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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    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 11 reviews)

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    • 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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    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

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      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 33 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
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              • 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
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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
                          • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                          • Computer
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                          • 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!!!

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                                • Intermediate
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                                • Studio
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                                • Over a year
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                                • Q:

                                  greetings, is this the mic with the usb cord? If not is that still available for purchase? If not, what is needed to connect it to the computer? Thank you!!
                                  Asked on 3/11/2017 by Yo Yo Ya know1

                                  1 answer

                                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                                    A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. No this is the XLR model. The USB model is the AT2020USB+, and the model that plugs into your computer as well as a smartphone is the AT2020USBi.

                                    Answered on 3/22/2017 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                • Q:

                                  Hello i dropped my Audio technica At2020 mic a few moments ago and it obviously took some damage because now i hear crackling sounds everytime i record. I only have one question. Will my 2 year warranty cover my mic with no cost???
                                  Asked on 2/18/2017 by Bladee from Visalia ca

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Service Department at 330-686-2600 ext. 5003. They would be happy to help you.

                                    Answered on 2/23/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                • Q:

                                  Is it possible to get the "mount" for this mic? I have lost mine.
                                  Asked on 1/26/2017 by Eddy from North Alabama

                                  1 answer

                                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                                    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 2/2/2017 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                • Q:

                                  Why don't I get any sound pick-up with this mic. I plug it into my mini amp, just like any other (non-condenser) mic, but get no sound. I'm sure it has to do with the power source requirements, but how do I achieve that? Please answer in very basic terms... I am very new at using sound/recording equipment.
                                  Asked on 1/20/2017 by Jim from Southwest Georgia

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                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

                                    The AT2020, being a condenser microphone, will require phantom power which is carried over an XLR cable (XLR connection on both ends.) Additionally, you may plug into a MIC level input and not a LINE level input.

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

                                    Answered on 1/24/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  My microphone (AT2020) as a USB connector cable. I want to connect to a audio mixer that has a 1/4 inchs microphone connector or a XLR microphone connector. What kind of cable should i use?
                                  Thank you.
                                  Dominic
                                  Asked on 1/17/2017 by Dominic from Québec, Canada

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                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

                                    You may not. The analog to digital conversion has happened in the microphone. You may connect the microphone to a digital USB input.

                                    Answered on 1/19/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  I recently bought my Mic and I am going to be using it for streaming, but the blue light isn't showing up and it doesn't pick up my voice very well. My set up is AT2020 Xlr, Boom arm, Popup filter, Focusrite Scarlett Solo. All of the specification requirements are met but there is no blue light and the mic is not picking up much to any sound of my voice at all but when it does people tell me that has a lot of static when I talk and sounds scratchy. BTW I am running on Windows 7 Home. Thanks, Jasen W
                                  Asked on 1/13/2017 by Jasen from Cameron Park, CA

                                  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 1/16/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  I have no idea where to plug it in to my computer or if I even can for that matter. Do I need an audiobox for this or any other equipment? If not, where do I plug it in to my computer?
                                  Asked on 1/6/2017 by Jacque

                                  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 1/10/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  i have my mic plugged into the phantom thing and i have it then plugged into my computer in the spot that says mic, it says it is conected but is does not pick up any sound. What am i doing wrong
                                  Asked on 12/30/2016 by DawnUndead from Hendersonville, TN

                                  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 1/3/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  what size shockmount does this mic use?
                                  Asked on 12/28/2016 by Ryaniskingg

                                  1 answer

                                • Q:

                                  I plugged my microphone into the computer using a xlr f5 to usb cable. The microphone shows up on my computer but yet it seems to not catch any of what I am saying. The levels on the computer for the microphone are at 100 and I have tried everything but nothing seems to work.
                                  Asked on 12/25/2016 by Evan from Philadelphia

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

                                    The cable you are using is not providing the phantom power needed to operate the microphone.

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

                                    Answered on 12/28/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
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