Audio Technica AT2020

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SS_SharkFinGaming (4 months ago)

Audio Technica provides a solid, if bare-minimum experience

I've been using the AT2020 as my daily driver since 2015 and it's honestly my most favorite recording microphone I've ever owned. Its sound quality is extremely clear if it's set at the right levels. The only major downside to it is that the USB version of this microphone offers barely any levels of modification and customization by itself and the XLR Input version needs a sound board to be plugged into for more precise control.

PROS

  • Crisp and clear vocal recordings

CONS

  • USB Version has no other control options other than through Windows, itself.
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HaunterHero (2 months ago)

Can't go wrong!

first off I should say I am using the XLR version with an audio interface, which in my honest opinion is the way you should go if you want to get real HQ audio. I picked this mic up for 10,500 yen(about 100$) which isn't to bad really. this is a cardioid mic, meaning that it will reject sounds coming from behind and above and accept sounds from the front. I tested this out with my guitar, singing and normal speaking. even compared to the AT2035 my guitar actually sounded a bit better. Outstanding sound for both speaking and singing. If you are only using it for streaming, then this will be a perfect mic for you. the mic isn't so massive like a blue yeti mic, and if you are trying to game with a mic in your face you don't want a big mic blocking your keyboard or screen.

Now for the bad: If you REALLY want a USB mic, I would skip out. I have a buddy who uses the USB version and it just sounds like a GOOD gaming headset mic. This is due to your mobo having to be your pre amp and that is what will kill your sound. on top of that, the USB version is 150$. you are better off going with the Blue yeti USB if you are going to go that route.

*note: I have seen USB adapters that can processes your sound before it is sent to the mobo to fix the pre amp issue, but I'm not sure how well this works.

PROS

  • Outstanding sound quality
  • Good at rejecting background noise and key strokes

CONS

  • USB version is a bit pricey for the quality