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Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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

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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Downloads
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

  • Overview

    The AT2020 reviews are in! Click here for details.

    Audio-Technicas stringent quality and consistency standards set the AT2020 apart from other mics in its class. Its low-mass diaphragm is custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. With rugged construction for durable performance, the microphone offers a wide dynamic range and handles high SPLs with ease. The AT2020: the new standard for affordable side-address studio condensers.
  • Features

    • The price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology

    • Ideal for project/home-studio applications

    • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility

    • 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

    • Pivoting, threaded stand mount attaches securely for easy and precise placement of the microphone
  • Specifications

    ELEMENTFixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE100 ohms
    NOISE20 dB SPL
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)124 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO74 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    WEIGHT12.1 oz (345 g)
    DIMENSIONS6.38" (162.0 mm) long,
    2.05" (52.0 mm) maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDStand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch
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  • Downloads

    AT2020 Specification Sheet (pdf 109.46 KB)
    AT2020 Review Excerpts
    AT2020 Submittal Sheet (pdf 361.52 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

    Overall, a wonderful yet inexpensive microphone


    Hello, I cut voice tracks at home for industrial videos, films and radio spots. My past go to mic was a NADY ribbon but after auditioning several condensers including CAD, Rode, AKG and a newer APEX ribbon, I thought I'd give the AT 2020 a try. My radio network client said use this from now on. I now have 2 and will keep the APEX ribbon because it look retro and cool, and my Shure SM57's for outside work.

    Washougal, WA


    No matter what you can afford, you should ow this mic!


    As a voice over and spot radio announcer of 48 years, I have used a lot of mics. I have been a fan of ribbons and own several but those lack a sparkle and punch. After many condensers from AKG Perception models an inexpensive CAD and Rode NT1-A, this seems to be the best so far. Plus is about $100! If I could afford a Neumann U-87, I would likely use it, but this is a very close second in sound. Really!

    Portland, OR area


    I Love My At2020


    I have a Youtube channel i use this mic for recording and it is just a amazing microphone. I think it is truly the best mic under $100 you can get.

    Berlin, Vt


    Has been a GREAT mic for Gaming, Streaming & Teleconferences


    I was done with headset mic setups so went in search for a good quality Condenser Microphone that would meet my Gaming, Streaming and Work Teleconferencing needs. After a lot of research and comparing the AT2020 with mics from Yeti and Razer I was confident in choosing the AT2020. The quality is better than I expected, I often get a sound check from coworkers and the response is always one of disbelief that I am using a Condenser mic on a boom over my monitor - the sound is crystal clear and with no interference or noise. If you go with the non USB model,, make sure you match the XLR cables and phantom power source / pre-mixer quality with the quality of this microphone and you will not be disappointed.

    Brisbane, Australia


    The mic doesn't work on a Mac.


    I can't seem to get a decent level with this mic. I use a Mac, and it could be the computer's issue, as I've heard the same from other Mac users. Regardless, the mic is useless to me, whatever the cause of this issue.

    Saskatoon, Sk. Canada

    Is good mang


    Is still good mang


    Home Studio Recording


    I use this mic in my home studio recording setup and the clarity and bass response are remarkable for something in this price range . I have used this for vocals and record acoustic guitars . It is so easy to get a good clean signal within minutes guess you could almost call this plug and play with a few small adjustments on gain structure your set to record .I highly recommend this mic for any recording studio.

    Great Mic


    The Audio Technica 2020 is great for home studios. You can buy better, but these won�t let you down. The 2020 looks great. I'm not a professional singer, so I can't give the audio quality a perfect score. Others can comment on the small nuances that separate this mic based on audio quality. To me it�s great. But for everything else; the 2020 is like an ox. It's heavy duty and made to last. It can handle ANY audio source. It's got a heavy solid feel. In my research before purchasing this microphone, I couldn't find one review complaining about the quality or reliability of the 2020. Just the opposite, the 2020 is more like a major department store; it may not be the most convenient choice, but when you want to make sure you get what you want the first time, this is the mic to reach for. I have personally verified that this works with a Sax (bari and alto#, guitar amps #8� and 12�), acoustic guitars, and vocals. I currently have it setup in my sound booth and haven�t found a reason to change it out. I actually may buy a second one just so I don�t have to take it down. The only down side is that it�s solid construction makes it a bit heavy, so make sure you have a good mic stand or use a weight at the bottom of your stand.

