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Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
Handheld dynamic microphone with USB digital output and XLR analog outputUSB output connects to your computer for digital recording, while the XLR output connects with your sound system conventional microphone input for use in live performanceSmooth, extended frequency response ideally suited for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, voiceover, and on stage useBuilt in headphone jack allows you to directly monitor your microphone output without audible delayCardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear; System requirements Macintosh MAC OS X, USB 1.0 or 2.0, 64 MB RAM minimum, Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7, USB 1.0 or 2.0, 64 MB RAM minimum
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165 Reddit comments about Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

u/Thetwodud · 12 pointsr/letsplay

People here are recommending the Blue Yeti, but it is a terrible recommendation for people who can't control background noise. The Blue Yeti is a Condenser style microphone, which tend to be more prone to picking up background noise compared to Dynamic microphones. I tried making the Yeti work for me for about 4 years before switching to a dynamic mic and the difference was night and day.

I recommend looking up Dynamic Microphones to see if you can find one that works in your budget. I personally use the ATR 2100, which has a good balance of being fairly cheap and decent quality.

As /u/WallpaperOwl recommended, you can get a good deal of information about most microphones out there by checking out the Podcastage Youtube Channel. I highly recommend it as the host tests each microphone fairly thoroughly.

Again, I'd recommend avoiding a condenser mic like the Blue Yeti, unless you are able to invest heavily in reducing background noise. It does have decent sound quality, it's just hard to get that without also picking up the sounds of the rest of your house.

Good luck on your search for the perfect microphone!

u/UtahJarhead · 11 pointsr/DnD

They're using Omnidirectional Microphones. It's OK to use one of those, but at least the DM should be using a Cardioid pattern, such as this VERY popular microphone.

The problem is that each person will need one of these to work properly. You'll either need a mixer (a cheap Behringer would suffice) or a USB interface. Then you'll need to mix the audio post-recording. Personally, I'm a fan of the Focusrite 18i8 interface. Relatively cheap ($300 is cheap for audio stuff!) and the quality is pretty outstanding.

If you need to save some cash, then the "tin can" audio can be mitigated by hanging carpets or blankets to dampen ambient sound.

u/MrTastix · 11 pointsr/truegaming

So this is a long ramble/guide of sorts largely because the topic is quite relevant to me as of late. I've developed RSI (repetitive stress injury) in my wrists and hands as a result of using a PC far too much with little care for ergonomics. Occupational hazard of not only being a gamer but also being a web/graphic designer.

This isn't anything particularly new, it's been well-discussed (on reddit even) so even cursory Google searches will return more information but I don't think it's ever a bad thing to repeat.

Chairs and desks are some of the most important purchases you can buy as a gamer and the benefits generally go hand in hand. A great chair but a shit desk can ultimately still give you problems later down the line, and vice versa. Having both can prevent back, eye, and wrist problems, of which I experience basically all 3 on a daily basis.

You can find ergonomic keyboards and mice but I've never used any personally. If you only play with a controller well, get fucked, basically. Take routine breaks, you should be anyway.


A good chair should have/be: height adjustable (pretty standard nowadays), have back support that curves with your lower back, with a seat not so hard that it breaks all the bones in your ass.

Arm rests are optional but are a nice resting point for when you're not typing. Ideally that should line up with your desk.

Kneeling chairs are a fantastic ergonomic alternative. Honestly, I would absolutely love a kneeling chair as I found them extremely comfortable for long periods of time. Unfortunately, they're expensive as shit where I live.

In my experience, the main difference between a cheap chair and an expensive one (assuming they both meet the above criteria) is build quality. Comfort is rather subjective but a seat shouldn't feel too hard or too soft, breathable material like mesh may also help if your ass sweats a lot. Hey man, I don't judge.

If brand is important and you have money to burn buy a Herman Miller. Either way, your ass thanks you.


As mentioned, desks and chairs generally go together. If one sucks you may still experience problems.

An ideal desk should be large enough that your monitors are at least 20 inches (50 cm) from your face to prevent extended eye fatigue, low enough that both feet touch the ground and high enough that the angle between your forearm and upper arm is 90 degrees. If you're like me and find yourself too short for basically every desk imaginable you can either buy a foot rest to compensate or, if you've got money to burn, adjustable height desks are an amazing thing.

Headphones and Mic:

Avoid headsets, they're more likely to be cheap trash. The convenience of having access to both audio and a mic generally means a decrease in quality for both.

Buy a decent pair of headphones from a quality brand (Sennheiser, Sony, and Audio Technica all make good products) and a separate mic to go with it. Things like the Blue Yeti are popular but you can find some good Audio Technica mics for cheap, too.

Tek Syndicate has an old guide but still rather relevant.

Keyboards and Mice:

Generally speaking, I'm not a huge fan of crap marketed towards gamers because it often ends up having really crap build quality. Most of the brands are just hit and miss. Some people have no problems with them and others find their products break at the slightest touch.

The most common brands are Logitech, Razer, and SteelSeries.

Logitech used to be my go-to, but I feel they've had a severe drop in build quality over the past decade or so. I still like their products, but I don't consider them the Nokia of gaming accessories anymore, which is a real shame.

Razer and SteelSeries are, in my experience, very hit and miss for people. I see people love one and hate the other for whatever reason. For me, that comes down to preferring SteelSeries for their higher build quality. Razer products come off as more eye-candy to me and just feel really cheap and nasty, which I don't find acceptable given the price where I live (New Zealand, where they either the retailers fuck you or the shipping costs do).

Other companies like Corsair and Mad Catz exist but my experience is limited. I like Corsair for general PC components but when I tried one of their mice the mouse-wheel kept breaking and I got it replaced 3 times before I said fuck it and asked for a refund. Mad Catz, on the other hand, is way too expensive for me to try.


If you like mobile gaming you can pick up decent 20,000 mAh power banks for less than $50 off Amazon which would give your Switch, for example, an extra 4 and a half charges from 0 to full.

Avoid buying cheap, unbranded power banks off eBay. Most of the time the ratings are just fake as shit, other times they can be dangerous.

On closing, I personally don't think there's a ton of super duper rare unknown accessories that an average gamer typically needs. Other than the general ergonomics of a good desk and chair, having a nice headset and mic are about all I recommend.

u/[deleted] · 11 pointsr/buildapcsales
  • V-moda boompro is good if your headphones have a detachable cable. You can also zip tie it to the back of your monitor (using zip tie tiedown points) and have it stick out the side.

  • I currently use a Audio-Technica ATR-2100 on a scissor stand connected via XLR to a Scarlett 2i2. This is overkill for most people, but I find the scissor stand convenient and I already had the Scarlett 2i2.

  • On an extreme budget you can get by with a clip-on mic.

  • The Antlion Mod-mic is a bit more expensive at $55, but is really nice.
u/BangsNaughtyBits · 9 pointsr/podcasts

The Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB or the nearly identical AT2005-USB are ~$60-$50 and they also have an XLR port that allows them to be brought forward if you ever upgrade to a mixer or audio interface. The single most significant difference is the 2100 has a lifetime limited warranty and the 2005 has a one year warranty though I personally prefer the looks of the later. These are dynamic microphones which means they are quieter but reject room and off axis noise in non sound controlled rooms better. I have seen them compared to microphones costing several times as much quite favorably though I think a little of that is the reviewer waxing a bit poetic. Regardless, they are very good.


u/WhatevsBrah · 8 pointsr/buildapc

Ask yourself what type of gaming you do. I was playing CS:GO on a pair of ATH-M50x's and while the deep sounds were great, for music even more so, I ended up enjoying all "positional" FPS games much more when i got a pair of Sennheiser HD 598's. Ridiculously priced on amazon right now..

I was considering a Mod Mic but decided on the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB with a desk clamp and windscreen and do not regret it one bit. I'm surprised with the quality of this mic and i don't have to wear my headphones to use it.

u/JohnSextro · 7 pointsr/podcasting

The Audio-Technical ATR2100. Can be connected via USB or XLR. I use these on my multi-host rig and I’m very pleased with their quality.

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

u/notamccallister · 7 pointsr/buildapcsales

I personally recommend the Audio Technica ATR-2100. Same price as the Snowball but sounds nearly as good as the Yeti. There's no pop filter, but with the money you save you could just buy one.

u/Tarqon · 7 pointsr/Twitch

I'm late to the party but I strongly disagree with your microphone suggestions. A condenser microphone is going to pick up mouse/keyboard sounds no matter how directional it is. I originally bought a Blue Yeti and was shocked by how much environmental noise it picks up, this is not a viable option for most people.

Instead what you should do is get a dynamic cardioid or supercardioid microphone. Not a lot of these exist with a USB connection but the ones that do work extremely well. I recommend the Audio Technica ATR2100-USB (alternative version) or the Samson Q1U if you can't find the AT, they're difficult to get in Europe for some reason.

Either of these will serve the purpose of the average steamer much better than the microphones you are recommending.

u/Pyroraptor · 6 pointsr/letsplay

You want the Audio Technica ATR2100 ($50)

  • It's a dynamic mic, so it will give you good audio even if you don't have a studio to record in and will pick up less background noise.

  • It's USB and XLR so you can upgrade to an XLR setup later without having to buy a new mic at the same time.

  • Audio Technica makes great products, and this is one of the best mics you can buy for the price.
u/rootyb · 6 pointsr/gamedev

You can get an entirely decent USB mic for like, $60, but /u/MeaningfulChoices is right. Voice acting is a skill like any other, and if you don't have someone on your team that can swing it, go hit up somewhere like Fiverr. Quality will be a bit of a mixed bag, but it should be good enough. Probably.

Though, be sure you need voice audio. Mediocre voice acting is probably worse than none at all IMO.

u/gabmartini · 6 pointsr/argentina


Arranqué el proyecto Economista del medio el año pasado como una forma de llevar el laburo de analista de consultoría macroeconómica a un espectro de población más amplio, lo cual implica menos jerga y biribiri financiero. Este año se sumó la periodista de Infobae Jorgelina Do Rosario y empezamos a cambiar el formato del programa: hemos ordenado los temas y sumamos las entrevistas que le dan un valor agregado enorme al oyente. Estamos muy contentos con el resultado hasta ahora, tanto en calidad del material como en escuchas.

De la misma manera que como mejoró el material también mejoró el hardware con el cual grabamos. En su momento empecé con un mixer Behringer Xenyx 1202FX, un micrófono Shure SM58, unos auriculares Audio Technica M40x y una Zoom H4n. Luego de mi viaje a Japón me traje micrófono un Audio Technica 4040 (large diaphragm condenser) y ahí terminó el avance en hardware en 2016. En términos de software editaba (y sigo editando) el archivo crudo con el Logic Pro X de Apple.

