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Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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The standard in affordable side-address, studio-quality condenser mics.

The Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone is the ideal mic for project and home studio applications. With a remarkably low price, cardioid pattern, and specs that put it in the big leagues, it features a custom-engineered, 16mm low-mass diaphragm and smooth 20Hz-20kHz frequency response. The AT2020's low self-noise is suited to digital recording, plus it has a high 144dB SPL handling.

Requires phantom power.

FEATURES
  • Condenser
  • Cardioid pattern
  • Side address
  • 16mm low-mass diaphragm
  • 20Hz-20kHz frequency response
  • 144dB SPL handling
  • Rugged body
  • Pivoting, threaded stand mount

Tomorrow's standard for affordable side-address studio condensers. Today. Just a click or a call will make it yours now.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Element: Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz
  • Open circuit sensitivity: -37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
  • Impedance: 100 ohms
  • Maximum input sound level: 144dB SPL, 1kHz at 1% THD
  • Noise: 20dB SPL
  • Dynamic range (typical): 124dB, 1kHz at Max SPL
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 74dB, 1kHz at 1 Pa
  • Phantom power requirements: 48V DC, 2 mA typical
  • Weight: 12.1 oz.
  • Dimensions: 6-1/3" long, 2" diameter
  • Output connector: 3-pin XLRM-type
  • Included accessories: Stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch
  • Audio-Technica case style: R7
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Audio-TechnicaAT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
 
4.7

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (15)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Durable (6)
  • Lightweight (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (10)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Impressive

This is a high quality inexpensive professional microphone. I has no frills, just a straight forward side approach, large diaphram condenser mic.
Note; it is not a true condenser,...Read complete review

This is a high quality inexpensive professional microphone. I has no frills, just a straight forward side approach, large diaphram condenser mic.
Note; it is not a true condenser, but a fixed charge plate condenser (electret condenser).
The fact that it is an electret condenser shouldn't scare you away tho, it isn't anything like electrets of yester-year with that tinny metallic sound. This mic does have a very warm natural sound with a lot of clear highs and no sibilance problems.
I won't compare it to a dynamic microphones like 58's and such because this is a completely different animal. It isn't supposed to sound like a dynamic mic.
Everyone has thier own opinion of what they like and what they don't, and sound is a very subjective perspective. Personally I think this mic ranks up there with the big dogs. It doesn't have quite the presense peak as an 87, but the high freqs do a more gradual climb starting at about 6khz I'd guess. Which gives it a nice subtle sparkle. It has a smooth frequency response thru-out it's range, which is very wide.
It is very sensitive, so you dont have to crank the gain to max out your VU's, and from what I see on the specs it can handle a lot of SPL's. If the sound pressure is too much, and this goes for any mic, and you're over-modulating, just back off a couple inches. LOL, real rocket science here. You don't have to be close enough to eat it to get a good sound!
OK, now the downers. It doesnt have a lot of whistles and bells. There's no pad switch, bass roll off, figure eight polar pattern knobs and buttons or flashing lights. It's just a simple cardiod side approach condenser mic. So what do you want for this price? Egg in your beer?
And just like someone else implied in here, just because it didn't cost thousands of dollars and carry a name like Neuman or Telefunken doesnt mean this isn't a full blown professional mic, it is! A beginner mic, yes it's that too. and if you are new to the recording word, this is a nice way to step up your game without breaking the bank.
The bottom line is, I got a great mic and didn't have to take out a second on my mortgage!
I use it for vocals, have a small home recording studio, I still like dynamics (57's) for miking the paper on my amps, but wouldn't hesitate to use this for an ambience/room mic. And drums, sure why not, it does cover a wide spectrum with lots of highs and bottom too. I have more years than I want to admit in recording studios, both as engineer and owner.
Everyones ears are different, and like I said in the beginning, what some think is garbage is a treasure to another. I hope you find the perfect mic that fits your voice or whatever needs you have. I personally am very pleased with this mic.
I haven't used this mic for very long, but it seems to be rugged and well manufactured.
Hard believe that a mic of this quility sells for so little.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Mic, well worth the money!

