Established in 1962, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of problem-solving audio equipment. Initially known for state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges, A-T now creates high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers and electronic products for home and ...Read More
Great for use with DSLR cameras. The ATR6550 comes with a permanently attached 18 inch coiled cord with a 1/8 inch stereo audio plug at the other end (wired for mono sound). Since the cord can't be unplugged from the mike, it's really designed for on-camera use. To use it on a boom pole, you'd need to use an extension cable with 1/8 inch connectors. Extending an unbalanced line such as this can introduce unwanted electrical noise into your audio. This is really the perfect mike to be used on top of any DSLR, because it is self powered and plugs directly into the camera's external mike input without the need for any cable adapters. While it will not match the audio quality of a phantom powered XLR balanced line mike, it also costs only a fraction as much. The sound quality is crisp and intelligible for voices, but it does sound a little thin in the bottom end when used on a Nikon D5100. It does sound much better than the stock in-camera mike, and so it fills the needs for small budget film projects using DSLR cameras. It has much better low end audio response and high end crispness when used with a dedicated video camera like a Panasonic TM700. On that camera, the sound quality more closely matches that of mikes in the 300 dollar range. In summary, it's perfect for the hobbyist or student film maker with a DSLR or small camcorder, but a pro will need an XLR mike.
Great value for better audio! The "Tele" setting on this mike does a great job of picking up audio from a distance, almost as good as a lav mike. Easy to use, also, easy to forget to turn on but you only make that mistake once. An LED indicator when the mike is switched on would be a nice reminder to turn it off before storing. Battery life is very good. I use a NIMH rechargable battery and carry a charged spare. Accessory foot does not fit Canon Vixea Mini-Advanced Shoe. All-in-all a great buy!
Reliable mic, with a silly problem, makes up on a great set-up. I am quite pleased with this mic. with one BIG exception - The Chinese "AA" battery is 0.003 " to big in diameter so the battery DOES go into the basttery compartment, BUT the fat size if the battery stops the positive ( + ) end of he battery from making contact with the battery contact at the end of the battery compartment. So unless you monitor your video camera with headphones you won't know that you have no sound until you playback the tape, and by then it's too late to re-record your event. I bought the tiny FiiO "E06" headphone amplifier, plugged it into the A/V output jack on my old Sony DCR-HC40 HandyCam, plugged a set of good full sized "technical pro HP-B820 cheapie full-sized headphones, plugged the Audio-Technica ATR-6550 Mic into Sony Handy-Cam "PLUG in Power Mic" jack, and now I can monitor my sound while recording with my little Handy-Cam. I mount the shotgun mic on top of he Sony Handy-Cam camera with the AudioTechnica AT8410A Shock-Mount and I have a poor man's version of a pro-video camera used by news teams all over the place. And all that hear does fit into a 10" x 6" x 4" standard little camera bag withe a 110volt. camera battery charger, 4 extra camera batteries, the camera, the shock mount, the shotgun microphone, two spare "AA" batteries, all the manuals, the headphone amp and I put the headphones on the outside of the top of the camera bag and carry the whole setup with one hand. Now I get all kinds of questions and "ALL=RIGHTs" from citizens and pro alike. It took me a years to figure out how to have a full video-studio, even a little camera light, into a one-handing bag, but I am sure glad I went through all the thought. Now all this valuable info is for you for free, and that's the way I like the world to work. The lazy ones can get their own results which always show so badly. I also made a camera shoulder mount from a piece of 1/4" plywood, 2" x 16", and put a 4" plastic bicycle handle for my hand on one end and a 1/4"NC washer+nut+bolt nut to mount the camera. Then I covered the ply
Excellent microphone for the price. I like this microphone, because of how clearly it picks up my voice compared to other PC oriented microphones that I've had. I'm not sure how well it compares to the more expensive models, but all I needed was something to start singing with. The quality far surpassed my expectations for it's price. It's build quality is also quite nice. I've fumbled it around quite a few times, and I haven't noticed any decrease in performance. This microphone is excellent at keeping background noises down if you keep it very close to your mouth. For use with a computer, I find that using a small pre-amplifier helps a lot. While it's not necessary it does help when you use it for casual talking or for recording instruments. Pretty much for when you don't need to kiss the microphone. While recording on computer without an amplifier, you must get very close to the microphone to get a good sound. I have to touch my lips to the microphone while talking quite loudly to get a good level of sound out of it. Later I can amplify the recording a bit to get a good volume, and the recording will still be very clean and crisp. I've tested it on a few amplified speaker cabinets, and it does work very well for that. Nice crisp and clean sound.
