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Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)

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Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)
Key Features
  • For Vocals, Speech, and Instruments
  • XLR Output for Hookup to Mic Preamp
  • Operates on 48V Phantom Power
  • Pivoting Stand Mount
The black Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone is designed to bring sonic performance distilled from the company's reputable studio condensers to the realm of home recording for podcasters, musicians, and content creators. The capsule features a low-mass, side-address diaphragm with a cardioid polar pattern for rejecting ambience and noise behind the mic, a welcome trait when tracking in untreated rooms. It comes with a pivoting stand mount for straightforward attachment to your existing mic stand.
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Audio-Technica AT2020 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2A Versatile Solution for Musicians and Content Creators
  • 3AT2020 Samples from Audio Test Kitchen
  • 4Studio Quality at Home
  • 5Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 6Ready for Daily Use
  • 7Features at a Glance
A Versatile Solution for Musicians and Content Creators
The black Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone is designed to bring sonic performance distilled from the company's reputable studio condensers to the realm of home recording for podcasters, musicians, and content creators. The capsule features a low-mass, side-address diaphragm with a cardioid polar pattern for rejecting ambience and noise behind the mic, a welcome trait when tracking in untreated rooms. It comes with a pivoting stand mount for straightforward attachment to your existing mic stand.

The AT2020's extended, linear frequency response enables the flexibility to accurately reproduce signals from a wide variety of sources such as vocals, speech, and instruments. High SPL handling and wide dynamic range allow the AT2020 to capture loud signals with minimal noise and distortion. Since the AT2020 is a solid-state condenser with an XLR output, it should be mated to an XLR-equipped mic preamp capable of sending 48V phantom power.

AT2020 Samples from Audio Test Kitchen
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Studio Quality at Home
Designed for home/project studio applications, this side-address cardioid condenser mic is engineered for extended frequency response and enhanced transient response. With its studio-quality articulation and intelligibility, the AT2020 is ideal for musicians, streamers, podcasters, and other content creators.
Cardioid Polar Pattern
The AT2020's cardioid polar pattern primarily picks up sound in front of the mic while being far less sensitive to sound behind the mic, allowing it to capture your voice or instrument with reduced background noise.
Ready for Daily Use
Along with its rugged construction and high-performance specifications, the AT2020 provides reliability, high SPL handling, and wide dynamic range. It comes with a space-saving stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands, an adapter for 3/8"-16 threaded stands, and a protective pouch.
Features at a Glance
  • Custom-engineered 0.6" low-mass diaphragm
  • Extended frequency response and superior transient response
  • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide great versatility
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of the desired sound source
  • Stand mount allows placement in tight spots
  • Operates on 48 VDC phantom power from a range of devices such as portable mixers, desktop audio interfaces, or external mic preamps
  • Balanced XLR 3-pin output connector

Audio-Technica AT2020 Specs

Microphone
Primary ApplicationsStudio Recording
Form FactorLarge Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesVocals, Speech/Voice Over, Instrument
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleElectret Condenser
Diaphragm0.6" / 16 mm
Polar PatternCardioid
OrientationSide Address
CircuitrySolid-State
PadNone
High-Pass FilterNone
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
IndicatorsNone
On-Board ControlsNone
WindscreenNone
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL144 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD)
Impedance100 Ohms
Sensitivity-37 dBV/Pa (Open Circuit Voltage)
Dynamic Range124 dB (Typical, 1 kHz, at Max SPL)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio74 dB A-Weighted (1 kHz, at 1 Pa/94 dB SPL)
Equivalent Noise Level20 dB SPL A-Weighted
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Power
Bus PowerNone
Operating Voltage48 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption2 mA
Physical
ColorBlack
MountingMic Clip/Stand Adapter (Included)
Included CaseZipper Pouch
Included FiltersNone
Dimensionsø: 2.05 x L: 6.38" / ø: 5.21 x L: 16.21 cm
Weight12.1 oz / 343 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.745 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.1 x 9.7 x 2.7"

Audio-Technica AT2020 Reviews

Power Meets Beauty

By Ladell
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-01

This is my first condenser mic, but I have heard great things about AT in the past. I have owned multiple of their ATH 50s. Very quality products. This mic is no exception. I upgraded to this for my video conference setup and the sound quality is superb. I know must audio professionals know this but if this is your first mic, be sure to have all your cables, interfaces, and holding arms locked in to make unboxing day as smooth as possible. I am only about a month into using the mic but after about 30 hours of zoom and a few short tutorial style videos, I am still in love. I will update this review once I have had some more hours in this unit. I'll also post an raw audio clip for reference!

Quality build

By Klaus
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-28

I use a mike for voice overs and connect the mike via a Behringer Q502USB mixer and I was plugging in a cheap mike into the phono jack which didn't give me a good sound. The Behringer has an XLR input so I wanted to try that. Did a lot of research on mikes and settled on this one. It was a good choice. I purchased the Kopul Studio Elite 4000 XLR cable along with the mike to make sure I had a quality cable connected to the mike. It's a condenser mike so it needs phantom power which the Behringer mixer supplies. The mike's cardiod pattern suppresses background noise not coming from the front of the mike. Note that you don't talk into the top of the mike, but rather into the side. Thus, the mike is optimized for sound coming directly in front of it. So far, I'm very happy with the mike.

Clean & Chrome!

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-13

It sounds clean and looks great in chrome! I even bought 2 and trying out stereo micing various sources. I'm using a standard hoop-type pop filter, which is working great on the plosives. But, I've got a couple large foam hats on the way, just so I can get a little closer with vocals.

Excellent mic !!!

By Jose
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-07

Good sound

Awesome

By Sheki
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-15

Great product for all ranges. Quick set up, 2 day delivery.

Low price high SPL!!!

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-14

Great little mics! Very sturdy build!! Sound is better than expected at this price point. Although the noise is about what you would expect at this price point the high SPL makes up for it, especially on high output sources. Very happy with the pair I bought!

Great Mic

By Austin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-15

Sounds better than expected and works great paired with the Volt 276.

Great sound for the price

By Dylan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-21

Great mic!

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