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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
 
4.7

(based on 34 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

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Blew Me Away!

I bought this mic as the last addition to my home studio. This mic is awesome. Very clear vocals. Alot of my friends have come over to use it, and have asked to...Read complete review

I bought this mic as the last addition to my home studio. This mic is awesome. Very clear vocals. Alot of my friends have come over to use it, and have asked to borrow it because they liked it so much.

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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,...Read complete review

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.

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5.0

Has been a GREAT mic for Gaming, Streaming & Teleconferences

By AussieTerror

from Brisbane, Australia

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm 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
      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
      • Expert
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      • Up to a year
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      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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      (6 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      The mic doesn't work on a Mac.

      By Jack

      from Saskatoon, Sk. Canada

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm 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.

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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 23 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

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            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
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            • 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

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                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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                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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                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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