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What I will bring you in this review
- Ratings/Best Price
- Video Review
- Stu’s Sound Test
- Who this mic benefits?
- What you will need?
- Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
- Final Word
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!
Audio Technica AT2020 (XLR version)
- 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.
Stu’s Sound Test
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
- electric guitar
- spoken word
- twitch shooter commentary
- 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.
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.
Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on the Audio Technica AT2020 condenser microphone review.
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