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Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone , Black
- 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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The Standard for Affordable Studio Condensers
The price and performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology, making it ideal for project/home-studio applications.
Due to high-SPL handling and wide dynamic range.
Custom-Engineered Low-Mass Diaphragm
Provides extended frequency response and superior transient response.
Sound Source Isolation
Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source.
Pivoting, Threaded Stand Mount
Attaches securely for easy and precise placement of the microphone.
Stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch.
|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)|
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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In terms of condenser mics, the only other one that matches this guy for the price is the MXL 990. I would say the 2020 has a warmer reproduction.
As for quality, ive dropped this mic a couple times ( i know, thats a no-no for condenser mics) and it still works perfectly fine, my MXL 990 broke on the first drop.
Gear: AT202P, Focusrite Scarlett Solo, 6ft Amazon Basics XLR cable, cheap Neewer boom.
The audio is bright, but still rich. My voice is not deep or loud, so it does a great job of capturing it without making me sound like a small child.
I haven't noticed any problems regarding noise floors, but I am also not operating in a treated space, so ambient sound drowns out any noise floor problems the mic/interface might have.
Without any gain, this mic is basically a brick, so you'll have to throw down some gain if your voice is not insanely loud (or if you're not screaming). This will result in picking up a lot of ambient sound. A. Lot.
Will this give you sound to rival, say, an RE-20, SM7B, or even a Procaster? That depends on your mixing skills, somewhat, but in general it will not. Is it absolutely worth the price? Oh yeah. In terms of comparing it to my previous mic (Snowball ICE), the degree to which my audio has improved is simply shameful.
I don't know how to effectively or accurately compare the "richness" of my productions with others but I've had people remark on how professional the production sound to them (certainly not audiophiles but my target audience).
The packaging was well-preserved and the hardware was in pristine condition. The mic has heft that left me feeling it was well-crafted but for all I know it could've had lead weights in it to produce that characteristic.
The mic is sensitive to the degree that I am learning to be mindful of gain on the mixer so that I don't hear too much environmental noise and still have the volume of voice I need to mix into the production.
I'm very pleased in the product I purchased, how it was delivered and the quality of output I can generate with it as part of my audio system.