Audio-Technica AT2020 Studio Microphone

Element: Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
Open Circuit Sensitivity: -37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
Impedance: 100 ohms
Maximum Input Sound Level: 144 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
Signal to Noise Ratio: 74 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Dynamic Range (Typical): 124 dB, 1 kHz at Max. SPL
Phantom Power Requirements: 48V DC, 2 mA typical
Self-noise: 20 dB SPL
Output Connector: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type

Accessories included:
- AT2020 (black model): Stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch
- AT2020V (limited-edition chrome model): AT8458a shock mount; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch

Weight: 12.1 oz (345 g)
Dimensions: 6.38" (162.0 mm) long, 2.05" (52.0 mm) maximum body diameter
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 1.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AT2020
Black, with Tripod Boom Stand and Mic Cable (18.5 Foot)
Shipping Weight: 7.75 lbs
Black, Pack with ATH-M20x Headphones and Desktop Boom Arm
Shipping Weight: 4.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 17 x 10 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AT2020PK
Warehouse Resealed, Black, USED
Shipping Weight: 4.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 17 x 10 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AT2020PK
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 330-686-2600

Audio-Technica AT2020 Condenser Mic

Audio-Technica's stringent consistency, reliability and quality standards bring professional performance to an extremely affordable price point in home/project studio microphones.


- The AT2020 has the price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology.
- It is ideal for project/home-studio applications.
- High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility.
- 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.d mount attaches securely for easy and precise placement of the microphone.
(140 ratings)
Submitted November 8, 2011 by a customer from
"A quality, inexpensive condenser mic for your home recording rig"
If you are looking at this mic you are probably just getting started in home recording, and wondering if it's worth the $100. You don't want to spend a lot of money, but you don't want to end up with a completely useless piece of junk. I purchased this microphone about 5 years ago, for more than twice what it's selling for here - and I've never once regretted it. There are better microphones out there, but you're not going to find them at this pricepoint. There are cheaper microphones out there, but they don't come close in terms of quality. For the starting recordist, this microphone offers tremendous bang for the buck.

This is a great sounding entry level mic. To get the most out of this mic, you need to turn up the pre on your channel strip until you can hear yourself breathing in the cans, and step back so you are between 1 and 2 feet away from the mic. you have to keep a distance. use a pop filter if it helps you to remember. If you are right on top of the mic, even at lower gain levels, you will experience problems. This mic will pick up subtle nuances that you didn't even realize were present in the performance. It will also make you keenly aware of noise in the environment.

If you are even involved in a deathmatch on an alien world, and you have to choose just one microphone with which to bludgeon an alien creature into a green paste; the AT2020 is the read more one you should choose. It's heavy, it's quite sturdy, and it'll only cost you around a hundo to replace it - so it doesn't raise your blood pressure every time it comes out of the case. Build quality aside, if you are reading this you're probably wondering if the mic is any good. This is an excellent recording microphone, but it's not going to work as well for live performances. Get yourself a Shure SM58 for that. The mic does a good job of rejecting sounds coming from behind the mic - a good feature when you're trying to bring in as little extraneous noise as possible.

You're really getting a lot of value for your cash with this one.

The Wow Factor
The mic just looks great, and has a pleasing heft.

Musical Background:
Professional Vocalist, Home Recordist

Musical Style:
Singer Songwriter
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