    Goose Creek, SC, USA

    Superb in every way!


    The Audio Technica AT2020 is my very first foray into the wonderful world of cardoid condenser microphones. As an amateur radio operator, or a ham radio op, I must say this microphone is superb in every way. My reason for giving Ease of Use a "good" rating is like I said, this my very first cardoid condenser mic, I didn't know anything about phantom power supplies or the like. Now that I do know, and have this as my main microphone for my radio station AI4HO, Alpha India Four Hotel Oscar. I have and still receive unsolicited great audio, or, you sound great, what mic are you using. I tell them an Audio Technica AT2020..doesn't everybody use this mic? If you don't know anything about cardoid condenser microphones and are looking for a really, really great inexpensive microphone, then the AT2020 should be first on your list. While this is a great mic for studio both pro and home studio work, this mic also works well with instruments such as the drum, guitars both electric and non electric, tambourines too work well with this mic. Or, if you are a ham radio op like me and want something different in your arsenal of mics, this is it, look no further. The AT2020 by Audio Technica is a microphone for any and all, pro and amateur alike will enjoy the responsiveness and the rugged durability of this microphone. Thank you all for taking the time to read my review, and many thanks go to Audio Technica for building a superb mic in every way.

    Vero Beach, FL, USA

    Solid High Quality Microphone


    I am an audio enthusiast and a gamer, and I got this microphone because I stopped using headsets for gaming, and I started using audio-technica headphones, and I opted for a professional quality microphone, and the quality of this microphone is awesome without doubts. I paired this microphone with a high quality audio interface, and I can tell that this microphone works perfectly on VoIP( Voice over IP), Podcasting, Dialog and much more, A must-have professional microphone for any purpose where the performance and quality is a factor, and affordable for everyone. Best regards!

    Puerto Rico

    AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

    4.6 13


  • Q & A

    Hello, I'm an all-new rookie here that's planning to get a condenser microphone for vocal recordings. Do I need any other equipments to go with this mic in order for it to work on my laptop? Thank you.


    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, you would need a USB audio interface.


    This works great for softer singing but when I belt it distorts, even if I pull back the gain. Am I doing something wrong?

    Brian the Greek

    It is likely your gain structure. You may find helpful information on proper gain structure on the internet.


    What foam pop filter fits this mic?

    Sharkyy the Con

    Thank you for your inquiry. The AT8137 is the windscreen that fits this mic:


    Is the microphone the only thing include or does it come with a stand to?


    When purchasing the AT2020, the includes accessories are: Stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch


    What all will be included with mic in the fresh new box kit


    Along with the microphone, the accessories furnished are: Stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch


    does it come with any kind of stand?

    generic consumer

    No. You may connect the included swivel mount to any standard 5/8"-27 threaded microphone stand.


    I want to connect this to my Mac with a cable. Does an XLR Female to a 3.5mm work? Can I use this cable to get it working in my Mac?


    No it will not. As the AT2020 is a condenser microphone and requires phantom power, an inline audio interface would be a better setup as the XLR to USB cables will not provide the necessary voltage to the microphone. You may use an inline audio interface which will both convert the analog signal from the microphone to digital into the computer as well as provide the necessary power to the microphone.


    What else do I need to purchase to start using this


    Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at for assistance with this.


    Can I plug this into my USB port on PC?


    Thank you for your inquiry. This model is terminated with an XLR connector for use with an audio interface, mixing console, etc... The model for connecting directly to a USB port on a computer is the AT2020USB+.


    Can I use this in a PA setup for my 15 member ukulele group? I would like to have 2 mics to pick up the whole group for our concerts. I'd be using a Fender Passport PA system.

    Ukulele Mark

    Yes, as long as you provide 48v phantom power.