AT2020 USB (DISCONTINUED)

Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

MSRP* US$229.00
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


    This product has been discontinued, please see the AT2020USB+.

    The new AT2020 USB microphone offers studio-quality articulation and intelligibility. It plugs right into your computer’s USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. Equipped with a USB digital output, the AT2020 USB is perfect for home studio recording, field recording, podcasting, and voiceover use.

    Based on the renowned AT2020
    The AT2020 USB is based on the design of Audio-Technica’s critically acclaimed AT2020 cardioid condenser microphone. Like the AT2020, it features a low-mass diaphragm, custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response.

    With low self-noise, the AT2020 USB is perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment. Audio-Technica’s state-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques ensure that the microphone complies with the company’s renowned consistency and reliability standards.

    Experience AT2020 USB. Plug it in and transform your sound.
  • Features

    • Side-address studio condenser with USB digital output (Windows and Mac compatible)

    • Crystal-clear, natural sound for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use

    • 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

    • Low self-noise – perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment

    • Includes tripod desk stand, pivoting stand mount, USB cable & storage pouch


  • Specifications

    ELEMENTFixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
    POLAR PATTERNCardioid
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE20-16,000 Hz
    POWER REQUIREMENTSUSB Power (5V DC)
    WEIGHT13.2 oz (374 g)
    DIMENSIONS6.38" (162.0 mm) long,
    2.05" (52.0 mm) maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORUSB-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDPivoting stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch; tripod desk stand; 10' (3.1 m) USB cable



    BIT DEPTH: 16 bit
    SAMPLE RATE: 44.1 kHz


    Conditions
  • Downloads

    AT2020 USB Owner's Manual (pdf 514.04 KB)
    AT2020 USB Submittal Sheet (pdf 371.74 KB)
    AT2020 USB FCC Statement (pdf 68.61 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaAT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
     
    4.4

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great mic, easy to use

    I purchased a used AT2020 USB, to set up a home studio. I record vocals and voice overs, and wanted a quality mic. I am totally impressed with the recordings I've made with...Read complete review

    I purchased a used AT2020 USB, to set up a home studio. I record vocals and voice overs, and wanted a quality mic. I am totally impressed with the recordings I've made with this mic! Not only is it easy to set up and use, but the sound quality is excellent. Highly recommended!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Poor choice for Windows 7/Audacity

    Mic is extremely fussy with Audacity on a Windows 7 laptop. Mic works with other applications on the computer, but is almost impossible to use on a Windows 7 machine with audacity. Three...Read complete review

    Mic is extremely fussy with Audacity on a Windows 7 laptop. Mic works with other applications on the computer, but is almost impossible to use on a Windows 7 machine with audacity. Three of us fiddled with it for hours yesterday and eventually got it to work with the software. Couldn't replicate it again today; after several frustrating hours, it still won't work with Audacity. OTOH, I downloaded Audacity onto a desktop machine with XP and it worked flawlessly.

    The box says the microphone works with Windows 7, but the manual included with the microphone makes no reference to the setup and use of the microphone on a Windows 7 machine.

    I am very disappointed.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    love this mic

    By 

    from Warrington Pa

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

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        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

        fantastic mic, although all my gaming buddies say it picks up my whole life. so be sure you are ready to adjust the levels in windows while using it XD

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Computer
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Intermediate
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        • Over a year
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        5.0

        Easy to use with superior quality!

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        from Ohio, USA

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        Pros

        • Ambience
        • Piano
        • Podcast
        • Vocals
        • Voiceover/Dialog

        Cons

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            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

            Until I began using the AT2020 USB I used basic basic computer microphones for recording voiceover or music. I knew I was missing something so I explored options for better quality products. A fan of Audio-Technica products I consulted with an audio expert and this mic was recommended. I have not been disappointed. From its included mini tripod set up and ease of use on all my USB enabled products, to the exceptional audio quality on all of the various recordings I do, I found this microphone to be everything I had hoped for. In reproducing piano music, singing, and voiceover recordings the AT2020 performs at a very high-level. The highs, the lows, and the mid ranges produce professional studio quality sound with a very sensitive response. It allows me to hear nuances in all areas of my recording needs that do not get picked up with basic recording equipment. I consider this a very high value for the price and recommend it highly.

