its very reliable.

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    Interesting Results

    I tried the ATR6550 on three different cameras with three different results. On the good end of the spectrum, it seems to be a great mike for your GoPRO Hero 3 Black. Using...Read complete review

    I tried the ATR6550 on three different cameras with three different results. On the good end of the spectrum, it seems to be a great mike for your GoPRO Hero 3 Black. Using their mini-USB adapter, the shotgun sounds really clean and crisp. At the other end of the spectrum, on a little Sony HDR-CX580V there is a significant increase in general background noise, even after the level is reduced to match the level of the on-camera mike. I tried a high-pass filter (in FCP) rolling off rumble below 200 hertz, which was helpful. In the middle, was a test on a Canon 7D, plugged straight into the mike input. Some apparent increased noise, but if you need to use a mike on a fish-pole this is a satisfactory solution especially if you can do some EQ in post.

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    5.0

    Very good quality microophone

    By Bee

    from Austin, TX

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • good quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

        Easy to use, portable, good size, audio sounds great.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        1.0

        Started good, ended bad.

        By ASPN

        from New York

        Pros

          Cons

          • Cheap cable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

            I film weddings and sports, thought this mic would be a good addition to the family. I bought my first one in 2014 used it at football games with tele feature it worked great. So in 2015 I bought a second one. I was shooting a wedding and noticed no sound coming out, I wiggled the cable coming out of the mic and sound would cut in and out, so glad I caught this before wedding started. I switched to the other and it did the same thing. I believe the weight of the cable hanging causes the connection to go bad at end of mic. They have a life time warranty so both are going in for repair. I will update when they come back.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Easy & Cost Efficient for interviews

            By HSTRobert

            from Houston, TX

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                  I bought the product to use for radio interviews in the field. I purchased a this adaptor so it would work with a smart phone. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1048151-REG/rode_sc4_trs_to_trrs_adaptor.html
                  The quality is good but it's not perfect for shutting out loud noise around. It's cost efficient and I like it a little better than the iRig Pre because it gives a more consistent sound. The volume knob on the iRig Pre is a constant concern.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Very Pleased with this mic

                  By Adequate Al

                  from Ardmore, OK

                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                  For the price, really nice mic, a great bargain. Highly recommend. Quick Delivery in shock-proof packaging.

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                  4.0

                  Great value at this price

                  By CDill

                  from Branson, MO

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Good Quality
                  • Inexpensive

                  Cons

                  • Hard Mount

                  Best Uses

                  • Non Profit Video

                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                  I'm the senior videographer at a non-profit summer camp. So I am looking for the most bang for our bucks, and this fits the bill. Considerably less than $, it still gives me great performance. It has two modes. Normal and Telephoto. I don't recommend Telephoto since it ramps up the noise floor considerable. But normal mode is great.The coiled cord is somewhat long, which can be advantageous for flexible mounting situations, but can also dangle and get in the way. Just be aware. Not a deal-breaker. The stock cold-shoe mount is hard and allows a lot of handling noise to enter the mic. It's wise to buy a bungee or rubber mount to eliminate this.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  great for the price

                  By TRP

                  from Fresno

                  Pros

                  • cheap
                  • Scratch Audio
                  • Simple

                  Cons

                  • Floor Noise

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                    I hook it up to my tascan DR-40 it does well
                    however the floor noise with this combo is not great at all.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Works well

                    By halo34me777

                    from Dallas

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                          Great for the price, but I like most to use it hooked up to my H4n zoom.

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                          • No

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                          1.0

                          You get what you pay for

                          By bjd1915

                          from Boston MA

                          About Me Photojournalist, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Noisy
                          • Unreliable

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                            I wasn't expecting the greatest piece of sound equipment in the world, but I was hoping for something better in this inexpensive, on-camera microphone.

                            The sound quality was awful, voice volume was muffled and there was awful background noise throughout my recordings. I tried several new batteries other than the one that came with the device (because there is no battery level indicator) and the results were the same.

                            The sound quality of the built in mic on the Canon 5D mark III I was using this with was far superior to this device. I would not recommend this for any purposes.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            4.0

                            ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone

                            By wsw261

                            from Franklin TN

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Great Sound Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                Used for a wedding from the balcony of an older church with not much sound reinforcement. It picked up better than the camera mic but was not as good as I had hoped. In other not so extreme situations it worked great - good sound from a $ mic.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                Best But

                                By Mr. H

                                from New Kent, virginia

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Great Sound Quality
                                • Lightweight
                                • Long Lasting

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional

                                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                  very user friendly. I purchased them for my TV/Media class of High schools studetns 6 sections. very durable and easy to use.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Quality for the Price!

                                  By Chris G.

                                  from Brooklyn, NY

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Great Sound Quality
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                      I bought this mic to make a video I needed to do out on the street and didn't want to use the camera's built-in mic.

                                      I used it with the Canon VIXIA HF R400 with good success. I was shooting in fairly busy streets with my presenter about 10 feet away. On the telescopic setting, the mic worked well to pick up the presenter's voice, although it also picked up a lot of other noise as well. For the price, I was very pleased with the product.