This mic is a great mic for newby's. If you've been recording for a long time, you could get away with this mic, but don't think it's going to sound like a high...Read complete review

This mic is a great mic for newby's. If you've been recording for a long time, you could get away with this mic, but don't think it's going to sound like a high end mic. I only gave this 3 stars, but you won't be unhappy with this mic. You can use this mic with just about anything. Vox, guitar, woodwinds and so forth. I think I would prefer the RODE NT1 over this Mic. I have both, but if you have the extra money, go for the Rode!

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(22 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressive

By John

from San Antonio

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Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

This is a high quality inexpensive professional microphone. I has no frills, just a straight forward side approach, large diaphram condenser mic.
Note; it is not a true condenser, but a fixed charge plate condenser (electret condenser).
The fact that it is an electret condenser shouldn't scare you away tho, it isn't anything like electrets of yester-year with that tinny metallic sound. This mic does have a very warm natural sound with a lot of clear highs and no sibilance problems.
I won't compare it to a dynamic microphones like 58's and such because this is a completely different animal. It isn't supposed to sound like a dynamic mic.
Everyone has thier own opinion of what they like and what they don't, and sound is a very subjective perspective. Personally I think this mic ranks up there with the big dogs. It doesn't have quite the presense peak as an 87, but the high freqs do a more gradual climb starting at about 6khz I'd guess. Which gives it a nice subtle sparkle. It has a smooth frequency response thru-out it's range, which is very wide.
It is very sensitive, so you dont have to crank the gain to max out your VU's, and from what I see on the specs it can handle a lot of SPL's. If the sound pressure is too much, and this goes for any mic, and you're over-modulating, just back off a couple inches. LOL, real rocket science here. You don't have to be close enough to eat it to get a good sound!
OK, now the downers. It doesnt have a lot of whistles and bells. There's no pad switch, bass roll off, figure eight polar pattern knobs and buttons or flashing lights. It's just a simple cardiod side approach condenser mic. So what do you want for this price? Egg in your beer?
And just like someone else implied in here, just because it didn't cost thousands of dollars and carry a name like Neuman or Telefunken doesnt mean this isn't a full blown professional mic, it is! A beginner mic, yes it's that too. and if you are new to the recording word, this is a nice way to step up your game without breaking the bank.
The bottom line is, I got a great mic and didn't have to take out a second on my mortgage!
I use it for vocals, have a small home recording studio, I still like dynamics (57's) for miking the paper on my amps, but wouldn't hesitate to use this for an ambience/room mic. And drums, sure why not, it does cover a wide spectrum with lots of highs and bottom too. I have more years than I want to admit in recording studios, both as engineer and owner.
Everyones ears are different, and like I said in the beginning, what some think is garbage is a treasure to another. I hope you find the perfect mic that fits your voice or whatever needs you have. I personally am very pleased with this mic.
I haven't used this mic for very long, but it seems to be rugged and well manufactured.
Hard believe that a mic of this quility sells for so little.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value for noobs and vets alike

By Cinco D-Pants

from Oklahoma City, OK

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Price-performance Ratio
  • Tight Pattern
  • Versatile

Cons

  • No Hpf Bass-roll Switch

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

I've had one of these for years and have just purchased two more for stereo / drum overhead use. "Newbie-friendly" is a great description for this mic, but don't let that bias you against this mic if you're a more experienced hand. The 2020 strikes a great balance - for me, anyway - between totally neutral / transparent voicing and adding just a bit of "whoa" factor to most things you put in front of it. I do *not* think this is a bright mic, nor does it have the inflated hype / sizzle / fatiguing artifice of a lot of condensers in its price range; it just sounds naturally good. I've had good-to-great results with these on vox, drum OH / Glyn Johnsian configs, guitar cabs and acoustic, and often prefer my 2020 for these apps to significantly more expensive / better-known condenser mics I have in my stable (with the caveat that I don't own any four-figure-plus mics and probably never will). The 2020 is more tolerant of less-than-optimal surroundings / room treatments than most condensers, in a way that reminds me of a good dynamic with more "forward throw," and often does surprisingly well even when I've thrown it in front of something for a throwaway guide track without giving a toss about correct placement. Honestly, while there are definitely better mics out there (particularly if cost is no object), the 2020 is the best overall value I've found in a mic in 25-ought years of home recording, and I would recommend it to first-timers over more expensive "prosumer standards" like the NT1 without hesitation.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AT2020!

