Audio Technica AT2020 Condenser Microphone
Audio-Technica's stringent quality and consistency standards set the AT2020 apart from other mics in its class. Its low-mass diaphragm is custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response.
Audio-Technicaâ?s stringent quality and consistency standards set the AT2020 apart from other mics in its class. Its low-mass diaphragm is custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. With rugged construction for durable performance, the microphone offers a wide dynamic range and handles high SPLs with ease.
Audio Technica AT2020 Features
- The price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology
- Ideal for project/home-studio applications
- High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
- Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response
- Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
- Pivoting, threaded stand mount attaches securely for easy and precise placement of the microphone
- ELEMENT: Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
- POLAR PATTERN: Cardioid
- FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20-20,000 Hz
- OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY: â"37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
- IMPEDANCE:100 ohms
- MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL: 144 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
- NOISE: 20 dB SPL
- DYNAMIC RANGE (typical): 124 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
- SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO: 74 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
- PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS: 48V DC, 2 mA typical
- WEIGHT: 12.1 oz (345 g)
- DIMENSIONS: 6.38" (162.0 mm) long,
- 2.05" (52.0 mm) maximum body diameter
- OUTPUT CONNECTOR: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
- ACCESSORIES FURNISHED: 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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Bought this mic like many others as a 'starter', intending to use it on male vocals and viola. The vocals are over-bright and sibilant, the viola came out sounding 'honky'. Used elsewhere as a room mic, but for now it just sits in a drawer. I've since purchased a ribbon mic for the viola and a decent condenser for vocals, and am much happier.
This was the first mic I ever owned. It was a Christmas gift from my mom. I've used this mic for a couple demo albums, as well as a few side projects (commercials, etc...). Overall, I would say that this is a good all around work horse. It does well on acoustic guitars, and other acoustic instruments. I find it a little thin overall, so I don't recommend it for pro quality vocals, but for someone starting out, this mic will get you started on the right foot.
Can't believe how long I've had this mic. It should be a staple in every bedroom musician's studio, i mean bedroom.
I bought the AT2020 as my first condenser microphone for my modest home studio. After about a year of use I've discovered (having had the opportunity to compare it to many others now) that it truly is a low budget piece of gear that delivers beyond expectation. Initially I was using it to mic my guitar and vocals, a task which it performs admirably for such a price. And more recently I've discovered that it also performs just as well as an all purpose mic for many of the hand percussion instruments I play (bongos, tambourine, shaker etc.). For any beginner in a home studio (or even for people who are looking for cheap mics to serve as workhorses) the AT2020 delivers, and more.