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Audio Technica AT2020 Studio XLR Microphone User Manual

Audio-Technica AT2020 Studio XLR Microphone FEATURE

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Audio Technica AT2020 Studio XLR Microphone

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About Audio Technica

Audio-Technica is a well-known Japanese audio equipment manufacturer that specializes in the design and production of high-quality audio products. The company was founded in 1962 by Hideo Matsushita and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Since its inception, Audio-Technica has gained a strong reputation in the audio industry for its commitment to innovation, craftsmanship, and technical expertise.

The company’s product range includes a wide variety of audio equipment, such as headphones, microphones, turntables, wireless systems, and other audio accessories. They cater to various markets, including professional audio, broadcast, live sound, studio recording, and consumer audio.


  • Designed 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.
  • Rugged design and construction for reliable performance.
  • Pivoting, threaded stand mount attaches securely for easy and precise placement of the microphone.


The AT2020 is a side-address fixed-charge condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern. It is designed for project/home studio applications. The microphone requires 48V phantom power for operation.The cardioid polar pattern of the microphone is more sensitive to sound originating directly in front of the element, making it useful in controlling feedback, reducing pickup of unwanted sounds and providing isolation between performers.

The output of the microphone is a 3-pin XLRM-type connector. The microphone is enclosed in a rugged housing. The included stand mount permits mounting on any microphone stand with 5 /8″-27 threads. A soft protective pouch is also included.

Operation and Maintenance

The AT2020 requires 48V phantom power for operation. Output 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.

An Audio-Technica emblem is on the front of the microphone. Position this side of the microphone toward the sound source. In use, secure the cable to the mic stand or boom, leaving a slack loop at the mic. This will ensure the most effective shock isolation and reduce the possibility of accidentally pulling the microphone out of its mount.

Avoid leaving the microphone in the open sun or in areas where temperatures exceed 110° F (43° C) for extended periods. Extremely high humidity should also be avoided.

Architect’s and Engineer’s Specifications

The microphone shall be a side-address fixed-charge condenser. It shall have a cardioid polar pattern with a uniform 120° angle of acceptance and a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz. The microphone shall operate from an external 48V DC phantom power source. It shall be capable of handling sound input levels up to 144 dB with a dynamic range of 124 dbs. Nominal open-circuit output voltage shall be 14.1 mV at 1V, 1 Pascal. Output shall be low impedance balanced (100 ohms).

The output of the microphone shall be a 3-pin XLRM-type connector. The microphone shall be 162.0 mm (6.38″) long and have a maximum body diameter of 52.0 mm (2.05″). Weight shall be 345 grams (12.1 oz.). The microphone shall include a stand mount and a soft protective pouch. The Audio-Technica AT2020 is specified.

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frequency response: 20–20,000 Hz

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polar pattern


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FAQS About Audio Technica AT2020 Studio XLR Microphone

What is Audio Technica AT2020’s frequency response?

A frequency response range of 20 to 20,000 hertz.

Is AT2020 a condenser or a dynamic?

The AT2020’s high SPL handling and wide dynamic range enable it to capture loud signals with minimal noise and distortion. Because the AT2020 is a solid-state condenser with an XLR output, it should be paired with a mic preamp that supports 48V phantom power.

How far away is AT2020?

When speaking into the microphone, we recommend staying about 4-6 inches away from it. You are more likely to obtain plosives if you get too close to the microphone. When you get too far away from the microphone, the tone becomes weak and wispy.

Is there software for the Audio-Technica AT2020?

The Audio-Technica AT2020USB-X microphone, a legacy in audio recording, delivers modern connection and software support on top of a dependable cardioid condenser pickup.

What kind of electricity does AT2020 require?

The AT2020, like most condenser microphones, requires 48V phantom power to function.

Is AT2020 suitable for vocals?

The AT2020 is a studio condenser microphone, which means it is mostly used for studio recording and is an excellent first microphone for anyone just starting out. The AT2020 is ideal for vocal pickup due to its clear tone and flat response.

AT2020 is what kind of microphone?

From musicians and podcasters to streamers, the AT2020 is suited for all types of content creators. This side-address condenser mic easily handles high SPLs. With a cardioid polar pattern, this high-quality microphone produces unrivaled sound and consistent performance while eliminating undesirable background noise.

What is the best application for AT2020?

The Audio Technica AT2020 is a flexible home studio microphone. It works well with a variety of voices, both vocal and spoken. However, with appropriate mic placement and EQ, it may also be utilized with a wide range of instruments, particularly acoustic guitar.

Is an XLR cable required for the AT2020?

The AT2020 Microphone comes without a cable.

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