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— Company launches a side-address condenser microphone that establishes the new affordable benchmark in sound quality and value —

San Francisco, CA 10-28-2004 117th AES CONVENTION — Audio-Technica, a longstanding leader in transducer technology, announces the introduction of the AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone. Featuring an all-new proprietary design, with the proven reliability of Audio-Technica’s modern engineering and manufacturing expertise, the AT2020 is a rugged side-address condenser microphone that represents an exceptional value while offering the performance advantages of a high-quality studio microphone. Ideal for project/home studio applications, the AT2020 features a custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm, providing extended frequency response plus the ability to handle extremely high SPLs.

Designed to provide versatility in the most demanding recording applications, the AT2020 has a fixed cardioid polar pattern to allow isolation of the desired sound source. The mic features excellent performance specifications, including a flat, extended frequency response (20 – 20,000 Hz), high SPL handling capability (144 dB), and a wide dynamic range (124 dB). Every aspect of the AT2020 has been tailored for a very smooth, natural sound while ensuring maximum accuracy, making it a perfect complement for today’s digital recording equipment.

The AT2020 comes standard with a pivoting, threaded stand mount, which attaches securely for easy and precise placement. The microphone requires 48V phantom power that may be provided by a mixer/console or a separate, in-line source such as the Audio-Technica AT8801 single-channel and CP8506 four-channel phantom power supplies. Output from the AT2020 is via a low-impedance, 3-pin XLRM-type connector. In addition, the AT2020 measures 6.38" long, has a maximum body diameter of 2.05", weighs 12.1 oz., and comes with a soft protective carrying pouch.

“The AT2020 represents Audio-Technica’s unique ability to design and manufacture an extremely high-quality studio condenser microphone with great performance specifications at a cost-effective price point,” stated Michael Edwards, Audio-Technica Product Manager. “We created this groundbreaking product with ambitions to appeal to a wide audience as well as address a variety of applications. As the result of these efforts, the AT2020 is an incredibly affordable mic that features A-T’s legendary premium sound, reliability and consistency.”

The AT2020 will be available in December 2004 with an MSRP of $169.00.

Celebrating over 40 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry.

—For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact Karen Emerson, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224. Tel: (330) 686-2600; Fax: (330) 688-3752; Web:

Audio-Technica is exhibiting at Booth #1302 during the 117th AES Convention in San Francisco, CA.