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-Technicaís 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 SENSITIVITYĖ37 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

    AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone 4.8 5 5 5
    Superb in every way! 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. December 29, 2013
    Solid High Quality 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! January 11, 2012
    Cost Effective Side Address 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. November 20, 2011
    BUILT LIKE A TANK...SOUNDS LIKE AN ANGEL 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!!! October 20, 2011
    Great Product! 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. July 26, 2011
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    AT2020 not working with mixer

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    I've got two types of Audio-Technica mics to use through my mixer. When I plug my two ATR2100-USB they work fine, this is not using the USB jacks, but then when I plug in my AT2020 GarageBand, my audio program, doesn't get any sound.

    I tried to plug it into my studio speaker which I use for my piano and that didn't work either. The ATR2100-USB did work on the studio speakers.

    I'm wondering if there's a on-off button that I'm missing? Can you let me know what I need to do to fix this.

    Thanks for your time.

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    You need to make sure that your mixer has phantom power enabled. The AT2020 is a condenser microphone, meaning that you need to have 48v phantom power for it to work. Check your mixer for a button near the channel or on the bakc that will say either +48v or Phantom power, and it should work. you can check your mixer's online webpage to see if it supports phantom power
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    This will need some trouble shooting steps and additional questions to resolve. I suggest that you contact the Audio Solutions Team at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 and they will be glad to help you with this.
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    I have the at2020, but I need a way for it to hook it up to my computer. I'm using this mic for studio recording. If anyone can help me with this, it would be well appreciated.
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    If I understand your question correctly, you have an AT2020 instead of the AT2020 USB and you want to hook it up to the USB port of your computer. There are a number of manufacturers that make USB adaptor that would allow you to connect a microphone with an XLR connector to a USB port of your computer and provide the phantom power that your condenser microphone requires. To my knowledge, Audio Technica does not have one, and as such, I would guess that it would be ok to tell you that Shure has one called X2U, MXL has the Mic Mate, and Blue has the Icicle.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. In order to connect this to your computer you need an audio interface that provides 48V of phantom power and connects to the computer via USB or firewire. Please be aware there are XLR to USB cables available that will not work with the AT2020 because they do not provide phantom power.
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    The windscreen for the AT2020 / AT2020USB / AT2020USB+ is the AT8137.

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    The AT8137 Large Studio Foam Windscreen
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    Thank you for your inquiry. There are many audio interfaces available at many price points, both USB and Firewire that will work with the AT2020. The main consideration is that the interface has XLR inputs and provides a full 48V of phantom power
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    I'm using the AT2020 going into my USB interface, which then runs into my computer. I hear sound coming out, but when I look at my computer screen nothing happens. When I try to record, I still get no response. What do I need to do to connect the microphone to my DAW so I can use it to record?
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    Thank you for your inquiry. Your question appears to require several trouble shooting steps to find out what the issue is. I suggest that you contact the Audio Solutions Team at (330) 686-2600 ext. 5000 and they will be happy to help.
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