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Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
     

    Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

    Manufacturer: Audio-Technica

    Item #: AT2020-USB   •   MFG #: AT2020 USB

     

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    The new 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 AT2020 USB 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 AT2020 USB 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

      • Experience AT2020 USB. Plug it in and transform your sound.
      • 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
      • Includes tripod desk stand, pivoting stand mount, USB cable & storage pouch
       
    • Specifications

      • 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" (162.0 mm) long,
      • 2.05" (52.0 mm) maximum body diameter
      • OUTPUT CONNECTOR USB-type
      • ACCESSORIES FURNISHED Pivoting stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch; tripod desk stand; 10' (3.1 m) USB cable
      • BIT DEPTH: 16 bit
      • SAMPLE RATE: 44.1 kHz
      • Stand and USB cable included
       
     

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    AUDIO-TECHNICAAudio Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
     
    3.9

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    58%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Good audio (6)
    • Vocals (6)
    • Durable (5)
    • Podcast (5)

    Cons

    No Cons

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great mic, easy to use

    I purchased a used AT2020 USB, to set up a home studio. I record vocals and voice overs, and wanted a quality mic. I am totally impressed with the recordings I've made with...Read complete review

    I purchased a used AT2020 USB, to set up a home studio. I record vocals and voice overs, and wanted a quality mic. I am totally impressed with the recordings I've made with this mic! Not only is it easy to set up and use, but the sound quality is excellent. Highly recommended!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Poor choice for Windows 7/Audacity

    Mic is extremely fussy with Audacity on a Windows 7 laptop. Mic works with other applications on the computer, but is almost impossible to use on a Windows 7 machine with audacity. Three...Read complete review

    Mic is extremely fussy with Audacity on a Windows 7 laptop. Mic works with other applications on the computer, but is almost impossible to use on a Windows 7 machine with audacity. Three of us fiddled with it for hours yesterday and eventually got it to work with the software. Couldn't replicate it again today; after several frustrating hours, it still won't work with Audacity. OTOH, I downloaded Audacity onto a desktop machine with XP and it worked flawlessly.

    The box says the microphone works with Windows 7, but the manual included with the microphone makes no reference to the setup and use of the microphone on a Windows 7 machine.

    I am very disappointed.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Stay away if you are using windows 10

    By John

    from Norway

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Noisy
    • Unstable

    Best Uses

      Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

      Was a great mic when I first bought it and used it with windows 8. After uppgrading to windows 10 the sound quality is really bad. It still "works" but the recorded volume is extremely low. If you raise the volume, the noise will get so high that the recording is trash. Many people have complained about this, but no action is made by Audio Technica or Microsoft.

      • How long have you used this product?:
      • Over a year
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      4.0

      Will not work on my Windows 10 laptop.

      By Brian

      from Camp Hill, PA

      Pros

      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

          Worked great on my laptop until I updated it from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Worked great while I could use it...

          • How long have you used this product?:
          • Over a year
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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          May not work with Windows 10

          By Brian

          from Camp Hill, PA

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

              I like this microphone, but it appears as it it will not work with Windows 10.

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              • Over a year
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              5.0

              I am impressed

              By Keat

              from Springfield Missouri

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

              • Flimsy

              Best Uses

                Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                First off, I am not a professional in this field. In fact this is the most expensive microphone that I have ever used. However that means I went into this blind and I have a pretty different perspective in this field. This prouduct was very easy to use. I just plugged it in and it worked. I use the microphone for some YouTube videos and it was very simple to use in every program. Just to test, I I tried it out in the windows camera app as well as some apps like skype and google hangouts. In those programs you're not really going to want to buy a mic this expensive and you may want to go for something cheaper. In the end this is an easy and good sounding mic that is a great choice if your just starting out.

                • How long have you used this product?:
                • Up to a year
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                5.0

                YES, it's worth the small price!!!

                By Music Man South

                from Southern USA

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Need another one !!! :-)

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                    Well, let me start by sharing... I owned a Music Store in the late 70s early 80s- We sold Audio Technica products even back then... I'm a Professional Musician, Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist... One has to step back from the instantaneous, social media- bash, dash, "hecto-confusing", gratification/confusion World we now live in... By stepping back... remember what you paid for this mic... It's well worth the admission , the set up ( plug and play), and the ever hanging ways to records music and voice. This , considering it's price, really checks all of the boxes... Enjoy your time, enjoy your music and enjoy LIFE :-) Thx AT- good Mic at this price point!!!

                    • How long have you used this product?:
                    • Less than a month
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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Mic

                    By Jack

                    from NewYork

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

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                        Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                        This is one of the best usb mics on the market. I use this microphone to do voice overs and a twitch talk show. I love it, it's easy to use and has no static like the Bule yeti.

                        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                        • Computer
                        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                        • Intermediate
                        • How long have you used this product?:
                        • Less than a month
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                        1.0

                        Taking back to shop

                        By Objectman

                        from Perth, Australia

                        Pros

                        • Well Built

                        Cons

                        • Poor Sound Quality
                        • Unreliable

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                          Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                          I bought this mic, plugged it in and had an afternoon of low-quality, low-level recording issues in Audacity, Ableton Live and then Adobe Audition. A quick lookup on the web revealed that there are a multitude of issues with nearly all USB powered mics since the release of Windows 10. I also note that the mic has been discontinued (without explanation) by audo-technica.

                          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                          • Other
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                          • Intermediate
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                          • Less than a month
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                          5.0

                          Best Mic for USB radio production on the road!

                          By Dr.Rob

                          from Miami, Florida

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use

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                              Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                              This is a great product. I have a daily radio program and this mic is my favorite usb mic. I was using various Blue usb mics and had loads of white noise. None with the AT2020. No need for bulky secondary mixing gear. I replaced the small travel stand with a drum kick mic stand, which works great. I bought an after market foam pop filter. My sound quality rivals what I get on the radio studio pro E.V. voice mics. I also have the xlr version which had to have a mixer. When I travel I use the small stand or take my desk mic stand in two pieces. I do the initial edits in sound studio, an elegant little program that does effective linear editing, then I drop my edits into Logic X. I can get an amazing warm sound with no ad ons! There is no latency in the earphone jack as well.

                              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                              • House of Worship
                              • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                              • Expert
                              • How long have you used this product?:
                              • Over a year
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                              4.0

                              It's a good mic

                              By Lama

                              from Ireland

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Bulky/Heavy

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                                Very good mic. Stand isn't great. Works fine with Windows 10

                                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                • Live Sound
                                • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                                • Intermediate
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                                • Less than a month
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                                (3 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                1.0

                                Will not work properly with Windows 10 (or 8)

                                By Edward

                                from Detroit, MI

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Sound Quality
                                  • Pricey / Poor Value

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                                    Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                                    Bob is right it does not work with Windows 10 (or 8). There are hundreds of complaints about this issue. Did AudioTechnica complain about this to Microsoft? The issue is with most USB microphones. AT should require sellers to point out this fact.

                                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                    • Studio Musician
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                                    • Novice
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                                    • Less than a month
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