Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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$119
Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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

It also has a smaller 16mm-diameter black-electret capsule, which give 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.

Specifications:

  • 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

Pros

Many owners are happy with the Audio-Technica AT2020's high 144dB SPL, and how it handles loud sound sources without compromising much of the low-end and overall sonic quality. In addition, there are a good number of reports that attest to this mic's solid build and reliability. Users are happy with the peace of mind that they get from its worry free operation. There are even a number of users who favorably compare the analog sound of this mic to the popular dynamic mic Shure SM58, when used on vocals.

Cons

There are a few who complained about the headphone out feature, reporting that the sound level that comes out is lower than they expected. Some are not too fond of the subtly brighter sound, especially when the vocalist stands too far back from the mic.

Overall

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.

At the time of publication we are also recommending the AT2020 as a good budget mic for recording acoustic guitar - see further details here.

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