Audio Technica AT2005USB – Starter Microphone for Voice-Over Review

In this video, photographer Curtis Judd takes the inexpensive little Audio Technica AT2005USB microphone for a spin to see if you can get decent sound for Voice-Over for under $50.

If you are shooting video and require a mic for recording voice-over, narration, or screencasts and are looking for an affordable microphone to capture your audio, the Audio Technica AT2005 USB may be a good option.

According to Judd this mic is incredibly versatile as can record directly to your computer via the included USB cable or use a field recorder with the included XLR cable. The mic is a cardioid dynamic microphone which means you have to work pretty close to it. On the plus side, the mic does a good job rejecting most room echo.

For $50 on Amazon, this can be a decent starter microphone, and the ability to record both the computer and to an external recorder is a very welcome bonus.

On LensVid we have a very extensive section devoted to sound recording for video productions which covers both equipment and techniques here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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