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AT2020USB+

Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone


U.S. Two-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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  • home studio microphone
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  • Overview


    Equipped with a USB output, the AT2020USB+ is designed for digitally capturing music or any acoustic audio source using your favorite recording software. The microphone offers the critically acclaimed, award-winning sound of the AT2020, with studio-quality articulation and intelligibility perfect for singer/songwriters, podcasters, voice-over artists, field recorders, and home studio recorders.

    The AT2020USB+ features a built-in headphone jack with volume control that allows you to directly monitor your microphone signal with no delay. It also offers mix control that blends microphone and pre-recorded audio. The microphone’s cardioid pickup pattern delivers excellent off-axis rejection, while its A/D converter with a 16-bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate ensures extremely articulate sound reproduction.

    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.
  • Features

    • Condenser microphone with USB output for digital recording

    • High quality A/D converter with 16 bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate for superb audio

    • Headphone jack with volume control allows you to monitor the microphone signal with no delay

    • Mix control allows you to blend your microphone signal and pre-recorded audio

    • High-output internal headphone amplifier delivers superior clarity and musical detail as well as more volume overall

    • Smooth, extended frequency response ideally suited for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording and voiceover use

    • Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Mac OS X

    • Tripod desk stand with folding legs for secure and easily portable tabletop use

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTFixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
    POLAR PATTERNCardioid
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE20 – 20,000 Hz
    POWER REQUIREMENTSUSB Power (5V DC)
    BIT DEPTH16 bit
    SAMPLE RATE44.1/48 kHz
    VOLUME CONTROLMix control;
    Headphone volume control
    WEIGHT386 g (13.6 oz)
    DIMENSIONS162.0 mm (6.38") long,
    52.0 mm (2.05") maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORUSB-type
    HEADPHONE OUTPUT POWER130 mW (at 1 kHz, 10% T.H.D., 32 ohm load)
    HEADPHONE JACK3.5 mm (1/8") TRS (stereo)
    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
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  • Downloads

    AT2020USB+ Manual (pdf 935.25 KB)
    AT2020USB+ FCC DOC (pdf 34.38 KB)
  • Reviews

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Audio-TechnicaAT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
     
    3.8

    (based on 13 reviews)

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    64%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Durable (5)
    • Good audio (5)
    • Great sound quality (3)

    Cons

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    bob is wrong

    yes it works in windows 10

    yes it works in windows 10

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Stay away if you are using windows 10

    Was a great mic when I first bought it and used it with windows 8. After uppgrading to windows 10 the sound quality is really bad. It still "works" but the...Read complete review

    Was a great mic when I first bought it and used it with windows 8. After uppgrading to windows 10 the sound quality is really bad. It still "works" but the recorded volume is extremely low. If you raise the volume, the noise will get so high that the recording is trash. Many people have complained about this, but no action is made by Audio Technica or Microsoft.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Stay away if you are using windows 10

    By 

    from Norway

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Noisy
    • Unstable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

      Was a great mic when I first bought it and used it with windows 8. After uppgrading to windows 10 the sound quality is really bad. It still "works" but the recorded volume is extremely low. If you raise the volume, the noise will get so high that the recording is trash. Many people have complained about this, but no action is made by Audio Technica or Microsoft.

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      • Over a year
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      4.0

      Will not work on my Windows 10 laptop.

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      from Camp Hill, PA

      Pros

      • Great Sound Quality

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          Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

          Worked great on my laptop until I updated it from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Worked great while I could use it...

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          • Over a year
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          4.0

          May not work with Windows 10

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          from Camp Hill, PA

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Great Sound Quality

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              Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

              I like this microphone, but it appears as it it will not work with Windows 10.

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              • Over a year
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              5.0

              I am impressed

              By 

              from Springfield Missouri

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

              • Flimsy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                First off, I am not a professional in this field. In fact this is the most expensive microphone that I have ever used. However that means I went into this blind and I have a pretty different perspective in this field. This prouduct was very easy to use. I just plugged it in and it worked. I use the microphone for some YouTube videos and it was very simple to use in every program. Just to test, I I tried it out in the windows camera app as well as some apps like skype and google hangouts. In those programs you're not really going to want to buy a mic this expensive and you may want to go for something cheaper. In the end this is an easy and good sounding mic that is a great choice if your just starting out.

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                • Up to a year
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                5.0

                YES, it's worth the small price!!!

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                from Southern USA

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                  • Need another one !!! :-)

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                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                    Well, let me start by sharing... I owned a Music Store in the late 70s early 80s- We sold Audio Technica products even back then... I'm a Professional Musician, Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist... One has to step back from the instantaneous, social media- bash, dash, "hecto-confusing", gratification/confusion World we now live in... By stepping back... remember what you paid for this mic... It's well worth the admission , the set up ( plug and play), and the ever hanging ways to records music and voice. This , considering it's price, really checks all of the boxes... Enjoy your time, enjoy your music and enjoy LIFE :-) Thx AT- good Mic at this price point!!!

