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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  • Features
  • Specifications
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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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  • 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
     
    4.6

    (based on 13 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Vocals (6)
    • Voiceover/dialog (4)
    • Durable (3)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Good audio (3)

    Cons

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    5.0

    Overall, a wonderful yet inexpensive microphone

    By 

    from Washougal, WA

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

        Hello,
        I cut voice tracks at home for industrial videos, films and radio spots. My past go to mic was a NADY ribbon but after auditioning several condensers including CAD, Rode, AKG and a newer APEX ribbon, I thought I'd give the AT 2020 a try. My radio network client said use this from now on. I now have 2 and will keep the APEX ribbon because it look retro and cool, and my Shure SM57's for outside work.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Film/Video Production
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Expert
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Less than a month
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        5.0

        No matter what you can afford, you should ow this mic!

        By 

        from Portland, OR area

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

            As a voice over and spot radio announcer of 48 years, I have used a lot of mics. I have been a fan of ribbons and own several but those lack a sparkle and punch.

            After many condensers from AKG Perception models an inexpensive CAD and Rode NT1-A, this seems to be the best so far. Plus is about $100!

            If I could afford a Neumann U-87, I would likely use it, but this is a very close second in sound. Really!

            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
            • Expert
            • How long have you used this product?:
            • Less than a month
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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I Love My At2020

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            from Berlin, Vt

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

              Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

              I have a Youtube channel i use this mic for recording and it is just a amazing microphone. I think it is truly the best mic under $100 you can get.

              • 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?:
              • Over a year
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              (3 of 3 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
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                  • Expert
                  • How long have you used this product?:
                  • Up to a year
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                  (7 of 41 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.

                  (15 of 31 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

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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

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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
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                          • 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
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                                  • Computer
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                                  • Less than a month
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                                • Q & A

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                                  • Q:

                                    can I get a replacement bushing for the mount the AT 2020 came with?
                                    Asked on 10/29/2017 by Lucas from Santee, 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 10/30/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Is this microphone stereo or mono? I've tried looking at the features and specs but I didn't see anything like that.
                                    Asked on 10/19/2017 by mcneal1899 from Republic, MO

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      All microphones are mono unless otherwise noted as such.

                                      Answered on 10/23/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Does this Mic work for PC? Will i be able to just plug into my PC?
                                    Asked on 10/12/2017 by Dakhaos from undisclosed

                                    1 answer

                                  • Q:

                                    Im hoping to buy the AT2020 when i have enough saved. But i was wondering if it comes with the propper cable or boom arm? Im asking because i dont want to accidentally buy two of either. Thanks! :)
                                    Asked on 9/14/2017 by Malcolm forman from undisclosed

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      You will use a standard XLR cable to connect the AT2020 to a MIC level preamp providing phantom power. You may use the included stand adapter to any standard 5/8-27" threaded microphone stand.

                                      Answered on 9/15/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Do I need to download any drivers for this product? if so, could you link me to where I can download them?
                                    Asked on 8/29/2017 by SkinnyWalrus from undisclosed

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                                  • Q:

                                    What is the pivoting stand mount model number? I want to purchase a replacement .
                                    Asked on 8/25/2017 by Noise from Garland, TX

                                    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 8/29/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    What is phantom power? And what is an interface? What is compatible with this microphone? Is the BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC202HD compatible with this mic? How does it all work?
                                    Asked on 7/31/2017 by Nancy the Nube from undisclosed

                                    1 answer

                                  • Q:

                                    I recently purchased an AT2020 and I tried to connect it to my Fender Acoustasonic 40 acoustic amp using an XLR cable. The second I turn on the amp I hear a quiet, high pitched whistling sound that immediately increases in volume. I have not used the microphone before. Does this mean that the mic and the amp are incompatible? Or, is there something wrong with the mic? I have a Shure SM57 that I can connect and it works wonderfully. Thanks if advance for your help.
                                    Asked on 7/15/2017 by Vince from Rochester MN

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                                  • Q:

                                    I bought this mic a few days ago along side a Line 6 ux2. When i connect my at2020 to the ux2, there isnt any sound made when i tried to see if my pc is picking up anything.
                                    Asked on 7/2/2017 by Chafik from undisclosed

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      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 7/13/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    can this be used with an XLR to USB cable? i can't seem to get it working. or is there perhaps a driver i'm not aware of?
                                    Asked on 6/12/2017 by General Nonsense from Colorado Springs, CO

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                                      A:

                                      Thanks for your inquiry. You will need an audio interface for you to use it with your computer. The AT2020 is a condenser microphone, which needs phantom power. Audio interface will provide phantom power and let you to convert audio to digital signals into your computer.

                                      Answered on 6/16/2017 by Anonymous
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