AT2020

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

MSRP* US$169.00
Two-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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  • Overview


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    Audio-Technica’s stringent quality and consistency standards set the AT2020 apart from other mics in its class. Its low-mass diaphragm is custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. With rugged construction for durable performance, the microphone offers a wide dynamic range and handles high SPLs with ease. The AT2020: the new standard for affordable side-address studio condensers.
  • Features

    • The price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology

    • Ideal for project/home-studio applications

    • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility

    • Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response

    • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source

    • Pivoting, threaded stand mount attaches securely for easy and precise placement of the microphone
  • Specifications

    ELEMENTFixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
    POLAR PATTERNCardioid
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE20-20,000 Hz
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY–37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE100 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL144 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
    NOISE20 dB SPL
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)124 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO74 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS48V DC, 2 mA typical
    WEIGHT12.1 oz (345 g)
    DIMENSIONS6.38" (162.0 mm) long,
    2.05" (52.0 mm) maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDStand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch
    AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLER7
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  • Downloads

    AT2020 Specification Sheet (pdf 109.46 KB)
    AT2020 Review Excerpts
    AT2020 Submittal Sheet (pdf 361.52 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaAT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
     
    4.4

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    • Vocals (6)
    • Voiceover/dialog (4)
    • Guitar (3)

    Cons

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    (5 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    The mic doesn't work on a Mac.

    By 

    from Saskatoon, Sk. Canada

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

    I can't seem to get a decent level with this mic. I use a Mac, and it could be the computer's issue, as I've heard the same from other Mac users. Regardless, the mic is useless to me, whatever the cause of this issue.

    (9 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Is good mang

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    from Zimbabwae

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

    Is still good mang

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Home Studio Recording

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    from rocknout@centurylink.net

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    Pros

    • Film/Video Production
    • Guitar
    • Guitar Amp
    • Vocals

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        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

        I use this mic in my home studio recording setup and the clarity and bass response are remarkable for something in this price range . I have used this for vocals and record acoustic guitars . It is so easy to get a good clean signal within minutes guess you could almost call this plug and play with a few small adjustments on gain structure your set to record .I highly recommend this mic for any recording studio.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Intermediate
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Studio
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Up to a year
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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Mic

        By 

        from Goose Creek, SC, USA

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        Pros

        • Guitar
        • Guitar Amp
        • Vocals
        • woodwinds

        Cons

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            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

            The Audio Technica 2020 is great for home studios. You can buy better, but these won�t let you down. The 2020 looks great.
            I'm not a professional singer, so I can't give the audio quality a perfect score. Others can comment on the small nuances that separate this mic based on audio quality. To me it�s great.
            But for everything else; the 2020 is like an ox. It's heavy duty and made to last. It can handle ANY audio source. It's got a heavy solid feel. In my research before purchasing this microphone, I couldn't find one review complaining about the quality or reliability of the 2020. Just the opposite, the 2020 is more like a major department store; it may not be the most convenient choice, but when you want to make sure you get what you want the first time, this is the mic to reach for. I have personally verified that this works with a Sax (bari and alto#, guitar amps #8� and 12�), acoustic guitars, and vocals. I currently have it setup in my sound booth and haven�t found a reason to change it out. I actually may buy a second one just so I don�t have to take it down. The only down side is that it�s solid construction makes it a bit heavy, so make sure you have a good mic stand or use a weight at the bottom of your stand.

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Intermediate
            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
            • Studio
            • How long have you used this product?:
            • Up to a year
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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Superb in every way!

            By 

            from Vero Beach, FL, USA

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            Pros

            • Harmonica
            • Vocals
            • Voiceover/Dialog

            Cons

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                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                The Audio Technica AT2020 is my very first foray into the wonderful world of cardoid condenser microphones. As an amateur radio operator, or a ham radio op, I must say this microphone is superb in every way. My reason for giving Ease of Use a "good" rating is like I said, this my very first cardoid condenser mic, I didn't know anything about phantom power supplies or the like. Now that I do know, and have this as my main microphone for my radio station AI4HO, Alpha India Four Hotel Oscar. I have and still receive unsolicited great audio, or, you sound great, what mic are you using. I tell them an Audio Technica AT2020..doesn't everybody use this mic?

                If you don't know anything about cardoid condenser microphones and are looking for a really, really great inexpensive microphone, then the AT2020 should be first on your list. While this is a great mic for studio both pro and home studio work, this mic also works well with instruments such as the drum, guitars both electric and non electric, tambourines too work well with this mic. Or, if you are a ham radio op like me and want something different in your arsenal of mics, this is it, look no further. The AT2020 by Audio Technica is a microphone for any and all, pro and amateur alike will enjoy the responsiveness and the rugged durability of this microphone. Thank you all for taking the time to read my review, and many thanks go to Audio Technica for building a superb mic in every way.

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Novice
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                • Other
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                • Up to a year
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                (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Solid High Quality Microphone

                By 

                from Puerto Rico

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                Pros

                • gaming
                • Podcast
                • Vocals
                • Voiceover/Dialog
                • voice over ip

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                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                    I am an audio enthusiast and a gamer, and I got this microphone because I stopped using headsets for gaming, and I started using audio-technica headphones, and I opted for a professional quality microphone, and the quality of this microphone is awesome without doubts. I paired this microphone with a high quality audio interface, and I can tell that this microphone works perfectly on VoIP( Voice over IP), Podcasting, Dialog and much more, A must-have professional microphone for any purpose where the performance and quality is a factor, and affordable for everyone.

