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Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone $142.20 Delivered @ Amazon AU

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Considered one of the main line USB mics for streamers, podcasters and content creators. I would have grab one if I didn't need it for vocals. It is hotly contested whether this or the Rode NT-USB is the better mic but each to their own and at this price, you can't really go wrong.

About this item
Condenser microphone with usb output for digital recording
High quality a/d converter with 16 bit, 44.1/48 khz sampling rate for superb audio
Headphone jack with volume control allows you to monitor the microphone signal with no delay
Mix control allows you to blend your microphone signal and pre-recorded audio
High-output internal headphone amplifier delivers superior clarity and musical detail as well as more volume overall

Update 4 Mov 8:30am: Further price drop from $149 to $142.20

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  • Is this or the Rode NT-USB better?

    • +1

      I hear this is a good mic but from personal experience the Rode NT is awful for noisy environments such as streaming next to a computer.

      • +1

        This is a condenser microphone like the Rode NT USB, it will also be very sensitive.

        If you are in a loud environment and want a USB mic, you should get a dynamic one like a Shure MV7

    • +2

      Both are about the same. One is a bit more geared towards music recording (Rode NT-USB) while the other is a bit more geared towards spoken recording (AT2020+ USB).

      Noisy environments can be mitigated using software (Nvidia noise suppression) and/or physical mediums like a foam filter, pop filter, boom arm and shock mount.

      It comes down to which ever you find on sale at the time you need them and what you're planning on doing with them. Ultimately, both are great mics if you can find them at this price.

      • Unfortunately my AT2020 is currently sitting boxed up.

        It picks up EVERYTHING. I turned the sensitivity all the way down - no dice.

        I even tried the nvidia noise suppression and it just took away the clarity of the mic.

        I recommend this to anyone who lives in a carpeted room, with foam on the walls and doesn’t own a mechanical keyboard - otherwise this (and other condenser style mics) is going to give you a bad time.

        Work gave me a Jabra headset which everyone was extremely happy for the change and noticed immediately lmao.

      • And if you have a current ipad with the latest ipadOS you can turn on the awesome noise isolation feature. Works perfectly for zoom, teams, etc. I think iphones and the latest macosx works with this too.

    • +3

      Rode, but at this price, start considering XLR mics and an interface with phantom power.

      Good starting point for a condenser mic is the Mackie EM-91c ($90 on Amazon, $70 for BF with stacked promotions) or the Takstar TAK55 on AliE (~$110 during 11.11) and then for an interface, on Amazon there's the Behringer UMC202HD ($100, $80ish for BF) or the Audient Evo 4 ($190, $150 during BF).

      Mackie review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVqdENzOrsM

      Some Takstar demos:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqRxUDZV-5A
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcqy_MpbAVk
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDgwdb2jGkE
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMebloFXWCI

      If you're looking for a versatile mic, the Takstar is probably what I would recommend right up until the Shure SM7B. The Evo 4 is a very high quality interface for the price, subject to your input requirements.

      • What does during 11.11 mean?

      • Would the Takstar TAK55 be a decent upgrade over an Audio-Technica AT2020 XLR microphone? After watching a few videos, It looks like a really good deal for ~$110. I'm currently using a steinberg UR22 mkII as my audio interface, if that matters.

        • +1

          It's not perfect, and it's obviously not well known in the professional space, but yes.

          Stienberg should be fine.

  • Is this good for singing recordings too?

    • Yes this is a condenser mic and great for singing. It’s a good beginners mic if you are using it for recording. If you want to use it for live performance then I’d use a dynamic mic like an SM58 to start with.

  • I have no experience with this model but my son had an AT R2500 USB Condenser Mic which he returned at the time due to it picking up too much background noise when gaming - such as his keyboard clatter and his mother yelling at him to get off the computer.

    The really poor thing about the Audio Technica is the really flimsy mounting system. The plastic bit that connects onto the tripod / boom mount is really a weak point. It is almost essential that you bungy mount these mics.

    I have a Sampson and whether desk or boom mounted, it works nicely - I have a home office desk right below a heater duct and if I use a headset mic when the heater is blowing the noise comes through in teams calls. Not so with the Sampson, yet voice is as clear as a bell.

    I have AT headphones (ANC7) so it was on the back of these that I talked my son into getting the AT Mic. I had to eat my words on that deal.

    He ended up getting a steelseries headset with mic and he's happy with that. The headphones means the only time he can hear his mother yell at him is when it's tea time.

    I'm talking gaming by the way - not blogging.

    • AT R2500 USB Condenser Mic which he returned at the time due to it picking up too much background noise when gaming

      That's a condenser microphone doing exactly what it's designed to do: record a space.

      Seems your kid wanted a dynamic, or unidirectional capsule mic.

      Sampson

      Samson*

      What model?

      • +1

        I agree - I was advising that for gaming, this is something that a buyer would need to consider. The AT was not the best choice for his purpose.

        The mount issue is genuine and the mic in this deal has exactly the same mount - if the ring and tang that slots into the tripod was metal it would be far better.

        My Samson is the Meteor. I use it for teams meetings but even though it works well for me, he tried it out after I posted the above and says it is also too sensitive for his purposes.

        No biggie - his headset is fine for gaming.

        • You do need a boom arm to try and remove the microphone from being near to the keyboard, and those can start from $20.

          If that's not enough to remove the issue to his satisfaction - in combination with adjusting noise gates or app sensitivity settings for when the mic activates - there are great budget dynamic XLR mics like the Behringer XM8500, which might be sub $20 this month during a sale.

          Will need an interface, or at least an XLR-to-USB cable, though.

          • @jasswolf: All of what you say is true - I agree.

            I have a boom for my Sampson - mainly just to get it out of the way as I have a laptop with two external monitors taking up desk space, but this does allow for management of the mic's directionality to an extent. My son really doesn't need a stand alone mic now in any case for his gaming.

            In my setup, I also use external speakers (just a logitech thing) as I don't like to speak when wearing headphones, especially noise cancelling ones.

            The info you posted will certainly help others who are interested in external mics for you tubing etc.

  • +1

    I went through this process about 6 months ago. I ended up buying a Samson G Track Pro and I'm stunned how good it is. If you are looking for a condenser mic with a few extra features I highly recommend it.

    • Haha oddly enough, that's the one I went with

    • Thanks to your recommendation, I just purchased a Go Connect.

  • Would this work by plugging the 3.5mm monitor output to the mic input of a DSLR? Presuming the USB port of the mic will need to be connected to a power source such as a powerbank.

    I have a USB-only condenser, but when I plumb it through to my DSLR (via a laptop and OBS), I get a squealing noise in the recording.

    • +1

      No. Not a chance that will work.

      The USB will power the mic, but it also has the mic output for a computer.

      The 3.5mm is a headphone socket. The mic's audio signal does not output through this socket.

  • It is $142.20 this morning. When does it go on sale? The day after you buy.

  • Back up to $165

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