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Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone

You Pay: $99.00
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

The Audio-Technica AT2020 is a cost effective studio condenser microphone intended for vocal and general instrument capturing in project and professional studio environments. The capsule features a 16mm low-mass, side-address diaphragm with a cardioid polar pattern. The cardioid pattern is effective in rejecting ambiance and noise at the off-axis sections of the microphone capsule. A linear frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz enables the flexibility to accurately reproduce signals from any source. High SPL handling and wide dynamic range allow the AT2020 to capture loud signals with minimal noise and distortion. The microphone includes a pivoting, threaded stand mount for accurate positioning.

Cardioid Condenser Element
The 16mm low-mass diaphragm features a cardioid polar pattern. The cardioid pattern effectively minimizes ambient room noise, noise from adjacent instruments or vocalists and minimizes feed-back caused by monitors.
Wide Frequency Response
The wide frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz allows accurate signal reproduction from any source.
Wide Dynamic Range & Transient Response
The AT2020 boasts a wide dynamic range of 124dB (typical). The capsule reproduces loud signals and transients with minimal noise and peak distortion.
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)
Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  • Pivoting Stand Mount 5/8" - 27 threaded
  • Soft Protective Pouch
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    Audio-TechnicaAT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone
     
    4.6

    (based on 71 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (46)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (61)
    • Easy to use (56)
    • Versatile (33)
    • Lightweight (27)
    • Compact (26)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (57)
      • Amateur recording (44)
      • Professional recording (28)
      • Performances (11)
      • Outdoor events / games (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (39), Novice (15), Professional musician (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      a fine mic, an excellent value

      This is a very good, very cost-effective mic for voice-overs. Nothing gets that big, rich, round, commercial sound like a large diaphragm condenser. Not only do my VO's sound great but clients...Read complete review

      This is a very good, very cost-effective mic for voice-overs. Nothing gets that big, rich, round, commercial sound like a large diaphragm condenser. Not only do my VO's sound great but clients are always impressed that I have this professional-looking mic. You might look at the AT2035 which has some great features and includes the shock mount but you can't beat this for the price.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Decent mic under 100 $

      Being amateur i should have been impressed by the sound of this mic..but the quietness i was expecting probably starts from 200 $ and above mics..I liked it more for my Acoustic...Read complete review

      Being amateur i should have been impressed by the sound of this mic..but the quietness i was expecting probably starts from 200 $ and above mics..I liked it more for my Acoustic Guitar than Vocals...

      Reviewed by 71 customers

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      5.0

      Simply amazing

      By The Cool Kid

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • A Little Grainy When Belt
      • Grainy When Belting

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

      I use it to record vocals (not professional recordings although I'm pretty sure there are ways to manipulate the recording to make it sound professional). But it's amazing. In a totally untreated room, just me and my mike. It's amazing - the first mic I ever bought. It makes your vocals sound really nice and bright, which is sometimes hard to even get with mics that hundreds of dollars more. I love this mic and I will NEVER get rid of it. I've recorded all kinds of stuff on it and it's my first love lol.

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      5.0

      Clean Audio!

      By Tyler

      from Battle Creek, MI

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

        Great mic super clean audio. A lot of filmmakers use this for their stuff as well.

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        5.0

        The best of the lot until you hit $400+

        By Bluesky

        from San Francisco

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

          Other mics are C214's which we use all the time for vocals recording. I wanted a large diaphram for some voice over work and I needed to reduce background noise. For comparison on Voice Over, I still prefer small diaphram but I did not want to spend another $600 for another Audio-Technica AT4053b. This mike takes high SPL well and is a good buy. So five stars for Price/Value/Quality. The reality is that with mics, it is all in the preamps. Depending what you want at the end of the chain, buying a Grace Design m101 for $700 will mean more than spending anymore on a Mike.

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          4.0

          Great Mic

          By Scotte

          from Central NJ

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

          Really love this Mic. Use it on vocals and it sounds great. Love that it isn't so sensitive to higher SPL's. Greray mic at any price..

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great product !

          By Clecio

          from Sao Paulo - Brazil

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

            Professional, good construction and sound quality.

