AT2020 USB

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


    The new AT2020 USB offers studio-quality articulation and intelligibility. It plugs right into your computerís 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-Technicaís 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-Technicaís state-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques ensure that the microphone complies with the companyís 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 Ė 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


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  • 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

    AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone 4.3 5 7 7
    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 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. April 14, 2014
    Love the AT2020 USB on a Mac Computer or Windows XP !!! 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. September 6, 2013
    Love it 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. January 27, 2012
    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 this mic! Not only is it easy to set up and use, but the sound quality is excellent. Highly recommended! November 26, 2011
    Polished Professional Sound 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. October 20, 2011
    Great mic for podcasts 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. October 20, 2011
    Insanely simple, Outstanding quality. 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. October 20, 2011
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    --Overall high level of performance, especially:
    --Very low self noise, so no hiss
    --High sensitivity and strong output signal
    --Cardioid pickup pattern; many others are hyper-cardioid pattern which has a rear-facing lobe that defeats noise rejection to the rear of the microphone. Cardioid mics reject sounds coming from the rear (which are usually noise). Omni-directional mics don't reject sound from any direction. Figure-8 mics only reject sounds from the sides, not the rear. Only true cardioid mics reject sounds from the rear--a cardinal virtue because the rear of the mic can be pointed toward a noise source (audience, noisy recorder or video camera, etc.) and will substantially reduce the noise level in the output..
    --High maximum SPL (sound pressure level) so that output signal remains undistorted even with extremely loud sounds
    --High max SPL - low noise = Wide Dynamic Range
    --High quality of build
    --USB port allows direct plug-in to computer USB port (no preamp or mixer needed) and receives power from the computer's USB port (no Phantom power or batteries required).
    --Modest cost compared to mics of similar quality.

    I hope this helps.

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    This mic is simple to set up and use. I was impressed by the quality of recordings I was able to make with it. It's durable as well.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. The convenience of a USB connection on our very popular, side address, AT2020 studio microphone makes this a very nice microphone to have
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    my usb cable spoiled so i am wondering if i could get it somewhere else or is the cable common?? By the way i live in singapore thank you
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    Yes, the mic simply uses a printer cable. Future shop, bestbuy or walmart.
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    Any USB 2.0 compliant cable will work. I sometimes use a generic 30 foot USB 2.0 extender with my mic, and it works just fine.
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    Thank you for your inquiry, You can contact our office in Singapore. They should be able to help you.

    Audio-Technica (S.E.A.) Pte. Ltd
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    More than one AT2020 USB at once?

    It would be awfully nice to use 2 of these at once with my MacBook Pro (w/2 USB ports) for stereo recording or voice + instrument. Is this possible with GarageBand, ProTools or Logic?
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    I don't know what yowradio meant by a "switcher," unless he meant a USB hub, in which case I'm not sure he understood that this is a MacBook Pro with 2 separate USB ports (System Profiler shows "Bus Number: 0x1d" and "0x1a"). Maybe those numbers indicate the ports are not truly separate busses, but it certainly looks that way, the way the info is presented in System Profiler. Thanks for everyone's input.
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    Answer: 
    Forget 2 USB mics on the same switcher. The basic problem is that digital and analog are so different. Yes, you can find plenty of ways to convert from USB to analog or visa-versa, but not to run USB mics in pairs to a single PC.

    You can hook up multiple analog mics to an inexpensive USB out switcher, but no joy on multiple USB mics to the same source.

    If you want to do this, I suggest the less expensive analog version of the AT2020 USB. For what you save on two of those, you can get a small switcher that gives you two analog mics in, to a single USB out to your PC.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. You can do this if you are using a Mac by creating and configuring an Aggregate Device. This is a very easy thing to do. Please note this is not possible with a Windows operating system. Plug in both microphones and then follow the directions at the below link.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1215

    Please note the screens for your version of the OS may be a little different than what you see in the link, but they should be close enough to help you set it up.
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    Windows 7 compatibility

    A reviewer on amazon states that windows 7 does not recognize the microphone... "I plugged in into my Windows 7 desktop, and received the message 'No Drive Found'. "
    Is this correct? I have 64-bit Windows 7. Thanks!
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    Yes, works on Windows 7, but the side address function is not working.... how to fix that?
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    As far as I can determine, the AT2020 does not work on Windows 7 64 bit.

    This was a great mic when it worked on my Vista machine, but it is not recognized by Windows 7. It should be associated with the built-in Windows USB Mic driver (which is usbaudio.sys) but attempting to troubleshoot generates the error message "AT2020 USB doesn't have a driver." I have spent hours searching the Internet looking for a solution to this and am not alone ‚Äď there are plenty of other people with the same unanswered question. My advice would be do not buy.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. We have many Windows 7 customers, including me, that are using the microphone successfully. The microphone uses the USB Audio Codec that is a standard part of the Windows operating system. No special drive is necessary. You may need to check with your computer vender to make sure the USB Audio Codec is installed on your system.
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    Or should I buy one with that doesn't include a USB connector
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    Answer: 
    With USB "3" due out soon, you should be good to go for a while, but it depends on where YOU plan on going!

    If "onward and upward" is the answer, then you will be entering the realm of mixers and mic pres, so a conventional mic would be with you for a lifetime...

    Plus, you're given the option for better mics.

    Also - there are XLR-to-USB converters, so a conventional XLR mic can still be used now with your existing USB setup, yet be compatible with mixing boards and mic pres down the road.

    Good luck!
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    Answer: 
    Thank you for your inquiry. I have heard nothing about USB going away. Technology does change quite often, although USB has been around for a long time. USB 3 has recently been released and appears to be backward compatible with other USB devices. If you purchase the non USB version of the microphone you will still need an interface to connect the microphone to the computer and most of those are either USB or Firewire.
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