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-Technicas 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 SENSITIVITY37 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 4.9 5 7 7
    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 . 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. March 24, 2015
    Great Mic 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. March 24, 2015
    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

    Hey

    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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    what windscreen model can I use for the AT2020
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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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    AT2020 Broken wire

    Hi guys,
    Few days ago I tried to open my mic - AT2020. Of course I forgot about wires inside and now I had broken mic and big problem to repair it. I don't know how to connect wires in the same order. Could you send me photo and instruction?

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    Last time you gave me a number to service. I tried to explain which wire is broken, but unsuccessful. So maybe better way is show you a photo with my microphone opened. It will be easier to explain how to connect the wires. I hope so!
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    Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5003 for assistance with this.
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    What do i need to start using this mic?

    I know i need a mic and a stand but other than that i really dont know what i need like pop filter, mixer?, pop filter, cables, stand, ect.
    but i dont know what kind of mixer like a preamp or idk man i just got into this so im curious and i cant find anything about this on any other forum so if i could get some help that would be amazing thank you for the help and for reading.
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    You'll need a mic preamp that can supply phantom power. This mic require phantom power because it is a a condenser mic.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at 330-686-2600 ext. 5000 and they will help you.
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