By AnotherChance74

from N/A

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Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

Great mic, couldn't ask for more.
Simple, I run it throught a Pro Tools set-up and it sounds rad!
Amazing for the price! Transparent, works great!
Really well priced. Studio quality for a budget!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Surprise

By bobblues4ever

from NE states

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Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

I was expecting a compromise mic, something better than a dynamic but less than a good condenser quality. I was pleasantly surprised ... this mic is great live and studio, with full rich 20/20 freq response. Placement is paramount when mic-ing cabinets, It really is an all purpose mic and built like a truck. The AT line seems to surpass my quality expectations every time!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone is good.

By JBurton

from Earth. Wait, What??? No, WV.

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Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

Great Demo Studio or Second Vocal Mike. Great Price.
Has the same funcitionality of other AT Condenser Mikes. Pad switch. Sing into the Logo side, please.
It's my second best mike. There was a slight drop off in performance from my AT3035, but you can EQ it to sound just about as good. A good recording mike for backing vocals. And you know? You throw a little reverb on it no one will know the difference. Vocalists like reverb, don't they?
Buy it.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!

By C Freedman

from North Carolina

Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

This mic is amazing. I was looking for a low budget mic for home recording, and it came down to this and the Studio Projects B1 Condenser. I decided on this and man was i glad i did. On vocals, there is beautiful, full, low end and sparkling highs. On acoustic guitar, it is just as good. Put it right at the 12th fret, and youre golden. This is a versatile mic for the price. Any low budget producer needs one of these in their arsenal. Grab it.

I didnt feel like going through each section. ITs a great mic. end of story.
This mic is amazing. I was looking for a low budget mic for home recording, and it came down to this and the Studio Projects B1 Condenser. I decided on this and man was i glad i did. On vocals, there is beautiful, full, low end and sparkling highs. On acoustic guitar, it is just as good. Put it right at the 12th fret, and youre golden. This is a versatile mic for the price. Any low budget producer needs one of these in their arsenal. Grab it.

I didnt feel like going through each section. ITs a great mic. end of story.

(5 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

O.K.

By Stratlittlejohnyboy

from Wisconsin

Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

This microphone is a very good starter mic. It would not be a good buy if you are an experienced recordist, this would be an awful buy. You can tell it's a Chinese made mic, because of it's brittle high end. You get what you pay for I guees...

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't let the price fool you

By Barger

from Greenville, SC

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Sound Quality
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

    Been Playing and recording music for the last 30 years...had many types of mics. this one holds a strong value. very (straight to the point) type microphone. very clear, got nice high end sheen to vocals. great for acoustic instruments and can take a whack with some substantial SPL's. If you don't have one of these.....go out and buy 2...great for overheads.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Mic; Good Price

    By Ash

    from NC, USA

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    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

    A solid EQ and Preamp can make this sound however you want it, that being said; to achieve a warmer sound and/or fuller sound, you're going to have to ride the controls till satisfied.
    Has a good Range, eq helps. Need to get voice on something real quick, this gets it done.
    Rugged, still a little new but was been handled much recently. Still going strong a few weeks later.
    For what I paid very valueble, still a little partial to another brand I own for same/similar prices but that's just me.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great mic

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

    This mic is very good quality even if it cost a little more it would still be a good buy. I have use it for everything from guitars to vocals to drums and it works freat for all. Just make sure you are in a super quiet place if using this to record. When I first got it I hooked it up to my Boss 1600 multi track in my kitchen to test it out. There was a really loud hum in the headphones> Thinking the mic was broken I went to get the box to return it and noticed the AC was running in the next room. Turned that off tried again and what do you know, the hum was gone. Vocals sound great in this mic. It is a little on the bright side but some EQing will fix that.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great mic at a great price

