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The Audio-Technica Model AT 2020
cardioid condenser microphone

The Audio-Technica AT 2020

AT 2020 specifications

AT 2020 shock mount

AT 2020 frequency response

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

  • Ideal for project/home-studio applications

  • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched

  • Custom-engineered 16 mm 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

AT 2020 polar pattern

The AT 2020 is intended for use in applications where remote power is available. It requires 48V DC phantom power, which may be provided by a mixer or console, or by a separate, in-line source such as the Audio-Technica AT 8801 single-channel and CP 8506 four-channel phantom power supplies.

The AT 2020 in its shock mount

Output from the microphone’s XLRM-type connector is low impedance (Lo-Z) balanced. The signal appears across Pins 2 and 3; Pin 1 is ground (shield). Output phase is Pin 2 hot; positive acoustic pressure produces positive voltage at Pin 2. To avoid phase cancellation and poor sound, all mic cables must be wired consist­ently: Pin 1-to-Pin 1, etc. Avoid leaving the mic in the open sun or in areas where temperatures exceed 110° F (43° C) for extended periods. Extremely high humidity should also be avoided.

Wind screen is in place

AT 2020 mounted

Text, illustrations, and two photos were obtained
through the courtesy of Audio-Technica.

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