The Audio-Technica Model AT 2020 cardioid condenser microphone
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 versatility
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
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.
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.
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