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Audio-Technica AT2020


Condenser Microphone

  • 16 mm diaphragm
  • Cardioid characteristic
  • Frequency range: 20 - 20000 Hz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 74 dB, 1,000 Hz at 1 Pa
  • Dynamic range: 124 dB (typical), 1,000 Hz max. SPL
  • Sensitivity: -37 dB (14.1mV) re1V at 1Pa
  • Impedance: 100 ohm
  • Max. SPL: 144 dB (1,000 Hz, 1% THD)
  • Requires 48 V phantom power
  • Dimensions: 162 x 52 mm
  • Weight: 345 g
  • Incl. mount and pouch

Note: requires 48 V phantom power

Available since November 2005
Item number 186943
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Tube No
Switchable Polar Pattern No
Omnidirectional No
Cardioid Yes
Figure-8 No
Low Cut No
Pad No
shockmount included No
USB Microphone No
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Great value without cutbacks

With the AT2020, Audio-Technica offers an affordable large-diaphragm condenser microphone that packs a punch. Audio-Technica's microphone is the most affordable large-diaphragm microphone, which is not to say that any corners have been cut. It is a pleasant-sounding microphone for ambitious beginners and advanced users alike, ideal for making professional-sounding vocal recordings. But other applications are also possible. The Audio-Technica AT2020 comes with a mount to attach it to a microphone stand and a high-quality leatherette case to protect it from bumps, scratches, and exposure to the elements during transport and storage.

Brilliant sound

The Audio-Technica AT2020 exhibits a fairly linear mapping of frequencies in its frequency spectrum from 20Hz to 20kHz, i.e. the entire audible range. There is only a slight boost in the frequency range between 5kHz and 10kHz, but this may be intentional, as it can emphasize the brightness of a vocal recording, for example. The AT2020's polar pattern is a non-adjustable cardioid, which is sufficient for the vast majority of applications. A/B and ORTF stereophony are therefore quite feasible with two AT2020s, which also makes it a conceivable choice as an overhead microphone.

Cuts a fine figure in many areas

No (home) studio should be without a good large-diaphragm condenser microphone, as it is the top choice for recording vocals and acoustic instruments. The proximity effect adds a flattering touch to vocals, but the AT2020 is also a great microphone for guitar amps. The Audio-Technica AT2020 also performs very well on piano and acoustic guitar. Only close-up miking on the drums should be done with caution, as the AT2020 does not have a pad circuit, but the maximum SPL is 144dB, so there should be no problems.

About Audio-Technica

The Japanese company Audio-Technica was founded in 1962 and at first manufactured affordable phono cartridges. The company has since become acclaimed for a whole range of quality audio products. Audio-Technica released their first headphones in 1974. The company later gained huge popularity among musicians with the release of the AT4060 tube microphone. Audio-Technica focuses on high-quality components at affordable prices. Today, their product rang offers a wide variety of microphones, headphones, and turntables as well as many other accessories.

Price-performance miracle

The Audio-Technica is a good large-diaphragm condenser microphone stripped down to the essentials. Audio-Technica's focus when designing the AT2020 was on flawless sound rather than extra frills and accessories. It is a high-quality microphone for vocal recordings in the studio or at home, but also performs well when used for other applications. In addition, it has a very sturdy grille and housing, so it will last for many years to come. You should definitely take a look at the Audio-Technica AT2020 if you're looking for an affordable microphone with an excellent price-performance ratio that sounds great and is also very versatile on top of that.

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618 Reviews

Excellent first mic
Kalpagony 13.02.2018
This was the first condenser microphone I ever purchased- about 9 years ago, and have been using it since. Recorded a few albums and other projects with it, and it still works great and is the workhorse of my home studio. A few months ago I decided to buy another one to be able to record in stereo.
1. Build quality is great. Sturdy. After 9 years the mount still holds firmly and the cable insert is as tight as ever.
2. Features. Not much options here, simple cardioid polar pattern without any padding or filter switches. At the price it's okay though. Also, less stuff to get ruined. And if this is your first mic it's a great learning tool for mic placement and stuff.
3. Handling. I don't really like the mount, it's not very practical, a bit tricky to get the mic in good position. But once it's there it holds firmly so it does the job I guess. A separate shock mount might be a good investment.
4. Sound. I haven't really used better quality mics on a regular basis so I don't have much to compare it to but so far I managed to get nice results with it. Very versatile if you play around with placement. Very nice clean sound, but can be a bit flat and thin while being low mid heavy at the same time if you don't bother with correct positioning. I recorded countless instruments with it, made recordings of 50+ tracks with only this mic and had pleasing results. Great for drum overheads as well, I also tried it as a wurst mic and does a surprisingly good job at it.
5. All in all this is an excellent first choice for the home studio and can be your main mic for years. I think it is great value for the money and upgrading would only be a noticable plus if you bought stuff around 3-4× the price of this.


Unreal Quality
BrianB 06.07.2021
I have used this on main vocals and also as an overhead on drums. The result is way more then i expected.
The clarity with this so good it made me hear things i never heard before with a regular microphone.

There is no pro or con with this. if you are looking for a microphone to have at hand then go for this one.
The 2020 is a really good starter microphone

its so good Billie Eilish's vocals for “Ocean Eyes,” “Six Feet Under” and “Bellyache,” were recorded with the 2020.
It proves you dont need to go big to achieve a great result.
So there is your answer in itself that this microphone is worth it


Great microphone for home recordings and more
Sheen 04.05.2019
This is the first microphone that I bought for my home recording sessions as per recommendations from a friend of mine who works as a professional sound engineer. Great microphone for its price.

Great low and high frequencies, but maybe falls a bit short in regards to the mid frequencies. Have been using it to record vocals, different types of sound samples (finger snaps, claps, etc.) as well as acoustic guitars, which sound great through this microphone. Some of the recorded home samples with this microphone have been used later in professionally recorded songs, so you are definitely looking at a great quality, affordable microphone.

Well built, feels strong and durable. Have been using it for more than a year now and have traveled with it for a bit and can't report any issues or damage to the exterior. Does have a good weight which in turn provides steadiness when attached to a microphone stand.

If you are looking for a great microphone to start of with and don't want to bust your bank, I highly recommend getting this microphone. Even though I think it lacks a bit in regards to mid frequencies, other than that this is a great choice.


Can you hear my Clem Fandango?
THoward 06.06.2022
I work in a school music dept and we have bought plenty of these. They are the perfect balance of quality, cost and durability.
Honestly, if they stand up to several years life in a busy school music department, you will never, ever break one in normal use at home or in a studio where you actually look after kit rather than tripping over it and throwing it at each other. The build quality is great and the sound is great, we have a set of four paired with an Octopre and they are really clean sounding and versatile.
Also great for ambient mics for streaming, wide ambient mics for choirs and orchestral performances.


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