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- Side-address studio condenser with USB digital output (Windows and Mac compatible)
- Crystal-clear, natural sound for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use
- 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
- Low self-noise: perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment
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The new AT2020 USB offers studio-quality articulation and intelligibility. It plugs right into your computer’s USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. Equipped with a USB digital output, the AT2020 USB is perfect for home studio recording, field recording, podcasting, and voiceover use. Based on the renowned AT2020 The AT2020 USB is based on the design of Audio-Technica’s critically acclaimed AT2020 cardioid condenser microphone. Like the AT2020, it features a low-mass diaphragm, custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. With low self-noise, the AT2020 USB is perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment. Audio-Technica’s state-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques ensure that the microphone complies with the company’s renowned consistency and reliability standards. Experience AT2020 USB. Plug it in and transform your sound.
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Audio-Technica AT2020USB Condenser Microphone, Cardioid
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1) This mic is USB powered. This is pretty much the prime reason that this is the perfect mic for the casual/beginning level user. If you were to buy a regular condenseor mic, or even the regular version of the AT Condenser Mic, you would have to have additional equiptment to power it. For those who, like me, know very little about audio equipment, you would end up paying for far more then you originally expected to spend and most likely been all kinds of confused about how to use it. Being USB powered is truely a God-sent, because all you need to do to make it work is plug it in. Theres no program to load, no instructions to follow, and best of all no sweat to break. As soon as you plug it in, the computer acknowledges it just like any other UBS device and you go on with your buesiness. You dont even need to sit and "safely" eject the thing, just yank it out and your done. No damage done to you computer or your mic. Best of all, the UBS cord is pretty standard, so you can easily replace it if the one that comes with it gets damaged.
2) The price. A lot of professional level condenser mics are pretty expensive, like around three hundred dollars at the cheapest level. Granted, that's a somewhat random number, but again, for the casual user, that's not exactly wallet friendly. I got mine in a music store for one fifty. I wish I had looked online for one a little cheaper, but it was still a wise investment. Thus far I haven't seen another mic this good for this cheap.
3) Durability. If you have any experience with audio equipment, mics in particular, you know that you need to be gentle with it when handling. I got my mic a good year and a half ago, and it's traveled with me a lot, sometimes in less gentle conditions then I would like. Its been bumped, dropped, and even sat on, yet it still runs strong. The only fragile thing this thing has on it is the legs that prop it up.
4) Sound Quality. Ok I lied, THIS is the best reason to get this mic. I started out doing vocals with a regular stage mic and one thing I can honestly say is that the quality was absolutely terrible. It was grainy, smothered, and I had to almost whisper to make sure my levels didn't peak while recording. The purpose of a condenser mic is to pretty much rectify all that. This one does it over and over again. My recordings come out crisp and professional sounding, and thus far, no one has been able to tell that I did all the recording my my basement with nothing but the mic, my laptop, and some quite time.
So if you looking for great quality for a affordable price, look no further then
Audio Technica AT2020USB. I have yet to find something I don't like about this thing. I am a very satisfied customer, and I can almost guarantee you will be too if you decide to get one too.
Previously, he used a regular gaming headset and occasionally the microphone built into his computer. We immediately noticed the difference in audio quality once he made the switch. Both voices and captured sound effects are now consistently recorded in a crisp and clear manner.
The easy setup afforded by the USB, included stand and famous Audio Technica quality of construction are more than worth the price. The following is my son's video review of this product...
If you're looking into purchasing an entry level microphone for your gaming/commentary needs, the AT2020 and Blue Yeti are probably the most recommended microphones. If you're like me, you're probably undecided on which one to purchase. I originally purchased a Blue Yeti (you can check my review on it by clicking my name) and it worked great, but it eventually failed within 6 months (eventually got it fixed through warranty). At the time, I didn't want much downtime so I ended up purchasing this Audio Technica mic to keep me company in the meantime.
After using both for gaming/Skype, I can say that both microphones generally provide excellent audio quality with high sensitivity. The AT2020 is physically a whole lot smaller than the Yeti. It's unobtrusive size is easy to handle and will probably be easier to use on a scissor mount arm if you decide to go that route; the Yeti is huge in comparison. However, a big plus of the Yeti is that it has on-board controls for gain sensitivity, a mute button, and headphone input so that you can use the mic as a speaker by plugging in your headphones and getting zero latency feedback. If you want these features in the AT2020, you'll need to get the PLUS version. Also, the Yeti has a few different recording modes to suit different recording styles such as regular commentary, interviews, etc.
Both mics are plug-n-play through USB (please note that there are several versions of the AT2020, so make sure you get the USB version if that's what you want) and both had no problems connecting to my PC and Playstation 4. Build quality on both mics are good, with a good weight to them. They definitely don't feel cheap in any way. Note that the AT2020 has a blue LED within the mic that shines through the grill, which may or may not bother some people. On the Yeti, the mute button will flash red when muted and display a solid red when active.
In summary, both mics provide excellent audio quality and you can't go wrong with either one in my opinion. The only small difference I noticed was that the Yeti does tend to sound a bit brighter/crisp while the AT2020 sounds a bit more warm. Both mics are highly sensitive so some type of scissor/shock mount is necessary to keep keyboard/mouse vibrations to a minimum if you're PC gaming. As for keyboard and mouse clicks, you can hear my Cherry MX Brown switches. You probably won't be able to completely remove all the clicking sounds from a mechanical keyboard, but to help minimize it, you'll definitely want to play around with the position of the mic, the sensitivity gain, and invest in a windscreen of some sort. In either case, both are great entry-level mics for your gaming/commentary needs and you can't go wrong with either one. I'd say just go for whichever you can find cheaper or whichever one looks better to you.