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Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
Key Features
  • For Live Sound & Digital Recording
  • For Podcasting or Gigging
  • XLR for Analog, USB for Mac & Windows
  • 3.5mm Headphone Output
If you need one mic to handle anything from lead vocals on the stage to podcast recording directly to computers, the Audio-Technica AT2005USB will come in handy, while providing almost all the accessories you need. This is a handheld dynamic microphone that can connect to preamps, mixers, interfaces, and house PA systems over XLR—and computers over USB.
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Audio-Technica AT2005 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Fits Your Needs
  • 3Handheld Form Factor
  • 4Cardioid Polar Pattern for Stage & Home Use
  • 5Built-In 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • 6Easy-to-Use Controls, Minimal Powering Required
  • 7Broadcast-Quality Audio Capture
  • 8Included Hardware

If you need one mic to handle anything from lead vocals on the stage to podcast recording directly to computers, the Audio-Technica AT2005USB will come in handy, while providing almost all the accessories you need. This is a handheld dynamic microphone that can connect to preamps, mixers, interfaces, and house PA systems over XLR—and computers over USB.

You probably see the potential: if you want to travel to the gig with your own microphone, the AT2005USB can be your live vocal mic. If you want to take the mic to a buddy’s house for a conversational podcast, the AT2005USB will be your panel mic. And finally, whenever you want to record or stream your own solo content, you can sit the mic atop its included desktop stand, route the included USB cable from the mic to the computer, and get started right away.

Fits Your Needs

The AT2005USB features both XLR and USB outputs that enable flexible digital recording to any Mac- or Windows-based computer workstation, while simultaneously connected to any analog mixer, preamplifier, or PA system.

Handheld Form Factor

This solidly constructed mic is designed to be held in your hand, though it can also be mounted on a stand—such as the one included with the mic. Because of its design, the mic lends itself to comedy shows and comedy podcasts, though it'll work for just about any vocal-centric purpose.

Cardioid Polar Pattern for Stage & Home Use

The microphone makes use of a directional cardioid polar pattern to minimize off-axis sound. This polar pattern naturally, yet effectively tamps down room tone and focuses the audio capture on what's directly in front of the mic. That's why it's equally effective on the stage and in the home-studio.

Built-In 3.5mm Headphone Jack

The mic offers a headphone jack for monitoring, and a recessed dial for adjusting volume. Just plug a pair of headphones into the AT2005USB's 3.5mm jack, and you'll be able to listen to your broadcast-quality audio in all its glory.

Easy-to-Use Controls, Minimal Powering Required

The mic offers a simple on/off switch for the XLR output. This acts as a mute, which can come in handy when live. This switch has absolutely no bearing on powering the mic—in fact, as this is a dynamic microphone, it requires no power to run when used in the analog domain. When you're plugged into a digital device, such as a computer, the mic will draw power from the computer to operate the digital interface.

Broadcast-Quality Audio Capture

The mic records audio at 16-bit / 48 kHz, giving you the broadcast standard for media playback. It's also worth noting that it can simultaneously record digital audio over USB and route analog audio over its XLR connection, so you can effectively mirror its output if you so choose.

Included Hardware

In addition to the mic, the AT2005USB includes a foldable desktop tripod stand, a mic clip, a foam windscreen, a USB cable, and an XLR mic cable, giving you almost everything you need to get started.
UPC: 042005175154

Audio-Technica AT2005 Specs

Primary ApplicationsLive Sound, Podcast, Web-Streaming, Conferencing
Form FactorHandheld / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesVocals, Speech/Voice Over
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
Polar PatternCardioid
OrientationEnd Address
High-Pass FilterNone
Tone AdjustmentNone
IndicatorsBlue Single LED (Power)
On-Board ControlsHeadphone Volume, On/Off
Frequency Range50 Hz to 15 kHz
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin (on Mic)
Output Connectors (Digital)1 x Mini-USB (on Mic)
Headphone Connector1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm
Digital Audio
A/D Conversion16-Bit
Sample Rate44.1 kHz
48 kHz
Operating System SupportWindows, macOS/OS X
RAM Requirement64 MB Minimum
Available PortUSB (Interface Unspecified)
Bus PowerUSB
Operating Voltage5 V (USB Bus Power)
Mounting5/8"-27 Female, Mic Clip/Stand Adapter (Included)
Desktop Stand (Included)
Dimensionsø: 2.01 x L: 7.23" / ø: 51 x L: 183.64 mm
Weight9.4 oz / 266.49 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.795 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.7 x 9.65 x 2.8"
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It is will work with smartphone?

It is will work with smartphone?
Asked by: moriel
Yes, you can use the AT2005S USB with a mobile interface such as the IK Multimedia iRig Pre Microphone Interface (B&H # IKIRIGPRE) or the appropriate adapter(s) required for compatibility with your smartphone such as the MXL Female XLR to 3.5mm Male TRRS and 3.5mm Female TRS Multimedia Adapter Cable for Select Dynamic Microphones to Mobile Devices (B&H # MXMMCABLE1) or Movo Photo TCB2 XLR Female Microphone to 3.5mm TRRS Male Smartphone Adapter (B&H # MOTCB2). If you have an iPhone, you can attach the Apple Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter (B&H # APLAADAP) to convert the 3.5mm TRRS plug to Lightning.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2021-07-19


Which microphone stand clamps are an appropriate size to securely hold this microphone? I have two of these mics and one of them came with a stand clamp that is too floppy to hold it securely and I would like to order a replacement.
Asked by: Anonymous
For a tighter fit, you may consider the On-Stage MY200; B&H# ONMY200.
Answered by: Andrea O.
Date published: 2018-08-28

How is this microphone powered?

How is this microphone powered?
Asked by: Joseph
This is a dynamic mic, and thus does not require power. When connected to a computer with USB, the computer will give the power required for the mic pre amp and to convert to a digital signal. When plugged into a mixer with the XLR connection, the mic will work by turning the mic gain level up on the board.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2020-10-19


Asked by: Joseph
This is a Dynamic microphone and as such it does not require any power.
Answered by: Marty
Date published: 2020-02-27


Does this mic works with the voice recorder tool of Final cut pro X ? I'm asking this because this mic it works on 16bit ( via usb) and the FCPX works on 24 bits only . Any thoughts? best
Asked by: Anonymous
This USB miocrophone should be compatible with most computers (that meet the minimum requirements listed below) and should not be a problem for any DAW including FCPX.Windows System Requirements:Windows OS XP, Vista 32-bit, Vista 64-bit, 7 32-bit, 7 64-bitWindows RAM 64 MB MinimumAvailable Port USBMac System Requirements:Mac OS X YesMac RAM 64 MB MinimumAvailable Port USB
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-28


If i get a USB cable to lighting. do you think this will work with iphone or iOS devices?
Asked by: Anonymous
Thank you for your question. This unit will not work on any iOS device, only macOSm windows or OSX. for an iOS device i recommend using the BH #APMICPLUS.
Answered by: Anthony
Date published: 2019-09-23


What type of USB output is on the mic? Going to need a longer USB cable for my use, but need to know what type of USB output the mic has.
Asked by: Christopher H.
Mini USB port on base of microphone. The cord supplied has mini USB on one end and regular USB on other end.
Answered by: CHARLES M.
Date published: 2018-08-28


is this compatible with windows 8.1?
Asked by: Lindy N.
I've used it with Windows XP and Windows 7; and I have no reason to believe it will not work with Windows 8.
Answered by: George P.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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