Este año invertimos y nos trajimos (via Amazon Europa) un mixer Allen & Heath Zed60 10fx y un segundo micrófono Audio Technica pero el AT875r (un shotgun cortito condenser que es una maravilla). De backup tenemos dos micrófonos Audio Technica 2100 (los que son USB/XLR) que en relación precio/calidad son muy recomendados para los podcasters amateurs. En resumen, nuestro lineup de materiales es de primera calidad y para explotarlo al máximo, estamos intentando mejorar el tratamiento acústico del área donde grabamos para minimizar ruidos indeseados.

Como te decía, estamos muy contentos con las escuchas (en número general y en público en particular, es decir, los quienes). Hemos recibido comentarios de gente que nos sorprendió y eso nos motiva. Todavía no es LA masividad en escuchas pero queremos estar acá invirtiendo en esto para que cuando explote el podcasting en Argentina (porque va a pasar, que no te quepa la menor duda) tener una buena base y experiencia para seguir proyectándonos.

Lo lindo es que se están acercando algunos sponsors interesados en el material asi que significa que hay proyección a futuro. La verdad que al día de hoy estamos muy a gusto y cómodos laburando en el proyecto, que es para nosotros ahora lo más importante.

Por otro lado, una de las cosas más copadas que me pasó es poder grabar con una persona que conozco y confío de hace muchos años. Al principio hacerlo solo era más un desahogo pero laburar con alguien en esto, que aparte sabe y se mueve en el medio, tiene algo muy especial y divertido. Ese es un item que taché de mi lista de pendientes.

En materia de proyección a futuro y ToDos, creo que seguir mejorando y buscando calidad para ofrecer el mejor producto disponible en el mercado. En materia de hardware todavía tengo la espinita clavada por el Shure SM7b con su respectivo Cloudlifter pero por ahora estamos muy contentos con el equipo con el cual grabamos.


u/SaaiTV · 6 pointsr/Twitch

If you want to cancel everything out then you should definitely go with a dynamic microphone. It's the kind of mic that they use when giving interviews on convention floors and stuff like that.

I recommend either the AT2005 or ATR2100. One of those paired with a scissor arm and a pop filter and you're all set :)

u/fuzeebear · 5 pointsr/creativerecording

Nice list.

I can add a budget USB microphone to the list which has a fantastic price-to-performance ratio.

Audio Technica ATR-2100 (comes with desktop mic stand, $34 plus free shipping)


> Once you're set and hit record, leave at least five seconds of silence before and after you speak.

This is excellent advice. The five-second tails are what we call "room tone" and are absolutely necessary for editing, and especially useful for any engineer to do noise reduction. Every environment has some ambient noise, however slight. Some are worse than others, and need to have the background noise tamed. The way it works is that the engineer selects the five dead seconds and uses it as a "noise profile" to get information on the ambient noise that exists in the recording. Armed with this profile, the engineer can apply the proper noise reduction to the rest of the recording.

u/Mikzeroni · 5 pointsr/podcasting
u/Ryvaeus · 5 pointsr/Twitch

I'd recommend the ATR-2100, it's very decent and doesn't pick up as much background noise as the Yeti. It's also USD 80.00 and goes on sale pretty often. I use that mic myself and feel no immediate need to upgrade.

u/SuiXi3D · 5 pointsr/letsplay

Alright, so the first thing you have to understand is that the Snowball is a condenser microphone. Compared to dynamic mics, condenser have a much higher frequency response range. In layman's terms, it means that condenser mics are gonna pick up everything.

The next thing is that you've got to understand how sound works, and more importantly how a microphone picks up sound. Condenser mics generally have a cardioid pattern, which means they only pick up sound from the immediate area in front of them, in kind of a cone-shaped pattern. This means that the optimal range for a a mic such as the snowball to pick up sound nice a clear is about four to eight inches in front of it.

However, sounds from outside that range can still be picked up. If sound waves enter that cardioid pattern, the mic will pick them up. So if you're in a room with lots of flat walls, sound will bounce off of them and back into the mic. This is what creates reverb. Uneven surfaces bounce sound around in lots of different directions, sometimes back into the surface itself, and therefore don't reflect sound back to the mic.

So, knowing all this, the best way to reduce the sounds of button clicking are A.) moving the controller either above or below the mic's pickup range, and B.) putting some kind of uneven, soft surface between the controller and the mic. Basically, toss a towel over your hands when you play. Fold it in half, even, for a thicker layer.

In the future, consider getting a dynamic mic, like the Audio Technica ATR2100. Just keep in mind that because it's a dynamic mic, the sound will generally sound less 'full', on account of the fact that it can't pick up as many frequencies. It'll pick up fewer of the higher frequencies, making the lower ones stand out. Think punchy, like a radio DJ, but not quite as 'rich'. However, that also means the physical range on it is a lot shorter, meaning for it to pick up sound at all, the source has to be a lot closer. You know how when you see a band live, the singer tends to basically swallow the mic? Now you know why.

u/bluesatin · 4 pointsr/GameDeals

Of course worth noting that it's a condenser microphone, so not ideal for most people that don't have a proper recording room to use it in; it'll pick up any background noise very easily. The amount of people I see complaining about that after buying an expensive condenser microphone is too damn high, I've no idea why they've become so popular.

For the majority of people, dynamic microphones are far more applicable; something like the Audio-Technica ATR-2100.

u/pantsunii · 4 pointsr/Twitch

I have an Audio Technica ATR2100-USB mic.

It's a good mic with USB and XLR ports as well as a headphone port. The XLR port allows for a mixer if you were looking into adding one into your setup, but if not, the USB port is always there. Also has a switch for if you're paranoid and like to make sure your mic is muted. Lastly, because it isn't an omnidirectional mic, it's WAY more selective with it's hearing. It mainly captures what is in front of it. Very little to nothing at all from the back and just a bit around it from close objects. Definitely doesn't capture my vacuum of a PC.

u/Lucosis · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales

That's still a condenser mic so by design it is very sensitive. You're also probably going to have to turn up the gain with it, which is where the hum comes in.

If you're not opposed to a mic with a stand/boom, then an Audio Technica 2100 is probably the best bet. It's a cardoid pattern, so it minimizes sounds coming from the sides and back of the mic and it's dynamic so it will really only pick up sounds that are a couple inches from the mic.

If you don't want anything on your desk, then an Antlion boom mic . It's uni-directional and has a physical mute switch. It positions itself close to your mouth so you don't have to turn the gain up too high.

u/killobyt · 4 pointsr/podcasting

If you are recording everyone in the same room, you should definitely be looking and dynamic mics instead of condenser which are going to be much better at reducing ambient noise. I also have the MXL 770, and love it, but I only use that in my studio where it's just me. For "entry level" I would look at something like:

Shure SM58

Samson Q2u

Audio Technica ATR2100

u/comupup · 4 pointsr/letsplay

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

get this and a cheap scissor stand. you won't regret it

u/nogbit · 4 pointsr/letsplay

We use 3 of these with all of us in the same room mixed down to a Yamaha MG10-XU. It's great. The cool thing is they are USB and or XLR at the same time and a mic output as well for an amazing price. Only our most recent videos are they mixed down into a single audio input to reduce sync/echo efforts.

u/CharlesWiltgen · 4 pointsr/podcasts

Also, "good mic" means something like the $60 ATR2100. If you already have a cheap hosting provider and can use WordPress + PowerPress, that's really all you need to create the podcast feed and deliver the MP3s (at least until you get more popular). Many podcasters record and edit in GarageBand.

u/DearHormel · 4 pointsr/podcasts

Try closing out everything you're not using, your computer may have problems keeping up.

It could be flaky USB connection to microphone. Or flaky bluetooth.

Buy a quality microphone, The ATR2100 is going for about $40:

Go through the archives of the audacity to podcast for ideas:

Pretty sure it's not audacity. Record in the default AUP, do all your post in AUP, then File > Export to mp3 when you're completely done.

Quick and dirty: Best microphone you can afford. Record your segment. Select all of it. Then Effect > Normalize, accept defaults. File > Save Project. File > Export to whatever.mp3. Done. Will sound better than 99% of the podcasts out there already.

Buy quality microphone.

u/AlanDavison · 3 pointsr/letsplay

Are you in America? Are you in a room that sounds even remotely echo-y?

If so, I highly recommend this.

u/Militant_Hippie · 3 pointsr/SWN

OBS. I (the GM) am using a Blue Yeti. For the players we got . We are hosting the chat on skype and I'm using my computer's audio out for the stream.

u/sleffler · 3 pointsr/Twitch

Oh I just picked up this right here the other day:

It is around the price of the Blue snowball mics (maybe ten bucks more) but it sounds so much better in my opinion. check out some reviews, nice deep rich satin tone. I love it!

u/meanbad · 3 pointsr/letsplay

Thanks! I'm currently torn between two (after hours of research lol)

This is the one I'm leaning toward: (Samson C01U Pro USB Studio Condenser Microphone)

And this is the other possibility (Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone):

My primary concern is obviously audio quality, but I'm also very concerned with background noise. I've got 4 kids, and keeping them quiet is...challenging. I think the majority of my recording will be done after they're in bed, but on weekends and stuff they tend to stay up, a mix of me telling them to chill out and a mic that can filter out background noise is probably my best bet. I've already started selling my wife on me turning the guest bedroom into my office lol

edit: I'd like to officially open this up to anybody who has mic advice based on what I just said!

u/kwerbias · 3 pointsr/Twitch

A condenser microphone is going to pick up mouse/keyboard sounds no matter how directional it is. I originally bought a Blue Yeti and was shocked by how much environmental noise it picks up, this is not a viable option for most people.

Instead what you should do is get a dynamic cardioid or supercardioid microphone. Not a lot of these exist with a USB connection but the ones that do work extremely well. I recommend the Audio Technica ATR2100-USB (alternative version) or the Samson Q1U if you can't find the AT, they're difficult to get in Europe for some reason.

Either of these will serve the purpose of the average streamer much better than the microphones you are recommending.

I use the AT2100USB and it works very well.

u/Thulack · 3 pointsr/Twitch

80$ will get you a good setup(i have the same mic just different arm and foam ball) Look at the "frequently bought" section underneath to see arm etc. This mic is great for area where there are other people around. It wont pick up any background noise. Prefer it over the Yeti for the setup i was using.

u/Obscure_Username_ · 3 pointsr/Twitch

If you want to future-proof your setup, go with something XLR based, and later down the road you can upgrade and replace stuff on the cheap.

