Audio-Technica AT2020 Handheld Cardioid Side-Address Microphone

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About this product


  • Desktop condenser microphone for audio recordings such as interviews or podcasts
  • Cardioid side-address pickup to detect audio from a specific direction, isolating background noise to give you a higher quality sound
  • XLR connection that supplies the microphone with a 48V phantom power for operations

Product overview

• Desktop condenser microphone for audio recordings such as interviews or podcasts
• Cardioid side-address pickup to detect audio from a specific direction, isolating background noise to give you a higher quality sound
• XLR connection that supplies the microphone with a 48V phantom power for operations
• A sensitivity of -37dBv allows you to get an excellent response to quieter sounds

What is the advantage of having a condenser microphone?
Condenser microphones are the most common type of microphones. They are often used in recording studios as they have a greater ability to reproduce all of the audio of an instrument or voice. Using phantom power, condenser microphones usually have a louder output but can be more sensitive to loud sounds.

What position does the condenser microphone pick up sound from?
This microphone is uniquely vertical in its operation. This microphone has a cardioid polar pattern, which means it is more sensitive to sounds from its side at a 120 degree angle. The pickup is based in one direction, which makes it effective for isolating unwanted sound as well as giving it a high resistance to feedback.

What would I use this microphone with?
The microphone is a condenser type with a cardioid polar pattern, and its desk-mounted design makes it perfect for use in a studio or at home. The wide angle pickup makes it suitable for a range of purposes such as recording demo tracks, interviews, podcasts or voiceovers. It can pick up loud noises without distortions and won’t be affected by feedback from your speakers when facing the right way.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has been a GREAT mic for Gaming, Streaming & Teleconferences I was done with headset mic setups so went in search for a good quality Condenser Microphone that would meet my Gaming, Streaming and Work Teleconferencing needs. After a lot of research and comparing the AT2020 with mics from Yeti and Razer I was confident in choosing the AT2020. The quality is better than I expected, I often get a sound check from coworkers and the response is always one of disbelief that I am using a Condenser mic on a boom over my monitor - the sound is crystal clear and with no interference or noise. If you go with the non USB model,, make sure you match the XLR cables and phantom power source / pre-mixer quality with the quality of this microphone and you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2016-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid High Quality Microphone I am an audio enthusiast and a gamer, and I got this microphone because I stopped using headsets for gaming, and I started using audio-technica headphones, and I opted for a professional quality microphone, and the quality of this microphone is awesome without doubts. I paired this microphone with a high quality audio interface, and I can tell that this microphone works perfectly on VoIP( Voice over IP), Podcasting, Dialog and much more, A must-have professional microphone for any purpose where the performance and quality is a factor, and affordable for everyone. Best regards!
Date published: 2012-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BUILT LIKE A TANK...SOUNDS LIKE AN ANGEL I am the GM of a high school radio station and we have three 2020's and two 2021's. Kids can be tough on equipment but these mics keep sounding great day in and day out. I use them to record with, live talk on the air, and even use them on stage occasionally and they never let me down. Way to go AT!!!
Date published: 2011-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product! I just got this microphone and boy was I suprised. The price was very reasonable and the quality of the mic is great. I use it mostly for vocals in my home studio and it is very warm and responsive. I am looking to use it for a long time.
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb in every way! The Audio Technica AT2020 is my very first foray into the wonderful world of cardoid condenser microphones. As an amateur radio operator, or a ham radio op, I must say this microphone is superb in every way. My reason for giving Ease of Use a "good" rating is like I said, this my very first cardoid condenser mic, I didn't know anything about phantom power supplies or the like. Now that I do know, and have this as my main microphone for my radio station AI4HO, Alpha India Four Hotel Oscar. I have and still receive unsolicited great audio, or, you sound great, what mic are you using. I tell them an Audio Technica AT2020..doesn't everybody use this mic? If you don't know anything about cardoid condenser microphones and are looking for a really, really great inexpensive microphone, then the AT2020 should be first on your list. While this is a great mic for studio both pro and home studio work, this mic also works well with instruments such as the drum, guitars both electric and non electric, tambourines too work well with this mic. Or, if you are a ham radio op like me and want something different in your arsenal of mics, this is it, look no further. The AT2020 by Audio Technica is a microphone for any and all, pro and amateur alike will enjoy the responsiveness and the rugged durability of this microphone. Thank you all for taking the time to read my review, and many thanks go to Audio Technica for building a superb mic in every way.
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is good mang Is still good mang
Date published: 2015-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cost Effective Side Address Microphone Low self-noise, nearly flat frequency response, good sensitivity, with a rugged and durable housing at a very affordable price. Definitely one of the best performer in its class and price range that I actually have two of them in my 100+ personal microphone arsenal.
Date published: 2011-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overall, a wonderful yet inexpensive microphone Hello, I cut voice tracks at home for industrial videos, films and radio spots. My past go to mic was a NADY ribbon but after auditioning several condensers including CAD, Rode, AKG and a newer APEX ribbon, I thought I'd give the AT 2020 a try. My radio network client said use this from now on. I now have 2 and will keep the APEX ribbon because it look retro and cool, and my Shure SM57's for outside work.
Date published: 2017-07-06
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Transducer type Condenser
Polar pattern Cardioid
Product type Desk mounted
Impedance (Ohms) 100 ohm
Sensitivity -37 dB
Connection type XLR
Cable length Not included
Detachable cable Yes
On/off switch No
Dimensions 52 x 162 mm
Net weight 345 g
Warranty 2 years
Package contents: AT2020 microphone
Stand mount
1 x threaded adapter
Soft pouch

Do I need a phantom power supply

Asked by: The Patriarchy
The microphone has an XLR connection that supplies the microphone with a 48V phantom power for operations
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-04-23
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