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Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)

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Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)
Key Features
  • For Vocals, Speech, and Instruments
  • XLR Output for Hookup to Mic Preamp
  • Operates on 48V Phantom Power
  • Pivoting Stand Mount
The black Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone is designed to bring sonic performance distilled from the company's reputable studio condensers to the realm of home recording for podcasters, musicians, and content creators. The capsule features a low-mass, side-address diaphragm with a cardioid polar pattern for rejecting ambience and noise behind the mic, a welcome trait when tracking in untreated rooms. It comes with a pivoting stand mount for straightforward attachment to your existing mic stand.
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Audio-Technica AT2020 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2A Versatile Solution for Musicians and Content Creators
  • 3AT2020 Samples from Audio Test Kitchen
  • 4Studio Quality at Home
  • 5Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 6Ready for Daily Use
  • 7Features at a Glance
A Versatile Solution for Musicians and Content Creators
The black Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone is designed to bring sonic performance distilled from the company's reputable studio condensers to the realm of home recording for podcasters, musicians, and content creators. The capsule features a low-mass, side-address diaphragm with a cardioid polar pattern for rejecting ambience and noise behind the mic, a welcome trait when tracking in untreated rooms. It comes with a pivoting stand mount for straightforward attachment to your existing mic stand.

The AT2020's extended, linear frequency response enables the flexibility to accurately reproduce signals from a wide variety of sources such as vocals, speech, and instruments. High SPL handling and wide dynamic range allow the AT2020 to capture loud signals with minimal noise and distortion. Since the AT2020 is a solid-state condenser with an XLR output, it should be mated to an XLR-equipped mic preamp capable of sending 48V phantom power.

AT2020 Samples from Audio Test Kitchen
  • B&H is proud to be partnering with Audio Test Kitchen, the world’s most comprehensive online audio product comparison platform, to improve the resources provided to our customers shopping for the right microphone for their given application.
  • This provides you with the ability to listen to a growing selection of microphones with spoken word recordings captured in a standardized environment, with levels matched by the talented engineers at Audio Test Kitchen in its impressive reference studio.
  • Audio Test Kitchen records microphones under identical conditions so you can compare them, apples-to-apples. The source, signal chain, and level never change. The only differences you will hear are between the microphones.
Studio Quality at Home
Designed for home/project studio applications, this side-address cardioid condenser mic is engineered for extended frequency response and enhanced transient response. With its studio-quality articulation and intelligibility, the AT2020 is ideal for musicians, streamers, podcasters, and other content creators.
Cardioid Polar Pattern
The AT2020's cardioid polar pattern primarily picks up sound in front of the mic while being far less sensitive to sound behind the mic, allowing it to capture your voice or instrument with reduced background noise.
Ready for Daily Use
Along with its rugged construction and high-performance specifications, the AT2020 provides reliability, high SPL handling, and wide dynamic range. It comes with a space-saving stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands, an adapter for 3/8"-16 threaded stands, and a protective pouch.
Features at a Glance
  • Custom-engineered 0.6" low-mass diaphragm
  • Extended frequency response and superior transient response
  • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide great versatility
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of the desired sound source
  • Stand mount allows placement in tight spots
  • Operates on 48 VDC phantom power from a range of devices such as portable mixers, desktop audio interfaces, or external mic preamps
  • Balanced XLR 3-pin output connector

Audio-Technica AT2020 Specs

Key Specs
Form Factor
Large Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Element Type
Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern
Cardioid
Frequency Range
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
144 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD)
Analog Output
1x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Microphone
Primary Applications
Studio Recording
Form Factor
Large Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound Sources
Vocals, Speech/Voice-Over, Instruments
Sound Field
Mono
Element Type
Electret Condenser
Diaphragm
0.6" / 16 mm
Polar Pattern
Cardioid
Orientation
Side Address
Circuitry
Solid-State
Pad
No
High-Pass Filter
No
Gain Adjustment
No
Performance
Frequency Range
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
144 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD)
Impedance
100 Ohms
Sensitivity
-37 dBV/Pa (Open Circuit Voltage)
Dynamic Range
124 dB (Typical, 1 kHz, at Max SPL)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
74 dB A-Weighted (1 kHz, at 1 Pa/94 dB SPL)
Equivalent Noise Level
20 dB SPL A-Weighted
Connectivity
Analog Output
1x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Power
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Operating Voltage
48 V (Phantom Power)
Physical
Color
Black
Dimensions
ø: 2.05 x L: 6.38" / ø: 5.21 x L: 16.21 cm
Weight
12.1 oz / 343 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.765 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
10.2 x 9.6 x 2.9"