I personally use an AT2020-XLR on a cheap mic stand that comes with a shock mount and built in cable (gets a bit squeaky after a few months of use, but only when fully retracting it), piped through a phantom power supply and an XLR to USB cable

A really good mic to go with would also be the ATR 2100 as it is both XLR and USB. It's a dynamic mic, so background noise won't be much of an issue. The price point is great, and it would be easy to expand on later. I personally have no experience with the mic, so take that as you will.

u/WSig · 3 pointsr/podcasting

By far, this one

u/cuff19k · 3 pointsr/podcasts

I just got 2 ATR2100 USB Mics. They are $63.00 each and have great recording quality. Just recorded my first episode with them and the audio quality is clean and crisp. Make sure you get a pop filter!

u/Gmacrusher · 3 pointsr/Twitch

If you have a lot of background noise! I recommend using ATH2100 dynamic mic ( And it's also a mic under $60!! Check out the videos of people reviewing them and compare the sounds vs others! It has incredible clarity, that your viewers will enjoy!

u/SilentSilhouette99 · 3 pointsr/Eve

For a first podcast i though it was really good content. Good back and forth between host. Really enjoyed the pod cast.

The first thing I would focus on is audio quality
Proto you have a great mic but you are too close or you pop filter is not working.

Kira(spelling?) she needs a better mic the quality difference is very distracting.

There are few options for pod-casting mics.

Lasting thing with the audio bump up Kira's volume she was a little bit quieter than Proto, not big but noticeable.

In the podcast description please put your social media info in it, don't forget to put guest info in as well.

Time stamps for sections are nice too but I know they are annoying

I might of missed it, but an RSS feed for pod cast apps would be nice.

u/Aezalius · 3 pointsr/letsplay

I'm using an AT2020 combined with a Behringer Xenyx Q802USB. It's a really nice setup, and works really well for around $180. It does have a few issues, like how you cannot hear yourself and your desktop audio at the same time without an extra cable, but that is fixed with an extra ~$3 of cables. The Q802USB is a really nice interface if you want to work around a few minor issues, since it exposes the EQ and compressor dials. There are some cool things you can do with the FX send and recieve like noise reduction, but I have not tested that.

Currently the MXL 770 is on sale on amazon, and it sounds really good in the few videos I saw of it. A Focusrite Scarlett Solo would also do ya fine. I'm not too familiar with some of the more high end dynamic microphones, but an ATR2100 is something I always reccomend since it's actually a really good microphone.

u/spankymustard · 3 pointsr/podcasting

Here's my recommendation for a podcast starter kit:

u/JohannesVerne · 3 pointsr/podcasts

If you have the money for it, getting each of you a mic like the Samson Q2U or Audio-Technica ATR2100 will go a long way in making the sound better. Another thing is to do some basic acoustic treatment. If you string up a heavy blanket behind each of you, and another on the wall that's in frame, it will cut out a lot of the echos and make you sound a lot better (no matter what mic you're using).

For video, I'm not sure there is much that can be done to the recording quality without spending a bunch of money on a camera, but there are a couple of things you can still do to make it look nicer. First of all, improve your lighting. Everything is well lit, but if you focus the lights more on your faces and have less light in the background, it will add a nice contrast to the scene (clamp style work lights are a cheap solution if you need more lights). The other thing is more audio based, but record the video and audio separately. Audacity is a free software for audio recording/editing, and if you can record it there as well as in OBS, you can have the audio only for a more 'traditional' podcast.


I know it sounded like a lot of critique there, but overall what you have isn't bad. There's room for improvement, but the only thing I would consider as needed would be some acoustic treatment. I hope this all helped!

u/apawst8 · 3 pointsr/podcasting

Yes, a Zoom mic would be fine. But there are a ton of articles around about beginner podcast equipment:

If you already have a computer, you can do it way cheaper than $200. Just buy the ATR-2100 (recommended in both articles) and plug it into a USB port. Use free software such as Audacity to record and edit your voice.

u/auralham · 3 pointsr/gonewildaudioCafe

>The mic [$69]:

No. If you're going to invest money for something used in room level recording like this, you buy a condenser microphone, preferably with a large diaphragm. Dynamic microphones require entirely too much proximity to the element for this sort of thing, unless you're just faking it and can afford to maintain perfect distance. You also have to drive the gain/preamp/whateverUSBconnectedmicscallit too hard in order to get decent pickup of subtle noises vis-a-vis a condenser mic.

If you're hung up on dynamic, opt for an omnidirectional model, not cardioid, as you'll go off center from the sweet spot far more frequently with the latter. I've used both, and preferred a heavily coloured omni which lower levels simply because of movement.

Also, the response curve on this thing isn't exactly stunning, with roll off starting about 120hz and with a 10db hump from 2K to 10K.

>The foam filter [$2]:

Also no. Never, even. The sponge these things are made from will rapidly deteriorate leaving particles all over your shiny new element. Windscreen or deadcat, sure, but not a sponge.

>You might also want to look into Samson mics, although I haven't used them personally, so I can't tell you much.

Samson comes from the same factories as Behringer. Behringer has a reputation for making cheap clones of real equipment, plastic in lieu of real metal, cheap SMD components, and poor quality control. YMMV, but for what people do around here I suspect no one will run into any issues.

The Behringer C1u comes in at less from reputable dealers than your dynamic suggestion. The B1 comes in ~50% more. The B1 supposed is natural, where as the C1 has some colouration to it, but I have no hands-on with either.

That doesn't qualify as a recommendation, but I will say you could probably do a lot worse.

u/Magester · 3 pointsr/letsplay

What mind of mic are you using? When I first thought of getting into stuff I got a USB condenser mic (Blue Snowball) and they're terrible for lets play if your a PC gamer, especially with a mechanical keyboard. Condenser mics make quiet louder and louder stuff quieter.

If that's your issue then I suggest getting a dynamic mic. Either a USB one or preferably an XLR one and a mixer, and I can recommend several that aren't bad on the budget.

Pyle-Pro PDMIC58 with a Behringer Xenyx is what I switched to after the Snowball and was much happier.

Now I use an Audio-Technica ATR2100 and a much fancier mixer (I've also bought a 2nd of the pyle mics, and now use both of those for recording couch coop stuff with a friend).

u/justcasual · 3 pointsr/podcasts

You don't need to get super fancy (especially starting off). If you're audio sounds like a phone call, that's going to be an issue that will deter listeners. But mediocre audio quality will not hinder your growth, bad content will.

A few recommendations:

Cheap mics:

This works great as a portable mic:

I also used this to clip onto my headphones before:

Actual mics:

I've heard good things about the Snowball but I've never used it:

If you want an actual mic, this is the cheap mic I buy all my cohosts. It sounds perfectly fine. I've been using it for over 2 years now:

You don't need a mixer. Instead, I would use zencastr to record the audio. It has a free version but I pay for the unlimited one ($12).
Otherwise, you can just record your own individual audio with Audacity which is free and GREAT!

u/kickedtripod · 3 pointsr/Twitch

A bit about me before I go on a rant: I'm a professional podcaster. Spoken audio is how I make my living. I've used and tried just about every popular microphone/preamp (XLR & USB) up to about $500 (and quite a few over $500). So to start, what routes CAN you take (you kind of highlighted your options a bit, but I'd like to expand on them).

  1. A new headset microphone. Simple. Look HyperX Cloud II or a nice Sennheiser set. They've got really good gaming headset microphones (but very few if any headset microphones are going to sound better than a "real" microphone), and you wont need any extra equipment. The downside is your audio quality will only ever be adequate and the quality of your headphones is tied to the audio quality of your microphone.
  2. A USB microphone. This is the compromise most streamers make. With a USB-only microphone, the DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) is built into the microphone. DACs typically do two things 1. Convert the signal and 2. Add/reduce/maintain quality. For example, a USB > XLR converter box is $5 on Amazon, but the sound degradation is night and day worse than what you would get from a more serious DAC like a Scarlett Solo or something similar. With a USB microphone, the DAC is built into the microphone itself. Generally speaking, a separate DAC is going to have superior sound quality to an integrated one (in the same way an integrated GPU is almost always worse than a dedicated one) - but there are exceptions, and at the lower price ranges the differences are generally minimal. If you go with a USB microphone, I personally would suggest you skip over the Yeti. The Yeti is a FINE sounding microphone, but it has a LOUD noise floor meaning that computer fans, A/C units, and just about anything else that makes noise will be picked up by that microphone without laying on effects. In the Yeti's favor, it's a REALLY cool looking microphone - but it definitely doesn't punch at or above its weight in sound quality. Again, you can make a Yeti sound good if you have the right room or the technical ability to add a noise gate, EQ, compressor, etc, but it's a lot of extra work. I'll talk about recommendations in a second.
  3. An XLR microphone. This is the "long-term" play. However, MOST XLR microphones are going to have minimal superior sound quality until you get to microphones at about $250+. With an XLR microphone you'll also need a DAC. A decent DAC (that outperforms the built in DAC of a USB microphone) is generally going to run near the $100 range. Meaning that for your microphone, boom stand, pop filter, and shockmount, you're tied to $150 to stay in your price range. The upside is, it's unlikely you'll need to replace your DAC anytime soon unless you grow into really expensive microphones.


    Types of Microphones:
  • Condenser: Condenser microphones are generally the most popular on the Twitch streaming community but, in my opinion, they shouldn't be used in most cases. Condenser microphones tend to have loud noise floors and require a room to be treated. They also generally have worse angle rejection (ideally, your microphone isn't catch noise to the side and behind the microphone).
  1. Broadcast microphone. This is my recommendation. You can lose some of the "shiny-ness" of a condenser microphone, but in most cases it's not noticeably relevant. Comparing ~$250 budget microphones aren't going to have incredibly different frequency responses (again, exceptions apply).
  2. An XLR/USB hybrid microphone - Broadcast: The Audio-Technica AT2005USB is a microphone that has both XLR and USB. Meaning you can start out with USB, get the right equipment with a boom arm/shock mount/pop filter and down the road get an audio interface (DAC) to add some quality to the microphone. The only downside? The microphone isn't especially cool to look at.
  3. A USB-only microphone. The Audio Technica ATR2100-USB is essentially the same as the 2005, but doesn't have XLR. You save $15. This article is a great source on some dynamic microphones to take a look at.
  4. An XLR-only microphone. This is the long-term play, but not a bad one. If you see yourself wanting to upgrade microphones and change out gear down the road, this may be the most viable option. You picked a good microphone in the AT2035, but a mediocre DAC (for reasons I discussed earlier).
  5. Headset: Sennheiser or HyperX Cloud II. Do some research and watch some reviews.


    Sorry for the INCREDIBLY long-winded response. Microphones, for me, make or break streams and just because it's "analog" or "looks cool" doesn't mean that it'll perform well. I also want to add an additional shout out to using a Podfarm or OBS's VST plugins to highlight your voice. Using a microphone "dry" is rarely (if ever) the best way to get the best out of that microphone. Adding simple effects can be the difference maker between making a $50 microphone sound like a $500 one and a $500 one sound like a $50 microphone. Cheers and good luck!
u/Holy_City · 3 pointsr/audio

Something like this, this, or this will do better than most for under $100. If you keep searching look for terms "dynamic" (less sensitive), and "cardioid" or "hyper cardioid" (only picks up what's in front of the mic, not to the sides).