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Intermediate
            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
            • Musician
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            • Over a year
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            4.0

            The mic is easy to use, and great features

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            from Lexington, NC, USA

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            Pros

            • Film/Video Production
            • Podcast
            • Strings
            • Vocals

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                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                The microphone has been great!
                I purchased around a year ago, and I love it.
                It worked right out of the box.
                No hard installs just plug it in and it works!
                Although recently the cord has started acting up, and I need a new one... :(
                Other than that It works great!

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Intermediate
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                • Computer
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                • Up to a year
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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Poor choice for Windows 7/Audacity

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                from Michigan

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                Pros

                • Vocals

                Cons

                • works poorly with windows 7

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                  Mic is extremely fussy with Audacity on a Windows 7 laptop. Mic works with other applications on the computer, but is almost impossible to use on a Windows 7 machine with audacity. Three of us fiddled with it for hours yesterday and eventually got it to work with the software. Couldn't replicate it again today; after several frustrating hours, it still won't work with Audacity. OTOH, I downloaded Audacity onto a desktop machine with XP and it worked flawlessly.

                  The box says the microphone works with Windows 7, but the manual included with the microphone makes no reference to the setup and use of the microphone on a Windows 7 machine.

                  I am very disappointed.

                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                  • Intermediate
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                  • Studio
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                  • Less than a month
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                  5.0

                  Love the AT2020 USB on a Mac Computer or Windows XP !!!

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                  from Washington, D.C., DC, USA

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                  • Podcast

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                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                      This microphone WORKS extremely well with any Mac Machine and Windows XP. With following a few simple rules on recording audio the results are excellent! I had problems with the AT2020 USB on a PC with windows 7 professional (device not recognized) but when used on a MAC or a machine with Windows XP it is recognized immediately and works flawlessly.

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Intermediate
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                      • Other
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                      • Over a year
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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Love it

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                      from Undisclosed

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                      Pros

                      • Ambience
                      • Guitar
                      • Guitar Amp
                      • Piano
                      • Vocals

                      Cons

                      • codecs

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                        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                        Bought this microphone a few years ago and I love it. Only problem I'm having is that for some reason my codec splits it into two inputs, and the stereo input is considerably louder on the left channel than it is on the right. For Mono recording it's perfect. It has only done this on my Windows Vista system, all other system it works fine.

                        Sound is phenomenal, though the tripod it comes with is cheaply made and will break if the microphone falls.

                        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                        • Expert
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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

                        Great mic, easy to use

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                        from McComb, MS

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                        Pros

                        • Film/Video Production
                        • Vocals
                        • Voiceover/Dialog

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                            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                            I purchased a used AT2020 USB, to set up a home studio. I record vocals and voice overs, and wanted a quality mic. I am totally impressed with the recordings I've made with this mic! Not only is it easy to set up and use, but the sound quality is excellent. Highly recommended!

                            • 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

                            Polished Professional Sound

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                            from Euless, TX, USA

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                            Pros

                            • Field Recording
                            • Podcast
                            • Voiceover/Dialog

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                                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                                I see videos everyday on the Internet that are from big name companies that sound like they were recorded from the bottom of a barrel. This microphone gives you clear sound with a minimum of fuss. My main experience has been with voice and it picks up voice very well. Crystal clear results.

                                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                • Expert
                                • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                                • Live Sound
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                                • Up to a year
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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Great mic for podcasts

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                                from Los Angeles, CA, USA

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                                Pros

                                • Podcast
                                • Voiceover/Dialog

                                Cons

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                                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                                    I use this mic for recording podcasts and voice-overs for software demonstrations. The sound is clear and accurate for the human voice and the built-in USB connection eliminates the need for and external mixer or analog-to-digital converter.

                                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                    • Intermediate
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                                    • Other
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                                    • Over a year
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                                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Insanely simple, Outstanding quality.

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                                    from Charlotte, NC

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                                    Pros

                                    • Guitar
                                    • Vocals

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                                        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                                        I plugged the mic into a USB port, the computer immediately recognized it. Integration into Audacity is seamless and the sound reproduction is everything you'd expect from a good condensor mic.

                                        This is a great little mic for home studios with computer control.

