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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 32 reviews )
 17 reviews53 %
 11 reviews34 %
 1 user review3 %
 1 user review3 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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Lf's review

Audio-Technica AT2020
Cardioid, large-diaphragm condenser mic.


I've been using it for four years. I use it in stereo with a Shure KSM137. To be honest, the value for money of the AT2020 is clearly better than that of the Shure, even if the Shure sounds better (obviously). The AT2020 can handle SPL better than the Shure.
To cut it short: The AT2020 is an excellent mic considering its price. I recommend it to anyone that wants to use it in a home studio, for example. Very versatile to record acoustic instruments (like guitar) or as ambient mic for small combos.

vsavagellc's review"The BEST USB MIC AT THE MOMENT"

Audio-Technica AT2020
Let me start off by saying this is a very good condenser mic. It's affordable and the sound it reproduces is nothing short of amazing, especially since most USB mics on the market are known for having a bad sound.

This mic only comes in 1 color (black) which I don't have a problem with. It would be nice to see in a few other colors such as silver and maybe red or even a chrome mesh.

The AT2020 comes with a USB cable as well as a small table top mic stand. It would be nice if it came with a wind screen, but for the price you can't expect many bells and whistles.


What I like most about this usb mic is that it reproduce accurately which is something I can't say for other usb mics out there. What I don't like is fact you can't do any freq cuts on the mic nor does it have any pattern selections but again it's a simple $100.00 Cardioid mic. It not many bells and whistles (I'm spoiled and picky).

I personally think the mic is well worth the $100 it's priced at. I'd charge a little more for it, somewhere between $100-150 would sufficient in my mind.

I've tried other usb mics before but was never impressed with the audio quality. When I stumbled upon the audio technica I had to get it, the company is known for creating quality products -So this was a no brainer for me.

If I had to make the choice again I'd strongly pick this mic over many others (including some powered condenser mics).

Few tips – This mic is sensitive and will pick up your computer noise, so it best to use it in an isolated recording area. If you have a pop filter use it, if you don't get one they are very cheap these days.

I've found this mic to perform well when recording the following

Male/female vocals
Acoustic Guitar
Drum Sets
Stringed instruments
Wind Instruments

It's a very versatile mic
Rémy BDR10/02/2011

Rémy BDR's review"Excellent for the price"

Audio-Technica AT2020
Condenser mic.
A mic for all occasions, as long as you have a good preamp behind it. Very (or even too) clean sound, so pay attention to sibilants and HF, which can be hard to get rid of during mixdown. But let's be clear, for $120 you really get your money's worth. It's very simple: To have something really better you have to spend three times as much. It lacks a low-cut and a pad, but if you have a good preamp or mixer, you already have everything you need, so such features are useless for someone who has outboard gear. It has to do with the price, I think, because the manufacturer launched the same mic with filter and pad with a higher price tag.


I've used it for about a year in my home studio and I'm satisfied with it. Yes, I compared ii to many others, but it was the flattest and most versatile in its price range. You really have to go to the next price range to notice a difference that justifies the investment. Granted, it's certainly not a Neumann!

I used it this week in post-production to record a Japanese female voice. It was perfect. The production thought it was a high-end mic. Almost no background noise and a nice precision in the high frequencies to give presence to the voice off. I can confirm this mic can even be used for broadcast without the slightest problem.

r2-d4's review"A Good Product"

Audio-Technica AT2020
I only regret the lack of a high-pass or low-cut.


After comparing it to a higher-end tube apex, this mic really surprised me
It's a truly ideal mic for rap/rnb and speech recordings because it captures well the high frequency range. In comparison, the apex captures more the mids. I really like it to highlight the pronunciation of a text, for the clarity of the words.
On the other hand, I use it sparingly on pop vocals given its excess of high frequencies.

It's an excellent mic, though.

James...'s review"Can't beat it for the price"

Audio-Technica AT2020
Nothing special. Just a cardioid condenser. Probably best kept in the studio. AT says it's an all purpose condenser. Obviously it's a budget mic.


I was in a Sam Ash last year browsing around. I know a few of the staff there pretty well and they take care of me. I started talking to a guy about condensers and said I was in the market for a good cardioid. I needed something to pair with an sm57 for micing electric in my studio. He recommended I do a shootout right in the store. We ended up trying about 12 different mics. Some up to $1500. I got a PRS CE22, played it through a Mesa electrodyne and miced up the speaker with an SM57. We went through the heard pairing condensers with it. Eventually we narrowed it down to 2. The 2020 and a U87. Now obviously the U87 is massively more expensive. I won't lie, I think it sounded a little better than the 2020. But can you guess which one I bought? Yeah.

