If there’s one thing that you need to know right off the bat about this piece, it’s that the mic stand is horrendous. Should you purchase the 2500, please get a separate one. Lol. Another common complaint was that the build quality is a bit suspect. Many said the mic overall seemed pretty cheaply made, with a lot of plastic that is prone to breaking.
Overall, the mic itself is pretty sturdy, with a nice rugged aluminum build. A few chaps pointed out that theirs came with scratches though, so be weary.
The audio quality is actually quite good, all things considered. It does pick up a lot of background noise, so Acoustic Sound Treatment is ideal. Being that this mic is a condenser, you shouldn’t be all too surprised by this fact. Condensers in general tend to pick up more noise than dynamics. Condenser mic vs. Dynamic mic.
One last thing of concern was the connector jack, and plug itself. Neither are very durable, and will most likely end up giving you connection problems.
Sturdy mic. Good build.
Neutral sound, good audio quality.
Problems with popping/static/buzz after some time using the mic.
Bad odor accompanying the mic.
Bad tripod stand. A separate stand is mandatory.
You may have to shout for it to pick up your voice.
Chord doesn’t sit securely. The port that plugs into the mic may break. Overall, people really complained about this as well.
May not work with Windows 7 64x Home premium specifically. Some were saying it has issues in Windows 8 as well.
Who this mic benefits?
Does well with:
Not as good for
What you will need?
Besides a decent pop-filter and a replacement mic stand, nothing. It’s plug and play USB.
The free Audacity is a great program to start out with recording, editing, etc.
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
It’s been said that the AT2020 or Blue Yeti are both better than the 2500. A lot of people just say to bypass this mic and go for either of those two. Learn more about both and which may suit you better: AT2020 vs. Blue Yeti.
It picks up a lot of sound, so you may want to look into some Acoustic Sound Treatment if you opt to purchase it.
The zero latency headphone jack is not quite zero latency. There is a bit of a delay. What is latency?
The gain adjustment buttons are made of plastic, and click very loud when pressed, potentially interfering with the recording. A simple gain wheel would have sufficed.
When connected to your PC, Windows may recognize it as a speaker rather than a microphone. You will have to go into your control panel to change the setting.
The mic does not have gain control and has a tendency to get very hot.
Be aware that the blue illuminating light on the front is blinding. A lot of people can’t stand it. Duct tape anyone?
The mic picks up the mids and highs pretty well, but lacks body (fullness), in comparison to the AT2020. It may need some EQ.
The mic goes well with the Samson SP01 Spider Shockmount. It holds better and reduces noise more effectively.
A decent mic with a horrible tripod stand and some connection problems. Best to just bypass this and go for the AT2020 or Blue Yeti if you can swing it.
Similarities & Differences
Both are USB mics.
Both excel in voice-over type situations.
The output levels of both are kind of low. With each you will have to be very close to the mic while speaking up quite a bit.
Neither are very good for recording vocals.
Both mics come with sub-par stands.
The Blue Snowball has a cardioid or omni-directional setting. The ATR2500 only has cardioid.
The Snowball is about the size and shape of a grapefruit, while the ATR2500 takes on a more traditional appearance.
The Snowball has been said to record well even without a pop-filter, while the ATR2500 needs one regardless.
The ATR2500 sounds noticeably better than the Snowball.
The Snowball may be more sensitive than the 2500 in picking up a lot of noise.
Check out the comparison video!!
I cannot recommend the ATR2500 even though it sounds better than the Snowball. When the ATR2500 works, it’s pretty sweet. But it’s way too unreliable, and therefore I would never buy it. Instead like I mentioned earlier, either the AT2020 or Blue Yeti would be best depending on your needs.
Are you looking for the overall best USB mic on the market? Need the absolute best when it comes to pod-casting and voiceover? The Yeti is your boy.
Need an amazing all around USB mic, that excels in many different instances? The AT2020USB+ is your homie. It’s a bit more versatile than the Yeti and therefore can be used with confidence in singing, rapping, recording instruments, etc.
Stu is determined to provide the truth about all things audio, and strives to deliver excellent content to you the reader! In his spare time, he likes to fish, paint, play guitar, attend church, take photos, record videos, graphic design, and more. His attention to detail and perfectionist attitude are what allow him to excel, but it can be both a blessing and a hindrance at times.