                    Best regards!

                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                    • Intermediate
                    • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                    • Computer
                    • How long have you used this product?:
                    • Less than a month
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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Cost Effective Side Address Microphone

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                    from Central New York

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                    Pros

                    • Ambience
                    • Film/Video Production
                    • Other
                    • Vocals
                    • Voiceover/Dialog

                    Cons

                    • shockmount is available but not included

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                      Low self-noise, nearly flat frequency response, good sensitivity, with a rugged and durable housing at a very affordable price. Definitely one of the best performer in its class and price range that I actually have two of them in my 100+ personal microphone arsenal.

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Intermediate
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                      • Studio
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                      • Over a year
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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      BUILT LIKE A TANK...SOUNDS LIKE AN ANGEL

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                      from Tompkinsville, KY 42167, USA

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                      • Field Recording
                      • Guitar
                      • radio broadcasting
                      • Vocals

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                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                          I am the GM of a high school radio station and we have three 2020's and two 2021's. Kids can be tough on equipment but these mics keep sounding great day in and day out. I use them to record with, live talk on the air, and even use them on stage occasionally and they never let me down. Way to go AT!!!

                          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                          • Intermediate
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                          • Studio
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                          • Over a year
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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Product!

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                          from Muskegon, MI

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                          • Voiceover/Dialog

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                              Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                              I just got this microphone and boy was I suprised. The price was very reasonable and the quality of the mic is great. I use it mostly for vocals in my home studio and it is very warm and responsive. I am looking to use it for a long time.

                              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                              • Intermediate
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                              • Studio
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                              • Less than a month
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                            • Q & A

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                              • Q:

                                Hello,

                                I have an AT2020 that I love but I have lost the stand mount. Isi it possible to buy a new one?

                                Thanks,
                                peadar
                                Asked on 5/25/2016 by Pad

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  Yes it is. Contact our Parts Department by phone at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002, or by email at parts@atus.com for assistance.

                                  Answered on 5/25/2016 by ATUS_Specialist1 from Stow, OH
                              • Q:

                                I know the USB version has a blue light inside it but does the XLR have the same feature.
                                Asked on 5/10/2016 by ATTE from Texas

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                                  A:

                                  NO, it does not have any kind of light.

                                  Answered on 5/12/2016 by ATUS_Specialist1 from Stow, OH
                              • Q:

                                The recording on my at2020USB is very low volume on my windows 10. I can't get it to work.
                                Asked on 5/10/2016 by John

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  For technical support, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                  audio-solutions@atus.com

                                  Thanks!

                                  Answered on 5/13/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                              • Q:

                                I want something go record vocals but also acoustic guitar stuff. Would it work for both?
                                Asked on 4/20/2016 by Garrett

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                  Answered on 4/27/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                How can I turn off the blue light. It is a serious distraction, and it is not pleasant/safe to stare into it when speaking into the mic.
                                Asked on 3/23/2016 by Davi from Canada

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  The light is always active to indicate USB buss power to the microphone.

                                  Answered on 3/23/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Where can I obtain a new clip for the AT2020, and how much does it cost?
                                Asked on 3/12/2016 by Chris from Riverside, CA

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at Parts@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                  Answered on 3/15/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Hi,
                                I am thinking of buying this microphone for recording vocals in my home. However I am concerned it will pick up too much noise as I live on a main street. Am I better off buying a dynamic microphone for this reason?
                                Asked on 3/3/2016 by kat33

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  The room in which any microphone is used is typically overlooked in the home recording process. The room in which something is recorded is arguably a top 3 consideration for recording. Generally speaking, you are correct; since Dynamic Microphones (such as the ATM410 / ATM610a) are less sensitive, they typically pick up less than Condenser Microphones. However, because they are less sensitive, one typically has to be within a few inches to get adequate sound pickup. However, none of this is a guarantee against picking up background noise for any microphone, as microphones are like ears and will pick up any sound that crosses its path.

                                  If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                  audio-solutions@atus.com

                                  Thanks!

                                  Answered on 3/4/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                              • Q:

                                is the AT2020 cardioid condenser microphone compatible with Windows 10?
                                Asked on 3/2/2016 by Mark from 90808

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                              • Q:

                                I bought this mic and it came with a stand and a pop filter as well, but I noticed after I purchased the mic the order was not supposed to include a wire, Im wondering what kind of wire I need because its not a USB cable, Also if the wire does not plug directly into the computer for use what do I need to buy for this to work. By the way I'm using this to record music, just vocals.
                                Asked on 3/1/2016 by Farzam from Philadelphia, PA

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                              • Q:

                                I bought the HDE XLR Female to USB 2.0 cable and have hooked up my AT2020. It shows up in my recording devices but the blue light will not come on and it is not capturing sound. I don't know if it is the cable or something I am doing wrong. This is the cable I bought: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0050CEEIW?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00
                                Asked on 2/29/2016 by thravix from Ozark, Ar

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