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                                      • Q & A

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                                        • Q:

                                          When I plug the microphone in it starts out working fine, but after a couple of seconds, the level drops dramatically and it picks up a fraction of the signal it originally did. Why?
                                          Asked on 8/27/2016 by rick

                                          1 answer

                                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                                            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 9/2/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                        • Q:

                                          In FL Studios v2.12, I plugged in my AT2020USB+ in and under the audio settings the software picked up a device called "USB PnB Sound Device" and I don't know how to change it. When I first used it, it showed up as AT2020USB+ and it recorded well. But I turned off my computer and the next time I tried I had this problem. It picks up the sound and I can hear it, but the sound is very loud and pierces my ears even when I whisper. How can I fix this?
                                          Asked on 8/18/2016 by Calos from Marshfield, MA

                                          1 answer

                                          • Staff Reviewer

                                            A:

                                            Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact the Audio Solutions team at 330-686-2600 ext. 5000. They will be happy to help with this.

                                            Answered on 8/19/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                        • Q:

                                          Do I need to install a driver so my at2020 works with sound booth and is recognized ?
                                          Asked on 7/30/2016 by Jeff

                                          1 answer

                                        • Q:

                                          I have had this microphone since about February, It has worked wonderfully, until today, almost all of the sound in my headphones went out. I use the audio jack on the microphone itself. I have tried multiple sets of earbuds and none work. What could be the problem? Possibly the USB cable, or the jack itself?
                                          Asked on 7/24/2016 by Jake from Coarsegold, CA

                                          1 answer

                                          • Staff Reviewer

                                            A:

                                            Are you referring to the AT2020USB+ ? The AT2020 does not have a headphone jack. Please contact us directly at Audio-Solutions@atus.com so we can assist you best.

                                            Answered on 7/26/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                                        • Q:

                                          I have this mic but the stand broke. How do I obtain a replacement?
                                          Asked on 7/23/2016 by Bill the Professor from Frederick, MD

                                          1 answer

                                          • Staff Reviewer

                                            A:

                                            You can obtain a replacement by contacting our Parts department at Parts@atus.com

                                            Answered on 7/26/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                                        • Q:

                                          how do i open it? thank you.
                                          Asked on 7/16/2016 by ant from pleasanton, tx

                                          1 answer

                                          • Staff Reviewer

                                            A:

                                            The AT2020USB cannot be opened. For further help, please contact the Audio-Solutions department at Audio-Solutions@atus.com

                                            Answered on 7/19/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                                        • Q:

                                          Hi, is there any way to low noise floor with this mic? It's still too high for my needs. thank you.
                                          Asked on 7/5/2016 by Rita from United States

                                          1 answer

                                          • Staff Reviewer

                                            A:

                                            Thank you for your inquiry. The is no way to decrease the sensitivity of microphone. A windscreen may help in some applications.

                                            Answered on 7/18/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                        • Q:

                                          My USB cord has messed up and i tried to use an printer cord to see if it work and it didn't, what type of USB do i need to have in order to have the best performance from the mic?
                                          Asked on 6/27/2016 by InsaneBro from Centreville, VA

                                          1 answer

                                          • Staff Reviewer

                                            A:

                                            The AT2020USB utilizes a standard USB Type A to Type B cable.

                                            Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at Parts@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                            Answered on 6/29/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                        • Q:

                                          Hi,
                                          I was wondering if this microphone will work with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 or Mac OS X? Thanks
                                          Asked on 6/26/2016 by Troopadee

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                                        • Q:

                                          Can I use a regular XLR cable and plug it in to my audio interface with 48v phantom power enabled instead of using the usb to XLR
                                          Asked on 6/10/2016 by Topher from Eugene oregon

                                          1 answer

                                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                                            A:

                                            Any version of the AT2020USB cannot be converted to XLR. The AT2020, however, can be converted to USB, but requires very careful and specific adapting. If you would need assistance in how to do so, please contact the ATUS Audio Solutions Department (listed below). However, since you have an Audio Interface with an XLR to XLR connection and +48v Phantom, the version you would need is the AT2020 (non-USB) with an XLR to XLR cable.

                                            If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                            audio-solutions@atus.com

                                            Thanks!

                                            Answered on 6/13/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
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