Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Model #AT2020

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General Information

Transducer Fixed-charge back plate permanently polarized condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz
Open Circuit Sensitivity -37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V @ 1 Pa
Impedance 100Ω
Noise 20 dB SPL
Dynamic Range (Typical) 124dB, 1 kHz @ Max SPL
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 74dB, 1kHz @ 1 Pa
Maximum Input Sound Level 144dB SPL, 1kHz @ Max SPL
Power Requirements 48V DC, 2 mA typical
Output Impedance 100 ohms
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR male
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions 6.38" x 2.05" (162 x 52mm) (Length x Diameter)
Weight 12.1 oz (345 g)
Expert Reviews
Hardware heaven.32823067
30 May 2015

Really though the AT2020USB+ does exactly what it sets out to. Offers a well built product with impressive default quality in a form factor/design which allows us to use on the move, or at home with ease.

Musicgearreview com.33034305
16 May 2006

This microphone is perfect for someone who records on the go or mainly from home. It works great in open spaces and does a good job of not picking up background noise when recording. I have used it for some small demo work in public places if I need to record a quick idea or even a voice over.

24 March 2007

With inexpensive mics seemingly as common as guitar picks, one must ask, “Does the world need another cheap mic?” But after testing the AT2020 , my answer is a resounding, “Yes!” Because the AT2020 is anything but “another cheap mic.” The AT2020 provides pleasant surprises in several areas.

Mix online.32834353
1 May 2005

The AT2020 is Audio-Technica's entry-level, side-address studio condenser mic. It brings the company's build quality and consistency into the same street price range ($100) as many of the Shanghai-made Neumann U87 look-alikes.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
5 February 2015

Our production company purchase this mic for producing a podcast and web series. The performance was stellar for the price range. A bit heavy for portable use, the the quality is was the primary purchase concern.

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

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24 March 2015

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.

12 August 2014

I chose the AT2020USB for three reasons: it was cheap, black, and performed well according to reviews.

1 October 2010

I use mine to record a 5 piece rock band with a Boss BR1600CD recorder in the basement. Specifically I use them as overheads for the drums and I use the 2020 for vocals. Sometimes I use a Shure SM57 on a guitar cabinet and then put the 2121 a few feet back just to capture a little more ambience.

Product Highlights
  • Side-Address Studio Condenser
  • Cardioid Pattern Rejects Off-Axis Sound
  • Superior Transient Response
  • 144dB SPL Handling
  • Wide, Linear Frequency Response
  • Low-Mass Diaphragm
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In The Box
  • Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  • Stand Mount for 5/8"- 27 Threaded Stands
  • 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 Threaded Adapter
  • Protective Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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