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Audio Technica ATR2100 vs. Shure SM58

This post is for the folks who are debating whether they should purchase an Audio Technica ATR2100 or invest in a Shure SM58 along with an audio interface. It’s tough to jump into a new mic when you have no idea what it sounds like, so I went ahead and crafted a solution just for you. These two mics are volume matched and that’s about it, so what you hear is what you get right out of the box.

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This video demonstrates the massive benefits of using an external interface with solid preamps over the cheap built in preamp that you find in a USB plug and play microphone. In this case, the microphone happens to have both a USB connection and an XLR jack, so I went ahead and used the exact same microphone — an ATR2100 — to let you hear the difference a preamp can make.




  • No more USB plug and play
  • Always use an XLR connections

Audio Technica ATR2100

  • Has both a USB and an XLR connection

Comparison Order

  1. USB
  2. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface
  3. USB with Limiting applied
  4. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 with Limiting applied


  • USB connection creates hiss
  • USB components have less quality
  • Knowledge = Level of Awesome
  • Always use the XLR connection over the USB connection

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Gear Links From Video:


Most podcasters and info spreaders are quick to talk about the gear they recommend — me included — for getting great audio.

We know all about the ATR2100 or other mics like the Shure SM58 because they get a lot of word of mouth, but even if you have great gear that’s only one part of the puzzle.

After you record your audio, you’ll need to edit and process it. That’s what we’re talking about today: [click to continue…]


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Gear Mentioned:

Canon Rebel T3i | Audio Technica AT 2020 | Shure SM58 | Electro Voice RE20


Tutorial Notes:


Hello, and welcome to another tutorial from sounddesignacademy.com

I’m Michael Heuer and today we are going to be taking a look at Room Tone.

Now what’s room tone?

Room tone is a combination of the reverberation and early reflections you hear in a recording based on the size of a room and the material it is made out of.

If that sounds confusing right now, don’t worry, it’ll all make sense by the end of this tutorial. [click to continue…]

the audio gear needed to start podcasting or a voiceover career

I think a lot of people mistake my confidence on stage for cockiness in real life, and that’s actually farthest from the truth. When I’m on stage, I’m that confident and that cocky because I have a microphone in my hand, and there’s a few thousand people staring at me. And I know they’re there to laugh.”  — Russell Peters

So you’re starting your first podcast or looking to break into voiceover… Congrats!

You might be wondering:

What now?

What’s the next step?


What equipment do I need?


Here’s the list that I give all of my clients for podcasting and voiceover. I hope that you find the same value in it they do.

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