Audio-Technica AT2010 Handheld Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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Gearank High Notes

Gearank Recommendation

The AT2010 first appeared on our recommended list for Live Vocal Mics Under $100 from March 2016 until November 2018.

It was also on our recommended list for Condenser Mics Under $100 from February 2018 until October 2019.


The AT2010 is a handheld 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 often rated more highly than its studio cousin and has previously topped the rankings for sub-$100 live vocal microphones.

If you only have $120 in your budget and you need a microphone that approaches studio quality, then this is a good mic to get. Not only can you use it live, but it also makes an excellent mic for recording demos.

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  • 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

Audio-Technica AT2010 Frequency Response Chart:

Audio-Technica AT2010 frequency response chart

Audio-Technica AT2010 Polar Pattern Chart:

Audio-Technica AT2010 polar pattern chart