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AT2020

Cardioid Condenser Microphone


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  • Overview


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    Audio-Technica’s 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 SENSITIVITY–37 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)
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  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaAT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
     
    4.6

    (based on 13 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Vocals (6)
    • Voiceover/dialog (4)
    • Durable (3)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Good audio (3)

    Cons

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Overall, a wonderful yet inexpensive microphone

    By 

    from Washougal, WA

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser 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.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Film/Video Production
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Expert
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Less than a month
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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

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

        By 

        from Portland, OR area

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

            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!

            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
            • Expert
            • How long have you used this product?:
            • Less than a month
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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I Love My At2020

            By 

            from Berlin, Vt

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

              Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

              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.

              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
              • Computer
              • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
              • Expert
              • How long have you used this product?:
              • Over a year
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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Has been a GREAT mic for Gaming, Streaming & Teleconferences

              By 

              from Brisbane, Australia

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Studio Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                  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.

                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                  • Computer
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                  • Expert
                  • How long have you used this product?:
                  • Up to a year
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                  (8 of 57 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  The mic doesn't work on a Mac.

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                  from Saskatoon, Sk. Canada

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                  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.

                  (18 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Is good mang

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                  from Zimbabwae

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                  Is still good mang

                  (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Home Studio Recording

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                  from rocknout@centurylink.net

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                  Pros

                  • Film/Video Production
                  • Guitar
                  • Guitar Amp
                  • Vocals

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                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                      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.

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Intermediate
                      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                      • Studio
                      • How long have you used this product?:
                      • Up to a year
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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Mic

                      By 

                      from Goose Creek, SC, USA

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                      Pros

                      • Guitar
                      • Guitar Amp
                      • Vocals
                      • woodwinds

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                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                          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.

                          • 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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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Superb in every way!

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                          from Vero Beach, FL, USA

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                          Pros

                          • Harmonica
                          • Vocals
                          • Voiceover/Dialog

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                              Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                              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.

                              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                              • Novice
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                              • Other
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                              • Up to a year
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                              (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Solid High Quality Microphone

                              By 

                              from Puerto Rico

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                              Pros

                              • gaming
                              • Podcast
                              • Vocals
                              • Voiceover/Dialog
                              • voice over ip

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                                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser 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!

                                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                  • Intermediate
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                                  • Computer
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                                  • Less than a month
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                                • Q & A

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                                  • Q:

                                    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.
                                    Asked on 4/25/2018 by Ukulele Mark from Palm SPrings

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

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

                                      Answered on 5/7/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                  • Q:

                                    I bought the condenser microphone, but, there's no way to hook up the cord to my computer. Do I need some sort of mixer to hook it up to that connects to my computer or some sort of adapter?
                                    Asked on 3/28/2018 by Merp from undisclosed

                                    1 answer

                                  • Q:

                                    Is this xlr or usb connection
                                    Asked on 3/15/2018 by Akhilesh from Karnataka

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      The AT2020 has a standard XLR audio connection.

                                      Answered on 3/20/2018 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    What exactly does cardiod mean as it relates to the function of this microphone? I'm trying to determine whether it is a good product to use as a choir mic within a choir stand that will pick up voices around it, not just the voice directly in front of it, or is it more of a solo mic?
                                    Asked on 3/13/2018 by AYR from Atlanta, GA

                                    1 answer

                                  • Q:

                                    Is this an Omni or unidirectional microphone
                                    Asked on 3/11/2018 by AR from Atlanta, GA

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                                      A:

                                      Thank you for your inquiry. No this microphone is cardioid.

                                      Answered on 3/13/2018 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                  • Q:

                                    What cord do you need
                                    Asked on 2/28/2018 by Nick from Oregan

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                                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                                      A:

                                      Thank you for your inquiry. This model has an XLR connector and will work with any standard XLR microphone cable.

                                      Answered on 3/5/2018 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                  • Q:

                                    I am new to recording. I am using an AT202 into Scarlet 2i2 and protools on my mac book. I can't seem to get any signal from the mic.

                                    Also, when I plug it into and acoustic amp I don't get any sound.

                                    Is there a battery or does it get power through the cord?
                                    Asked on 2/24/2018 by David from Iowa

                                    1 answer

                                  • Q:

                                    the tabletop tripod fell apart and i'd like to find a replacement for it. where can i find one and do you sell them here? thank you.
                                    Asked on 2/1/2018 by Phil from Raleigh nc 27613

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Parts Department at 330-686-2600 ext. 5002. They would be happy to help you.

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

                                    what is the recording resolution of this mic for ex 16/24/30 bit and sample rate?
                                    Asked on 1/20/2018 by bibby from brooklyn ny

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      Thank you for your inquiry. This is an analog microphone. the resolution would depend upon you audio interface doing the digital conversion.

                                      Answered on 1/27/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                  • Q:

                                    If I use the at2020 USB can I plug directly into my computer without a pre-amp? And edit the quality through audio editing software And still produce quality sound for podcasting?
                                    Asked on 1/16/2018 by Erik from TN

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      Thank you for your inquiry. No, You do not need a preamp and yes, you can modify or enhance in post.,Thank you for your inquiry. No, you would not need a preamp. You may post process the audio in you software program.

                                      Answered on 1/27/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
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