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Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Studio Condenser USB Microphone, New

With all the crisp sound and tough build quality of the original AT2020 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser, this USB microphone is a home-studio workhorse. (51) Read 5 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Stop shouting into your computer's built-in microphone and start enjoying a higher level of professional quality with the Audio-Technica AT2020 USB condenser microphone.

The USB Version of the AT2020 Condenser

Based on Audio-Technica's hugely popular AT2020 XLR microphone, this USB version has the same outstanding build quality, high SPL handling, and unique low-mass diaphragm as the original, with the addition of a USB output for connecting directly to your computer -- no audio interface or preamp required. With its built-in analog-to-digital conversion, this mic delivers 44.1 or 48 kHz 16-bit audio directly to your recording software -- making it ideal for recording podcasts, laying down voiceover, or recording demos at home.

Record Vocals, Guitars, Drums and More

What makes the AT2020 USB microphone such a solid choice for home recording? Flexibility is key. Audio-Technica's innovative back-electret capsule design means an exceptionally thin, responsive diaphragm that's great at capturing the fast transients of acoustic guitars or cymbals. And with a maximum sound pressure level rating of 144 dB SPL, the AT2020 USB is a solid choice for tracking loud drums and screaming guitar amps. Of course, as a cardioid large-diaphragm condenser, the AT2020 USB wouldn't be the home-studio hit that it is without the ability to deliver detailed vocals. Factor in the USB output, and this mic's flexibility makes it a serious value.

Features:

- Side-address style
- Cardioid polar pattern
- Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
- USB-type output connector
- Super-sturdy construction
- Excellent introduction to Audio-Technica quality
- Tripod desk stand, pivoting stand mount, USB cable, and storage pouch included

Designed for the growing professional with big dreams but a tight budget, the AT2020 USB combines the best qualities of the original AT2020, including the low-mass diaphragm that delivers extended frequency response and superior transient response, with the convenience of a direct USB link to your computer, PC and Mac compatible of course. The result is a crystal-clear sound free of self and background noise whether you're recording your latest political diatribe, belting out your favorite aria, or wailing away on your instrument of choice.

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- Element: Fixed-Charge Back Plate, Permanently Polarized Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 20-16,000 Hz
- Power Requirements: USB Power (5v Dc)
- Weight: 13.2 Oz (374 G)
- Dimensions: 6.38-inch (162.0 Mm) Long, 2.05-inch (52.0 Mm) Maximum Body Diameter
- Output Connector: USB-Type
- Accessories Furnished: Pivoting Stand Mount For 5/8-inch -27 Threaded Stands; 5/8-inch -27 To 3/8-inch -16 Threaded Adapter; Soft Protective Pouch; Tripod Desk Stand; 10 ft. (3.1 M) Usb Cable
- Bit Depth: 16 Bit
- Sample Rate: 44.1 Khz
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AT2020USB
Warehouse Resealed
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AT2020USB
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 330-686-2600

Product Description

The AT2020 USB offers studio-quality articulation and intelligibility. It plugs right into your computer's USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. Equipped with a USB digital output, the AT2020USB is perfect for home studio recording, field recording, podcasting, and voiceover use.

Based on the renowned AT2020

The AT2020 USB is based on the design of Audio-Technica's critically acclaimed AT2020 cardioid condenser microphone. Like the AT2020, it features a low-mass diaphragm, custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response.

With low self-noise, the AT2020USB is perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment. Audio-Technica's state-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques ensure that the microphone complies with the company's renowned consistency and reliability standards.

Features:

- Side-address studio condenser with USB digital output (Windows and Mac compatible)
- Crystal-clear, natural sound for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use
- 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
- Low self-noise - perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (51 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "The BEST usb mic on the market."
Sound: I use this mic in all kinds of recording situations. I use it mainly for recording electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and vocals, but I have also used it to record full musical ensembles (including drums) and it reproduces the sound with amazing clarity. There is no background noise. This is the BEST usb microphone on the market. It is a condenser mic so it will pick up sounds accurately without coloring them. Another feature about condenser mics is that they are very sensitive; they don't "normalize" sounds like dynamic mics do. So recording with one is more difficult because you will have to keep constant volumes. You'll have to set the input volume on your computer very low if recording something loud, or else it will peak and sound broken and distorted; this is normal with all condenser mics. If you try to use a dynamic mic to record, it will have a "live" kind of sound to it (listen to Blink-182's self-titled album). Some people like that, but for a professional sounding recording condenser is the only way to go, and even though this one is most expensive one I tried (at $150) it was by FAR the best. Feature: Comes with a small tripod desk stand, the USB cable, and a carrying pouch. I don't trust the stand; it is small and flimsy. If you don't set it just right, the mic will fall over. If you do set it just right, it won't fall over unless you touch the cable with a small amount of force. In all it's just not trustworthy. I am going to get a new stand. You'll also want to buy a hard case for the mic. Condenser mics are much more fragile than other mics and much more sensitive to moisture. I keep mine in the hard case whenever I'm not using it. It has paid off tremendously. No buttons, knobs, or dials to speak of. I wish it had a volume control on it. It is cartoid (as opposed to unidirectional or omnidirectional). Ease of Use: Just plug it in and use it. I have two computers; one with Windows XP and one with Windows Vista and they both immediately recognize the mic. You'll need to set the input volume via control panel, and set it LOW for instruments. Quality: It has a metal casing, but as with all condenser mics, the insides will break before the outside if you don't take proper care of it. I treat mine with more care than any of my stuff; keep it in a safe place, away from moisture and risk of getting knocked over or hit. Use a pop filter when recording vocals to keep moisture away from it. Value: You could spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on a "pro setup"; get a mixing board, preamps, dedicated instrument mics, etc or if you just want to record one track at a time and have it sound great, get this for a fraction of the price. I would speculate that if you got multiple of these you could record multiple tracks at once. Manufacturer Support: Comes with a 1-year manufacturers warranty; pretty standard. Never had a problem with it. The Wow Factor: It has a sweet looking LED inside it which tells you it's on. The metal casing is black. It looks pretty cool I guess. As good as any other pro mic anyway. Overall: I think it's pretty obvious that I couldn't be more pleased with this mic. Whether you just want to make podcasts, record band practice, or make track-by-track songs this is well worth the money.
Style of Music: Alternative, Emo, Acoustic, Rock
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Sound: Excellent--and I got great help from your people to buy it. Then I bought a second for another narrator. All good. Thanks. Value: Second order was cheaper too. Manufacturer Support: Didn't need any. The Wow Factor: Don't know. It's a great product. Overall: Great
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