But the best solution is to ask your girlfriend to turn down the TV or move to another room. There is only so much you can do. Just remember to point the mic away from the source of interference, because it will pick it up. You'd be surprised how much it will help to angle the mic instead of just talking directly into it, if the interference is directly behind you.

u/beley · 3 pointsr/podcasting

I did some testing with multiple USB microphones and was able to setup a virtual audio device in Mac OS and Windows. They were different microphones, but I would assume if they were the same make/model it would have worked as well. The quality was okay, but you've got a lot of room for interference and bandwidth issues on the USB bus doing it this way. What I did and what I recommend you do is move to XLR microphones and a USB audio interface. I have the Scarlett 2i2 but for more than 2 XLR inputs you'd need to upgrade to a 4 or 8 port version. This Behringer 4-port interface is only about $129. Then you'd just need 3 XLR microphones, I have the MXL 770 which goes on sale pretty regularly for about $65. The Audio-Technica AT2020 is also a great choice under $100. The ATR2100 is also a surprisingly good podcasting mic and has both XLR and USB output.

u/tcookc · 3 pointsr/Twitch

a cardioid pattern will help your situation, but condenser mics like the Snowball and AT2020 are very sensitive and designed to pick up every little sound. if your primary concern is eliminating background noise, you should be looking for a dynamic mic like the ATR2100. cardioid dynamic mics only pick up sound that's directly in front of them.

u/Googleboots · 3 pointsr/podcast

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

u/CricketPinata · 3 pointsr/podcasts

If it's just you and your buddy and you aren't doing any Skype call-ins, and you guys can both be in the same room all you'll need is...

Two mics:
ENTRY/BASIC: - $64.00 American - $128 total.

Intermediate: - $99.00 American - $200 total.

Two XLR cables: - $5.99 American - $12.00 total.

One XLR-to-USB setup: - $99.00 American

Two Scissor Arms: - $12.99 American - $26.00 total

Two Pop Filters: - $6.95 American each - $14.00 total.

A DAW: Audacity - Free -

TOTAL BASIC COST: $280-355 American

If you need to do a Skype call Mix-Minus it will cost an extra $20-50 depending on how you would like to do it.

u/LetgoLetItGo · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

> It's a condenser. Most Dynamics require XLR input and a separate audio interface, but recently there are ones that use USB.

>You might want something like this Audiotechnica Dynamic Mic + USB interface built in or this microphone by Samson

My post above has links to two Dynamic microphones with USB inputs, but there are probably more out there.

As for speakers for super budget, used logitech x230s. For a bit higher, I'd look into Edifiers like these

There's been a bunch of deals on Edifiers recently (check slickdeals) and I'm unsure how often they usually have sales.

u/ajdellinger · 3 pointsr/ConnectedCareers

Audacity works well and is free. Audio Hijack Pro is what I've used in the past if you feel like getting fancy. Pick up a cheap desktop mic or a slightly nicer mic and get to recording.

u/oxygenplug · 3 pointsr/Twitch

Don't use a condenser mic. Use a cardioid dynamic mic.

Edit: here's a link to a USB one Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

u/Der-Pinguin · 3 pointsr/buildapc

My personal reccomendation for a microphone iv used it for a while and its pretty amazing.

u/kyleblane · 3 pointsr/letsplay

I used a Yeti for the first few years of my channel. I loved it and got great results from it, however the background noise was a bit too much so I knew eventually I'd want to switch to a dynamic (or at least a much better condenser).

My suggestion to people is to get an ATR2100 ($64) to start with as a USB microphone. Then, when you've saved up money and decided to go the next step, purchase a USB mixer (I have this one ($80), or you could use this one ($60) which is only one channel and cheaper). There's a noticeable difference between the USB and XLR interfaces of the ATR2100. Some people even like the USB better, I don't, but then again I'm adding EQ and compression through the mixer which for me yields better results than software effects.

u/GD_Fauxtrot · 2 pointsr/gadgets

I got the Audio Technica ATR-2100 last year when it was on sale for 50 USD, and I'm convinced that I won't find a better mic at that price range. And, good news, it's on sale again!

u/greeddit · 2 pointsr/podcasting

If you choose to go the mobile route you might want to get one of these.

We used them for a couple of episodes of our podcast until upgrading to these.

If you want to see the difference compare the oldest and newest episode of our [EXPLICIT] podcast here:

EDIT: The second option clearly isn't for mobile use. It works with USB and XLR. The first option just plugs into your 3.5mm headphone port on your phone. Not trying to confuse anyone =)

u/Lainz · 2 pointsr/audio

60 is low. Really low if you have nothing from before to build on.

I would consider the Audio-Technica ATR2100 it supports both usb for direct use with the computer, and xlr for later upgrade when you might consider getting a mixer.

Here is a nice rundown off a few mics. Youtube

u/hey_steve · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I used to have a snowball and I found that if it was on any position other than 1 (for speech, not instruments) it picked up way too much background noise. Even on 1 it seemed like the gain was really high. Then position 1 broke all together. I switched to an Audio-Technica ATR2100 and it made a big difference.

u/darthvacuous · 2 pointsr/u_heartdamage

Microphone suggestion:
Depends on if you want to buy a audio interface (XLR-USB) and a mic or a combo. I started out with a audio-technica ATR2100. Its a great mic for the price and you can use it without an usb interface.

Comes with a little stand and and you can hook it up to USB. I would get foam cover for it so you don't pop your pees. (Heck I'll send you mine for free)

Or you can get the humungus Blue yetti mic all the streamers buy.

I have a Heil PR40 I use for my recording and radio stuff.

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u/CormacCamus · 2 pointsr/podcasting

I just got this to start my podcast with and so far, I love it. Really affordable, obviously, and the ability to plug headphones directly into the mic to monitor has been really nice.

u/Man_of_the_Rain · 2 pointsr/Twitch

Every condenser microphone picks up a lot of unwanted noise, because condenser capsule is very sensitive and designed for work in studios, closed recording room with acoustic foam everywhere.

If you are really concerned about extraneous noise, look for good dynamic microphone. Most of them would require some audio interface with it, but there is a good exception like Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB.

Just keep in mind you MUST keep it close to your mouth for effectiveness. Why? Well, that goes because of your issue - you want lower sensitivity (because of babies), so you should provide mic with stronger signal from your voice. (There is a nice bundle on Amazon with boom arm and pop-filter included )

u/Philosophical_qwerty · 2 pointsr/letsplay

The mic with the red windscreen is an Audio-Technia ATR2100. It's a pretty cheap mic for how crisp and clear it sounds.

The black windscreen is a Audio-Technia P615

The ATR2100 is definitely the better mic, but in my experience with us using both at the same time, I hear no meaningful difference in sound quality. The build quality of the ATR is also nicer.

Both mics feed into a Zoom H4n sitting next to the couch.

u/zblaxberg · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Start by grabbing one of these puppies:

While it's not the top of the line, it's a great starter mic. You can record via USB straight into Audacity.

Then you want to figure out what the theme of your show is. Far too many people just say, "Oh I'm going to start a podcast" and then give up two episodes in or get disappointed when no one downloads it because it's a few dudes sitting in a basement talking about nothing. Having an overarching theme is crucial.

Try to be different. There's a podcast for every topic out there but frame it in a way that others aren't. I met these guys who started a show called "Good Morning You Drunks" and they were awesome. There's tons of great concepts out there just waiting to be grabbed up. Heck I wish I could find someone who could do like an Uber Car Confessional and interview people that he/she Ubers around.

The only other thing you'll really need is a podcast hosting service - this is where the files get stored so that iTunes can see them. I use Podbean. A lot of people use Libsyn or Spreaker or some others.

I got my start following John Lee Dumas' free podcasting course on

u/Armor_of_Inferno · 2 pointsr/podcasting

We used to record on a Blue Snowball mic and then upped our game, and we did it without using a mixer based on some tips we got from this subreddit.

We have 4 people recording, and chose to use a Zoom H6. It can record up to six tracks (but the most we've used is 4). Our microphones are Samson Q2Us, which is the same as an Audio-Technica ATR-2100 mic. (We chose the Samson Q2Us instead because they came with headphones and cheap stands and cost less.)

We decided to get boom arms with shock mounts and pop filters in order to reduce noise. To be honest, the Zoom H6 alone, using the capsule mic, produces better sound than our Blue Snowball. I also like the H6 because I can take it on the road and record mobile interviews clearly, even in noisier environments.

Here's one of our latest podcasts recorded with this setup, and here's an old one with the Blue Snowball for comparison. (Jump around the episodes a bit and you'll see the difference.)

Good luck with whatever you choose!

u/xEternalEcho · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Recently switched from a snowball to an AT2100 and I’m very happy with the quality. It’s a dynamic mic and my recording area isn’t the most quiet in the world. It made a big difference from the snowball in my case because of that.

u/Will_GSRR · 2 pointsr/letsplay
u/HalfBlindPrince · 2 pointsr/darksouls

I would recommend this mic.

It's pretty cheap, and it gives great quality sound for what it costs.

u/myeffort · 2 pointsr/SS13

I've been researching this topic recently, and pretty much settled on this product:

Your choice may be different depending on how noisy your environment is, and your budget. Many people will swear by XLR interface, but then you need need to count A/D converter into the cost.

On the other hand, you can probably get some benefit for as low as $20 by ordering condenser mic from aliexpress.

u/CloudDrone · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Just a heads up: The seiren bundle is almost like the Beats of microphones. Okay not that bad, but still. It looks good (if you like a big razer logo on your mic). The features don't come close to matching the price though.

50% off makes it a reasonable package, but at stock price its essentially a much more expensive Blue Yeti. The reviews for the essential hardware lead me to believe this one gets a little thin if you compare it to the audio technica USB mic at the $130 pricepoint..

As for the pop filter and shock mount, as I have mentioned elsewhere, Your biggest reduction in unwanted sound will come from getting a boom mic. It reduces vibrations and, more importantly, allows you to place the microphone at a proper distance from your mouth. With the proper placement, the mic signal is hot, so you're not turning up the gain to sound intelligible, which in turn increases the ambient noise. The pop filter can be useful, but the seiren filter is needlessly expensive, for something you can make at home. Shockmounts will be relevant only if you for some reason need to adjust and move the mic stand all the time. A boom stand eliminates the need.