Great Microphone and value. Positives: - Microphone has 3.5mm jack allowing you to monitor with 0 latency - great function - Design is sleek, simple and made of metal, feels heavy and of quality - Sound quality is great, the range may not be that wide (50-15 000 Hz) but is ample at an amateur / hobby level - Overall great value, comes with a stand, zero latency is great function, price is good. Negatives: - Some cheapo carrying pouch / case would have been nice - Have heard of quality issues with the USB / Headphone jack such as breaking. Could be resolved if you minimise the number of unnecessary insertion / removal of USB / headphone cable Good for: - Amateur / hobby singers recording covers - Podcaster / Youtube / Voice over - Value for money - Upgrade from cheapo PC mic / inbuilt microphones
Excellent microphone if used correctly. I have used a number of these microphones since the model was introduced. They have always provided reliable and very intelligible audio for recording meetings on both consumer camcorders and business audio recorders. I have also used this mic connected to wireless beltpack transmitters. I have used these mics on tables and taped to walls and ceilings with very good results. This is an excellent and inexpensive way to greatly improve audio quality over most business recorder built-in microphones.
A Must for Note Taking Programs. I purchased this microphone the other day for college. With the College Equivalent of an IEP (Accommodations), I am able to do things such as record my lectures and review them. Finding a stand alone microphone was hard. I did NOT want to bring a webcam to class if i was just going to use a Mic. For the price I was blown away. I was turned off by the fact it wasn't USB. Then I found out it was battery powered. The small size of this makes it not as noticeable in class. My professor, who I sit right next to (U Shaped table,) didn't even notice it. The quality of sound is excellent at a close range. A drawback to this is the boundary range of the microphone. I wasn't able to understand people that were about 4-6 feet away. Normal Speech on Max Boost and Max Volume only gives one bar of volume in Windows Volume Control. I do not believe the minimum hertz level is even recognized by Windows. ALSO: Protip, change quality to Studio for best results. Overall It has saved my life in terms of my grade and everything. 910
Money well spent, great mic. Great quality mic for voice work. I produce television and interment programming and love the versatility of the mic. Use it as a table mic, scissor arm or boom. Full sound, deep and rich. My money well spent on this addition to my equipment. Only one negative - cheap stand included broke during assembly. Still worth it without the stand.
unrecognizable by windows. Hi. I love this mic... for the first day until I turned off my computer. Then I turned it on and plugged in the microphone. There was a notification saying, "The last usb device that you plugged in is not recognized by windows." I looked all around the internet and nothing. I even looked here. I have windows 8 and I updated it today. After that it was unrecognizable. I'm frustrated! Please help me I need help. Thank you.
Great sound, super simple setup. First off, read the manual before you plug in the microphone. It only takes a couple of minutes. I'm using a Win7 laptop with an SSD, which means that it's the quietest computer that I can find. I am using this microphone for voiceovers for videos and for future studio use (voice only). After reading the instructions, I attached the microphone to a mic stand, ran the cable from the microphone to my PC. This is a substantial microphone in terms of size and weight. Not massive, but it's larger and heavier than you would expect. It took about 30 seconds for Win7 to recognize the mic and install the drivers. I adjusted the microphone level. I did a test reading for about 20 seconds, but the mic was reversed. Stupid me! It picked up my voice and the TV in the background. Test reading two. Turned off the TV, turned around the mic and was very impressed by the sound quality. I'm recording directly into Sony Sound Forge v9.0D and have found it to meet my needs. I don't plan on using the mini-tripod. I will use a mic stand so when I do my voiceovers, I can stand and move my arms and have some freedom of movement. In the attached photo, I've left plenty of slack at the USB connector, and I used Velcro to keep the cord against the mic stand pole. I also replaced the original USB cable with one that is about 12 feet long, which lets me move my laptop far out of the range of the audio. In my test audio, you can hear the dog playing with his squeaky toy. He will be removed from the room during actual voiceover work. Dislikes: The extremely bright blue LED. I slipped a label maker label over it. You can still see the blue, but it doesn't blind you. I tried the headphone jack. I need to do some more testing. I want a longer USB cable to move it further from my computer. I replaced it with a much longer cable.
Established in 1962, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of problem-solving audio equipment. Initially known for state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges, A-T now creates high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers and electronic products for home and professional use.
Winner of numerous industry awards, Audio-Technica manufactures products that set quality, durability and price/performance standards for live sound tours, broadcast and recording studios, corporate and government facilities, house-of-worship venues, and more.