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                    • Less than a month
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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Mic

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                    from NewYork

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

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                        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                        This is one of the best usb mics on the market. I use this microphone to do voice overs and a twitch talk show. I love it, it's easy to use and has no static like the Bule yeti.

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

                        Best Mic for USB radio production on the road!

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                        from Miami, Florida

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use

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                            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                            This is a great product. I have a daily radio program and this mic is my favorite usb mic. I was using various Blue usb mics and had loads of white noise. None with the AT2020. No need for bulky secondary mixing gear. I replaced the small travel stand with a drum kick mic stand, which works great. I bought an after market foam pop filter. My sound quality rivals what I get on the radio studio pro E.V. voice mics. I also have the xlr version which had to have a mixer. When I travel I use the small stand or take my desk mic stand in two pieces. I do the initial edits in sound studio, an elegant little program that does effective linear editing, then I drop my edits into Logic X. I can get an amazing warm sound with no ad ons! There is no latency in the earphone jack as well.

                            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                            • House of Worship
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                            • Expert
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                            • Over a year
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                            4.0

                            It's a good mic

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                            from Ireland

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Bulky/Heavy

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                              Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                              Very good mic. Stand isn't great. Works fine with Windows 10

                              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                              • Live Sound
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                              • Intermediate
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                              • Less than a month
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                              1.0

                              Will not work properly with Windows 10 (or 8)

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                              from Detroit, MI

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                                • Poor Sound Quality
                                • Pricey / Poor Value

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                                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                                  Bob is right it does not work with Windows 10 (or 8). There are hundreds of complaints about this issue. Did AudioTechnica complain about this to Microsoft? The issue is with most USB microphones. AT should require sellers to point out this fact.

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

                                  Recommended for talk shows, gaming, anything, so perfect!

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                                  from Bronx, NY

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                  • Bulky/Heavy

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                                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                                    I use it for video game streaming, and it is perfect, crispy clear. Only bad part about it, is the stand, so small and tight for something heavy. I really love it!

                                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                    • Computer
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                                    • Intermediate
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                                    • Up to a year
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                                  • Q & A

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                                    • Q:

                                      Hi I have one of your AT2020USB+ microphones but I have misplaced the USB cable, is it possible to get another one from you?
                                      Asked on 5/24/2018 by manuel from Bethesda, MD

                                      1 answer

                                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. You may contact our Parts Department at Parts@atus.com or call (330) 686-2600 ext 5002. to inquire about a replacement cable if you are located in the US.

                                        Answered on 6/7/2018 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                    • Q:

                                      My windows 10 pc is not installing drivers or giving any prompts when I plug it in. the blue light is on and I can hear the audio when I plug headphones directly into the microphone. what steps should i take to make this mic the default device since I cant see it as an option to do so in the sound manager
                                      Asked on 4/25/2018 by steve from Bradenton, FL

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                                      • 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 5/4/2018 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      What is the precise cable required for this mic - USB to the actual microphone itself(as the product only states USB-type which is vague)
                                      Asked on 3/26/2018 by Harna from undisclosed

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                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        The USB connection into the microphone is Type B while the connection into your computer is a standard Type A.

                                        Answered on 4/5/2018 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      What Audio-technica Windscreen fits the AT2020USB+ ?
                                      Asked on 3/3/2018 by Nicci from Washington

                                      1 answer

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                                        A:

                                        The AT8137 Large Studio Foam Windscreen

                                        Answered on 3/7/2018 by sshaw from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      Is this an electric condenser mic or passive?
                                      Asked on 2/27/2018 by Bill from Mechanicsburg, pa

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. It is a Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser microphone.

                                        Answered on 3/7/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                    • Q:

                                      Can I use AT2020USB+ with the bit depth set to 32 in Audacity? The box specifically describes the mic as "16 bit", but Audacity's default setting is 32 bits. Would 32 cause problems?
                                      Asked on 2/22/2018 by TommyB from Los Angeles, CA

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. I would set the bit depth to 16 in Audacity.

                                        Answered on 3/7/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                    • Q:

                                      Is this microphone compatible with Ubuntu?
                                      Asked on 2/2/2018 by Bill from Indiana

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. It may, but we do not support that OS.

                                        Answered on 2/20/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                    • Q:

                                      How do I attach my AT2020+ to a regular mic stand?
                                      Asked on 1/9/2018 by Tom Simple from Los Angeles, CA

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. Disconnect the part that connect to the mic from the tripod stand. Remove the brass insert and it will connect to a standard mic stand.

                                        Answered on 1/19/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                    • Q:

                                      If I attempt to use this mic with a budget laptop, will the low specs of the laptop's hardware negatively affect the quality of a recording? If so, what are the recommended specs (cpu, RAM, etc.) for a laptop to use this mic with?
                                      Asked on 1/5/2018 by Alan from California

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. The PC secs would be more applicable to the recording software, although a USB port with 5 V DC and a minimum of 64 MB ram is needed.

                                        Answered on 1/11/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                    • Q:

                                      Would I be able to situate the microphone upside down facing on a microphone stand as well as have a pop guard on it
                                      Asked on 11/25/2017 by Nati27 from Sarasota, FL

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