What I'm saying is, although you're technically getting a deal, There are other choices you can find with more bang for your buck, if all you need is a mic to record your voice for gameplay streaming or VOIP for games. If your budget is $150 dollars I would say to get either the audiotechnica (a reputable and affordable audio company) or the Blue Yeti, and buy a heavy duty boom mic stand.

Now don't let me stop you from spending the money the way you want, but I just thought I would throw out my two cents on the matter since I had the time.

[EDIT] Just throwing this out there, I would buy this mic before any of the ones we talked about:

or this:

u/jfrenaye · 2 pointsr/podcasts

With a $500 to $700 budget I might suggest the following. Steer clear of the "packaged podcast stuff". And others will have their own opinions and thoughts but here are mine.

Recorder: Zoom H4nPro $230. Portable, flexible, will accept up to 4 inputs. Records on a SD Card.

Software: Audacity. It is free and allows you to manipulate and put together a cohesive product.

Mics: 2 of the ATR 2100 USB $150. Again, flexible and a decent beginner mic.

Accessories needed. 2 wind screen/pop filters for mics ($20), 2 mic stands ($20), 2 XLR cables for mics ($25)

Headphones: Sony MDR7560 $80 2 might be nice, but 1 required.

That is about $550 to $600 at this point.

If you wanted a studio mic, a decent starter mic is the MXL 990 at $100/ea. But beware that this is a condenser mic and it will pick up a ton of ambient sound especially in a non-treated room.

You may want to add a mixer into the mix at some point. I have a Behringer Xenyx 1204USB $139, but wish I had known more when I bought it and I would have bought the Behringer UFX1204 with the difference being that the one I have sends out a single stereo track to the recorder, but the latter has the ability to send separate tracks. Woudl be very handy if your guest is VERY soft spoken, there is a lot of talk over one another, etc.

u/YaBoyNazeem · 2 pointsr/podcasting

It depends on your recording environment. If you are just starting out and are recording in a bedroom or office I recommend a cardiod dynamic. Cardiod refers to the pattern around the mic that it picks up. Cardiod mics are most sensitive right in front of them in contrast to omidirectional mics which are sensitive to sound from any direction. A dynamic mic isn't as sensitive as a condensor mic and doesn't pick up a lot of background noise.

If you are just starting out I recommend one of the following:

One Person w/ USB mic:

Audio Technica ATR2100 -- ($69)

Neewar Boom Arm -- ($14)

On Stage Foam Wind Screen -- ($3)

(Total - $86)


One Person - w/ XLR interface:

BEHRINGER UMC22 Interface -- ($60)

Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 -- ($20)

Audio-Technica ATH-M20, Can use any headphones -- ($50)

Knox Boom Arm -- ($50)

On Stage Foam Wind Screen -- ($3)

(Total - $189)

The first group is "as cheap as you can get" and still get decent quality. The second group is definitely a better setup.

Ethan cohost of the Shieldwall Podcast

EDIT: The second group is definitely a better setup in that it allows you to upgrade down the road with better gear. If you have the money an Audio Technica ATR2100 or AT2005 would sound a good bit better in the second list than the XM8500. But do these sound 4 times better considering them being 3-4x the price? Hard to say.

u/brianf408 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

You definitely want to go for a dynamic microphone. Don't let anyone talk you into a condenser, they are GREAT for recording but will pick up every bit of background noise you have.

If you can spring a few more bucks, you really can't go wrong with the ATR2100.

I've never used this one, but the CAD U1 should definitely be sufficient for your needs.

I would highly recommend a scissor boom mount to get the microphone off the desk. It will help isolate from keystroke and mouse noise, and keep people from hearing a thump if you bump into your desk.

u/Podigy · 2 pointsr/podcasts

I scaled up audio inputs with microphones that have USB and XLR outputs. I recorded for a while with a 2 XLR mics going into a two input interface and 2 ATR2100s by aggregating devices on my hackintosh (or using ASIO4ALL when twitching on windows, which is what the kids say). After a while I upgraded my interface to one with more inputs, but I was able to keep using the ATR2100s through their XLR connections. Low initial cost to expand inputs, and future proofing for when you do get that nice Saffire interface with loopback capability for recording remote hosts super easily!

Best of luck!

u/ObsessivePodcaster · 2 pointsr/podcasting

I just uploaded my first podcast, so I may be a good person to answer?

I decided to go with the Audio-technica ATR2100 since it had the option to be a USB mic and an XLR mic. Hoping it will give me flexibility in the future if I decide to get a mixer or something. It also includes a headphone jack in the microphone so I can hear myself. I got a mic stand an a pop filter, too, since they weren't very expensive. It ended up being around $100 for the equipment, which I used credit card points for.

For recording software I went with Audacity. It's free and pretty simple to use. I can see how it might be limiting or unapproachable, but if you know the basics of sound editing you should be good.

For hosting I went with the free trial of podiant. I liked that they offered unlimited bandwidth and help with posting to Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, etc. It was very easy to upload the podcast and add the needed information. The hardest part was making a logo, which I did on my own in Photoshop but I might ask someone to make one for me later.

Trying to keep it simple for now and see how it goes.

u/chrisonline1991 · 2 pointsr/Bitcoin

I bought my Audio-Technica Mic for 20% off. is awesome, i have a lot of stuff i don't NEED. I just through it on a amazon wishlist and ask the highest % off and keep it there for months(or until i decide i do NEED it)

u/Drigr · 2 pointsr/podcasts

What do you need with your $100 budget? Is it just you? I'd recommend this mic with a stand or boom arm if it is just you and you don't need headphones. Start with audacity for editing at the start, but look into the trails for better software like Reaper or Hindenburg.

u/theZacharyWebb · 2 pointsr/podcasts

The Audio-Technica ATR2100/AT2005/Samson Q2U are very good podcasting microphones, and are versatile by having both USB and XLR connections.

The Zoom H6 is a good recorder. If you want to save money, get a Behringer mixer (1-XLR, 2-XLR, 4-XLR) and a Zoom H1 to record with.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M30x or ATH-M40x are good headphones.

Get any pop filter that fits your price. A Neewer boom arm is OK for podcasting (that's what I use), but the next step up is a Blue Compass, Rode PSA-1, or Heil PL-2T.

The Neewer boom arm comes with a plastic shock mount. has pretty good quality cables for cheap, but price almost equals quality for audio cables.

Audacity is a good audio editor.

Check out Better Podcasting, The Audacity to Podcast, School of Podcasting, The Feed, and Podcasters' Roundtable for podcast advice. Pod Squad is a Discord server that I help moderate where you can also get more help from other podcasters.

u/sunkast · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Personally I like the Audio Technica AT2005USB. It comes with a little stand and a USB cable. It works extremely well when on the go. It also has a jack for your headphones and you can even plug it into a mixer via XLR, making it a very versatile mic.

If you are looking for something a little less expensive, there is the Audio Technica ATR2100USB. The audio quality is almost as good as the AT2100, but doesn't have as nice of an on/off switch or windscreen inside.

If you need even cheaper than that Knox has an AT2005 knock off. It looks and sounds nearly identical.

All 3 are dynamic cardioid mics which are usually preferable when recording in a less than ideal environment since they should pick up less room noise. I wouldn't worry as much about audio quality differences between your home studio, and anything you use while on vacation. Most listeners understand you can't bring your home studio on the road.

Also full disclosure, the Amazon links are affiliate links for GFQ Network, the podcast network I work for.

u/BeguilingOrbit · 2 pointsr/podcasts

I'm assuming you have a decent computer. If so, then an Audio-Technica ATR-2100USB or one of its equivalents -- AT2005 or Samson Q2U -- is the way to go. They're all "basically" the same, so get whatever's cheapest at the time of purchase. the 2100 does have a lifetime warranty while the others don't. They frequently go on sale.

u/LalaCalamari · 2 pointsr/podcasting

This is pretty much the basic starter set that will really serve you well.

ATR2100 or Samson q2u for mics. Very similar mics that can just be plugged into your PC via USB. They both also have an XLR connection which future proof them if you buy other equipment. Both do a great job of rejecting background noise and they sound excellent.

Basic Foam cover for the mic.

Neewer scissor Mic stand (or some stand to get the mic closer to your face). The stand that comes with these mics isn't what you need.

u/PsionStorm · 2 pointsr/podcastgear

Any USB mic plugged into a computer will get you started. Audacity is a free editing program and will do the job. You can record over Skype or Discord with an assist from one of the numerous recording programs out there.

There are people suggesting this that are getting downvoted. I don't know why. It's a legit way to get started.

Yes, your quality will not be great if you use a cheap USB mic. But if you're just starting out in podcasting, there is no reason to dump a bunch of money into it until you are absolutely certain it is something you enjoy doing.

Podcasting is a commitment, and everyone involved needs to be committed to making episodes on a schedule. There is no reason to spend hundreds of dollars on equipment on the chance that you or your crew get burned out after doing three episodes.

If this turns into something you love doing, then spend the money - one upgrade at a time.

All that said, if you really feel like you want to dive in and get some gear, I love my Audio Technica ATR2100-USB. It's on sale for $68 right now, and does both USB and XLR, which gives you some flexibility depending on your recording circumstances. It's a good launching point and won't break the bank.

u/SciFi_Pie · 2 pointsr/youtubers

I'm personally planning on buying the ATR2100. It's a rather cheap microphone that works both with USB and XLR. I've heard really good things about it and the demos I've listened to sound great.

I suggest you don't fall into the trap of getting a Blue Yeti. A lot of people who don't know squat about microphones tend to go for it because it looks cool, but it's quite overpriced and generally isn't considered to be very good. There are definitely much better options out there for a better price.

u/Gutsin · 2 pointsr/letsplay

I found a very helpful post on an audio reddit, that said dynamic mic's are really great for removing background noise. I see a lot of recommendations for the ATR2100 but the Blue Spark looks nice too but it doesn't display that it's a dynamic mic. I think if I get the ATR2100 I'd use it for a USB at first, but possibly switch to the XLR hookup.

u/steelew0 · 2 pointsr/podcasts

Don't just leave us hanging!! What may be changing?

OP, the Yeti is not a bad mic for the price, just as /u/abowlofcereal said, it has a limited upgrade path. I usually recommend the ATR2100 which can often times be found around $50 and a mixer or audio interface for similar price point. The 2100 is good as it can be used as a usb mic, but also has an xlr input for higher end equipment which offers an upgrade path. Solid starter mic.

u/wilb0b · 2 pointsr/letsplay

Each mic has their pros and cons, dynamic mics make the guess work much easier and require very little audio engineering but at the risk of sounding like a live sports commentator on the field or have nasal issues but exterior noises are not a problem.

