- True studio-quality recording sound
- Headphone jack with volume control
- Mix control for blending it recordings
- Decent USB cable length
- Very useful accessories
- Reliable quality design
- Very compact due to its size
- Price is very reasonable and affordable
- Easily attachable to boom arm holder
- The stand isn’t the best but is suitable more for portability while traveling
- It’s sensitive enough to require a pop filter
Audio-Technica AT2020USB Plus USB microphone isn’t priced too cheap, yet it’s definitely not priced too high. However, if you have a look at the advantages and pros that contribute benefits to the users, it’s easy to understand that Audio-Technica AT2020USB Plus USB microphone provides a lot of value for the price it costs. It features some of the things that can be found only in higher-end, more expensive models such as mix control for blending audio recordings.
There are almost no cons for this USB microphone, and it really is and feels like a durable and quality microphone that is built to last for long. I would highly recommend you this mic, no matter what type of digital recordings you do. I am sure that you won’t be disappointed. However, my advice is to get a pop filter.
Audio-Technica is a well-known brand in the world of microphones, especially the USB ones. They keep on amazing us with great and quality top-notch microphones with very reasonable prices.
I’m sure that Audio-Technica microphones will always benefit you in many more ways than you’ve expected. Audio-Technica AT2020USB Plus USB microphone is just an example.
Just like it has blown my mind with its ways of use, advantages, and benefits, I’m sure it will be the same for you. That’s why in today’s post you will be able to get an exclusive insight into this review, so stay tuned!
Design and Build Quality
Design of Audio-Technica AT2020USB Plus USB microphone looks really cool since it’s combining both old-school vintage and modern design at the same time. It features the classic capsule look, but with some modern changes to it.
It’s made from robust plastic, and in the middle, you will find the aluminum grill which gives it a very classy look. In hands, Audio-Technica AT2020USB Plus USB microphone feels very durable and well-constructed, meaning that even some bumps or putting it under the pressure won’t do any damage.
At the first look, and at the first touch, this USB microphone looks really well and feels very premium in the hands. It definitely shows that it isn’t just another cheap USB microphone you can get anywhere.
The main color is a dark gray which gives the microphone a really sleek look. Even they managed to paint the aluminum grill into the same dark gray color. In my opinion, such color gives it a modern look and works better than plain black.
Audio-Technica AT2020USB Plus USB microphone isn’t afraid to show the buttons, and that’s why you will see the button for sound monitoring & button for mix control.
At the bottom, there is the micro USB port placed which moves the cable away from the microphone and makes sure that it doesn’t go in the way. Also, on the back, you will find a 3.5 mm headphone jack, while the volume control for it is located at the front for easier access. It’s a great cable management technique used right there.
It’s very suitable for any type of digital recording, from vocal recording, voice-overs, podcasts, chatting, and even gaming works.
The connection happens through the USB cable to any device that supports it. The cable is approximately 3 meters long which will give you enough of length to work with during your recordings.
Audio-Technica AT2020USB Plus USB microphone weighs only approximately 13.6 ounces which is pretty light for a USB microphone.
However, it comes with a tripod desk stand that will help you with a hands-free feature for your recordings. It might not be the best quality, but it’s decent. The most important thing which is the microphone has reached far my expectations, so we can give the tripod stand a little break.
Audio Quality and Features
Audio-Technica AT2020USB Plus USB microphone is a condenser microphone type that features USB output that makes the digital recordings a lot easier.
It features a high-quality A/D converter with 16-bit and 44.1 / 48 kHz sampling rate that will give you an excellent and superb audio.
There is a feature which can usually be seen in more expensive microphone models which is the mix control. It allows you to mix and blend your current audio recording with pre-recorded audio.
Audio-Technica AT2020USB Plus USB microphone definitely delivers amazing clarity and superb musical details in combination with great volume in general. It’s very suitable for many digital recording purposes, and there are no absolutely any limits.
Cardioid pickup pattern of this USB microphone will make sure that you don’t have any unwanted noise picked up during your recordings. It will only pick up the closest sounds to the microphone, while it perfectly eliminates the surrounding sounds and it doesn’t pick any such as keyboard or mouse click sounds.
The connection is very simple and there is no installation or drivers required. All you have to do is connect the USB microphone with a computer that supports USB and it will get installed automatically. Therefore, we can say that Audio-Technica AT2020USB Plus USB microphone is ready to be used straight out of the box.
It’s also worth to mention that it will work with any operating system, even with the older ones such as Windows XP.
Such benefits and advantages of this microphone really go well with the design. However, the microphone might be sometimes too sensitive, and in my opinion, a pop filter should be installed. It would be nice if pop filter came with Audio-Technica AT2020USB Plus USB microphone, however, it’s a cheap thing that you can get separately.
What Is In the Box?
In the official packaging of Audio-Technica AT2020USB Plus USB microphone, you will receive the USB microphone, pivoting stand mount that is precisely made for the microphone, threaded adapter, soft protective pouch, and even tripod desk stand. There is also 3 meters long USB cable.