Since then I've used the 2020 extensively for cab micing. What I like to do is put 1 or 2 57's close to the cone area, and then put a 2020 about a foot or 2 back for ambience. It works great this way. I found the 2020 is good for acoustic guitar if you pair it with something like an sm81, oddly enough. It has a full sound that never gets bassy. For the price I think it's a pretty sweet mic. To me, it doesn't sound great with a lot of things. On vocals it's meh. Can't be used on drums. But when paired with another really good mic it can shine. Check it out. It's not a lot of money so it's not a total loss if you don't care for it. But I promise you will find SOME use for it. It just takes the right situation.
Menestrel de malheur07/18/2010

Menestrel de malheur's review"Cool mic!"

Audio-Technica AT2020
See below


I tested it for rap, guttural screaming, vocals, acoustic and electric instruments. It always performed all right. Excellent as room mic for ambiances, for vocals, it can handle high SPLs. Excellent quality for the price.


+Effective all-around mic
+No ugly coloration
+Correct frequency response, rather proper reproduction.
+Correct built and component quality
+Value for money

-No real personality.
-Odd finish on all mics of this model, apparently that's normal but it's ugly (the paint has bubbles).

All in all: Good value for money. A mic for less than $250 (back then) that is very satisfying and does its job well.

paradies's review

Audio-Technica AT2020
See specs
No -10db pad like on the 2035, which can be annoying for specific applications.
The ssss are nice and clear and the anit-popped pppp come out pretty good.
Updated review after some time with a sax take.


I tested it today with a "voice off" recording.
Directly connected to the digi 002 preamp with phantom power. Very satisfying results. Lots of time gained, almost no clean up needed, no noise.
I'll try it with an external preamp, but I'm not sure that's necessary other than to attenuate it or give it some tube warmth.
I used to use a tbone at home, and standards in the studio to record voice off.
For live a beyerdynamic vintage and shure.
In my home studio I used a dynamic mic up to now. This AT2020 is a very interesting addition for the price.
It remains to be seen what an akg precision 120 can provide in the same price range.
Excellent value for money, secondhand.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Audio-Technica AT2020
Key feature here is the performance you get for such an incredible price. Great mic for vocals!!

Price paid: $140 CAD


Incredible!! This mic performs incredibly well, in comparison to ANY mic...let alone one for a mere $140.

Just plug it on, and give it a little bit of phantom juice. Thats all there is to it.

Beign that it is a condenser mic, its no secret that it needs to be treated gently. With proper care, this product will make you very VERY happy. I've never had any problems with mine.

Great mic!! The only reason it doesn't have such a wow factor for me, is because I rarely record vocals. As a result, this piece of equipment isn't nearly as dear to me as say, my Fantom X.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: street ninja ( 6-, 2005)

Marshall92's review

Audio-Technica AT2020
The Audio-Technica AT2020 is an inexpensive studio condenser microphone. It retails for about one hundred dollars. It's a basic microphone, meaning it doesn't have a high pass filter switch on it. Although the microphone doesn’t ship with a shock mount (I wish it did), it does come with a mic stand adapter, which fits any common mic stand. It has a cardioid pick up pattern, which you may love or hate. It’s ultimately up to the person and what they're using it for. Personally, I love it because it doesn’t seem to pick up as much access noise, unless you want it to.


I have been using the AT2020 for about 3 monthes now and love it more everyday. It's an exceptionally strong mic, and if you place it in an open area, it can pick up things your ears can’t even hear. One of the At2020’s hidden charms is that it's great at recording ambient noise for your work, just turn your pre amps all way up.
To me, the AT2020 sounds just as good as microphones that cost twice as much as it does. It sounds great when you're micing guitars, once you get it in the right position. The microphone does really well all around, I have used it many times for vocals and it does an outstanding job. Another plus with At2020 is that it’s extremely well built and very rugged. This mic survived a six foot free-fall onto a tile floor from a mic stand, and landed without even getting a scratch. I think Audio-Technica could easily raise the price of this mic by 50 bucks and sell just as many, because it's really good. Eventually, once I get the money to upgrade mics, I won’t be selling this one. I can almost assure you, I'll be staying in the Audio-Technica family of microphones because I was so blown away by the quality and workmanship of the AT2020.

garabed02's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Audio-Technica AT2020
Microphone used for making voice mainly, but also some wind instruments (sax, flute traversiaire).
Cardioid condenser microphone.


I used occasionally for 5 years.
I've never used before other models. I bought thanks to the advice of a friend.
The sound is clear and clean but it lacks a dynamic can for my taste.
The price / quality ratio is excellent!