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AT2020

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
    POLAR PATTERNCardioid
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE20-20,000 Hz
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE100 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL144 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
    NOISE20 dB SPL
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)124 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO74 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS48V DC, 2 mA typical
    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
    AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLER7
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    FREQUENCY RESPONSE
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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

    5

    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

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

    5

    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

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    I Love My At2020

    5

    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

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    Has been a GREAT mic for Gaming, Streaming & Teleconferences

    5

    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

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    The mic doesn't work on a Mac.

    1

    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

    5

    Is still good mang

    Zimbabwae

    Home Studio Recording

    5

    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.

    rocknout@centurylink.net

    Great Mic

    5

    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!

    5

    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

    5

    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

    100.0

  • Q & A

    Does the XLR version have the USB jack on the microphone?

    Austin

    No it does not.

    Brent

    Is this version XLR or USB? I want to make sure I get the USB one.

    SpicyMilkbags

    The linked product page is for the analog AT2020. If you are looking for the USB version, you will want the AT2020USB+ or AT2020USBi.

    Brent

    Can I use this mic to pick up a directional sound from a source. I don't want to pick up anything such a reverberation from the sides. Also how far away I have to hold this mic from the sound source?

    Md

    The microphone will be susceptible to any reflected sounds that bounce around in the space. To reduce reflections from the rear of the microphone, you may use a sound barrier such as a gobo, foam, etc at the rear of the microphone.

    Brent

    Win 10 is not picking up the AT2020. I've used this for years, well pleased with it, on my former laptop, running Win7. I'm now stuck with WIN 10! How do I get drivers for WIN 10 for it? Only the microsoft drivers are in place, making this sound like it's in a cave somewhere. Help! Jessie

    Jess the crazy

    As the AT2020 is an analog signal, there are no drivers and the drivers would come from the audio interface you are using. You may contact your audio interface manufacturer to inquire of their drivers.

    Brent

    I use audacity to record my songs using this mic. For months ive had the issue where i no longer hear the music through the earphones of my mic. i still hear the amplification as i sing but no music or audio can be heard from it. It makes it so i cant record my voice with any music. i have changed the output of the music to be the mic and not the speakers (as always) but nothing works. How would you fix this issue? Kind regards, Gillian

    Gillian

    Your comments indicate a setting change with your audio interface and you may contact that manufacture for assistance on your proper settings.

    Brent

    It the XLR connector on the Audio technica AT2020 A male or female connector

    Rob

    The connector in the microphone is male as audio XLR connections pass from male to female which is standard.

    Brent

    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.

    Alex

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

    Rick

    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.

    Brent

    What foam pop filter fits this mic?

    Sharkyy the Con

    Thank you for your inquiry. The AT8137 is the windscreen that fits this mic: https://www.audio-technica.com/cms/windscreens_mounts/c16baec744cb808a/index.html

    Kaylee

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

    ToxicSnip3r

    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

    Brent