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Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
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- 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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Equipped with digital output, the Audio-Technica's USB microphones are designed for digitally capturing music or any acoustic audio source using your favorite recording software. The microphones offer studio-quality articulation and intelligibility perfect for singer/songwriters, podcasters, voice-over artists, field recorders, and home studio recorders.
|Element||Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser||Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser||Dynamic|
|Frequency Response||20 – 20,000 Hz||20 – 20,000 Hz||50-15,000 Hz|
|Power Requirements||USB Power (5V DC)||USB Power (5V DC); Lightning (3.3V DC)||USB Power (5V DC)|
|Bit Depth, Sample Rate||16 bit, 44.1/48 kHz||24 bit, Up to 96 kHz||16 bit, 44.1 kHz/48 kHz|
|Volume Control||Mix control; Headphone volume control||Mic gain control||Headphone Volume Control|
|Headphone Output||3.5 mm (1/8") TRS (stereo)||N/a||3.5 mm TRS (stereo)|
|Output Type||USB-type||Micro-HDMI type||USB-type/XLR-type|
|Accessories Furnished||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; 10' (3.1 m) USB cable, 10' (3.1 m) Lightning cable||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|
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|Item Dimensions||9.6 x 9.6 x 2.6 in||9.6 x 9.6 x 2.6 in||9.6 x 9.6 x 2.6 in||2.4 x 6.6 x 10.1 in||4 x 14 x 11 in||11 x 15 x 4 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.
Top customer reviews
* Great quality recording.
* Quality build
* A little awkward to use on a desk
* Get a boom microphone floor stand for this.
* Get a pop filter.
* Note that this is not a noise canceling microphone. It will pick up your neighbor's dog barking and people talking a few rooms away.
The advantages, I believe, of a large condenser microphone are mostly (1) excellent quality, (2) sensitivity and (3) the microphone overloads gracefully. By that, I mean that it does not just go all the way to the power supply rail and latch. As it approaches the power supply rail, it slows down, so to speak. That way, the signal is rounded and does not have the harsh cold distortion typical of dynamic microphones or electret or piezo microphones. Another way to say it, that sounds bad is that the response is non-linear at high sound pressure. Fortunately, this is a desirable feature. It gives a "warmer" sound and allows you to record at a higher volume than otherwise possible. In other words, it has a response similar to a tube amplifier.
This microphone delivers a high quality sound and has headphone monitoring capability built in.
Is the software easy to install? Reasonably so. It takes a couple of attempts for most software drivers for USB devices and this is no different. You may need to close other programs, restart a couple of times, and so on, but eventually you get it installed and all is good.
I am not a musician, but I have been an audiophile and recognize a good microphone from a poor one.
I paired it with the AT8458 shockmount and Rode PSA1 stand, and the whole set-up works wonderfully. Also using the WindTech PopGard which works well, though in hindsight, could have just gone for a clip on filter.
I didn't even bother with the little desktop stand. Just one look at the picture and I knew it wasn't going to be stable. Plus one bump into that table is going to ruin the recording session. I'd advise in getting a decent stand and a shock mount (see the picture) a pop filter is always a good thing to add also.
The headphone input is indeed lagless! I.e, you aren't hearing a delay in your voice as you record. There are two dials one for the mix if you want to hear your background track or whatever other audio track while you are recording. the other dial is to ramp up or down the volume for the mic.
Having it be USB is great. I can hook this directly up to my laptop if I'm going to record elsewhere. I was going to go XLR but decided I don't need the jump yet so I used the money I was going to use on a digital interface and got some nice accessories.