Audio-Technica AT2020USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone Review

For professionals and hobbyists alike, Audio-Technica is a very well respected brand in the audio industry. From live performances, broadcasts, and recordings Audio-Technica equipment has been used by millions of people around the world.

One microphone that has stood out in recent years is the Audio-Technica AT2020USB Cardiod Condenser USB Microphone. Made to be used in a variety of situation, this particular microphone offers a number of excellent features in addition to being durable and robust. However, does it live up to the standards set by previous Audio-Technica microphones?

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Audio-Technica AT2020USBFeatures

There are a number of different features that makes this particular microphone a popular investment for professionals and those who enjoy making audio recordings, broadcasts, and live performances.

-Side Address Studio Condenser w/USB Digital Output
-Windows & Mac Compatible
-Low-Mass Diaphragm for Extended Frequency & Transient Response
-Natural Sound for Home Studio, Podcasting, Voice Over, and Field Recording
-Front, Side, & Rear Sound Pickup
-Low Self-Noise works well with Digital Recording Equipment

All of these features work together to create a superb experience when using the AT2020USB microphone.


As with most Audio-Technica microphones, this one offers numerous advantages for both professionals and hobbyists particularly when it comes to recording and broadcasting.

Proven Design: The AT2020USB is based on previous successful designs, particularly the AT2020 that did not offer a USB connection, but does have the same inner-workings. The celebrated AT2020 has been essentially replicated in the new USB connection design with added improvements to make it one of the best in the field.

USB Connection: This is a studio-quality microphone that plugs right in to the USB port on your computer for easy interaction with the recording software. Plus, because it is equipped with the USB digital output, the microphone is well suited for home and field recordings along with voice over and podcast whether in your room or on the go.

Low Self Noise: If you are working with the latest in digital recording equipment, then this is the perfect microphone for your needs. The low self noise that emanates from the microphone is such that it will work very well with all types of digital recording equipment, but particularly newer models that may be more sensitive to noise.

There are very few, if any disadvantages to this particular microphone that is outside its design. The USB connection prevents it from being used in conventional microphone settings such as traditional audio recording or broadcasting equipment. However, it does mean that the microphone can be directly plugged into the computer which removes a connection to create better sound recording.


There is little doubt that the Audio-Technica AT2020USB Cardiod Condenser USB Microphone meets and exceeds the standards set by many previous microphones that Audio-Technica has produced. It is versatile, lightweight, highly durable, and offers the features needed to be a superb device that is very useful in a number of ways. For those looking to improve their audio broadcasts, performances, and recordings from their computer, the AT2020USB is the way to go.

Audio-Technica AT2020USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

Audio-Technica AT2020USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone





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        • Low self-noise