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Audio Technica AT2020 Cardiod Condensor Studio Mic 3-pin XLRM-type
- The price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology
- Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response
- High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
- Ideal for project/home-studio
- Output connector : Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
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Audio-Technica’s stringent quality and consistency standards set the AT2020 apart from other mics in its class. Its low-mass diaphragm is custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. With rugged construction for durable performance, the microphone offers a wide dynamic range and handles high SPLs with ease. The AT2020: the new standard for affordable side-address studio condensers.
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The Standard for Affordable Studio Condensers
The price and performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology, making it ideal for project/home-studio applications.
Due to high-SPL handling and wide dynamic range.
Custom-Engineered Low-Mass Diaphragm
Provides extended frequency response and superior transient response.
Sound Source Isolation
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.
Stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch.
|Element||Fixed-charge back plate permanently polarized condenser||Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser||Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser||Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser||Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser||Externally-polarized (DC bias) condenser|
|Polar Pattern||Cardioid||Cardioid||Cardioid||X/Y Stereo||Cardioid||Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Figure-of-Eight|
|Frequency Response||40-20,000 Hz||20-20,000 Hz||30-20,000 Hz||20–20,000 Hz||20-20,000 Hz||20-20,000 Hz|
|Open Circuit Sensitivity||–48 dB (3.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa||–37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa||–39 dB (11.2 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa||-41 dB (8.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa||-33 dB (22.4 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa||–42 dB (7.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa|
|Impedence||100 ohms||100 ohms||250 ohms||200 ohms||120 ohms||120 ohms|
|Maximum Input Sound Level||136 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.||144 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.||145 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.||122 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.||148 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.;158 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal)||149 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.; 159 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal)|
|Dynamic Range||113 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL||124 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL||126 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL||103 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL||136 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL||132 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio||71 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa||74 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa||75 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa||75 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa||82 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa||77 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa|
|Phantom Power Requirements||48V DC, 2 mA typical||48V DC, 2 mA typical||48V DC, 2 mA typical||N/a||11-52V DC, 3.8 mA typical||11-52V DC, 4.7 mA typical|
|Switches||N/a||N/a||N/a||Off, on/flat, on/roll-off||Flat, roll-off; 10 dB pad (nominal)||Polar selection; Flat, roll-off; 10 dB pad (nominal)|
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The sound quality of the microphone is fantastic when recording and using it for streaming. I have my microphone setup on my desk using a boom scissor arm stand. I have a Focusrite Scarlett-2i2 Gen2 USB Audio Interface to power it, you shouldn't use a XLR to USB, most times using the XLR to USB cables wont provide enough power to get the full quality of the microphone. You don't need to buy sound proofing foam, if you are looking for quality but don't want to cover your room with the foam it's perfect for you.
Overall, great buy for the quality microphone. If you can afford this microphone, please buy a pop filter no one wants to hear the pop of your p's.
Note that the package itself is minimal, and you must independently acquire at the very least:
- an XLR cable
- an audio interface or some way of providing the phantom +48 V power
- a mic stand (it comes with the connection to the mic stand, but not the stand itself)
- a pop filter (to get rid some terrible sharp sounds)
With the right tweaking, you can make this mic sound great, very robust indeed, especially considering the low quality of the mixer I'm using.
You won't find a better mic to start off with for the price, highly recommended.
I use it for voice overs, and just general PC use (hangouts, skype, etc).
100% recommend it, but make sure you have a Pre-amp + XLR cable (I forgot to get an XLR cable and had to wait an extra week to use it)
I use the Beringer KENYX 302USB Pre-amp and it's great!
It's quality is at least a 20% increase on my previous USB AT2020, and the latency free monitoring from my interface is more than fantastic.
Be warned though, the device does NOT come with an XLR cord, and it is unlikely that the interface will either, so if you plan on buying this, make sure you get the XLR cord.
Pros:Amazing Audio Quality