                                      I was also happy to experience to background buzzing or white noise with the mic. It worked much better than the built-in mic as expected.

                                      My only complaint would be that the windscreen didn't help much in windy conditions. If you're shooting a lot in wind, I would recommend trying to get a better windscreen.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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                                      5.0

                                      Just what I needed

                                      By Buckshot

                                      from Border Bound

                                      About Me Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Great Sound Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                          I use this product for general video recording, nothing high end. It's exactly what I have been looking for at an affordable price, with excellent value and quality.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          2.0

                                          Returned

                                          By MFNarrative

                                          from Atlanta, GA

                                          About Me Tech Savvy

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                          • Noisy
                                          • Unreliable

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                            Planned to use this mic to improve voice isolation for home-studio dialogue recording. Found that the "Normal" mode provided better directional isolation at the cost of an overall muffled quality, while they "Tele" mode failed completely to provide any directional isolation.

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                                            4.0

                                            Wow just wow

                                            By Aidan

                                            from Baltimore, MD

                                            About Me Tech Savvy

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Great Sound Quality
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Productivity

                                              Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                              This microphone is just amazing! Teli mode can pick up my voice from very far a way. Just the battery in the package it did not work but that was fine.I definitely recommend getting this microphone.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal

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                                              4.0

                                              REASONABLE INEXPENSIVE MIC

                                              By Mal

                                              from Cape May, NJ

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Great Sound Quality
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                                  We used two of these to make films at a teen filmmaking camp. They worked well and were easy to use.

                                                  Like many shotgun mics, they did have a problem with wind noise. If you use them outside, wait for calm weather or get a windscreen.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  The Microphone worked pretty well

                                                  By Ludy

                                                  from Providence, RI

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Use
                                                  • Lightweight
                                                  • Long Lasting

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Productivity

                                                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                                    I purchased this microphone in order to record sound for a short film I was making. The microphone worked very well, I had it connected to an audio recorder, and all of the audio sounded pretty good. If there were any short comings they were probably more rooted in my lack of experience with recording audio. The telescoping feature appeared to work very well and would probably have been a better option for many of the shots that I maintained the microphone on normal for.

                                                    From a novice's perspective, I recommend this product. The price point was where I wanted it and I am pleased with the results.

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Personal

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                                                    5.0

                                                    THIS IS THE ONE!

                                                    By Techshe

                                                    from Connecticut

                                                    About Me Filmmaker, Tech Savvy

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Durable
                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Great Sound Quality
                                                    • Lightweight
                                                    • Long Lasting

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Interviews
                                                      • Movies
                                                      • Shorts
                                                      • Voice Over

                                                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                                      I bought my Canon Rebel a couple of months ago and have been looking for the right mic ever since. I saw this one reviewed on @ but some people were saying that the sound improvement wasn't that great compared to the on-board mic. Well, I can attest that this microphone is THE ONE! It absolutely improves your sound 100%, comes with a battery and a mic clip. Although it is lightweight and small (about a foot), you might want to invest in a boom pole or mic stand for more involved projects. Also get an extension cord, because the attached cord is not long. I don't know what else to say. It's a high quality mic and it absolutely delivers professional audio results. No static, crackling, cancels out background noise, the whole shebang. Also it comes with a windscreen which is great.

                                                      • Primary use:
                                                      • Business

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                                                      2.0

                                                      Not the best mic

                                                      By Tiffany

                                                      from New York

                                                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                                      Easy set up, light weight but the tele mic option gives a squelchy feed back. Also it doesn't do well with wind noise cancelation.

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                                                      4.0

                                                      Watch for grounding!

                                                      By ER

                                                      from Columbus Ohio

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Easy To Use
                                                      • Great Sound Quality
                                                      • Lightweight

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Presentations
                                                        • Productivity

                                                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                                        I decided to give this microphone a try as my recording area is next to a noisy warehouse. It certainly seems to be doing a good job keeping all the background noise out, however, had an issue that drove me a little crazy.

                                                        When I plugged the mic directly into my Sony Vixia camera, I got a lot of humming. Seems the better the cable, the louder the humming got. When using a cheap 3.5mm audio cable, the humming was very faint. Still, I decided to chat with support and had no luck using their recommendations.

                                                        Thinking about how some people hear humming when listening to music on their phone, while it is plugged in, I thought I would try unplugging the camera and see what happens. So, I did and and the humming disappeared. Even though the power was a clean and protected line, it still caused this problem.

                                                        I will likely try purchasing a ground loop isolator and hope this takes care of the issue, as I do wish to use the mic while the camera is plugged in.

                                                        • Primary use:
                                                        • Business

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                                                        4.0

                                                        Excelente micrófono

                                                        By Fbadillo

                                                        from Puerto Rico

                                                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                                        Compré este micrófono para usarlo en mi cámara Canon G20. Lo utilizo para grabar predicas en diferentes iglesias donde no puedo tener acceso a tomar el audio directo de la consola. Entiendo que para el precio que tiene, funciona muy bien. La calidad de la grabación de audio es buena.

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