A condenser mic requires a power source from most likely an interface or if it's USB that should be solved, a little more knowledge on audio editing and would sound better with sound treatment foam to control the room's acoustics since it will pick up a lot of room echo as well as noisy environments like lawn mowing, washing machines/dryers, traffic, someone coughing up a lung in an adjacent room and ventilation kicking on and blowing (treatment foam won't block out a lot of these exterior noises). Condenser mics sound much better in clarity since it can capture a wider range of frequencies but with that increased range it'll pick up weird noises.

The Shure MV5 that you're looking at might have to be reconsidered unless you're willing to learn how to work around a condenser mic's weaknesses in post or invest in some sound treatment or if you have a very quiet recording space. If this sounds unappealing then you may want to look into a dynamic mic like a Shure SM 58 or the Audio Technica ATR2100.I'm not proficient in knowing the easiest and cheapest way of connecting a dynamic mic to a PC other than an interface, there are XLR to USB converters but I don't know how well they work and idk how it will sound if you were to convert the connections to 3mm and plug it right in to the PC but I'd imagine it'll sound terrible.

u/colev14 · 2 pointsr/podcasting

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

I have this microphone and it works great. It's dynamic so it doesn't pick up as much background noise. It's USB and XLR so if your budget increases down the line you can get an audio interface, but for now you can use the USB. I've seen it get down to $45 before. If you're willing to wait you can set a deal alert on Slickdeals or stealengine

u/lpbythebulb · 2 pointsr/letsplay

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

I recommend this mic. I use it for both let's plays and podcasting and I love it. It has both USB and xlr inputs so you can plug and play right away plus if you wanna upgrade to using a sound mixer eventually you won't need a new mic cause this will work great with that too. I got a pop guard for it recently and am blown away by how clear it is for the price.

u/morjax · 2 pointsr/letsplay

Note that acoustic treatment is typically much less important for dynamic mics than for condenser mics :) It's a little trickier for multiple person commentary (as you sort of need a dynamic mic per person, which means probably XLR over USB, but you'll be saving on sound treatment, so there's that). Something like a Focusrite scarlett 2i2 interface with two ATR2100 mics or two Shure SM58 mics (SM58s are tanks, and are usually in great quality when gotten used).

Joint commentary is tricky. You can either do a shutgun mic, or condenser and try to manage unwanted noises, or you can go the multiple dynamics route, which should give a very good signal-to-noise ratio.

u/mc_nibbles · 1 pointr/letsplay

The Blue Snowball is awesome, but unless your room is sound awesome-ized, I would suggest a dynamic mic.

The Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB mic is pretty good, pair that with a desk arm and a pop filter and you'll be good to go.

u/Buzzsprout · 1 pointr/podcasting

Check out our page on how to make a podcast. We have reviews on different podcaster setups for every budget. Might want to take a look at the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone.

u/EMEducator · 1 pointr/podcasting
u/StargatePioneer · 1 pointr/podcasts

I'm shocked that this list does not include one of the following which would be the #1 microphone that I would recommend for podcasters:

Knox Podcasting Microphone

Audio Technica ATR-2100

Audio Technica AT2005

Samson Q2U

Some of the others (expect the Rode Podcaster) are condenser microphones which are problematic for the average podcaster to use without issues such are room reverb, echo, and background noise. I would not recommend those for your average podcaster

u/Hardfoil · 1 pointr/letsplay

Personal fan of the ATR2100. It goes on sale every 3-4 months and hasn't let me down yet. I use the USB connection and commonly get compliments on my in-game audio quality (you might not think that from my vids).

It's a cardoid mic, so it picks up sound a little differently than a Blue Yeti. I also think that it's of reasonably better quality. Combined with the standard OBS noise gate and suppression, I don't have much reason to use additional processing on my mic.

Be sure to pick up a pop filter, whatever you do. I'm using one and considering getting another to put over it, just to catch that last 10% that make it through.

u/Audio_Noises · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Here's a link to some example clips highlighting the noises/artifacts I'm hearing (you'll probably need headphones):

This is my setup, all purchased new, in order of connection:

  1. Electro-Voice RE20

  2. DBX 286s Microphone Pre-amp Processor

  3. Mackie Onyx Blackjack 2x2 USB Recording Interface

  4. My Macbook

    Backup Mic:

  5. Audio-Technica ATR2100

    Old microphone, which doesn't have the issue:

  6. Samson C01U Pro USB Studio Condenser Microphone

    What I've tried so far:

  • Tried every combination of knobs I can think of, including bypassing all processing on the DBX, 0 gain on the Onyx Blackjack, a little gain on the DBX and a little gain on the Onyx, both with and without the Hi-Z button...etc.
  • Removed the computer from the equation, plugging my headphones directly into the Onyx Blackjack monitoring jack.
  • Removed the DBX 286s from the equation, plugging the RE20 directly into the Blackjack (tried both with and without the computer in the loop).
  • Removed the Onyx Blackjack and the computer from the equation, plugging my headphones directly into the output of the DBX 286s.
  • Removed electrical power from the equation, using the Onyx Blackjack directly, and unplugging my Macbook from power (the Onyx Blackjack is powered by USB).
  • Removed the room from the equation, taking my Macbook and Onyx Blackjack to another room, and then outside.
  • Put a wind filter on the mic.
  • Enabled the "bass tilt down" roll-off switch on the RE20.
  • Tried talking further away from the mic.
  • Tried all of the above with the backup mic.
  • Tried all of the above with a different XLR cable.

    Nothing got rid of the noise. The weird part is, it's not always consistent. Sometimes it will appear and be really obvious, other times it will sit subtly in the background. When I tried again with the old Samson mic, everything sounded normal. If someone can tell me the technical term for this sound, I can do my research and hopefully figure it out, but I'm lost, I don't know what to search, and I feel like I tried everything.

    TL:DR - Tried 2 XLR mics, 2 XLR cables, 2 pieces of equipment, with and without the computer, went outside, unplugged everything from power, and isolated all the above variables. What the heck is this noise???
u/SpagettInTraining · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm thinking of buying a mic to start recording youtube videos. I'd be mostly doing voiceovers, but I'd be talking to my friends on skype when I'm not recording.

My friend has recommend the ModMic.

However, I've seen some reviews that say the ATR2100 is pretty good.

I wanted to get a second opinion, what do you guys think?

u/startsimplehealth · 1 pointr/podcasts

If I want to record my podcast over a chromebook what's the best software to use?

I only have a microphone ( with the foam. What should I get next and why?

Is skype and hangouts the best way to do interviews?

EDIT: I have a chromebook I'll be using for awhile. What's the best way to do interviews on this.


u/MinuteImpossible · 1 pointr/podcasting

Yep! If it ain't broke don't fix it.

I upgraded my mic to this:

And I like it's sound as well. You're going to upgrade once you get comfortable.

u/lime-link · 1 pointr/podcasts

Try the ATR2100

Or the Samson Q2
Both super for starting out. Have either USB or XLR for flexibility. And they sound great.

Also it's a good idea to get a pop filter for it. These are like $5 and help audio quality a lot.

Just remember, it's not the mic that makes a great show, it's you.

u/GrabbinCowlicks · 1 pointr/podcasts

Here's a copy/paste from a thread a while ago. This setup is kind of expensive, but it's a good setup if you plan on podcasting for a long time. If you're looking at running a show with multiple hosts/guests in-studio and via Skype, this is a good setup to have.

Also, I had bad experiences with Behringer mixers. They're fairly cheap but they don't last long. I had one for maybe three days and hated it. There was a loud hissing noise every time we'd record. I've heard other people have the same problem. I've also heard the reason Behringer is so cheap is they're assembled with the cheapest components. So that's why they don't last very long.

"First off, I wouldn't recommend garageband for recording or editing. It's a resource hog that eats up your ram. I've had it freeze up in the middle of recording before and while editing. I recommend going with Audacity. It's not as user friendly as garageband but it's reliable. I recorded for 2.5 hours in one sitting with no problems.

As for a mixer, I highly recommend the Alesis MultiMix 8 USB. You just plug it into the USB of your laptop, adjust the sound settings on whatever program your recording into and you're set. You can use it to pull audio from the laptop (ie Skype call or YouTube video) into the mix.

There's also the Alesis MultiMix 4 USB. It's cheaper, has less bells and whistles but it works just as well. Though, you'll need this cord if you want to pull audio from the laptop.

In order to hook up multiple Headphones with these mixers, you'll need a headphone amp.

As for mics, the Audio-Technica ATR2100 is a great mic for the price. And it's got xlr and USB cords."

When I wrote that, the Audio Technica mics were $30 a pop. Now they're almost twice as much. I've been podcasting with mine for over a year and a half and it still works great.

Here's a link to my podcast, in case you want to gauge the audio quality of this setup.

u/dreadul · 1 pointr/microphones

I was originally looking at Blue Yeti but after reading this subreddit, I've learned that I need a dynamic mic for streaming. I'm looking at this ATR2100 with an arm stand.

The question: so do dynamic mics have to be much closer to the source of sound? Or can it configured what area to pick up? What I'm asking is do I have to keep that mic, like 4-10cm from me, or can I leave it away from me on a comfortable distance of say, 30cm+?

Thank you in advance.

u/jetpacksplz · 1 pointr/podcasts

I record Audiologue in a pretty tight space that echoes pretty bad and I've not had any issues using the Audio-Technica ATR2100. It doesn't need it, but you could pop a foam windscreen on it, and any sort of software gating you do should manage most of the echo. It has for me at least.

I also always recommend reading Marco Arment's mega-review. It runs the gamut of starting out mics to more high-end XLR mixer setups. Always a good resource.

u/FinalBossDad · 1 pointr/SRSGaming

I picked up:

  • Dynamic Mic

  • Headphones

  • Boom arm

    They are all working great so far. The headphones are a lot louder than I expected, but are also open air so I can hear other stuff going on in my house. This makes my wife a lot happier than my old pair of closed cups :)

    The only drawback to the dynamic mic I've seen so far is that I have to be VERY close to it or my voice volume drops considerably. I guess that is just a "feature" of that type of mic to prevent picking up noises it isn't supposed to be. I set up my boom arm to shove it literally into my face, an inch from my mouth while I am sitting back in my chair to play the games.
u/FlamingSnowball · 1 pointr/microphones

The AT2020 is okay, especially for the budget you're on. I like the ATR2500-USB, although its a tad more expensive than the 2020. If you're really not looking to spend money and not fool with an interface, the ATR2100-USB is a decent option. Here are reviews for both of them so you can get an idea of what they sound like: The 2500 The 2100

u/RadarGaming · 1 pointr/podcasts

Im glad you liked the show!

