AT2022

X/Y Stereo Microphone

MSRP* US$439.00
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


    The AT2022 is a condenser microphone designed for stereo recording. Two unidirectional condenser capsules in an X/Y configuration pivot to allow for narrow (90į) or wide (120į) stereo operation. The capsules also fold flat for storage and transportation. Designed for general stereo recording and field sound capture, the AT2022 provides the spatial impact and realism of a live sound field. The microphone comes equipped with a stand clamp, AA battery, fuzzy windscreen and .5 m cable that terminates in a 3.5 mm stereo plug.
  • Features


    • X/Y stereo microphone with unique pivoting electret condenser capsules for ultimate flexibility

    • Provides the spatial impact and realism of a live sound field

    • Battery operation allows use with most recording devices

    • Switchable low-frequency roll-off minimizes pickup of unwanted low-frequency noise

    • User-selectable 90į or 120į stereo operation for narrow or wide pickup patterns

    • Ideal for general stereo recording and field sound capture

    • Excellent channel separation

    • Included fuzzy windscreen offers excellent wind protection

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTSFixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
    POLAR PATTERNX/Y Stereo
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE20Ė20,000 Hz
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF150 Hz, 6 dB/octave
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY-41 dB (8.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    CHANNEL BALANCE<2.5 dB
    IMPEDANCE200 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL122 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)103 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO75 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    BATTERY TYPE1.5V AA/UM3
    WARNING: The AT2022 is designed for battery operation only. Do not attempt to use when phantom power is present. Possible damage to the microphone may result.
    BATTERY CURRENT / LIFE1.2 mA / 500 hours typical (alkaline)
    SWITCHOff, on/flat, on/roll-off
    WEIGHT270 g (9.5 oz)
    DIMENSIONS192.0 mm (7.56") long,
    65.0 mm (2.56") maximum head diameter,
    21.0 mm (0.83") body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    CABLE0.5 m (1.6') long, 3 conductor, shielded, vinyl-jacketed stereo cable with 3-pin XLRF-type connector at microphone end and 3.5 mm (1/8") TRS connector at output end
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8405a stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; fuzzy windscreen; battery; soft protective pouch
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    POLAR PATTERN
    1 kHz in 90-degree position
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    8 kHz in 90-degree position
    POLAR PATTERN
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    200 Hz in 90-degree position
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    FREQUENCY RESPONSE
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  • Downloads

    AT2022 Submittal Sheet (pdf 254.13 KB)
    AT2022 Specification Sheet (pdf 341.61 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
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    Your AT2022 mic is supplied with what looks like a standard xlr mic connector to a 1/8" stereo connector, presumably for use with a camcorder stereo mic input. Can I add a 50' lo-z standard mic cable to use the mic remotely from my camcorder?
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    Answer: 
    I actually use this mic along with a Canon HD camcorder with a 1/8" trs input and a 50 foot standard XLR cable for extension. Here is what I found related to EMI (and note, it took awhile to troubleshoot this issue).

    If I plug the mic into a 50 foot XLR cable, then to the XLR-to-1/8" trs adapter, and into the camera, AND run the camera solely on battery without the AC power adapter AND without connecting to an external monitor, I can run 50 feet without EMI issues.

    However, if I make any connections to any plug that is separately powered--be it the included AC adapter, or an HDMI monitor (with its own power source)--then I get noticeable EMI in the audio. Plugging in headphones is fine because they do not have a power source.
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    Answer: 
    Thank you for your inquiry. I probably would not extend this to 50 feet. This is an unbalanced connection and you will probably pick up EMI noise. You can try it, but my guess is it would be noisy.
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    Video Use?

    I came upon this microphone online. How well will it work for video use? I have a Pentax K 01 and want something better than the internal mic. It does have a 1/8" external mic jack but I do not know if the 2022 has enough output to work.
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    Answer: 
    I use this for video use on a Canon HD camcorder with a 1/8" trs input. The sound is fantastic: good signal strength, smooth frequency response, impressive lows, crystal clear high's, and no noticeable peaks or dips. I use it to record full spectrum audio e.g. symphony and opera.

    Note the included cable is very short, and you may be able to put a very short (e.g. 3-6 foot) high quality XLR cable if you need a bit of extension. But if you want to run a longer XLR distance, you may notice EMI noise. I ran into this problem and found my only solution was to run my camera from battery and without an external video monitor. I think the contrasting power sources induce the noise into my camera with this microphone.
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    Answer: 
    Thank you for your inquiry. Your camera will need a 3.5mm stereo, "microphone level" input to work with this microphone.
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    Phantom power and 3.5mm to XLR pair

    Two questions regarding this mic:

    1. I want to use this microphone with my audio recorders (Tascam DR-40 and Tascam DR-680), and also my cameras (Panasonic GH2 and Panasonic GH3). I am aware that the mic should not be used with phantom power, but I wonder if the small voltage produced by camera preamps is consider "lethal" to this mic. Neither of my cameras provide phantom power, but I believe all DSLR cameras with mic preamps produce a minimal amount of voltage for use with condenser mics. Unfortunately, I am unable to find technical specs on the mic input and any related voltage that may be present.

    2. Does Audio Technica make, or recommend, a splitter cable that will allow splitting the 3.5mm TRS male plug to a pair of XLR male connectors?
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    Answer: 
    Thank you for your inquiry. You would wire the cable like this.

    Female XLR Pin 1 to Male XLR (number 1) Pin1
    Female XLR Pin 1 to Male XLR (number 2) Pin1
    Female XLR Pin 2 to Male XLR (number 1) Pin2
    Female XLR Pin 3 to Male XLR (number 2) Pin2
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    Answer: 
    After watching demo videos by Audio Technica, showing the mic in use with a DSLR, it seems that this mic is safe to use with a DSLR as they don't provide true phantom power.

    The other part of my question is one that others have asked about, regarding a stereo splitter cable that terminates with two XLR connectors. Most of the XLR to XLR splitter cables I have seen are "Y" cables, meaning that they wouldn't split the left and right channels of the AT2022. They are meant to split a mono source to two devices. I suppose it would be easy enough to figure out the pin wiring configuration of this mic and wire up your own cable, but if anyone has found a stereo XLR splitter cable, please post it here for others to know about.
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    Is there a cable that terminates XLR?

    This seems like it might be nice mic for a closed lid piano, but does it really only terminate in a 3.5mm stereo plug?
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    Answer: 
    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, it terminates only in a 3.5mm trs.
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    Polar Curve ...

    Your polar curve for 200 Hz is labeled 200 kHz ! OOPS !
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    Thank you for your inquiry. Good catch! We will change it.
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