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            5.0

            Getting Started? Get This!

            By Sir C.H.

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

              My friend and I have been using his MXL 990/991 pair for amateur recording. I figured it was time to get my own condenser mics, so I went with this and its brother, the AT2021.

              So far with my experience, this mic is a good all arounder. I've used it not only for vocals, but for acoustic guitar, cajon, other percussive instruments, etc. I place this off-axis from my guitars sound hole, and the AT2021 a couple inches from the 12th-14th frets.

              Been happy with the sound quality. There are defintely other, more expensive options, but if you're getting started, get this.

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              5.0

              great mic, especially for price

              By d.m.design

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                I am a theatrical sound designer who was looking to have a better quality microphone to record voiceovers. This mic certainly does the trick! It gives great vocal sound quality. I typically don't like the sound of my voice, but I when I tried recording it on this mic, I thought I sounded great. I would definitely recommend this mic.

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                5.0

                Perfect Sound

                By Grant

                from Wilson, NC

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                  We used these to help provide sound for a live video recording of a chorus program. We had 3 placed near the stage and it helped pick up the voices perfectly.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Mic

                  By Vincigion

                  from Sacramento, CA

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Doesn't Come With A Stand
                  • Doesn't Include Stand
                  • Doesnt Include Stand
                  • No Stand Included

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                  The mic has amazing sound and noise performance in general, it's built tough as a rock, isn't all too heavy or thick, and it has an attractive sleek black design that fits my space well.

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                  4.0

                  Great mic for web radio

                  By Estevan Stracke

                  from São Paulo, SP, Brazil

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                    I'm using this mic in my web radio and i'm loving it. Great sound and performance. Recommended.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent response

                    By Didymus

                    from Pinellas Park, FL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                    Being new at doing home recording, I find the AT2020 very responsive and clear. I have installed many "sound reinforcement" applications for churches using HiZ dynamic microphones. While they worked well, this is a far superior mic. It mics guitar well and voice reproduction is superb.

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                    5.0

                    Great buy, great price

                    By UBKBrian

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                      I use this mic for podcasting and recording acoustic guitars and it works great. I have no complaints.

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                      4.0

                      good!

                      By cbsf

                      from brooklyn ny

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                        nice sound and economical

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great addition for the project studio

                        By Benjamin

                        from Los Angeles

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                          I bought this to expand my mic collection for my project studio, and I very pleased with the AT2020. I tracked some acoustic guitar with it the first day, and it sounds great, I was pleasantly surprised. Great purchase, would reccomend to anyone.

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                          5.0

                          Just what i wanted!

                          By mchlwlm

                          from Seattle, WA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                            Using this mic for home studio recording and it does everything i expected it too!

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Best bang for your buck

                            By Nicky D

                            from Barrigada, Guam

                            About Me Novice

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                              Just got into recording music on a budget. This mic is just perfect. A must have if starting out. I use this to record vocals, outdoor ambience for my videos, and record drums

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                              5.0

                              AT2020 is an excellent mic

                              By JD

                              from Milwaukee Wi

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Limited Functions

                              Best Uses

                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances

                              Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                              bought this mike to record drum overheads and instruments, decided to try it on vocals and I was realy pleased with the results, does not have a pad or a low cut built in but excellent mic for the price

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                              5.0

                              Awesome Studio Mic!

                              By Chris

                              from Los Angeles, CA

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                                I am recording voice overs and audio books. The sound from this mic is crisp, clear, clean, and gorgeous. B&H made the purchase simple and economical.

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                                5.0

                                Wow.

                                By ecl1pse

                                from Indiana, USA

                                About Me Novice

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • na

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Commentary
                                • Home Studio
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                                I use this product for recording singing, live streaming, and recording commentary over video games. I use it with my M-Audio Fast Track.
                                It is a really great microphone for the price. It has an extremely solid build, comes with a nice little leather pouch, and is a very very very clear-sounding microphone.

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                                5.0

                                Nice!!

                                By megamouse

                                from Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Affordable
                                • Clear Sound
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • none

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

                                  Bought this mic to use with the church choir. We have only given it a test run so far and it sounds great!! Planning to get us a couple more soon.

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