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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    AT2020 Specification Sheet (pdf 109.46 KB)
    AT2020 Review Excerpts
    AT2020 Submittal Sheet (pdf 361.52 KB)
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  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaAT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
     
    4.9

    (based on 7 reviews)

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

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    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

    Cons

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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
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        • Up to a year
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        5.0

        Great Mic

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        from Goose Creek, SC, USA

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        Pros

        • Guitar
        • Guitar Amp
        • Vocals
        • woodwinds

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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
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            • Up to a year
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            5.0

            Superb in every way!

            By 

            from Vero Beach, FL, USA

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            Pros

            • Harmonica
            • Vocals
            • Voiceover/Dialog

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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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                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Solid High Quality Microphone

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                from Puerto Rico

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                • 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
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                    • Less than a month
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                    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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                      (3 of 3 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!!!

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                          • Intermediate
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                          • Studio
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                          • Over a year
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                          (3 of 3 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:

                                Does this come with a USB Cable as pictured? How do I use it if it doesn't include this??
                                Asked on 8/12/2015 by Lunicorn

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry.

                                  The AT2020 microphone does not come with a USB cable as the AT2020 has a standard analog XLR output connection. You may purchase the AT2020USB+ or the AT2020USBi which do include the proper USB cabling.

                                  Answered on 8/14/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpecialist3
                              • Q:

                                XLR Cables

                                Hi, I recently ordered the AT2020 microphone with an audio-technica value microphone cable. The product number is AT8313. Will this cable work with the AT2020, or is there a specific XLR cable I need to get for this microphone. Thanks!
                                Asked on 7/9/2015 by AKVO from Los Angeles, CA, USA

                                1 answer

                                • A:

                                  The AT8313 cable will work just fine.

                                  Answered on 7/10/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
                              • Q:

                                AT202 not working with Ipad2 AND headphones

                                Hi. I have an Ipad2 and am on the 8.1.3 ioS. I have the AT2020 usb plus and am trying to use the mic to record voice overs. I do use the Apple Camera Connector. Sometimes I plug the Mic into the USB Connector and the blue light comes on. Sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it goes out while I'm recording. This is all without putting the headphones on . When I put the headphones on, the mic doesn't work at all... no blue light comes on. And I get the message that the device cannot support the accessory. I bought the product from Sweetwater and the technician there said to try to power down and plug everything in and then power back on. That worked for a small amount of time. But then it stopped. I experimented with removing the mic from the USB and plugging it back in.. with headphones plugged into the slot on the mic. The mic would not work.. and again I got the Device cannot support the accessory type of message. I really like this mic and would like to keep it. I was told repeatedly that it would work with the IPAD2--- but it does not. Can you please help me to figure out how to trouble shoot this dilemma. Thank you.
                                Asked on 6/23/2015 by zsazsa

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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 7/10/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                              • Q:

                                when recording vocals in a program like fl studio, while you are recording can you hear yourself?... if the headphones are plugged into your laptop..?
                                Asked on 6/21/2015 by iuynfjhjhgc

                                1 answer

                                • A:

                                  As long as your recording program has a monitor function, yes you should be able to hear your vocal through headphones connected to the computers headphone jack.

                                  Answered on 6/22/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
                              • Q:

                                Bought AT2035 an interface

                                can only hear sound in left ear if hooked up to the left an only hear in right if hooked up to right plz help fast....
                                Asked on 6/17/2015 by Mrskybar from Florida, USA

                                1 answer

                                • A:

                                  If you hear the mic at all, the mic is working. Like most microphones, the AT2035 is a mono microphone. If your interface has a stereo headphone jack and you are listening through stereo headphones connected to it, you should hear the same thing in both sides of the headphones as long as any balance or panning adjustments on the interface are centered. Please contact our Audio Solutions Department with the make and model of the interface you are using. We may be able to assist you. Audio Solutions may be reached by phone at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or by email at audio-solutions@atus.com

                                  Answered on 6/18/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
                              • Q:

                                Pickup sensitivity of handheld?

                                These handhelds are in use at the local elementary school. The sensitivity really drops off dramatically as you back off the mic. If the speaker is very close to the capsule, the sound is great, but if they back away 3-4" they disappear. Is this normal? Could it be a gain staging issue? Thanks.
                                Asked on 5/27/2015 by Crowder from Tennessee

                                1 answer

                                • 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 5/29/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                              • Q:

                                how do you connect an AT2020 to a phantom power supply?
                                Asked on 4/20/2015 by UniKitty

                                1 answer

                                • A:

                                  You will connect the AT2020 microphone to a phantom power supply via an XLR cable.

                                  Additional information on phantom power can be found here:

                                  http://blog.audio-technica.com/audio-solutions-question-week-can-remove-power-module-microphone/#more-1820

                                  Answered on 4/21/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                              • Q:

                                My AT2020 wont turn on or something

                                So I bought an AT2020 Condenser Mic (XLR not USB), and I was planning on plugging it into my PC with an XLR to 3.5mm adapter.

                                The reason I bought this one instead of the USB version is because I'm planning on using this in a mixer in the future. It was also cheaper. I've also heard that USB doesn't have the best audio quality, but that didn't really affect my decision.

                                The problem I'm having is that it wont turn on. The mic won't pick up audio (as my PC shows) and the little blue light inside isn't turned on.

                                Yes, I have a 48v phantom power supply
                                Asked on 4/7/2015 by Haseita

                                1 answer

                                • 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 4/9/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                              • Q:

                                What cables are included? Is there a stand as well?

                                Is this just the mic or is it mic + XLR cable + stand?
                                Asked on 3/18/2015 by fraaa

                                1 answer

                                • A:

                                  My 2020 came with no cables, just the mount and a travel bag. To be honest, you do better getting a separate cable so you can tailor it to your setup (length, quality, connections) As for the stand, keep in mind that it's a heavy mic, so get a good stand if your going to be positioning it strait out on a boom arm.

                                  Answered on 3/23/2015 by Raymond4 from Goose Creek, SC, USA
                              • Q:

                                At2020 VS AT2020 USB PLUS

                                I am looking for a new microphone for my youtube commentaries and I came across the at2020 usb plus and At2020. My question is what is the difference between the two? Is there a sound quality difference?
                                Asked on 3/14/2015 by Mathesims

                                1 answer

                                • A:

                                  The AT2020 and the AT2020USB use the same element.

                                  Answered on 3/17/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
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