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Audio-Technica AT2020USB USB Condenser Microphone

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The Audio-Technica AT2020 USB is a condenser microphone that offers you studio-quality articulation and intelligibility while plugging right into your computer's USB port and functioning seamlessly wi... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Audio-Technica AT2020 USB is a condenser microphone that offers you studio-quality articulation and intelligibility while plugging right into your computer's USB port and functioning seamlessly with your favorite recording software. Equipped with a USB digital output, the AT2020 USB microphone is perfect for home studio recording, field recording, podcasting, and voiceover use.

The AT2020 USB is based on the design of Audio-Technica's critically acclaimed AT2020 cardioid condenser microphone. Like the AT2020, it features a low-mass diaphragm, custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response.

With low self-noise, the Audio-Technica AT2020 USB is a mic perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment. Audio-Technica's state-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques ensure that the AT2020 USB microphone complies with the company's renowned consistency and reliability standards.
Requires phantom power.


  • Side-address studio condenser with USB digital output (Windows and Mac compatible)
  • Crystal-clear, natural sound for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use
  • 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
  • Low self-noise ” perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment
  • Includes tripod desk stand, pivoting stand mount, USB cable & storage pouch
  • Element: fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
  • Polar pattern: cardioid
  • Frequency response: 20-16,000Hz
  • Power requirements: usb power (5V DC)
  • Weight: 13.2 oz (374 g)
  • Dimensions: 6.38" (162.0 mm) long,
  • 2.05" (52.0 mm) maximum body diameter
  • Output connector: usb-type
  • Accessories furnished: pivoting stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch; tripod desk stand; 10' (3.1 m) usb cable
  • Bit depth: 16 bit
  • Sample rate: 44.1kHz
Pro Coverage
One year parts and labor warranty.

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(44 of 45 customers found this review helpful)


Thoughts from a rookie

By Keith Mitchell

from Texas

I'm just starting to do voice-overs, and this is my first experience in learning to record the best quality of sound possible. I researched many hours before choosing the AT2020 USB, and am VERY pleased. My criteria were 1) professional-level microphone, 2) simple to use, and 3) low price. This mic fit all three. Plugging directly into a computer USB port is very simple. Also, since the mic produces digital output it by-passes the sound card so there is one less piece of equipment that can affect quality. I had read about the microphone's tendency to pick up ambient noise, creating a slight "sshhhh" whisper since it is not designed to pick up only from the front of the mic. I have no experience with other top-grade mics, but I found this to be true. I'm still experimenting with the mic and the recording environment, but I believe that by creating a good recording studio, and turning the mic volume down so that I can get my mouth close to the mic without overmodulating, I get great results! Also, the slight noise is very easy to filter out with software, such as Audacity. I definitely am satisfied! The quality of this microphone - you can just feel it when you hold the mic, and it picks up the slightest sound - is far better than its price would have had me believe.

(27 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


great mic.

By dbuck

from Franklin ma

i bought this mic to record songs with my band, they sound great. i also used it to record guitar-based metal, rap, and vocal pop. everything i record sounds very clear. it is a very easy setup, i created a home studio much easier than i thought possible.

(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


2nd purchase, good product.

By Lowell

from Athens, Ohio

I purchased the first one to use for a quick solution to a voice over class. A laptop, the AT2020 USB, a stand w/ a pop screen, and you have a very portable vocal recording solution. It has pretty decent sound (especially for the price), and the look that helps in the training of college vocal talent. I bought a second set-up because I was so pleased.

(13 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Studio Quality Without The Money

By Sean Smith

from Michigan

This microphone is perfect for anybody that has a home studio. It's catches a few clicks and pops but other than that the quality is unmatched. I'm able to record local bands and myself for national recording CDs and with just a few EQ adjusts, it sounds like a top dollar studio

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


The Best Home Studio Mic

By OhEmGee

from Lodi, California

I purchased this microphone to do vocal work as a rapper. Most people buy it to get into podcast's and radio work. But im a rapper and im sure most rappers are looking for a descent to record with. I highly recommend this mic to anyone. I currently use this microphone with an sp01 Samson SP01 Shockmount and a Samson Boom Mic stand. And it all works perfectly. I record with audacity and master in audition and everything is clear. Some people say that the audio recording is messed up the first time plugged in and thats because you have to check your recording levelsd in vista by right clicking the volume>recording devices> and right click the audio technica at2020 and chose properties and go to levels and raise it up. The re-open recording software. The reason its low is because you are normally suppose to normalize it. So yes anyone looking for a good nice looking mic, I recommend this. 5/5

(8 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing at first, but...

By Chase McCaskill

from St. Cloud, MN

... I bought the AT2020 mic in the middle of this year (2008) and used it for lots of voice-work. My number one concern is being able to do high-decibel recordings, and this one peaks after using it for half a year. I'm buying a new one by Shure because they make products that are second-to-none. Audio-Technica is good, but I would recommend either buying a higher-quality mic or not yelling loudly like I do. :)

(5 of 43 customers found this review helpful)


totally not for my purposes apparently

By phillyguy

from Philadelphia, Pa

I picked up this mic earlier today, and was told it would suit my purposes fine. First off, the mic is supposed to need to just be plugged in and it'll be recognized and you'll be all set. No such luck. After a few hours of messing with setting and trying everything under the sun, no dice. It does, for some strange reason, work on my little netbook. So oh well. I install audacity on there and give it a whirl.... what awful sound. I was planning on using it to record some practice sessions (I play trumpet), but no matter where I put the levels, where I stood in the room, or what direction I faced, the mic was overdriven. But even just speaking into it normally caused the same problem, so unless I missed something, or I'm doing something drastically wrong, this mic either broken, or the worst product ever developed. I really don't feel like going through this again, so I'll try a different brand if/when I decide to get another usb mic. I've never had this many problems with any of my recording equipment, computer based or traditional.

(1 of 12 customers found this review helpful)




from VA

man this mic is trash for people with a high pitch voice. I you dont have a deep voice DOINT BY IT

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


GREAT mic for the price.

By D

from Chattanooga TN

Surprisingly awesome quality for a USB mic. Great Clarity and portability. Would be nice if it had an indicator light to let you know if you're clipping, but other than that it's awesome. Great starter mic for Vocalists and voice actors.

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