Audio-Technica AT2020 Reviews

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would this work usb to xbox?

would this work usb to xbox?
Asked by: liam
This microphone would not be compatible with the XBox.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2020-09-02

question

this mic (AT2020) vs Samson C01, which one is better?
Asked by: Nachiketh
The Samson C01 is a good value microphone at a great price, but the AT2020 is a superior microphone; no coincidence it is a top seller here at B&H.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Will this phone
Asked by: Jay S.
This microphone cannot make phone calls.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2021-02-18

Is it a mic only? if not what else comes with it?

Is it a mic only? if not what else comes with it?
Asked by: Ismail
just the mic and very simple mic clip
Answered by: Don
Date published: 2020-03-23

question

I have recently received a Audio tech AT2020 and plugged it in via USB to my windows 8 computer. I have noticed on a YouTube video it should have a light turn on. There is no light and it is not picking up any audio how ever my computer has recognized its plugged in and believes it to be both a mic and a speaker. any help please?
Asked by: Mir L.
This mic does not feature a USB connection. If you are using a USB audio interface, be sure to check if it is providing phantom power to this microphone.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-28

Is this an XLR mic? and is it a mic only? what ...

Is this an XLR mic? and is it a mic only? what else comes with it?
Asked by: Ismail
It is an XLR microphone: 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 Not in the Box Essential XLR Cables (Not Included)
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2020-03-23

How do you attach the mic mount to the mic stand? ...

How do you attach the mic mount to the mic stand? the "male" end on the stand is too big for the "female" end on the mic mount
Asked by: Brian
Hi Marty, Can you please provide a step-by-step video on how to do this? I've tried to attach the microphone per your instructions (removing the 5/8" to 3/8" adapter and either I'm an idiot or the reflection filter/microphone stand simply does not fit. It states in the instructions that if you are using a handheld-style or shotgun microphone to attach a mic clip (not included) to the 5/8" adapter. This kit is perfect but if I need to be an additional microphone clip, then that should have been included in the kit and the price adjusted accordingly. Thanks.
Answered by: Elizabeth
Date published: 2020-11-27

I had my company buy three of these mic sets and ...

I had my company buy three of these mic sets and for some reason the audio volume dips during recordings. WE connected everything fine and plug it into Rodecaster pro but each time we do a podcast the volume dips and comes back up on a few seconds. Distance between speaker and mic has not changed, Could you say what could be the cause?
Asked by: Samantha
If you are using the RodeCaster Pro Integrated Podcast Production Studio, then the Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphones should be connected directly to the XLR mic inputs on the RodeCaster Pro with phantom power turned on. It sounds like you may have the compressor and/or master compressor effects turned on and possibly set too high. The compressor is used to smooth and balance the dynamic range in your audio so your voice is clear, punchy, and intelligible. It can even out the audio so the softest parts of your speech can be heard and the loudest parts of your speech will not be overpowering or distorted. The master compressor affects the entire output of your podcast, so if the problem occurs with all of the mics, that may be what is causing the issue. Check the settings on both the regular and master compressor effects and adjust them as needed. Here are links to Rode's online user guide which provides useful information and tutorial videos showing how to use the built-in effects and processors included with the RodeCaster Pro: https://rode.com/en/user-guides/rodecaster-pro/using-advanced-processing-and-effects https://rode.com/en/user-guides/rodecaster-pro/setting-up-microphone-channels
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2022-06-21
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