I recently got a new mic to replace my 5 year old Blue snowball, and I wanted to make a trip report on it because I think it’s a good starting point for people wanting to get into XLR mics but don’t have the budget to buy both a mic and audio interface.
The Audio-Technica ATR2100 is a cardioid dynamic microphone that connects with either USB (which is what I’m using now) or XLR (which I plan to use when I save up enough money for an interface. You could probably connect this with an XLR-to-USB cable and it would still work.) Being a dynamic microphone, I had to speak up a fair bit more than I’m used to to get it to about the same level of loudness as the snowball, but even then, that’s really not loud. So I don’t think I would use this in a live situation, but with a little elbow grease in Audacity I think managed to get the audio to acceptable quality.
Here’s a raw sample of the mic in action:
And here’s the same sample after editing it in Audacity:
(I did drop the compression ratio from what I normally use which is about 4:1 to about 2:1.
I’ll need to play with it some more.)
Anyways, I think this is a pretty good mic and the option to connect via XLR opens up a upgrade path to something better down the road like a phantom-powered condenser mic.