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Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone, Black
- Condenser microphone with USB output for digital recording
- High quality A/D converter with 16 bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate for superb audio
- Headphone jack with volume control allows you to monitor the microphone signal with no delay
- Mix control allows you to blend your microphone signal and pre-recorded audio
- High-output internal headphone amplifier delivers superior clarity and musical detail as well as more volume overall
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For Digital Recording Use
Condenser microphone with USB output.
Superb Audio Quality
High-quality A/D converter with 16 bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate.
Mix Control & Volume Control
Mix control allows you to blend your microphone signal and pre-recorded audio; headphone jack volume control allows you to monitor the microphone signal with no delay.
Smooth, Extended Frequency Response
Ideally suited for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording and voiceover use.
Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Mac OS X.
Pivoting stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch; tripod desk stand; 10' (3.1 m) USB cable.
|Element||Dynamic||Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser||Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser|
|Frequency Response||50-15,000 Hz||20 - 20,000 Hz||20 - 20,000 Hz|
|Power Requirements||USB Power (5V DC)||USB Power (5V DC)||USB Power (5V DC); Lightning (3.3V DC)|
|Bit Depth||16 bit||16 bit||24 bit|
|Sample Rate||44.1 kHz/48 kHz||44.1 kHz/48 kHz||Up to 96 kHz|
|Controls||On/off Switch; Headphone Volume Control||Mix control; Headphone volume control||Mic gain control|
|Headphone Jack||3.5 mm (1/8") TRS (stereo)||3.5 mm (1/8") TRS (stereo)||N/A|
|Accessories Furnished||Stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; tripod desk stand; 6.6' (2 m) mini USB cable, 9.8' (3 m) XLRF-type to XLRM-type cable||Pivoting stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch; tripod desk stand; 10' (3.1 m) USB cable||Pivoting stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch; tripod desk stand; 4.9' (1.5 m) USB cable; 4.9' (1.5 m) Lightning cable|
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|Item Dimensions||9.6 x 9.6 x 2.6 in||4 x 14 x 11 in||9.6 x 9.6 x 2.6 in||11 x 15 x 4 in||2.4 x 6.6 x 10.1 in||3 x 10 x 10 in|
Equipped with a USB output, the AT2020USB+ is designed for digitally capturing music or any acoustic audio source using your favorite recording software. The microphone offers the critically acclaimed, award-winning sound of the AT2020, with studio-quality articulation and intelligibility perfect for singer/songwriters, podcasters, voice-over artists, field recorders, and home studio recorders. The AT2020USB+ features a built-in headphone jack with volume control that allows you to directly monitor your microphone signal with no delay. It also offers mix control that blends microphone and pre-recorded audio. The microphone’s cardioid pickup pattern delivers excellent off-axis rejection, while its A/D converter with a 16-bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate ensures extremely articulate sound reproduction. 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.
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When 0 out of 6 say that my review was not helpful, I have to ask myself why. I think I know, the answer, but I'll stay with my original review.
I recorded me on guitar and vocals with both this mic and my laptop's built-in mic. I sent it to a musician friend (who's now doing some tv production) and he had a difficult time distinguishing between them. So, my rating is based on using the mic for this particular purpose. I'm trying hard to remember which laptop I used. It was probably my Asus A202E.
This mic may prove outstanding in other situations, but this was my experience for recording me and guitar. Quite frankly, I would have reported the results whichever way they went and I was shocked that they were so close. So, I'll live with the 0 of 6. If readers find this experience unhelpful, then so be it. However, those buying this mic to record guitar and vocal might repeat my experiment to see what happens in their cases.
I'm at a complete loss for how many stars to give.
I purchased this mic to record me--acoustic guitar and vocals. The mic installed with no issue than taking a few minutes to locate and install the proper drivers. I recorded something. It sounded fine. I wanted to see how much better it was than my laptop's built-in mic, so I recorded the same clip by using my Asus B23E's built in mic.
The two clips sound different, but my ears don't prefer one over the other. The AT2020USB+ is a cartiod mic. It records what's in front of it. So does my laptop.
So, how many stars do I award? It's not that the AT2020 sound bad. It's that the current state of microphone design has these little built-in mics sounding so good.
This review is based on a particular application that is not terribly demanding. Perhaps serious differences would be immediately apparent in other situations. However, I find no reason to keep it to record my voice with acoustic guitar accompaniment when my laptop does so well.
For what it's worth, I sent the two clips to a friend telling him what they were (AT and laptop) asking him to guess which was which. He got it right, BUT he wrote, "The first one seems to have better high frequency response, but it took listening multiple times, finally with headphones (I know they say don't do that but it is easier for me)." So, it isn't just me.
*** HD version of this video, as requested, in now available, at the URL found in the comments below (won't let me post here)
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.
I hope that this review proves useful to you in your decision-making process.