Cardioid Condenser Microphone
The AT2020 is an inexpensive electret condenser microphone that provides remarkable performance for its price. Reviewers praise the mic’s smooth, flat frequency response and clear, detailed sound.
Despite its side-address design, the mic does not have a large-diaphragm capsule. Rather, the capsule measures just 16mm in diameter, and is an electret (“fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser”).
The mic’s self-noise is somewhat high at 20dBA. With its moderate sensitivity (14.1 mV/Pa), this mic is likely better suited to loud sources than to distant miking or quiet acoustic instruments.
The AT2035 retains the same tonal characteristics [as the AT2020] while improving on its technical performance, by offering a flatter low-end response and significantly lower noise.
What is the AT2041SP “Studio miking essentials” Pack?
The AT2020 is bundled with a second small-diaphragm mic, the AT2021, in the AT2041SP “Studio Pack.” The AT2041SP bundle includes two stand mounts, two storage pouches, and a copy of SONAR LE recording software.
[In] some ways it is more honest than some of its competitors in that its sound is obvious and apparent right out of the box, instead of having aspects of its response masked by electronic tuning which sometimes means that shortcomings are hidden until it’s too late…
[It] does a reasonable job of everything that you throw at it.
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(14.1 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
| Diaphragm diameter: 16mm
||100 Ohms (Low)||Max SPL: 144 dB
Self-noise: 20.0 dB(A)
|345g (12.17oz)||162mm (6.38'')||52mm (2.05'')||
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