Many people belives that Alex Aiono has a Audio Technica AT2020 atually he doesn't. If you look very closly you can see that it is a USB cable he has on his microphone and that means he has an Audio Technica AT2020USB Your question is: But he doesn't has the same stand as the USB Microphone. Answer: Yes that is true, But he bought a other stand for the microphone The only diffrence on the Audio Technica 2020 and Audio Technica 2020USB is the USB and you don't need a Audio Interface that will save you a hundred dollarsmore
In this video, Dave records a song with James. At 8:58 in the video (when they start recording the vocals), you can see the microphone is an Audio-Technica AT2020USB because the cable is thin and we don't see a xlr to usb interface anywhere in the video. Plus, He is using a portable setup, in this case it is better to use a usb microphone instead of a xlr microphone. Therefore is must be somekind of AT2020 USB variant because Audio-Technica doesn't any other microphone that is usb.more
Pop this XLR verision of this baby into a preamp and it sounds pretty smooth for a ~100 dollar mic
Very good on male vocals
That said, it can be fairly hard to mix in without a preamp- and obviously the usb version can't connect to one.
Get the XLR version
The sound quality is what you would expect. Perfect for vocalists laying down scratch tracks, podcasters, etc. I love the built it monitoring. I don't have to break out a separate Audio interface just to use it, the entire mic becomes a USB I/O device. Very clever.