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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

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

SPECIFICATIONS

AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

  • 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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(21 of 21 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 13 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.

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