Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone


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Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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Gearank Recommended

The AT2020 first appeared on our recommended list for Condenser Mics Under $100 from December 2015 until October 2019 when it was removed due to being out-ranked by other mics.

Then in September 2020 it had high enough ratings to go back on the recommended list where it remains today.

It was also on our recommended list for Microphones for Recording Acoustic Guitar from January 2016 until March 2020.


The AT2020 features a low-mass diaphragm that lets it handle high SPL (Sound Pressure Levels) better than many other condenser microphones.

General Home Studio Use
It has a smaller 16mm-diameter black-electret capsule, which gives it a subtly brighter sound, that complements certain applications like female vocals, closed-miked horns, small bodied acoustic guitars, drum kit overheads and more.

Additionally, the components are protected by a modern looking cast metal exterior that's easy to store and easy on the eyes.

Recording Acoustic Guitar
This is a great entry level mic for recording acoustic guitar players.

The Audio-Technica AT2020 works really well in reproducing the high frequency zing of spruce top acoustics, without having to drill a hole in your pocket.

This particular small diaphragm mic handles loud instruments well with a max SPL of 158dB with pad, without compromising much of the low end compared to other small diaphragm mics in this price range. This makes the AT2020 have a brighter sound which is ideal for steel string acoustics.

The Audio-Technica AT2020 is an ideal budget-friendly condenser mic for home studios that are expanding to capture loud sound sources. It is a great supplementary mic if you already have a large diaphragm condenser, and it can also be a good all-around mic if you are miking wind and percussive instruments.


  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 100 ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 144 dB
  • Applications: Recording vocals & instruments
  • Power Requirements: 48V phantom power

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Paul White 90/100
Gearspace Tom Higgins 85/100
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