Audio Solutions Question of the Week: How Do I Set Up My Audio-Technica USB Microphone with My PC?

Audio Solutions Question of the Week: How do I set up my Audio-Technica USB microphone with my PC?

Question: How do I set up my Audio-Technica USB microphone with my PC?

Answer: The setup of an Audio-Technica USB microphone may seem like a daunting task, but fear not! There are only a few settings you need to configure before you begin recording and podcasting. Please refer to the photos and follow the steps below to properly set up your USB microphone with your PC.

Configuring your PC:

1. Connect the microphone to your computer’s USB port using the provided USB cable. The microphone’s blue LED light will illuminate, indicating the mic is receiving power.

2. Locate the speaker icon in the task bar on your computer. It is often located at the bottom right of the screen.

Audio Solutions Question of the Week: How do I set up my Audio-Technica USB microphone with my PC?

3. Right-click on the speaker icon and select “Sounds.”

4. The Sound window will open up. Select the “Playback” tab at the top. Make certain the green check mark is next to your computer’s internal speakers, indicating they are set as the default playback device.

Audio Solutions Question of the Week: How Do I Set Up My Audio-Technica USB Microphone with My PC?

5. Select the Recording tab, and make sure the microphone is set as the default device with the green check mark. If it is not, simply click on the mic to select it, and then click “Set Default” at the bottom of the screen. Please note: If you are using an AT2020USB+ or AT2020USBi, the mic may be labeled as such.

Audio Solutions Question of the Week: How Do I Set Up My Audio-Technica USB Microphone with My PC?

6. Click on the microphone to highlight it. Then click the “Properties” button at the bottom right of the window. You may also right-click on the microphone and select “Properties.”

Audio Solutions Question of the Week: How Do I Set Up My Audio-Technica USB Microphone with My PC?

7. A new window will open. Select the levels tab to adjust the microphone’s audio level.

Audio Solutions Question of the Week: How Do I Set Up My Audio-Technica USB Microphone with My PC?

8. Click “Apply” and “OK” to close out of the Microphone Properties window. Then click “OK” to close out of the Sound window. You are now set to use your USB microphone with the recording software of your choice!

Please feel free to refer back to these instructions if you need to double-check settings or adjust the volume level of the mic. If you have any further questions about setting up your USB mic with your computer, please contact us here in the Audio Solutions Department.

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11 Comments

  1. I still have to have my mic less than 1ft away from my face at all times for it to pick up a sound in the first place, for me to be heard clearly it must be an inch or so away from my face. Yes my levels are on max, yes the Audio-Technica logo is facing toward me etc. I have no idea what to do to make the volume of my at2020 increase. All I am using is phantom power 48V xlr to usb and a xlr cable that came with the power supply.

  2. I just got mine and I was wondering how to prevent it from picking up every little noise. It was even picking up my husband talking from the lounge and Im in a bedroom using it?

  3. Hi. no matter what I try ‘apply’ does not move from grey to white, so I can’t apply and get the my mike working. Please advise.

  4. On this page (https://blog.audio-technica.com/audio-solutions-question-of-the-week-how-do-i-set-up-my-audio-technica-usb-microphone-with-my-pc/), it shows in the second screenshot (Sound, playback tab) the ATR USB Microphone as “Speakers”. I find it odd that a microphone would enumerate itself as a “speaker” to the OS. When working with this device, Windows frequently assigns it as the default playback device, which is also odd for a microphone. Yes, I know I can go into settings and make my actual speakers the default output device. But I’m thinking I shouldn’t have to do this. Other USB mics don’t have this problem. And you also point out on this same blog page how to fix it, ignoring the point that it looks like you could choose a microphone as an output device. What am I missing?

    • Hi Karl! Some Audio-Technica microphones such as the ATR2100xUSB, ATR2500xUSB, and AT2020USB+ have a headphone connection directly on the microphone which allows the user to plug headphones into. In your OS sound settings, you would then select the microphone as your input device as well as the output device. That tells the computer to accept the input signal from the microphone via the USB connection as well as send the output signal back out the USB connection to the headphone connection on the microphone. Thanks! – A-T USA

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