Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio XLR Microphone, Black, Ideal for Project/Home Studio Applications
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- The price/performance standard in side address studio condenser microphone technology
- Ideal for project/home studio applications; The noise level is 20 db spl
- 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. Output connector:integral 3 pin XLRM type
- Black speckles on the mic is the finish of the item. Audio technica case style: R7
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The Standard for Affordable Studio Condensers
The cost 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)|
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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.
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 74 dB.
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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.
Soundprofessionals has great customer service. Fast order processing and delivery coupled with thorough and thoughtful follow up makes it a cinch to come back to these guys again.
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You should be going for something more costly if you're a pro - and if you can afford it - but for the rest of us this is a superb choice. Clean sound, great pickup, sturdy and with a nice weight to it, it does what it's meant to do (i.e. record voices and sounds) brilliantly and doesn't feel like it'll break at a moment's notice like some cheaper mics for cool kids do.
Also, while some might find it a bit unflattering to gape at, I like the look of the thing. Functional and unspectacular, like me in many ways.
All of which said, things as they are these days, with the internet and what have you, youth and good looks apparently not as important as they once were – look at Eddie Sheeran, Louis Scapaldi and those other fat bearded blokes with bobbly hats currently doing the rounds – I thought I might give it another go, solo. Thus I have purchased all the requisite home recording bumf, including this mic, which is excellent by the by, and am finally getting the songs which I envisioned would constitute a concept album by the name of ‘Re:Incarnation’ down. And I quote –
We come and go,
Some fast, some slow,
Through many different ages.
We learn and grow,
It’s all a show
Set on different stages.
Come, take a look,
For life’s a book,
Writ on different pages.
And we must see
The truth to free
Our minds from out their cages.
Had to hook it up using an existing phantom power supply and an XLR to USB cable, but when I did this there was a loud, buzzing/hissing on the other end. Couldn't figure out if the issue was the cable, the power supply or the mic and since this mic doesn't come with any other parts, I have no idea what combination of products I need to have the mic work optimally. Also, you can't contact the seller - so I can't ask them.
Really didn't want to have to return this product, but you really can't use it/set it up unless you have an already extensive knowledge of this sort of thing.
This is probably the best budget microphone on the market - it's competitors either sound too "bass-y" or have annoying quirks you just don't need. I would recommend getting the XLR with the additional amplifier just so you actually have some gain control, which is the only single weakness of the AT2020 as it doesn't have gain control built in. Buying the USB version is fine and you will still get great sound quality but you're more limited on sound quality and control as there's no hardware control unit (no amplifier etc).
Now, I originally wanted the XLR but at the time I didn't have enough desk space to have an amp around, so I bought the USB version instead with an arm-mount. Honestly, I couldn't tell the sound difference myself after I ran through my OBS settings and corrected them - it was literally identical to my ears and my £300 headphones. It's an easy plug-n-play solution too so you can even take it on the go and use it without having to lug around an amplifier.
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This is an easy 5 stars for me.
Review for: Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
I was concerned about reports of hiss; especially following my experiences with even cheaper microphones and needn't have been. Depending on your needs it can be perfectly adequate as it comes raw, with no processing. For instance, YouTube vids. However, get into audio processing on home videos and results are stunning.
Noise rejection from back and sides is good, allowing me to record a voiceover in the kitchen with a fridge behind it!!
It's quite heavy, so you do need either a solid table mount or a boom stand that's not too lightweight or else you will have problems with it toppling over.
This is fast becoming my 'goto' mic at home in preference to my others which are way higher in noise, which mean processing needs to be a little heavier handed than on the Audio Technica, where you can use minimal editing and get great results.
It's not a bad mic, it's just that what with being an electret rather than a true condenser (and only having a 2/3" capsule rather than a 'standard' 1") it left everything feeling a bit thin and not hugely clear.
Vocals weren't bad, because it colours the sound in a way I rather liked (purely subjectively). But acoustic guitar and banjo had no punch and sounded crunchy and tinny.
I've used this on a blackstar HD60 2x10, I wasn't blown away by it, but if you're in a rock/metal band and want to do some recording on a tight budget, this is nice mic to get you started (it might be quite good for metal vocals too).
Another upside is, if you need ANY mic fast, this will do a few jobs, to a reasonable standard, and can arrive within a day or two.
Vs. the Samson C01, it's hard to find a winner, this sounds better, but the Samson is half the price...I'd either get two Samson C03's or save up and get an AKG P420.
As someone who has worked in and amongst professional recording environments, I can say that this entry-level mic is very versatile, and the build quality alone is impressive; it feels sturdier than an AKG C414!
Ultimately, microphones that are offered at this price aren't going to be able to compete with the likes of professional studio equipment, but using this in conjunction with an acoustically-treated environment and some good preamps and post-production will certainly give more advanced gear a run for its money.
Oh, and to the reviewer that complained about this microphone not including a power-source or a cable; that gave me a chuckle! This product's intended customer is your typical eager bedroom-producer, not a podcaster looking for a quick solution to vocal overdubs. Always do your research before committing to a purchase :)
Clean, natural/neutral sounding audio with amazing flexibility provided you have an XLR audio interface or DAC, with amazingly solid build quality. I wouldn't recommend throwing it around for fun but it should withstand a little accidental abuse here and there.
For anybody looking to purchase this however be aware:
You will need an audio interface capable of providing 48v phantom power or a similarly specced DAC/preamp, as this is an XLR microphone with no built-in electronics to connect to your computer if you wish to pick it up for streaming or other content creation.
I personally use a Behringer UMC202HD which at the time of this review goes for around $80CAD or $70USD which is plenty affordable but, you do not need a dedicated audio interface if you just want to get the microphone working.
