AT2020

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

MSRP* US$99.00
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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    FREQUENCY RESPONSE
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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
     
    4.5

    (based on 10 reviews)

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

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Home Studio Recording

    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...Read complete review

    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.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    The mic doesn't work on a Mac.

    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,...Read complete review

    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.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Has been a GREAT mic for Gaming, Streaming & Teleconferences

    By 

    from Brisbane, Australia

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Studio Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

        I was done with headset mic setups so went in search for a good quality Condenser Microphone that would meet my Gaming, Streaming and Work Teleconferencing needs. After a lot of research and comparing the AT2020 with mics from Yeti and Razer I was confident in choosing the AT2020. The quality is better than I expected, I often get a sound check from coworkers and the response is always one of disbelief that I am using a Condenser mic on a boom over my monitor - the sound is crystal clear and with no interference or noise. If you go with the non USB model,, make sure you match the XLR cables and phantom power source / pre-mixer quality with the quality of this microphone and you will not be disappointed.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Computer
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Expert
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Up to a year
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        (7 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        The mic doesn't work on a Mac.

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        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.

        (13 of 27 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

        (7 of 8 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

        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
            • 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

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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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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Superb in every way!

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                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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                    (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Solid High Quality Microphone

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                    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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                          Pros

                          • 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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                              Pros

                              • 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 have any limitations as to what it can connect to? Will it work fine on a Macbook Pro for example?
                                    Asked on 12/6/2016 by Your new best friend

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                                  • Q:

                                    What is the mounting device for the microphone? I dont have a ton of desk space. Could you include a picture of the whole arm and base of the stand?

                                    Also what are the connectors that i will need
                                    Asked on 12/5/2016 by Carter

                                    1 answer

                                  • Q:

                                    Does it come with a stand
                                    Asked on 12/5/2016 by ApplezFall

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                                      A:

                                      Thank you for your inquiry. No this model does not come with a stand. Just the stand adapter. However the AT2020USB+ and AT2020USBi models both come with tripod desk stands.

                                      Answered on 12/5/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                  • Q:

                                    What cable do I buy for this microphone ?
                                    Asked on 12/4/2016 by Chris from San Antonio TX

                                    1 answer

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                                      A:

                                      Thank you for your inquiry. This model is terminated with an XLR connection so you will need an XLR cable.

                                      Answered on 12/5/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                  • Q:

                                    when i mount my mic, can i mount it upside down in my studio or should i set to be rideside up? thank you!!!
                                    Asked on 11/27/2016 by chased

                                    2 answers

                                    • A:

                                      U CAN mount it upside down, it DOES work. Putting it right side up will ALSO work. So it is ur choice. Although I do recommend it being upside down cuz it looks really cool like that.

                                      Answered on 12/5/2016 by Lel bell from Antarctica
                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      You may mount either way. Microphones were hung upside down as the tubes inside would get hot and effect the element. As the AT2020 does not have any tubes, you may orient the microphone whichever way you please.

                                      Answered on 11/28/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Is it possible to purchase just the mic stand attachment for the AT2020?
                                    Asked on 10/31/2016 by Christopher from United States

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                                      A:

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

                                      Answered on 11/1/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Does the mic come with a cable? If so, how long is it?
                                    Asked on 10/30/2016 by Ty

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                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      No cable is included with the AT2020 microphone.

                                      Answered on 10/31/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    So I first got the mic and I have tried testing it and it hasn't been working, its connected to a xlr to usb cable with a pop filter and a shock mound. Is there like any program that comes with the mic? I have searched on how to install it and I do not see anything that I did wrong. If there is any tips you can give me that will be very appreciated.
                                    Asked on 10/24/2016 by Darren from United States

                                    1 answer

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                                      A:

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

                                      Answered on 10/25/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                  • Q:

                                    Can I buy the stand adapter seperatly
                                    Asked on 10/13/2016 by Nigel from N.M.

                                    1 answer

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                                      A:

                                      Thank you for your inquiry. You may contact our Parts Department at Parts@atus.com or call (330) 686-2600 ext 5002. to inquire about a replacement if you are located in the US.

                                      Answered on 10/13/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                  • Q:

                                    Does it come with a stand
                                    Asked on 9/29/2016 by ApplezFall

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                                      A:

                                      Thank you for your inquiry. This model does not come with a stand but it does come with a stand mount.

                                      Answered on 9/30/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
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