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Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone

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  • The price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology
  • Ideal for project/home-studio applications
  • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
  • Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
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Audio-Technica’s stringent quality and consistency standards set the AT2020 apart from other mics in its class. Its low-mass diaphragm is custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. With rugged construction for durable performance, the microphone offers a wide dynamic range and handles high SPLs with ease. The AT2020: the new standard for affordable side-address studio condensers.

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style: Microphone
Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]|User manual Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 9.6 x 2.6 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0006H92QK
  • Item model number: AT2020
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

From the Manufacturer

AT2010 AT2020 AT2021 AT2022 AT2035 AT2050
Element Fixed-charge back plate permanently polarized condenser Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser Externally-polarized (DC bias) condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid Cardioid Cardioid X/Y Stereo Cardioid Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Figure-of-Eight
Frequency Response 40-20,000 Hz 20-20,000 Hz 30-20,000 Hz 20–20,000 Hz 20-20,000 Hz 20-20,000 Hz
Open Circuit Sensitivity –48 dB (3.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa –37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa –39 dB (11.2 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa -41 dB (8.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa -33 dB (22.4 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa –42 dB (7.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
Impedence 100 ohms 100 ohms 250 ohms 200 ohms 120 ohms 120 ohms
Maximum Input Sound Level 136 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D. 144 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D. 145 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D. 122 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D. 148 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.;158 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal) 149 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.; 159 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal)
Dynamic Range 113 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL 124 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL 126 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL 103 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL 136 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL 132 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 71 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa 74 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa 75 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa 75 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa 82 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa 77 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Phantom Power Requirements 48V DC, 2 mA typical 48V DC, 2 mA typical 48V DC, 2 mA typical N/a 11-52V DC, 3.8 mA typical 11-52V DC, 4.7 mA typical
Switches N/a N/a N/a Off, on/flat, on/roll-off Flat, roll-off; 10 dB pad (nominal) Polar selection; Flat, roll-off; 10 dB pad (nominal)

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I've been recording professionally for 27 years; Music, radio commercials and television mostly. So I'll try to give you the information you need to make your purchase.

I've owned and used so many mics and brands through the years that I can't remember them all, but I can I say I've never had a bad A-T. 4033's, 4050's and 4080's I use every week and have for years, the 4033 going back to the mid 90's and the 2020 is just a lower priced electret condenser from the A-T family. You have no idea the % of recordings that you're hearing this brand on, it's used by almost every studio on every continent, I work in the US, Italy to Scotland and can attest to this. But first let me tell you, very simply, where the negative reviewers went wrong.

This is a XLR connection phantom powered mic, which is pro and best. So it requires a phantom powered XLR input, which all pro equipment provides and is also standard on most home recording audio interfaces. Which you should really purchase along with this, if you haven't already, because for around $100 you'll improve your recording and playback and have a preamp and monitoring, you'll find one by searching audio interfaces. I have a Roland TRI CAPTURE Audio Interface and a Focusrite I use just for playback in my office and den but they work well and you don't need Avid HD's to get started. Audio interface is just another name for an external sound card but will provide the proper input and gain meter. Getting your interface away from the electronically noisy computer has been SOP since the dawn of digital. I see that small USB mixers are available, which would be another option.
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"Opinion of a College Student Majoring in Music Technology"

I bought the microphone in 2010(for $65 on Amazon), and worked it nonstop since then. The microphone has been sat on and dropped multiple times. The rail body on the microphone was crushed inwards a bit, but the quality of the recordings never failed! (It really is "built like a tank" like many said, and does last long.)

I noticed that a lot of reviewers are making statements about the best microphone within the $100/$500 budget and naming all sorts of microphones as better solutions. I personally have tried all of the entry level MXL condensers, Sterling Audio, Studio Projects, etc. From all of those options, I do enjoy the AT-2020 best because of the "lack of characteristic" (Although it is a bit on the brighter side compared to many other microphones, considering) and it's clarity. You can record just about anything on this microphone, like a multi-purpose tool. (On a side note, my opinion of the best microphone under a $500 budget is the Avantone CV-12.) After purchasing this microphone, this has been my "go-to" microphone whenever I'm drafting a sketch or laying down demo recordings to share and keep as reference. Its less time consuming to set up with the audio interface than setting up the tube condensers with external power sources and power conditioners and then cleaning up afterwards to store them. The fact that this mic is built so well and comes with a minimal "leather" pouch, lets me just carry this in my backpack without having to worry about it getting crushed or destroyed. In my opinion, this is the best microphone for beginners who wants to record their own material.
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I bought this as a gift for a friend he was really happy with it but, I have a completely different view. The AT2020 is a pretty bright mic which sounds good at first but once you layer tracks on top of each other it can sound very harsh. Second it is not a true large diaphragm condenser. It is a very good mic for people starting out in music or just using it for podcasts, but there are a bunch of better mics near this price. Two that come to mind are the MXL V67g and Studio projects B1 (stay away from the studio projects C1) both exceptional microphones for the price. Although there is one mic you that is a bit more expensive but is absolutely amazing, the MXL 2003a. A lot of people have claimed the studio projects C1 sounds like the Neumann u87 it doesn't, the MXL 2003a however sounds very similar and is easily the best LDC mic under $500. With that being said the AT2020 is not a bad microphone but it is not great, to people who have just used built in mics on there computer or camera this will blow them away but as time goes on they will learn the limitations of this microphone.

Although to be fair I have a lot of experience in pro audio and production, so I maybe a bit overly critical. One thing is for sure though; there are definitely better mics in or near this price range.
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Let's face it...I'm just a hobby musician. A guy in his mid-30's who has tinkered with music most of his adult life. I've played both as a solo artist and with bands. I've also been fortunate enough to spend time in actual recording studios with true professionals. None of this qualifies me as an expert...but I do have a certain level of familiarity on the subject.

I purchased this mic to supplement my home studio. I was hoping to get a little better sound than my usual stable of dynamic mics provide. I think I got pretty lucky with this purchase - it's my understanding that in this particular price range, you shouldn't expect a whole lot. I mean, it's just a microphone, right?

What I will say is that I was certainly satisfied with my purchase. I've used this microphone in conjunction with a tube preamp on a handful of recordings with great success. I bought this with the intention of using it for vocals, but I've found that I actually prefer it to record my acoustic guitar - this microphone picks up all the sound that I'm looking for from my acoustic - it's the nice, mellow, and full bodied sound that I hear when I'm playing, but that I was never able to capture before. In terms of its originally intended use, I felt is was only a slight improvement over the SM58 that I typically used for vocals - however, I wouldn't put too much stock into my assessment, as vocals are not one of my strengths when it comes to music (let's face it, autotune was created for a reason, right?)

Granted - everyone is going to have different opinions of this product, and I happen to think it works great for those of us on a budget. In terms of value - it is a great product for a fantastic price. I liked this microphone so much, I plan on buying at least one more.
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