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Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone  

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The standard in affordable side-address, studio-quality condenser mics.

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
  • Pivoting, threaded stand mount

Tomorrow's standard for affordable side-address studio condensers. Today. Just a click or a call will make it yours now.

 

AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone 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 17 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Vocals (6)
  • Durable (4)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Versatile (4)

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5.0

Overall, a wonderful yet inexpensive microphone

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from Washougal, WA

Pros

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

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    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

      Hello,
      I cut voice tracks at home for industrial videos, films and radio spots. My past go to mic was a NADY ribbon but after auditioning several condensers including CAD, Rode, AKG and a newer APEX ribbon, I thought I'd give the AT 2020 a try. My radio network client said use this from now on. I now have 2 and will keep the APEX ribbon because it look retro and cool, and my Shure SM57's for outside work.

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Film/Video Production
      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
      • Expert
      • How long have you used this product?:
      • Less than a month
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      5.0

      No matter what you can afford, you should ow this mic!

      By 

      from Portland, OR area

      Pros

      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

          As a voice over and spot radio announcer of 48 years, I have used a lot of mics. I have been a fan of ribbons and own several but those lack a sparkle and punch.

          After many condensers from AKG Perception models an inexpensive CAD and Rode NT1-A, this seems to be the best so far. Plus is about $100!

          If I could afford a Neumann U-87, I would likely use it, but this is a very close second in sound. Really!

          • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
          • Expert
          • How long have you used this product?:
          • Less than a month
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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I Love My At2020

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          from Berlin, Vt

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

            I have a Youtube channel i use this mic for recording and it is just a amazing microphone. I think it is truly the best mic under $100 you can get.

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Computer
            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
            • Expert
            • How long have you used this product?:
            • Over a year
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            5.0

            Great buy... you can't go wrong !

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            from Montreal, Quebec.

            Pros

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

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              Best Uses

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                It's incredible !
                Total quality... very well balanced sound !

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Live Sound
                • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                • Intermediate
                • How long have you used this product?:
                • Over a year
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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Has been a GREAT mic for Gaming, Streaming & Teleconferences

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                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
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                    • Expert
                    • How long have you used this product?:
                    • Up to a year
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                    (7 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    The mic doesn't work on a Mac.

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                    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.

                    (15 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Is good mang

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                    from Zimbabwae

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                    Is still good mang

                    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Home Studio Recording

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                    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

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                        from Goose Creek, SC, USA

                        Pros

                        • Guitar
                        • Guitar Amp
                        • Vocals
                        • woodwinds

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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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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Superb in every way!

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                            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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