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Audio-Technica AT2020USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
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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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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.
I was interested in a USB microphone for acoustic guitar and vocals. My research had led me to choosing between the Yeti and the AT2020USB. In this clip, I review the features briefly, then play a little acoustic and sing with both microphones recording simultaneously. During playback, I cut back and forth, labeling each as I do. The tracks have no compression, reverb, EQ, or normalizing - they are presented exactly as they were captured.
In the end liked the features of the Yeti but the sound of the AT2020. So I returned them both and got the AT2020Plus. I feature it at the end of the video, after the comparison of the other 2 mics. I think it might actually have BETTER sound than even the AT2020. The nuances of voice captured by the AT2020Plus are astonishing in my opinion - especially for the price and the fact that it is USB, straight to digital.
Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8.1 immediately recognized it and installed its own drivers for this mic.
I hope this video proves useful in the your decision-making process.
I've seen this mic used to great effect in youtube vids from people who clearly have a nice quiet studio to record in, it's not the mic's fault that I expected something that in retrospect might have been unreasonable.
None the less, I paid a bunch of money for something, and it did not do what I wanted it to do, so I'm dissatisfied. It's like if i bought a fridge with the expectation that I could use it to cool my house, and it failed to do so. :) yes, I'm an idiot, but that doesn't change the fact that you, too, might be an idiot, who will benefit from my mistake.
So, in a carpeted room with only the sound of a barely audible computer fan, i have this mic on a tripod on the carpet about 3 feet from the computer, using a screen/etc. when I record with this mic set at 50% volume, I hear the fan so loud in the background it's annoying/distracting. The audio quality is "fine" again not being a professional I can't really tell the difference btw the quality on this 100+$ mic and the quality on my 15$ computer headset, and that also disappoints me quite a bit.
You know when you hear a good studio recorded audio clip, and it just sounds so deep and smooth and amazing? recording with this mic does not give me that same feel.. I can hear what was said, and it sounds fine, but it isn't as smoooth, it doesn't contrast with silence the way, for example, listening to professionally recorded music or whatever would. And maybe that's because normal studio recorded sound is post-processed to make it have that cool sound, maybe i'm just not cool enough to have high quality audio. but again, it disappoints me.
I'm torn on leaving this review, on the one hand, clearly, people who know what they are doing are able to produce great results with this product, but on the other hand, it did not meet my expectations. For 10x the price, it produces (by default with no post-processing) a worse sounding result than my computer headset. If you think my review is unfair, and that people don't deserve to be warned that 'out of the box with no knowledge this mic will not improve the quality of your audio compared to a 15$ computer mic' then I'll delete the review. just trying to be helpful and prevent someone else from making the same mistake as me.
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