Audio-Technica AT2020 Side-Address Cardioid Condenser Microphone


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About Audio-Technica AT2020

The Audio-Technica AT2020 is a cost effective studio condenser microphone intended for vocal and general instrument capturing in project and professional studio environments. The capsule features a 16mm low-mass, side-address diaphragm with a cardioid polar pattern. The cardioid pattern is effective in rejecting ambiance and noise at the off-axis sections of the microphone capsule. A linear frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz enables the flexibility to accurately reproduce signals from any source. High SPL handling and wide dynamic range allow the AT2020 to capture loud signals with minimal noise and distortion. The microphone includes a pivoting, threaded stand mount for accurate positioning.

The Audio-Technica AT2020 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Audio-Technica AT2020: Vocals and Voiceover/dialog

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Vocals (6),Voiceover/dialog (4),Guitar (3)

Audio-Technica AT2020 Features

  • The performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology
  • 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

Audio-Technica AT2020 Specifications

Fixed-charge back plate permanently polarized condenser
Polar Pattern
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz
Open Circuit Sensitivity
-37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
20 dB SPL
Dynamic Range (Typical)
124 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
74 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Maximum Input Sound Level
144 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
Power Requirements
48V DC, 2 mA typical
Output Impedance
100 ohms
Output Connectors
3-pin XLR male
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
6.38x2.05" / 162x52mm
12.1oz / 343.03g

Audio-Technica AT2020 Reviews

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(based on 7 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Product!

I just got this microphone and boy was I suprised. The price was very reasonable and the quality of the mic is great. I use it mostly for vocals in my home studio and it is very warm and responsive. I am looking to use it for a long time.

Reviewed by 7 customers


Home Studio Recording



I use this mic in my home studio recording setup and the clarity and bass response are remarkable for something in this price range . I have used this for vocals and record acoustic guitars . It is so easy to get a good clean signal within minutes guess you could almost call this plug and play with a few small adjustments on gain structure your set to record .I highly recommend this mic for any recording studio.


Great Mic


from Goose Creek, SC, USA

The Audio Technica 2020 is great for home studios. You can buy better, but these won’t let you down. The 2020 looks great. I'm not a professional singer, so I can't give the audio quality a perfect score. Others can comment on the small nuances that separate this mic based on audio quality. To me it’s great. But for everything else; the 2020 is like an ox. It's heavy duty and made to last. It can handle ANY audio source. It's got a heavy solid feel. In my research before purchasing this microphone, I couldn't find one review complaining about the quality or reliability of the 2020. Just the opposite, the 2020 is more like a major department store; it may not be the most convenient choice, but when you want to make sure you get what you want the first time, this is the mic to reach for. I have personally verified that this works with a Sax (bari and alto#, guitar amps #8� and 12�), acoustic guitars, and vocals. I currently have it setup in my sound booth and haven’t found a reason to change it out. I actually may buy a second one just so I don’t have to take it down. The only down side is that it’s solid construction makes it a bit heavy, so make sure you have a good mic stand or use a weight at the bottom of your stand.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Superb in every way!


from Vero Beach, FL, USA

The Audio Technica AT2020 is my very first foray into the wonderful world of cardoid condenser microphones. As an amateur radio operator, or a ham radio op, I must say this microphone is superb in every way. My reason for giving Ease of Use a "good" rating is like I said, this my very first cardoid condenser mic, I didn't know anything about phantom power supplies or the like. Now that I do know, and have this as my main microphone for my radio station AI4HO, Alpha India Four Hotel Oscar. I have and still receive unsolicited great audio, or, you sound great, what mic are you using. I tell them an Audio Technica AT2020..doesn't everybody use this mic? If you don't know anything about cardoid condenser microphones and are looking for a really, really great inexpensive microphone, then the AT2020 should be first on your list. While this is a great mic for studio both pro and home studio work, this mic also works well with instruments such as the drum, guitars both electric and non electric, tambourines too work well with this mic. Or, if you are a ham radio op like me and want something different in your arsenal of mics, this is it, look no further. The AT2020 by Audio Technica is a microphone for any and all, pro and amateur alike will enjoy the responsiveness and the rugged durability of this microphone. Thank you all for taking the time to read my review, and many thanks go to Audio Technica for building a superb mic in every way.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Solid High Quality Microphone


from Puerto Rico

I am an audio enthusiast and a gamer, and I got this microphone because I stopped using headsets for gaming, and I started using audio-technica headphones, and I opted for a professional quality microphone, and the quality of this microphone is awesome without doubts. I paired this microphone with a high quality audio interface, and I can tell that this microphone works perfectly on VoIP( Voice over IP), Podcasting, Dialog and much more, A must-have professional microphone for any purpose where the performance and quality is a factor, and affordable for everyone. Best regards!


Cost Effective Side Address Microphone


from Central New York

Low self-noise, nearly flat frequency response, good sensitivity, with a rugged and durable housing at a very affordable price. Definitely one of the best performer in its class and price range that I actually have two of them in my 100+ personal microphone arsenal.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)




from Tompkinsville, KY 42167, USA

I am the GM of a high school radio station and we have three 2020's and two 2021's. Kids can be tough on equipment but these mics keep sounding great day in and day out. I use them to record with, live talk on the air, and even use them on stage occasionally and they never let me down. Way to go AT!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great Product!


from Muskegon, MI

I just got this microphone and boy was I suprised. The price was very reasonable and the quality of the mic is great. I use it mostly for vocals in my home studio and it is very warm and responsive. I am looking to use it for a long time.

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