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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  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Overview


    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

    (based on 10 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    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...Read complete review

    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.

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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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    5.0

    love this mic

    By 

    from Warrington Pa

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

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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
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Over a year
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        5.0

        Easy to use with superior quality!

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        from Ohio, USA

        Site Member

        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
            • How long have you used this product?:
            • Over a year
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            4.0

            The mic is easy to use, and great features

            By 

            from Lexington, NC, USA

            Site Member

            Pros

            • Film/Video Production
            • Podcast
            • Strings
            • Vocals

            Cons

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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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                (0 of 1 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
                  • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                  • 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

                  Site Member

                  Pros

                  • 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

                      Site Member

                      Pros

                      • Ambience
                      • Guitar
                      • Guitar Amp
                      • Piano
                      • Vocals

                      Cons

                      • codecs

                      Best Uses

                        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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                        (3 of 3 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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                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Insanely simple, Outstanding quality.

                                    By 

                                    from Charlotte, NC

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                                    Pros

                                    • Guitar
                                    • Vocals

                                    Cons

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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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                                        • Intermediate
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                                        • Computer
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                                      • Q & A

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                                        • Q:

                                          Hi
                                          I'm having some trouble with my microphone .It is recognizing as USB PnP Device. And Mic is distorting too much.
                                          Asked on 1/27/2016 by Michael from Toronto

                                          1 answer

                                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                                            A:

                                            For technical support, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                            audio-solutions@atus.com

                                            Thanks!

                                            Answered on 1/28/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                                        • Q:

                                          can you give me a link of your distributors?
                                          Asked on 1/19/2016 by sasha a tree

                                          1 answer

                                        • Q:

                                          Is there a way that i can listen live without headphones what i am recording on my at2020usb+ microphone?
                                          Asked on 1/17/2016 by Ely777

                                          1 answer

                                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                                            A:

                                            It is better to use headphones to listen to a "live" feed, as you would be accomplishing two things:
                                            1.) Direct monitoring off of the microphone.
                                            2.) Reduced possibility for feedback.

                                            You can, however, blend the computer and microphone signal together using the slider on the AT2020USB+.

                                            Not listening off the headphones could result in increased chances for feedback (feedback is a sound-loop between an output device like computer speakers, and an input device like a microphone. Sound goes out of the loud-speaker into the mic, which creates a perfect loop, and you hear feedback.) Additionally, it takes time for any computer to process digital audio. The delay you would hear is a result of the processing time, and that is known as Latency.

                                            Two important links:
                                            Feedback - http://blog.audio-technica.com/audio-solutions-question-week-prevent-microphone-feedback/
                                            Latency - http://blog.audio-technica.com/audio-solutions-question-week-im-hearing-delay-usb-audio-device-normal/

                                            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 1/18/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                                        • Q:

                                          IS it possible that i could turn this into Xlr, and use with a mixer?
                                          Asked on 12/29/2015 by Nelson from United States

                                          1 answer

                                        • Q:

                                          You see, there was a software that the box said it came with this, I was wondering if you could tell me where the download instructions were/ give me a link for the free software?
                                          Asked on 12/24/2015 by Bella

                                          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 12/27/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                        • Q:

                                          I would like to know if there's a way to make this microphone ASIO friendly. I really have a hard time working with my DAW and the microphone when it comes to driver settings.

                                          I use a M-Audio FW410 (Asio) as a main sound card and Cuckos Reaper as a DAW.

                                          Can you guide me there?
                                          Thank you!
                                          Asked on 12/10/2015 by Annabelle from Canada

                                          1 answer

                                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                                            A:

                                            For technical support, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                            audio-solutions@atus.com

                                            Thanks!

                                            Answered on 12/17/2015 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                                        • Q:

                                          One of the legs just fell off the desk stand, is that piece replaceable?
                                          If so, please provide details.
                                          Asked on 12/7/2015 by Susan from United States

                                          1 answer

                                          • Staff Reviewer

                                            A:

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

                                            Answered on 12/13/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                        • Q:

                                          Does this mic have a Mute button on it or how do I mute it?
                                          Asked on 12/4/2015 by King10XYZ

                                          1 answer

                                          • Staff Reviewer

                                            A:

                                            You may mute the microphone in the computer Sound Properties.

                                            Answered on 12/13/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                        • Q:

                                          will this mic work for windows 10???
                                          Asked on 11/29/2015 by Jaden from Oakville, ON

                                          1 answer

                                          • Staff Reviewer

                                            A:

                                            Yes, the AT2020USB microphone utilizes the standard USB CODEC driver which is a party of the operating system.

                                            Answered on 12/1/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                        • Q:

                                          I just bought this microphone but unfortunately it didn't come with a USB cable. I was wondering what kind of USB it connects with so I can buy one? Thanks in advance.
                                          Asked on 11/21/2015 by thatoneguy

                                          1 answer

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