Im using the Audio-Technica ATR2100

The Audio-Technica AT2005 is the same mic just looks different.

u/joshharoldson · 1 pointr/podcasts

We record in our home office, with zero soundproofing, a mixer, and 2 ATR 2100 mics. We do quite a bit of post-processing in Adobe Audition like this however.

u/dabacabb · 1 pointr/letsplay
u/lyonsinbeta · 1 pointr/podcasts

The Audio-Technica ATR2100 is only ~$70 and is a quality dynamic USB/XLR for the price. I've recommended it and used it my self for several shows and it's excellent. I wouldn't even consider it a budget mic; it gets the job done and there's no need to upgrade if it's working and sounds good.

Marco Arment of ATP fame even recommended it on his blog.

u/byttle · 1 pointr/headphones

I have a desktop mic I use but rarely.

This one.

u/JoshuaDavidson · 1 pointr/sixers

Highly recommend this mic (though just two weeks ago, it was $55, so keep an eye out for good sales)

u/zWeApOnz · 1 pointr/Twitch

Thank you for your advice.

What do you think about this microphone, recommended by another member here? It is not a condenser mic so it will not pick up background noise such as key typing.

u/throwawaynoobaccount · 1 pointr/Twitch

Hahah so not that then. what about this? Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone, saw it being recommended in the comment section of this post and online reviews seem to have an overall positive review other than that one person who had their mic malfunction in the first month. Hopefully that was just a defect lol.

Hmm, yeah, I'm a bit hesitant about spending much money on anything I build just in case it 'd fail. $1k is the most realistic option is it?

Hahah, yeah I'm currently based in ye good ol' Oz. and oh cool thanks :) I've looked up a how to guide to making your own PC and it really does seem to definitely be time consuming :( I think I'm sadly better off purchasing the Trident 3 (GTX 1060 i5-7400 8GB 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD Windows 10 VR Ready) based off of this review's comment since I'm not confident at all with this working well and I just really want to game already tbh :') but damn. they don't ship to aus and the ones that are available here cost twice the price in the US so nvm. but I did find this so for $499 I get a bulldog chassis, hydro series H5 SF CPU Liquid Cooler, SF600 600-Watt 80 Plus Gold Power Supply, Gigabyte Z170N-Wifi Motherboard. I'm not sure if it's worth it or not but I think it's pretty good for someone like me who's not great in building.

I'm more or less following this guide but damn in Aus it more or less nearly added an extra $100 on every item there.

SSD Corsair Neutron XTI 480GB $279

Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK16GX4M2B3000C15 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 $219


the i5 you linked $304 + Shipping AUD$28.68 = $332.68 but then if I paid an extra $70 I could get Intel Core i7 7700 instead.

Win10 $269.00

would result in an insane amount of $499+$279+$332.68+$600+$219+$269=$2198.68... So it's more expensive than this MSI Trident 3 i7-7700, 8GB DDR4 SODIMM, 256GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD, Geforce GTX 1060-3GB ITX, WiFi, BT4.2, Win10 Home

The ram is just 8gb but I think I can upgrade it in the future if need be. SSD could be replaced easily too.

And nearly / just $200 short of this MSI Trident 3

MSI Trident 3 Arctic White Compact Gaming Desktop, i7-7700, 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 SODIMM, 256GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD, Geforce GTX 1070-8GB ITX, WiFi, BT4.2, Win10 Hom

The difference between the arctic and the other one is that the arctic's GTC is 1070 and has twice the ram. Everything else is the same.

u/Onetrackpunk · 1 pointr/podcasts

I do not recommend getting 3 blue yetis. I have one and it's a pain. Try getting 3 of the Audio-Technica-ATR2100 as it has the option of USB and the ability to use a mixer when you do plan to start upgrading.

u/WolfChaos · 1 pointr/buildapc

Should I get [these] ( (Philips SHP9500S) headphones or these headphones? (Audio-Technica ATH-M40x )
I was also wondering if [this] ( mic is good and how it compares to the ModMic4.0. (Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB)

u/kicgaming · 1 pointr/letsplay

Most any boom arm and pop filter (goose neck, anyway) should be fine. I don't think it's a particularly heavy mic, which is often times why less expensive boom arms aren't as good.

For a shock mount, I think you'll want one that looks like a circle in the middle that grabs the microphone versus one that has a threaded attachment. That might not make much sense, and I may be wrong (I don't have an ATR2100), but I think something like this (not necessarily this, but this type of design) would work.

Generally, I point people to this post, and the link within the original post, for more about gear and starting out with XLR stuff.

u/lacunosum · 1 pointr/piano

I'd add that you probably want a dynamic mic, since condensers tend to have a higher noise floor and less compression (with a piano, you want some compression otherwise is difficult to hear soft parts or the loud parts will blow out your ears). A dynamic mic that I like to use for home recording (Audio-Technica ATR2100) is only about $56 on amazon right now, but there are less costly ones too. With USB mics, you'll have to record with a computer running Audacity (or similar software) unless you also get a 3.5mm adapter for your camera or iPhone.

u/Beta-7 · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

Here's an amazon link And here's the deal

u/bebop_anonymous · 1 pointr/Twitch

If background noise is an issue, condenser mics will pick up a mouse fart in the next county. I just switched to a dynamic mic and its made a world of a difference paired with a little compression + noise gate.

This is the mic I upgraded to from a Snowball:

u/Cocoa_Knight · 1 pointr/buildapc

Hey, what you want is a dynamic microphone. There are basically two main types of mics out there dynamic and condenser. Condensers are usually better quality, but pick up EVERYTHING and dynamics are pretty good, but only pick up what is right in front of them. I've got a atr2100 right now that has served me well. Link
Edit for spelling :P

u/WolfDemon · 1 pointr/podcasting

The perfect mic doesn't exi--

Seriously that mic is much better than a Yeti, and it's dynamic so it's not gonna pick up those proverbial mouse farts.

u/Dameleon · 1 pointr/NewTubers

Thanks a ton man! I have a question though. The mic I have is supposed to be really good, so do you think the problem is the placement of mic? Thanks for the tips! Did you find any of the video funny by the way?

u/Falconn11 · 1 pointr/buildapc

It's a little over budget but goes on sale for 50 off and on. It's a great mix for the money. Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

u/theguycalledtom · 1 pointr/podcasts

> sometimes acoustics are a challenge

Make sure you are using a Dynamic microphone with a windshield to post to your guests and not a condenser like the awfully over-recomneded Blue Snowball/Yeti. You are much more likely to get a better recording in any sort of environment your guest is recording in.

The ATR-2100USB is one of the best cheap USB dynamic microphones and can even record or Skype from an iPad with the iPad usb camera adaptor.

u/windsorlad111 · 1 pointr/podcasts
u/hobovirginity · 1 pointr/Twitch
u/kaXcalibur · 1 pointr/podcasts

With MacBook, you can use audacity or Garage Band to edit. I prefer audacity, it's simple and there's a lot of online support. If you want to drop some money, I think a lot of people would suggest Reaper.

You could get started with this mic. It looks like it comes with a cable and stand, if not, grab you a mic arm and a pop filter and you'll be good to go.

If you're planning to have multiple guests in the future, I'd recommend a mixer and mics.

Whatever you do, start with a dynamic mic, not a condenser. You'll get a better sound out of a dynamic mic, since you don't have a studio.

EDIT: As far as hosting, I've used Podbean, but you'll have to shell out some money. We currently pay around 100 a year for Podbean. Libsyn is the other go to, as someone else mentioned, but I'm not sure how much it costs. Shout Engine and are both free options for hosting.

u/asdf4455 · 1 pointr/headphones

Well since the Roccat you had before was worth $150, I'll use that as a baseline. If you're willing to spend the same amount for only headphones, I'd say go with the Audio Technica ATH-AD900X. If you want to get a mic with it, get this Sony ECMCS3. if you wanna save some cash, you can go with the AD700X or AD500X and buy the sony mic i linked. Another alternative is the Philips SHP9500 (which is what I use for gaming) with a V-Moda Boom Pro Gaming Mic. if you also wanna step up your microphone game, you can also get a ATR2100. I say that mic and not a blue yeti or snowball because the 2100 is a dynamic mic, which means it doesn't pick up a lot of background noise. This is useful since the AD series and the SHP9500 are all open back headphones so the sound leaks out. this is great for gaming though, since it provides a wider sound stage and helps with positioning in games.

u/KVYNgaming · 1 pointr/obs

You should just try to get a different microphone then. Try taking a look at this:

You'll notice that the background noise is drastically reduced.

u/IdmonAlpha · 1 pointr/podcasting

The Audio Technica ATR2100 is the most recommended beginner mic you'll find around here. It has a USB connection and an XLR connection, so your buddy can continue to use it if he decides to upgrade to an audio interface later on. (I just ordered one with the intention of using both at the same time for Skype reasons). He'll need something like this to connect the mic's USB cable to his phone.

I just did a quick Google and it does appear people are using their ATR2100s with iPhones and iPads. I suggest your buddy look at YouTube videos about it before committing.

u/jjrmm7 · 1 pointr/microphones

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

This microphone is highly recommended. It has a USB port to directly connect this to your computer, and headphone ports for playback.

I'd suggest picking up a boom arm and a nice little windscreen and that's all.

Here is a nice review about it:

u/Dre_PhD · 1 pointr/hiphopheads

Word man this is what I got, I rarely record anything on it but for the price it's pretty unbeatable imo.

u/mrculy · 1 pointr/YouTubeGamers

I just bought a new mic, its a Audio-Technica ATR2100 Its a great mic! My future vids should have better audio,

u/LohengrammRL · 1 pointr/Twitch

Haha, wow I just asked Kalikovision64 p much the same thing about this:


u/Lurkingnerd · 1 pointr/headphones

Mic wise the audiotechnica ad2100 blows pretty much anything under 200 bucks out of the water.

At around $50 you get a dynamic microphone with USB and XLR to allow for expansion later on. I wish I would have found that mic earlier because after its ran through my amp, compressor, and mixer EQ it sounds almost as good as my $400 re20. [ Link to the ad2100] (

u/kopkaas2000 · 1 pointr/audioengineering

If environmental noise is your main concern, and you're not at the point where you want to treat your room acoustically, you may actually be better off getting a dynamic mic instead of a condenser. A good condenser mic, if used correctly, has the capacity to sound really good, but they're usually not optimized for being operated in noisy non-studio environments.

I have zero experience with USB mics, but I came across this audiotechnica one that generally gets good reviews and fits within your budget. As a plus, it can also double as a regular XLR mic, so if you ever want to expand your set-up to multiple mics with a proper soundcard, you won't lose your investment.

u/NotLudo · 1 pointr/Twitch

Unless you have a treated room for a condensor mic, I'd go with an ATR2100 if you're in the US or a t.bone MB 88U if you're in Europe (linking to british site, but they cover a lot of European countries, just click the flag in the top right).

u/dceddia · 1 pointr/reactjs

To add to this, the ATR 2100-USB is a very decent USB mic and not crazy expensive. Here's a 30 second vid (How to Deploy Create React App to Surge) recorded with that mic.

fwiw I don't think the audio quality is all that bad, but it does sound too "compressed" or something. Like those old MP3s in 64kbps. So you may want to check your export settings too.

u/Assorted_Bits · 1 pointr/futurebeatproducers

Field recorders could work for vocals, but they're usually used for interviews, not singing as far as I'm aware. But i have no first-hand experience.

