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Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone  

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The Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone is the ideal mic for project and home studio applications. With a remarkably low price, cardioid pattern, and specs that put it in the big leagu... Read More

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The Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone is the ideal mic for project and home studio applications. With a remarkably low price, cardioid pattern, and specs that put it in the big leagues, it features a custom-engineered, 16mm low-mass diaphragm and smooth 20Hz-20kHz frequency response. The AT2020's low self-noise is suited to digital recording, plus it has a high 144dB SPL handling.

Requires phantom power.

Features
  • Condenser
  • Cardioid pattern
  • Side address
  • 16mm low-mass diaphragm
  • 20Hz-20kHz frequency response
  • 144dB SPL handling
  • Rugged body
Specifications
  • Element: Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
    Polar pattern: Cardioid
    Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz
    Open circuit sensitivity: -37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    Impedance: 100 ohms
    Maximum input sound level: 144dB SPL, 1kHz at 1% THD
    Noise: 20dB SPL
    Dynamic range (typical): 124dB, 1kHz at Max SPL
    Signal-to-noise ratio: 74dB, 1kHz at 1 Pa
    Phantom power requirements: 48V DC, 2 mA typical
    Weight: 12.1 oz.
    Dimensions: 6-1/3" long, 2" diameter
    Output connector: 3-pin XLRM-type
    Included accessories: Stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch
    Audio-Technica case style: R7
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Audio-TechnicaAT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 32 reviews)

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  • Guitar (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for male vocals!!

By Klyde

from Saint Louis, MO

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

The audio-technica AT2020 is an outstanding condenser microphone for the money. In comparison to the more expensive Sterling Audio ST59 (which was recommended to me) the AT2020 sounds distinctively 'warmer' than the ST59, which sounded more 'open.' Coupled with a ART Tube MP Stuido tube preamp, the AT2020 brings out the warmth and flavor to my voice with little mastering required later after. There is only one function on this microphone, and that is ON. I plan to keep and use it often through my adventures of home recording.

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4.0

So Far So Good!

By PERM 650 Music

from DMV

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

    I needed a mic for so home Song arranging and for the price it fits the bill! Nice start up mic!

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    (11 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Is good mang

    By Mang

    from Zimbabwae

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

    Is still good mang

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    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Home Studio Recording

    By rocknout

    from rocknout@centurylink.net

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm 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
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        • Up to a year
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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Mic

        By Raymond4

        from Goose Creek, SC, USA

        Pros

        • Guitar
        • Guitar Amp
        • Vocals
        • woodwinds

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm 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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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Thank You, Other Reviewer !!

            By john

            from Fresno, CA

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

            Thank You, Other Reviewer !! ?Friday, ?August ?8, ?2014 I have been using the AT2020 for 3 months now and most of that time has been used testing this mic out. This mic is as professional as the rest. Someone let me know when you can get a reading of -75db out of an entry-level microphone. I wanted a mic that was hi output, low noise and worked for my voice. I want no more. I was also very pleased with the price and shipping time. Thanks Guitar Center and The Other Reviewer. J.S.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            awesome

            By carlos abarca

            from miami, FL

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

            awesome mic, very versatile

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Quality

            By John-Michael Shepherd

            from Xenia, Ohio

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

            I purchased this mic on sale for about 51 dollars and to say I got phenomenal bang for my buck would be a huge understatement. The quality this delivers is in a whole other threshold of microphone than most mics that are going to run you about 100 dollars. If you are considering a microphone to start recording music, I would definitely recommend this.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Second one, as great as the first!

            By Alan R Cooper

            from Blanco, TX

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

            I bought one of these several years ago when they first came out. Its recording qualities for vocals were far better than several other more expensive condenser mics I have or have had. I damaged it by dropping on a concrete floor and tried to get by with using my other, supposedly better mics. I just ordered and received this new one. What a great mic, at least for my voice -- baritone/tenor, and for my other musicians, who range from soprano to alto to rich bass. I use both a standalone recorder, an old beat up but still reliable for out-of-studio quick takes Fostex MR-8HD, and a Tascam US-800 on a dual core 3Mhz PC, using Sonar X3, Reaper, Audacity, and some other tools. This mic is great for all. On the standalone, which is limited to 16-bit .wav, it compensates for some of the recorders limitations. I highly recommend this for us amateurs who want great results and appreciate bang or the buck.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Superb in every way!

            By mrtimblin

            from Vero Beach, FL, USA

            Pros

            • Harmonica
            • Vocals
            • Voiceover/Dialog

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                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm 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.

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                • Novice
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                • Other
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                • Up to a year
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