Audio Technica AT2020 condenser microphone review

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What I will bring you in this review

  1. Ratings/Best Price
  2. Specifications
  3. Introduction/Summary
  4. Pros
  5. Cons
  6. Video Review
  7. Stu’s Sound Test
  8. Who this mic benefits?
  9. What you will need?
  10. Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
  11. Consensus/Conclusion
  12. Final Word

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Audio Technica AT2020 (XLR version)

Audio Technica AT2020

Audio Technica AT2020

Ratings/Best Price

  • Amazon: 4.4/5 (Over 340 reviews) | check eBay! | Check zZOUNDS!
  • Musicians Friend: 4.5/5 (over 50 reviews)
  • B&H Photo: 4.5/5 (over 75 reviews)


  • Microphone Type: Condenser. Condenser mic vs. Dynamic mic
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid.
  • Diaphragm Size: 0.63″ (16mm)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Max SPL: 144 dB. What is SPL?
  • Output Impedance: 100 Ohms
  • Signal to noise ratio: 20dB
  • Color: Black
  • Connector: XLR. What is XLR?
  • Weight: 0.76 lbs.
  • Included Accessories: Stand Mount, Microphone Pouch
  • Manufacturer Part Number: AT2020


The AT2020 is a phenomenal entry level cardioid condenser microphone. What is a cardioid capsule?

It feels really solid and durable in your hand, and is super easy to set up. The sound coming out of this puppy is impressive, especially for a $100 mic.

One thing I really appreciated is that it rejects background and ambient noise quite well. My room currently does not have any Acoustic Sound Treatment, but I could only imagine how much better it would sound with some bass traps and wall panels.

I did end up recording under a blanket for you to see how it sounds when the environment is completely dead. More on that a bit later!


  • Crisp sound and good sound quality for such an inexpensive piece. It has a very flat and neutral response, and does well with EQ.
  • Durable and quite heavy. Feels built to last like Duralast 😛
  • Comes with a nice carrying pouch.
  • Versatile piece. Does well with pretty much anything you throw at it. Just don’t throw anything at it because it gets sad. 🙁


  • Storage bag is a bit flimsy and doesn’t have any padding. Some disagree, for example, the guy in the video below 😛
  • Doesn’t come with XLR cables or shock-mount.

Video Review

Stu’s Sound Test

with Pop-Filter:

with Pop-Filter under a blanket:

with Pop-Filter, under a blanket, farther away:

Who this mic benefits?

I’ve seen this thing used for nearly everything:

  • Acoustic instruments
  • overheads
  • amps
  • brass
  • vocals
  • electric guitar
  • drums
  • banjo
  • violin
  • pod-casting
  • spoken word
  • singing
  • you-tube
  • twitch shooter commentary
  • narration
  • skype
  • conference calls

What you will need?

This mic requires:

  • 48v phantom power via your audio interface, mixer or preamp. I would just go with an interface here. What does an audio interface do?
  • XLR cable(s). Cables and Wiring
  • A Mic stand. I’m currently using a Pro Line boom stand, and it’s freaking amazing, lol. Rock solid and heavy like Thanksgiving at Grandma’s. Heavy hitters.
  • A shock-mount. Optional, but helps out in minimizing the vibration that travels from the mic stand to the diaphragm.

Thoughts from Stu’s notepad

  • The AT2020 doesn’t have any on-board features like a dB pad or low cut filter, etc. It’s bare bones Jones baby!
  • A majority of the negative reviews (specifically the 1-star) failed to recognize that this mic is NOT plug and play. It’s an XLR condenser microphone that requires 48v phantom power. The difference between a USB microphone and an XLR microphone. Please keep this in mind before purchase!
  • Does well with darker sources, as well as deep, husky male voices.


A versatile mic with a frequency response that does well with EQ, but also sounds crisp and even without it. Durable and heavy. Really does a phenomenal job of blocking out background noise, even without room treatment.

Final Word

If you’re looking for an entry level option at this price range, I would wholeheartedly recommend starting out with the AT2020. You can always upgrade or try out different mics later, and it’s a great investment for a musician or vocalist starting out.


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Audio Technica AT2020

Audio Technica AT2020

Sound Quality




      Build Quality







            • Crisp, even sound
            • Durable
            • Versatile
            • Rejects background noise


            • Storage bag flimsy, no padding