Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
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Vox YES! Layering NO!
the AT2020 has a higher self-noise at 20dBA, but also just sounds a ton better out of the box than many other microphones in its price range without a massive amount of EQing needed. That being said... because of the self noise, Im not in love with using this on anything other than Vocals or acoustic guitar. But boy does it do a great job on Vox and Acoustic Guitar. Anything that doesnt need a ton of processing or layering Yes, stereo pairs and getting crazy with layers, not this guys wheelhouse, you start to hear it humping itself.
For what it is this is one of the best value oriented best sounding Vox mics out there. A must have in any bedroom mic locker.
Decent Entry-Level Mic for Voice Actors
The AT2020 is a well-made condenser mic that offers great mileage for professional voice actors. I've spoken and worked with professionals who have used this mic for video games and cartoon voice acting gigs. However, you should definitely replace this with a better mic once you've progressed in your career. Read our full review here:
Solid First Mic
I purchased this mic on a whim shortly after returning home from my short stint at university. While I was away, I had written tons of hooks and lines, but had no way to record them other than my phone and I was itching to have a way to record in higher quality, just to have something to play with within my DAWs. While a couple of months of experimentation led to my realization that the mic didn't have the range for my singing, it is a solid mic for voiceovers, podcasting, and some instruments. I plan on upgrading my audio interface so I'll be able to use this and my Blue Spark in tandem, recording to have higher control over my mix and experiment stereosonically.
Good for podcasting and maybe as a backup to record acoustic. Pales in comparison with the AKG P420
I'm giving it 3 stars because you do get what you pay for. It is robust and records sounds. For an inexperienced user, the bassy colouring it gives sounds nice and reduces the amount of EQ you need to put on. However, it does not sound professional at all, and the EQ 'colouring' makes it difficult to EQ afterwards, in comparison with a similar-range mic like the AKG P420.
This mic is perfect for podcasting, where you need boosted bass, but I wouldn't record vocals on it.
edited over 1 year ago
Im a simple man. If it works, doesnt sound like the mic on a talkboy from home alone. that'll do.
Im a simple man. If it works, doesnt sound like the mic on a Talkboy Tape Recorder, sounds clear and doesn't break the bank... ay, Hit me with it! i use it for vocals, recording various sounds to sample and actually ive used it as a room mic for Guitar amplifiers. i use this quite abit for that. it does a great job at that.
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