Since you don't have an audio-interface, you could go for a USB dynamic microphone, such as the Audio Technica ATR2100-USB (if you're in/near the US) or the T.bone MB88U Dual (if you're in Europe) which both have USB and XLR-connections. Since the latter is a brand owned by the webshop itself, do ask what mic-holder they recommend if needed, since it's quite bigger at the handle than 'ordinary' mics.

The aforementioned SM57 needs an audio-interface (and maybe a pre-amp as well) in order to work on a mic. The mics I just linked can directly be plugged in into a computer. For now those are your cheapest options in case you just want to explore/try out.

u/LadOkapi · 1 pointr/letsplay

I have an Audio Technica ATR2100 that I scored on sale around Black Friday last year. Generic scissor arm stand, no pop or shock filter because they don't seem to matter either way in my setup. Gated with VoiceMeeter Banana.

u/lone0001 · 1 pointr/bapcsalescanada

Don't bother with this microphone, this mic is huge, very sensitive, and simply not worth the high price. I see so many people recommending and buying this microphone and it simply isn't a very good microphone. This comment may get downvoted but I just thought I'd warn against it from personal experience.

Get something like this because it would isolate noise a LOT better or this but it wouldn't isolate noise as well.

EDIT: Forgot I was on /r/bapcsalescanada, replaced the links with Canadian Amazon links. Sadly the ATR-2100 seems a lot more expensive compared to the last time I checked it (it was around $70 I think), just another day on in Canada where everything is more expensive I guess.

u/2ndCitySB · 1 pointr/applehelp

haha okay, sorry. I don't know what the tech terms are, I just podcast.

That is the model and it is connected via USB.

u/HokeyReligion · 1 pointr/podcasts

The ATR2100 is a really good, inexpensive dynamic mic option. The AT2020 is a great condenser option.

As for theme, find something you are passionate about. Something you can talk about no matter how you feel that day. A lot less "work" to do if you focus on something you love.

u/polygadi · 1 pointr/youtubers
u/PhoKingHapa · 1 pointr/Twitch

I would highly suggest getting a Dynamic mic. I have used a condenser mic in the past, and I had the same issue as you with white noise and it hearing every possible noise in the house. Currently I use the atr 2100 by Audio Technica. I picked it up for $100 and have not regretted it since. It comes with both a usb cable and an xlr cable (if you use a mixer, which i also suggest getting.)

I use a mixer, to mute my mic, for the moments when someone barges in my room or i have my parents yelling at me from outside my door. Its also a great way to change the levels of your mic (for example the highs and lows. I currently use and suggest the Yamaha ag03 as it doesnt take up a huge amount of space and has a perfect amount of space for a single pc stream setup and ive made it work for two pc's.

Hope this helps and good luck on your search for a new mic!

u/Dronicusprime · 1 pointr/Twitch

This is a pretty good one, obviously if the mic is over the keyboard it could pick up the noise.

u/GinkoWeed · 1 pointr/microphones

Hmm... That's a good point. An ATR2100 from Audio-Technica should be plug-and-play.

As for the mic you have, I can tell you from firsthand experience that it's a good mic, but you would really want good sound proofing if you want to get rid of background noise. The sound profile is a little off for singing, IMO, but if you wanted a mic for talking with friends over a VOIP/videogames, or recording gameplay, it would be fine. Samson advertises it as a good mic for musicians too, so there's also that.

Edit: Just noticed that it's also got an XLR connection as well, so you could upgrade from just directly connecting to your computer, to using an audio interface.

u/6Stringfinger · 1 pointr/PS4

HyperX headsets seem to have generally above average mics, from my experience. Ideally, if mic sound is important, you should look into USB mics like this one :

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

I use that one myself. It plugs into the USB of the PS4, then any headset with a 3.5mm jack plugs into the mic. You'll probably also need a mic stand though.

u/Patriotrican · 1 pointr/podcast

To keep equipment to a minimum its not a bad option to use a USB microphone. If you do not have a treated room you would be better served by a samson Q2U or ATR-2100. They costs less and are quieter than the yeti. Better yet if you ever upgrade the also have XLR conections. Plenty of videos on the features of these mics.


u/draggingalake · 1 pointr/podcasts

You could do something like this:

  • $99 Behringer USB Mixer

  • $54 x 4 Audio Technica ATR2100 USB

  • $13 5-Pack Foam Pop

  • $26 5-Pack MF XLR Cables - 10'

    Then you just need mic stands. You could probably even find cheaper Pop filters and/or XLR cables, I just did a quick search. Those mics are both USB and XLR and they are actually pretty decent for the price, so not a bad investment. You might want to look at different mixers, but that Behringer is one of the most affordable USB ones. I prefer using a Focusrite, but those are 3x the price usually.

    Edit, those mics actually come with XLR cables! I forgot. Not sure if they are long enough, but they should work fine too. Although some pack in XLR cables are super cheap.
u/blacklabel8829 · 1 pointr/podcasts

As others have mentioned, XLR mics with a mixer is a good start for multi-mic. Of course, as long as you have a PC you can output to mixer to for recording.

A great starting mic is the ATR2100. We started with a cheap 2-input Behringer, outputting to my PC and Audacity. We eventually upgraded to using a Zoom H4N Pro going to a macbook and Garageband. The Zoom gives us a bit more recording freedom, which is nice.

u/Piss_Post_Detective · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

Would you go lower on the mic? From [Amazon] it's $54.50 shipped.

u/ExIztency · 1 pointr/letsplay

Here is my recomendation:

The problem with having a condenser microphone and using a noise gate, is that while it wont pick any noise while you are not talking, it will pick up all the clicks when you do talk.

As someone who went from a condenser mic to a dynamic mic, I can tell you that I sound exactly the same with my live streaming as I do with my recordings. Now I do 0 sound edditing.

P.S.: Also invest in a windshield and a boom arm for better positioning (shouldn't be too expensive).

u/transmutethepooch · 0 pointsr/podcasting

I have no problems with affiliate links. You should change yours to your affiliate link, and get a few bucks for being helpful and pointing out the price drop.

Edit: To add to the helpfulness, here's the mic and a few accessories to get a good setup without breaking the bank.

  • ATR2100-USB mic - $54.50
  • Boom arm - $13.99
  • Shock mount - $14.95
  • Windscreen - $2.95

    Total = $86.39 for a darn good setup. (All are affiliate links. I'd be happy to remove these if the conversation swings in that direction.)
u/Torley_ · 0 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Without a doubt, Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone — amazing bang for the $50ish buck. Versatile, great-sounding capture. Not as heavy as, say, Rode Procaster, but I don't think it's necessary for a mic to be that weighty unless you have a swivel stand that works in tandem with a counterweight. And very handy to have both XLR and USB connectors, somewhat of a rare feature.

Fellow bassy voice and lifelong audio artist here, have tried various models including the staple SM57/58. I can go more into detail but look up all the reviews: many people who get it are surprised they haven't heard of it before. Dare I sa

u/thelucasheydepodcast · 0 pointsr/podcasts

I use anchor its awesome, the support team is always really helpful and quick, plus they post almost everywhere.

If you already have a mac book tho you can record right into it. if your budget is around 1000 you can get some nice stuff. My set up rn is just a zoom H6 and two audio technica mics and a pop. If you want a nice headset thats not too expensive I like these.

The zoom is nice because it can double as a mixer and it portable, the mic can plug into your computer through usb so your not just stuck recording into the zoom.

u/_Calypse_ · 0 pointsr/Twitch

I'm unsure how easy it is to fix that lack of grounding, but I purchased an ATR-2100 and I love it so far.

u/RewindRepeatIt · -3 pointsr/Assistance

Merry Christmas OP!

I'm trying to get DJ equipment to start my dream of being a DJ. It's kinda already started because through lots of legwork and thrift-store shopping I managed to get some barely-passable home audio stuff, but it can't take the strain of DJing and can't be used for anything larger than ~40 people. I've had to turn down gigs because of it and judging by how frickin' hot it gets after I play for a few hours, it's going to be dead soon.

I made an Amazon list of what I need to buy to be at a semi-professional level. The cheapest thing that's independently useful would be the microphone, I believe, but literally anything is greatly appreciated, even if it's just a cord for something I don't have yet or something. The speakers are the most important thing by far, but they're extremely expensive. - Dynamic microphone (the condenser mics pick up all the background noise and are way more prone to feedback) - Pop cover that would fit that mic - Mixer (without it the speakers and stuff won't work) - Professional software (the one I currently use is free software lacking a lot of the functionality of this) - Production software - Cheap keyboard MIDI with a drum pad to use with FL Studio - Monitor speakers - Cords for the montiors (I'd need 2) - Mackie Thump15s w/ cases and stands - Cables for the speakers and subwoofer - Subwoofer - Stand for the subwoofer - Lighting truss - Colored lights (it would need 2) - Strobe lights (2 as well) - Hooks for the lighting (1 per light, 4 total) - Security hooks for the lights (to save the lights if they fall from the hooks) - Powerstrip (I'd need 2) - Laptop/controller stand - 4-deck controller - Case for the controller

Not going for a sob story here, but rather explanation of why I don't have money to spend on this stuff - I've got no family and I've got Lyme's Disease which I wasn't allowed to treat back when I had a family (strictly against modern medicine) and now can't treat because of an error made on my government-provided health insurance that's so far been going on for 8 months and is yet to be fixed. Lyme destroys your joints, so standing and walking for a retail job (not yet out of college) is extremely painful for days afterwards. Once I get treatment I'm going to put my nose to the grindstone and get two jobs to finance it, but still, anything helps. If you go through my post history you'll see mention of a few Christmas gifts, specifically a set of headphones, and those are from friends. I really really really appreciate them because they put a lot of thought into them and read reviews and all, but I wound up not being able to use them, but instead returned them and spent the money on a professional set of headphones, which is why there are no headphones on that list of links.

u/CaptainCoque · -9 pointsr/leagueoflegends

This is a usb mic that will require zero setup and 35 bucks. I'm sorry but if you can't afford this just for the sake of your viewers, you shouldn't be casting.

Edit: Hobbies cost money, if you are going to cast in front of 5k+ people you should at least have sufficient equipment. The audio quality of his mic is a serious detriment to the stream. I'll take the downvotes for this one, but really people this should be obvious and I shouldn't even have to say it.