    By hanshotfirst1033

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

    This is a solid mic at any price. It is a GREAT mic for this price range. Is it pro-level? Of course not. But you wont find anything close to this quality without spending at least twice as much. This is a solid mic for a home studio and really does sound good. I find it to be very transparent, and pleasing. The fact that it isnt as sensitive as some higher end mics is actually a plus in a home studio environment where you probably arent working in a soundproof room. If you have a good interface with a decent mic pre, you will be very happy with the results.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Quality Microphone

    By sirdrumsalot

    from Indiana

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

      The AT-2020 is excellent for the price range. I have been able to use it on vocals, acoustics and even guitar cabinets. It gives out detailed and clear sound. It doesn't take away from your instruments and it doesn't add anything. It is like a blank slate. There is not much in this price range that would beat the AT2020. The stand mount it comes with seems to be sturdy as well. The only real downside is that it didn't come with a shockmount.

      (2 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Too finicky to enjoy.

      By KWorm

      from Naperville, IL

      About Me Novice

      See all my reviews

      Pros

        Cons

        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

          There wasn't much range in this microphone, and for the price, it doesn't provide any real value. I've spend a lot of time in post trying to salvage tracks that recorded poorly. The large diaphragm does pick up a lot of noises outside the recording room.

          You should monitor the effort you put into the AT2020, as your recording can get distorted easily. I've used this microphone for 3 years now (over 300 hrs. of use) and the sound quality has degraded sharply over time.

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Great Mic, well worth the money!

          By Dave

          from Seattle, wa

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

            This mic is a great mic for newby's. If you've been recording for a long time, you could get away with this mic, but don't think it's going to sound like a high end mic. I only gave this 3 stars, but you won't be unhappy with this mic. You can use this mic with just about anything. Vox, guitar, woodwinds and so forth. I think I would prefer the RODE NT1 over this Mic. I have both, but if you have the extra money, go for the Rode!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tight Sound

            By HyperBoy

            from South Carolina

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                Large freq response and not overly sensitive which helps not to pick up ambient noise such as from air conditioning, etc. Solid feel and worth the money. MF was half the price of other sites.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Microphone for the Price

                By Zander

                from Kansas

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                  Hip-Hop artist here, this is a great first recording microphone. Don't get cheap with your cables otherwise the mic quality is sacrificed.

                  (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Excellent Studio Mic...

                  By Jerome Harris

                  from Texas

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                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                  Although its fault are that it lacks warmth, its very clear and surprisingly quiet. Can't beat it for the price! Excellent Starter mic...
                  I had bought this mic, and when I was finally able to use it I was amazed at how well it sounded on my vocals. I enjoy this product. Very Much!

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Own A Pair

                  By NewBlueMoon

                  from Melvindale, MI

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                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                  I own two of these mics and use them primarily for recording acoustic guitar & vocals, though they've worked fine for miking electic guitar as well. The construction is top-notch, and the sound is very good (especially considering the price). I noticed, however, that the "presence" wasn't quite what I hoped it would be. Being an inquisitive sort, I noticed a 1/8-inch thick foam pad glued directly over the mic capsule (element). So...I opened the mic up (loud Klaxon sound- WARRANTY VOIDED!) and carefully removed the foam. Now these mics SING! The sound really came alive. I realize the SPL handling is probably reduced and a wind screen (pop filter) becomes more important on vocals, but it was worth it. These are now not "very good' sounding mics, but GREAT sounding mics. If you're willing to give up your warranty (it's not an expensive mic, after all), and if you're not afraid to dig-in to things, you might want to consider this modification. A.T. should consider it also! Even without the mod, these mics are an excellent value.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  For the price it can't be beat. Clear sound and great range!

                  By Jack

                  from New Orleans, La

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                      For the price it can't be beat. Using it to record my acoustic and some vocals.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Would buy this again without question

                      By Dave

                      from Tulsa, OK

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                        Use for voice over work. Saw a recommendation for this mic
                        and have to agree with its sound and performance

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