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Audio-TechnicaAT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone
 
4.6

(based on 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (66)
  • Easy to use (60)
  • Versatile (35)
  • Lightweight (27)
  • Compact (26)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (60)
  • Amateur recording (47)
  • Professional recording (29)
  • Performances (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (41), Novice (16), Professional musician (13)

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...

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4.0

Voice over recording champ

By Dave

from Cambridge, MA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

    The AT 2020 replaced a previous mic that had developed a problematic internal hum. It was a delight on all counts. Combined with my Shure Canon to usb preamp, the sound clarity and presence was notched up several notches.

    I have been a fan of Audio-Technica sound products from the days of high end phono cartridges, and this mic is no exception.

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    5.0

    Very pleased with this Microphone

    By MaNH

    from Washington DC

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

        I checked online reviews for this microphone before purchasing it, and I have to say I am quite pleased. So far this microphone is performing exactly as I expected based on the online reviews. I use it mainly for dictation, no recording, but when monitoring the input, I was amazed at the clarity. For me, it was a good buy.

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        5.0

        Works well for a home writing studio

        By Vmillz

        from Alexandria, VA

        About Me Professional Musician

        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 in my apartment for writing (not production) recording and it serves well in that capacity.

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          (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Its good

          By paulo

          from colombia

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

          but is very delicated

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          4.0

          Great for the price

          By esox

          from Eugene, OR

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 - Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

            This mic has a nice warm sound. I use it mainly for vocals and I've been very happy with the results.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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

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            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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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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

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                    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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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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                              (2 of 2 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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