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Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio XLR Microphone, Black, Ideal for Project/Home Studio Applications
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|Connector Type||XLR Connector|
|Audio Sensitivity||37 dB|
About this item
- 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 technical 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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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
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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.
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.