Audio Technica AT2020 Condenser Microphone Review
|Product Name:||Audio Technica AT2020 Condenser Studio Microphone|
|Product Dimensions:||9.6 x 9.6 x 2.6 inches|
|Shipping Weight:||2.1 pounds|
|Frequency Response:||20 Hz to 20,000 Hz|
Yep that’s right, another Audio Technica AT2020 microphone review – this time the acclaimed original AT2020 (non USB version). Audio Technica is a heavy hitter in the professional audio world and for good reason. They make stellar products that don’t break the bank. The AT2020 is no exception.
The microphone costs about $129, which makes it a great entry-level option and delivers a pretty great end product as well. It’s super easy to use, but like other studio condenser microphons only support 3-Pin XLR output – it’s not a USB microphone.
You’ll need an audio interface to plug the microphone into while recording.
*NOTE (There is a version of this microphone that is USB compatible and isn’t much more expensive than the non-USB version. It’s called the AT2020USB).
The low-mass diaphragm the mic boasts helps give it a better frequency response and even transient response (which affects clarity and neutrality of recorded sounds). It is the ideal choice when it comes to price/performance. It’s also great for use in many different applications, from podcasting to studio vocal recording.
It’s no wonder why so many audio professionals praise this microphone. But again, it depends on your situation/application. If you can afford a few more pieces of gear (or you already have them) great, if not then it’s not a good choice.
The microphone only has a cardioid pattern which isn’t a big deal since most podcasters don’t need one microphone for multiple people. And it does a good job at blocking out other sounds around the room. If you’re looking for a really great microphone at a really great price the AT2020 is definitely in that range of products – don’t overlook it.
Here’s a quick rundown of the technical specs:
- Cardioid Polar Pattern
- Low-Mass Diaphragm
- 20hz – 20,000 hz frequency response
Many people consider this a great option because of its versatility. If you’ve already got a microphone pre-amp or audio interface, it’s a no-brainer to choose this microphone. If your budget doesn’t allow for other equipment, then it’s probably not the best choice. You’ll want to look at some of the other USB plug-and-play options we review.Buy This Microphone on Amazon