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Audio-Technica AT2021 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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Audio-Technica AT2021 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Small Diaphragm Condenser
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • High SPL Handling
  • Extended Frequency Response

You Pay: $79.00

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The Audio-Technica AT2021 Cardioid Condenser Microphone is well suited for general instrument capturing, vocals, amplifier cabinets, and more. The microphone's small diaphragm condenser element yields a cardioid polar pattern for minimal noise at the off-axis sections of the capsule. The microphone's extended frequency response makes it versatile in the studio or stage. High SPL handling suppresses distortion when capturing transient sources such as drums, percussion, electric guitars, bass, piano and more.

Ideal for acoustic guitar, overheads, piano and group vocals
Condenser design for studio-quality vocal and instrument applications
Excels in high-SPL applications
Extended response for smooth, natural sonic characteristics
Low-mass element for superb transient response
Corrosion-resistant contacts from gold-plated XLRM-type connector
Rugged design and construction for reliable performance
Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
Transducer Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 30Hz - 20kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 126dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 75dB, 1kHz at 1 Pa
Maximum Input Sound Level 145 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
Power Requirements 48V DC, 2 mA typical
Output Impedance 250 ohms
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR
Dimensions (LxDiameter) 4 x 0.83" (101.5 x 21mm)
Weight 83g (2.9 oz)
Audio-Technica AT2021 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  • Stand Clamp
  • Soft Protective Pouch
  • 1 Year Warranty

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    Really good little condenser mic

    By MikeP

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer


    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile


      Best Uses

      • Dialogue
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2021 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

      I have used this versatile microphone for instrument recording and tested it's use as a spare/secondary film dialogue microphone. For instrument recording, It sounded excellent used as drum overheads. It captured the full sound of the drums, and did especially well with the highs produced by the cymbals. I also used it as an ambiance mic to record a guitar amp from a distance of roughly 6 feet. It was able to capture details that the up close dynamic mic could not pick up. This mic combined with a close up dynamic mic makes an excellent guitar amp recording combo. As for film dialogue, It actually worked really well. It is not as bassy as other mics, but it captured the voice really well from a distance of about 2 feet, and the voice sounded crisp. It also did well rejecting noise from the room.. I am happy to have added this little mic to my gear inventory

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      First Pencil Condenser Mic

      By Sir C.H.

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Novice


      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight


        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2021 Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

        My friend and I have been doing some amateur recording with his MXL 990/991 pair. I figured it was time that I got my own condenser mics, so I went with this and its brother, the AT2020.

        I've only used this for recording acoustic guitar and cajon, but have been pretty satisfied with the sound quality. I place this mic a couple inches from the 12th-14th frets, and the AT2020 off-axis from the sound hole.

        I know there are better sounding, more expensive mics out there, but I'm glad to have started with this and the AT2020.

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