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Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone

B&H # AUATR6550 Mfr # ATR6550
You Pay: $56.24
Product Highlights
  • Designed for Video Cameras
  • Tele and Normal Modes

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
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)
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 51 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (45)
    • Lightweight (29)
    • Great sound quality (16)
    • Good audio (10)
    • Durable (9)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (4)
    • Noisy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (10)
    • Outdoor events / games (7)
    • Presentations (7)
    • Productivity (6)
    • Home movies (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (17), Experienced (9), Semi-pro (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (17), Business (10)

    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.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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

    Works for Live Improv

    By PDCImprov

    from Tampa, FL

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Presentations

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

      We use these mics for our live improv shows at different bars and restaurants around town in Tampa for audiences of 300 to audiences of 3. A bit tinny when you push em, but otherwise they balance just fine with a small mixer. More powerful then you would assume. Only draw back is the necessity of a mono adapter to XLR, but you can find those on B&H. I bought 4 a year ago, one pooped out on me, so I bought 3 more. Now I can mic anything - from podcasts to live shows.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Great!

      By Bee

      from Brazil

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

          Great to shoot scenes with a DSLR!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          4.0

          audio mic

          By jlistenb

          from Dallas, tx

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Presentations
            • Productivity
            • Professional

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

            This product was used with my video camera and with my android phone and the sound was so crisp.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            4.0

            Big improvement over built in mics

            By Archeranger

            from Knoxville, TN

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Great Sound Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                The AT provides much better sound quality than the built in microphones on consumer level video cameras. The dual pattern is effective and the wind sock is excellent.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Great Buy

                By Happy In Indy

                from Indianapolis, IN

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Great Sound Quality
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Presentations

                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                  Awesome when paired with iPad Mount!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  This is a great product for the price!

                  By Greg

                  from Quincy IL

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • No Battery Or On Light

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                    I use on 60D and find that it is much better than the on board mic. It's also easier to use and equeal quality to my wireless mic in most situations.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    2.0

                    Built-in mic better

                    By Kate

                    from Boston, MA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                          I'm filming an amateur documentary, and was looking for a cheap shotgun mic. I was using a Canon T2i and Nikon D90, and was looking for something that would be better than the built-in mics. Honestly, the soudn from the ATR-6550 was actually worse in my opinion. The "s"s and "t"s were muffled, and there was a lot of background noise.

                          A friend suggested I use a tascam DR07 MK2 instead of a shotgun. It seemed to work really well for him (the sound came out super clear in his video, even outside) and for only about 60 more dollars I'd say it's worth it.

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                          • Personal

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                          4.0

                          audio technica shotgun

                          By Will Muench

                          from Syracuse, NY

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy

                          Best Uses

                          • Film Making

                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                          I use this microphone for making short films and skateboarding. The microphone is directional so it helps to cut out background noise. its a bit quite, and i mostly use tele mode for general purposes.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Interesting Results

                          By Phil

                          from Florida

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Super Price

                          Cons

                          • Highly Variable Results
                          • Noisy

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                            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.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Good product

                            By ladyb

                            from manhattan, ny

                            About Me Technically Challenged

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Great Sound Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                I use the product with a Canon EOS 60D to record outdoor interviews. I live in NYC so the street noise can get pretty loud (car radios, buses, etc.). Interview subjets are approximately 4-5 feet away. There is a BIG difference between the sound captured at the normal setting and "tele" setting. The tele setting is much better and I'm not sure why anyone would use the normal setting. The sound is clear with no weird feedback (but when I play the video back on my camera it has a weird feedback, but it's not there when I download the video for editing). I am very satisfied with the price for the quality of the microphone.

                                I previously had the Audio-technica ATR 6250. The ATR 6250 was absolutely terrible and a waste of money. Spend more money and just get the ATR 6550. You won't be disappointed.

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                                • Personal

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                                4.0

                                Good Value

                                By TomT

                                from BC

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                    Now if at came with Soap software to remove the hiss 'twould be perfect for all pro /consumers !

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                                    • Personal

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                                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great Microphone and Shipping was FAST

                                    By earthangelusa

                                    from Charlotte, NC

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Great Sound Quality
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                        Thanks for the good service, I will buy more things from your site.
                                        Thanks

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        It's a Great Budget Microphone

                                        By Empire25

                                        from New York, NY

                                        About Me Gearhead

                                        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:

                                          This is a great mic the only thing you're going to have to do in post is run a low pass filter on it to get rid of the hum other than that it's great!!!

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                                          • Personal

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                                          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          2.0

                                          Get what you pay for

                                          By Shagatha

                                          from Texarkana, TX

                                          About Me Gearhead

                                          Pros

                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                          • Unreliable

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Small projects

                                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                          I had this mic and after about 6-7 uses, it just stopped working. No damage or reason to the issue, but the next mic I get for my DSLR will be a step up in quality. Funny thing is, I thought Audio Technica was a pretty decent brand.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business

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                                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          2.0

                                          You get what you pay for.

                                          By M-Bomb

                                          from Miami

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                              Even though its $ it's because it gives a static sound

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal

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                                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              4.0

                                              Great microphone for iPad

                                              By DigCom

                                              from CT

                                              About Me Tech Savvy

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Great Sound Quality

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Productivity

                                                Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                                We bought this microphone to enhance the sound quality when creating videos on the iPad2 and it seems to work great for that. The feature to switch from normal to tele is very handy.

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Business

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                                                4.0

                                                Professional quality for consumer price

                                                By James

                                                from Reseda, CA

                                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

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

                                                Cons

                                                • Noisy

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Short Films

                                                Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                                I use this product for my various short films and, surprisingly enough, it puts out more than one would expect for a $ external microphone. Great sound quality, but there is some extra noise to be heard. I would say, though, the Normal mode for this is pretty useless in my opinion. Tele is the way to go when using this mic. Other than then the extra noise and useless Normal function, it's a pretty solid buy.

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                                                • Personal

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                                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                4.0

                                                Definitely Worth the [$]

                                                By Mag04

                                                from Tustin, CA

                                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Den

                                                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                                  This mic is greater for starters and the price cannot be beaten. The build quality seems like it will last and does not feel cheap. Cannot wrong buying this mic.

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                                                  • Personal

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                                                  2.0

                                                  You get what you pay for.

                                                  By JDILLON

                                                  from Portland,Oregon

                                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Background noise
                                                  • Noisy

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Direct vocalmusic
                                                  • Interviews

                                                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                                  I think the Mic Is a pretty decent Mic. But for me, it has had limited uses. For instance, when I am outside I might as well use the built in mic's. This does not cut down on the background noise, or pick up in any better quality.
                                                  However, It does do a better recording job inside of a very quiet room. If you are interviewing someone for instance, I believe it would be great.

                                                  I was looking to upgrade the sound quality from my recordings and this mic did not really do it for me. I will be upgrading for something better in the future.
                                                  I have used this on my GO PRO camera in some situations, and it GREATLY improves that camera's sound. But for my sony handy cam, I need something a little bit more professional.

                                                  As far as B & H goes, they are a great company. Processed my order quickly, and got it shipped out right away.
                                                  I appreciated the good service. When I buy more in the future, I will come to them.
                                                  5* to B&H and 2* for the mic.. Good in some cases, bad in others.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Good Microphone semi- pro

                                                  By Mer- C Grafik

                                                  from PuertoRico

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone:

                                                  nice and cheap

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