Audio-Technica AT2010 Handheld Cardioid Condenser Microphone
The AT2010 is a live vocal mic which has a design based on Audio-Technica's AT2020 studio mic and uses the same 16 mm low-mass diaphragm.
In fact this mic is rated more highly than its studio cousin and tops the rankings for sub-$100 live vocal microphones.
- Type: Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 40 to 20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 100 ohms
- Maximum SPL: 136 dB
- Applications: Live and recorded vocals & acoustic guitar
- Power Requirements: 48V phantom power
The most commonly cited comment in positive reviews is that the AT2010 represents great value for money. It is often used for miking female vocalists, or male vocalists that sing high notes. An unexpected comment that came up several times is that it's also very good for miking acoustic guitar. Chris Kennedy of Voice Council concluded, "... the Audio-Technica AT 2010 is an impressive microphone considering its price point that is certainly worth checking out if you are looking for your first decent live microphone and don’t have a budget for high-end mics..."
There were a couple of people who complained about the requirement for phantom power, but they were clearly from people who hadn't done their research before buying it. Some users have found that EQ is needed to tame the harshness with loud male vocal styles.
If you only have $120 in your budget and you need a microphone that approaches studio quality, then this is a great mic to get. Not only can you use it live, but it also makes an excellent mic for recording demos.
- sE Electronics X1 A Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone - both slightly cheaper (since the 2019 AT2010 price increase) and with a higher rating.
- Audio-Technica AT2035 - a little more expensive, but worth the extra for its ability to handle louder sound sources.