Over the next few days, I will go over four microphones that I have personally used as a teacher or technology coach. This review series includes the Yeti USB Microphone, Snowball USB Microphone, Audio Technica AT2005 USB/XLR Microphone, and Heil PR40 Microphone.
Over the past ten years, I have learned a lot about audio recording. In 2009, I began recording my lessons for a student who had an IEP stating that the need for alternative methods for note-taking. For this, I used the microphone on my computer. Though the audio was just “ok” this was sufficient for meeting the needs of the student.
A few years later, I started to “Flip” my classroom. Flipping your classroom, to me, means having your students learn the information at home so they can apply the content learned at school through labs, practice problems, and classroom projects. To Flip my classroom, I used Screencast-o-matic to make a screencast of my PowerPoint Presentations. I used a Blue Yeti Microphone to record my audio and tried the Snowball microphone many years later.
In 2018, my buddy and co-host Nick and I started podcasting because of a graduate school and doctorate school assignment. Through the recommendation of many podcasters, we purchased two Audio-Technica AT2005 USB/XLR microphones. Once we decided to continue our podcast past the requirements of our coursework, we purchased a pair of Heil PR40 microphones. Below, find our review on the microphones we used on our educational journey.
Audio-Technica AT2005 Specs
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Range 50 Hz to 15 kHz
Bit Depth 16-Bit
Sample Rate 44.1 kHz
Operating System Support Windows, macOS/OS X
RAM 64 MB Minimum
Available Port USB (Interface Unspecified)
Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
1 x USB (Type Unspecified)
Headphone Connector 1 x 1/8″ (3.5 mm)
Length 7.23″ / 183.64 mm
Diameter 2.01″ / 51.05 mm
Weight 9.4 oz / 266 g
Package Weight 1.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.1 x 9.8 x 2.3″
This is a multi-purpose microphone that allows recording off of a mixer (XLR) or a laptop (USB). Compatible with both an Apple and a PC. Simple to set up. This microphone is definitely worth the price!
This microphone could be used in a studio and it is light enough to store and serve as a traveling microphone. The microphone could easily be stored in the box it comes in, but one could hope for a traveling case.
This microphone is fantastic for podcasts, screencasts, and other methods of simple audio recording! Coming in a carrying case and being smaller than the Yeti made this my go-to microphone. I also use this microphone and the Zoom 6 Digital Handy Recorder as my traveling studio for podcasting.
Microphone Review Series (4 Total Reviews)
- Yeti USB (Microphone Review 1 of 4)
- Snowball USB (Microphone Review 2 of 4)
- Audio-Technica AT2005 USB/XLR (Microphone Review 3 of 4)
- Heil PR40 XLR (Microphone Review 4 of 4)