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
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.
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Reviewed by 22 customers
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.
awesome mic, very versatile
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.
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.
I am an Audio Engineer with a suitable home recording studio with more than a couple years of experience and this mic is absolutely astounding for capturing the Kick drum! Compared to my Shure Beta 52A on my session drummers kick drum (no front port hole) this mic has given me the best drum sound ive ever had. stick it a couple feet away from the drum and make the capsule parallel to the head, and the top or bottom of the mesh surrounding the capsule with the bottom lip at the top of the drum and you get an amazingly deep and punchy sound! some compression and its perfect. Good for vocals as well! Get this mic!
When I got my AT2020, it was my first microphone, and I thought it was great. Now that I've upgraded my mic collection over the years, I still think it's great! One of the first things I noticed when I got it was how amazingly it picked up acoustic guitar. With a bit of low-cut, this thing will give you the perfect bright sound for a quickly-strummed acoustic guitar. Another place it shines is as a drum overhead, capturing the shine of the cymbals to an almost earsplitting volume. A third area it excels in is with acoustic piano. Put this microphone over the low strings of a grand piano, dial in some of the low ends, and pair it with another AT2020 over the high strings, and you've got a remarkably lifelike sound. Now with all this great stuff, you might be asking why this mic doesn't have 5 stars. Well, it's because for a beginner mic that's supposed to be versatile, it really lacks in the vocals department. You have to REALLY play with this thing to get a clear vocal sound without any unpleasant bite. Is it a great buy? Absolutely. Does it work for vocals? Well...not for a beginner.
I wanted a mic that will take whatever sound is coming out of my guitar cab and send it through the house. This mic does exactly that. It's a much more honest sound than a 57 or a Senheiser. The sky's the limit for mic's and if I was in a studio I might spend more money on one, but this mic is perfect for my live use. There's no bleed and it sounds fantastic.
I can't really say how good this AT-2020 is as of yet.I haven't had a chance to use it on a good mixer yet. Just using it in practice with my band it seems to pick up my cymbals as overheads on my drum kit way better than my Audix F9s that came with my 7pc Audix FP7 mic set. I just ordered a PreSonus 16.4.2 digital mixer which should be here tomorrow. Then I'll be able to put my 9 mics on my kit through a great board and see how theses AT-20202s really sound. I picked up 2 of these for a great price at Christmas time, but all the reviews were are saying that these mics work great in lots of different situations. So, I decided to try them out! Once I have a chance to run them through my mixer and EQ them and mix them right, then I'll know how good they really are! I gave these 4 stars because of other reviews and the fact they have given me better recordings so far. When I unboxed them I was amazed how well they look, and how professional they are built! The quality is very present as soon as you see them in person.
Back in the days when state of the art studios were bulked down with Otari analog tape decks, I owned a recording studio in the San Francisco area. Our mic selection ranged from Shure SM33 and 55's, RCA 77dx to Neumann M269c, various AKGs, Sennheisers, etc. I have to say, however, that with all the firepower we had available, I don't think anything made my wife's voice shine as well as the AT2020. I'm not saying this mic is for everyone, however, as a professional mezzo soprano opera singer who also belts jazz, this mic loves her tones. It's durable enough to handle the massive presence she can create, without sounding tinny, shrill or muddy. As a mezzo, she has more than a three octave range and the 2020 performs beautifully from her lowest, chocolate tones to the near glass-shattering highs. Every voice is different and should be evaluated individually before making a mic selection, but for our needs, the AT2020 is the perfect choice.
Good thing is you get sharpness, clarity, openness, low noise, and durable build quality. Downside is it's anemic on the lows and low-mids, has elevated upper mids, and a somewhat harsh and sibilant top end. It's hyped in the upper end of the spectrum. Therefore at worst it can make a neutral vocal sound thin, honky, harsh, and brittle. But it's nowhere as harsh and brittle as the MXL 990. The MXL V67g errs in the other direction, warm and smooth to the point of being dark and woolly. The AT2020 is great on acoustic though, really brings out the vibrance of the strings. Overall, for under a hundred, the AT2020 is a great mic, especially if you properly EQ the highs and upper mids on vocals. It's a very good mic, but not a really great mic.
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