There are plenty of affordable preamp-DAC only devices you can buy which are solely to provide phantom power to the microphone and output it to your computer. I personally use an audio interface as my onboard audio headphone amp is too weak to drive my headphones.
There is no XLR cable provided, and unless you already have an audio interface or other type of DAC with an XLR cable, double check that the DAC you wish to purchase to use this microphone with has one. Otherwise you will need to buy an XLR cable seperately. (I'm personally using a very inexpensive no-name cable and I don't feel it compromises the audio quality in any way)
If you wish to mount the microphone on a stand, the microphone comes with a very high quality mount as well as a 5/8" to 3/8" adapter so it should work on any standard threaded mic stand. However if using the microphone for any kind of vocal work, a pop filter is recommended. There are plenty of inexpensive pop filters and mounts that will support the 52mm diameter of the microphone, and higher quality accessories should you want them.
Whether you are looking to produce high quality content online or just simply want an upgrade for chatting with friends and gaming, the AT2020 is an outstanding microphone with very little compromise for the price.
I do a lot of video conferences from home so I've started using this. People keep telling me how good this sounds. In addition, as a radio amateur, I'm using it with one of my SDRs (Software Defined Radios) which run on my computer.
Now let’s talk about product .. build quality is awesome .. nice carrying pouch is provided .. 1+4 year warranty is also given by AT .. sound quality is best for this budget.
Which is great for the intention I want it for, and that is for Twitch Tv Streaming, etc. I use a Behringer Q802USB Mixer for extra tweaking an, of course, the 48-Volt power which it requires. Very Happy ;)
Ho preso questo microfono, per sbaglio. Avevo comprato la versione XLR di Amazon Warehouse, ma quando arrivò la confezione conteneva la versione USB + senza i pezzi (la scatola sembrava essere stata seduta su un elefante) . Da quando ho preso il microfono per circa € 50 (e Amazon mi ha rimborsato parte del costo per le parti mancanti) ho deciso di sfruttare al meglio quello che ho comprato, ma subito ho iniziato ad avere problemi.
I livelli sonori durante la registrazione erano bassi... e intendo bassi. La qualità non era male, ma poiché non ero in grado di registrare "hot", dovevo aumentare la post produzione sonora, ottenendo un sacco di rumore di sottofondo. Una ricerca di soluzioni on-line ha gettato commenti dopo commenti di altri utenti lamentandosi dello stesso problematica. Sembra che da quando Windows 7 è diventato Winows 8-10, ci sono stati problemi con i microfoni USB in generale. Livelli particolarmente bassi e suono distorto. Audio Technica non offre una soluzione (si dice che sia un problema con Windows), Microsoft non offre una soluzione (dicono che si tratta di un problema con i driver non validi del fornitore). Vedrete persone maledire sia nei forum Microsoft. E su Amazon questo Natale, vedrai Audio-Technica "scaricare" il loro stock a prezzi bassissimi.
Quindi come ho risolto?
In primo luogo, per correggere i bassi livelli di microfono
Vai in Impostazioni> Sistema> Audio per aumentare il volume di ingresso del microfono.
Avrai bisogno di giocare con i livelli per ciò che è desiderabile per te. Troppo e distorce. Devi essere attento. Questo è un microfono sensibile progettato per raccogliere il rumore a distanza. Non è un buon microfono per giochi o microfono per podcast / vlogger. Prenderà il suono dal tuo computer se è troppo vicino, e prenderà il suono delle persone nell'altra stanza se la stanza non è ben isolata. Ma se sei un musicista, questo potrebbe essere il microfono giusto per te.
Questo sembra risolvere il problema del volume di input, ma non della latenza.
Per correggere la latenza, suggerirei di procurarmi un prodotto Magix fornito con i driver ASIO Magix. Il mio è stato fornito in bundle con Sound Forge Audio Studio 12.5.
In un DAW (io uso Sonar di Cakewalk), vai su Preferenze> Dispositivi e scegli Magix Low Latency 2016
Successivamente, vai alla scheda Impostazioni driver e fai clic su Pannello ASIO. Da qui puoi scegliere il microfono AT2020 come dispositivo di input / output.
Non l'ho provato con ASIO4ALL, ma potrebbe funzionare anche. Personalmente, ho avuto risultati molto contrastanti con questo ASIO4ALL. Ha continuato a interferire con i miei driver Edirol ASIO, quindi ora lo tengo fuori dal mio sistema. Magix non ha mai creato questo problema di conflitto.
Questo sembra aver risolto i problemi che avevo con la latenza durante la registrazione in WASAPI e ora sto ottenendo solide registrazioni con profondità e chiarezza perfettamente allineate. Assicurati che la stanza sia ben isolata e usa uno pop-shield. Una cosa che la gente sembra non capire è che l'AT2020 è un microfono molto sensibile e rileva i rumori di sottofondo. NON è, ripeto NON un buon microfono podcaster / gamer. Tuttavia, è un ottimo microfono per strumenti.
Sono così felice di aver perseverato con questo microfono. Ero pronto a rimandarlo indietro.
Se questo non ha permesso a nessuno di ottenere il microfono, lasciatemi aggiungere che questo problema sembra interessare solo Windows 8-10 (Windows 7 funziona perfettamente con l'AT2020), e per quanto ne so non influisce su Apple.
Spero che qualcuno lo trovi utile.
Basically got it for my dad as he's been trying to find a mic, even though I missed out he wanted a USB mic and not something like this buuuuut he has this audio interface which is why I got this mic. Also my friends and uni lecturers who do e-sports warned me not to get a blue yeti but this one instead.
So, yeah, setting it up was easy. The sound quality is great! Only issue is which isn't to do with the mic but the audio interface. When I open an editing program such as vegas or premier pro all the audio is in the left ear due to having two inputs. Trying to fix it but haven't yet!