Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Medium-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone with Pivoting Stand Mount
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Stellar Audio-Technica performance - outstanding value! The AT2020 gives you classic Audio-Technica sound quality at an incredibly low price! Capture the subtleties and nuances of vocals and acoustic guitars, then take on screaming guitar amplifier cabinets - all with one mic. It's the Swiss Army knife of affordable condensers! At this incredible price, you can put together your own stereo mic pair! Perfectly suited for today's home and project studio, the AT2020 was designed to fit comfortably in your mix and your budget at the same time. The perfect "first microphone," we're sure the AT2020 will fit into your studio!

Audio Technica AT2020 Features at a Glance:
  • The price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology
  • Ideal for project/home-studio applications
  • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
  • Relatively low self-noise - perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment
  • Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
  • Pivoting, threaded stand mount attaches securely for easy and precise placement of the microphone
  • Requires +48V phantom power
The AT2020: the standard for affordable side address studio condensers.

Additional Media

AT2020 Spec Sheet
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 0.63" (16mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 144dB
Output Impedance 100 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 74dB
Self Noise 20dB
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 0.76 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Mount, Microphone Pouch
Manufacturer Part Number AT2020

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My band owned this mic for a long time, we used it on vocals for our demos. We are currently in the studio for our 4th album and I have tried all the vocal greats. U47, U67, Manley and some more, but we couldn't get the sound we wanted. Our producer asked me with wich mic I recorded the vocals on our demo's because he really liked them, I told him the AT2020, we hooked it up (with a tube tech pre amp) as a sort of "this can't be true" experiment. And It was THE BEST SOUNDING MIC OF THEM ALL!! It sounded better then a 15.000 euro Neuman. Really insane and weird, but I will be using this mic on our record. (We are a big band with alot of radio airplay, so this mic is not only for beginners!)


A/B test using Mackie micro series 1402 mixer set flat with a Carver M-1.0t amplifier and one monitor speaker 8" with silk dome tweeter. This was in my wooden floored living room. A friend was over for a rehearsal and I wanted him to hear the response of this Medium diaphragm/Cardioid Condenser dandy little sound reproduction tool. We tested this out as on overhead for my small Gretsch drum kit at first and were very happy with the smooth response from snare to tom's and cymbals. The kick drum was utilizing on old Beyer mike. As a vocal mike we were amazed of the response singing jazz, blues and light stuff, the AT2020 was superb. As a vocalist I realized how much I have been cheating with the Sure SM 58, live standard of the industry. This AT2020 tells it like it is. From 3 to 9" from the boom stand with several placements and angles it was verbatum exactly what was being produced. In the vein of folk music, bluegrass, light jazz and pop tunes........It will teach you how to use your body mechanics and not rely on a close proximity "lip to the grill" for tone changes etc. as with my old 58 vocal mike. This 2020 will also make for a very nice overhead when I play more intense venues without compromising the true sound of an acoustic drum kit as my little condenser 'sizzler' cymbal catchers I have used for years did. I am very pleased to have this very versatile and value driven tool. I was so bored with the close mike pop/rock sound I was getting with live performance of miking every drum instead of a true acoustic aural experience. The dynamics are represented with my performance so much better. I was also impressed with the AT2020 as a vocal tool in that if one remembers to slightly turn away it will not give the signature 'pop' with the letter P or B. Only in an outdoor situation (with wind) will I need a pop sponge. I am in a high ceiling jazz room with some 200 hz rolling around and with a simple -10db cut of the lows on the mixer this issue will be rectified. There is no need to purchase the high dollar feature of a filter cut on any microphone in my opinion. Therefore I have no need to buy the more expensive Audio-Technica unit. I am most satisfied with the AT2020!
Music background: Pro Musician-Live Sound-Student of Sound forever


I was really surprised by the quality o this mic for the price. Yes, it is built in China. But this is defiantly a great quality condenser mic for a studio on a budget. I just recently bought a kit that came with the AT2020, a mic cable, stand and filter. Obviously I got the XLR version. I am starting up a small recording studio in my home and I also play the Soprano saxophone. My girlfriend also sing and she is a very dynamic soprano. So, this mic is a bit much for all the highs I am putting into, but a little eq cut on the high end and I have an awesome mix. I defiantly recommend this mic to everyone! I just recorded her singing Silent Night using a SM57, which is also a great mic, but of course, this one hit it out o the park.
Music background: Audio Engineer

Shootout winner

I recently decided to stop getting so stressed about reviews and what other people think of gear. Instead I'm just gonna go in and LISTEN to the gear to see if it works for me. So I walked into my local Guitar Center to shoot out every condensor that they had for $99. I brought my laptop and my Apogee Duet, and lined up the AT2020, MXL 990/991, Sterling Audio ST51, and the AKG Perception 120 and did a shootout with acoustic guitar. Obviously for me, the AT2020 won out. It was clear full, and had an airy high end that gave the guitar some sparkle. After bringing it home and testing it with vocals, I was even more impressed with the quality of this mic. So far I have used it on Nylon String guitar, acoustic guitar, and vocals and it has really shined running through the Duet. I highly recommend that you give this mic a listen. In fact, do that with all of your gear purchases and take opinions with a grain of salt. Find what works for what you are trying to do that fits your budget, and then make great music!
Music background: Pro Musician, Recording Engineer

Great mic for the price

I bought the AT2020 when I started recorinding and I love it, obviously it dosn't compare to my Mojavee tube mic but it does what its suppose to do, I even bought a 2nd one because I love the air that it capture just to try it as a stereo pair for drums overheads and I was amazed at the results, this is a well constructed and practical cheap mic that I highly recommend!
Music background: Recording Engineer, Music Producer, Pro Musician.

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Scott DeMarko

The AT2020 delivers in every aspect that you want a good quality cardiod condenser mic to offer. The vocals are clean, crisp, and very direct. The mic really gives a very airy sound which, added with a preamp or compressor plug-in of choice, is the perfect combination a good vocal is looking for. I have used this mic on Hip Hop, R&B, and Rock recordings. For the price, this mic can't be beat. They say you get what you pay for. With the AT2020 you get an incredible value in a very affordable mic, and so much more.
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