Looking for the easiest way to start getting professional voice recordings? Introducing the Audio Technica AT2020USB+ which is one of the top selling USB microphones today. All you have to do is plug it in and start recording. Stay tuned to learn more about the AT2020USB+ during this in-depth review.
Hey what’s up guys, ODi Productions here from RecordingNOW.com with the Audio Technica AT2020 USB+ Microphone. The company Audio Technica needs little introduction, since most of you are probably familiar with their best-selling headphones, the ATH-M50 and M50x.
For those who don’t know, Audio-Technica is a long established brand in the audio world, and much of their success actually comes from their long line of professional studio microphones, one of which is the AT2020USB+. Now, the AT2020USB+ started off as solely an entry-level studio microphone and was made for recording music such as vocals and guitar. Later, they created a USB version of this popular microphone, which has now grown in popularity due to its plug and play simplicity, so anyone can pick one of these up and start recording.
Just to let you guys know, what you’re hearing right now and throughout this video is an actual recording from the AT2020USB+ This should give you guys an idea of the quality you can expect from this microphone. Now let’s move onto the review!
First, we’re going to start off with an unboxing to show you guys what you’ll receive when you purchase an AT2020USB+
Opening up the box, the first thing we get is an owner’s manual.
Then we get a nice little leather carrying case that includes the USB cable which powers the AT2020USB+ while connecting it to your computer.
Then we get the bottom of the included mic stand, followed by the top part which screws onto the bottom legs.
Finally, we get the AT2020USB+ wrapped in some plastic.
As far as features go, the AT2020USB+ doesn’t come with a lot of them, and that could be a good thing.The whole point of a USB microphone is plug and play, and that’s exactly what the AT2020USB+ is designed to do.
Other than the USB cable, the AT2020USB+ only comes with this tiny mic stand that I honestly think could use some improvement. First off, it doesn’t really add enough height to the microphone to easily record from your desk without hunching over, but there are workarounds.
TIP: You could always buy one of those boom scissor arm mic stands that clips to the edge of your desk, or even a traditional one that is planted on the ground.
Also, the stand doesn’t fully support the mic’s weight unless you put one leg directly in front of the mic. One feature that I wish the AT2020USB+ had is a volume Gain knob, which would let you control the microphone’s volume directly on the mic itself. Instead, you have to go into your computer’s settings to set the volume, and this can become a hassle.
Although the AT2020USB+ doesn’t come with a lot of features, one of it’s greater strengths is the sound quality, especially for a USB microphone.
I would describe the sound as very high-definition in the high frequencies, with a smooth lower and mid frequency response. This mic definitely focuses more on the highs rather than bass response, and you end up with a sound that is very crisp and transparent. What I like most is how detailed the highs are while still sounding pleasant, since most other microphones just sound harsh due to overly hyped high frequencies.
You have to remember that the AT2020USB+ is originally designed as a studio microphone, despite being an entry-level one, it still had to be able to record singing and instruments like acoustic guitar. Considering its studio background, it’s no surprise that the AT2020USB+ easily excels for gaming commentary, podcasts, and voiceovers.
What does surprise me, however, is the AT2020USB+'s ability to record music as well. So if you’re looking to start singing or rapping, or even recording something like acoustic guitar, I definitely think the AT2020USB+ is a solid choice for beginners.
Overall, the AT2020USB+ surprised me for a USB microphone. Even though the AT2020USB+ doesn’t come with many features at all, I think it’s greatest strength is its plug and play simplicity, followed by its impressive sound quality and detail.
The AT2020USB+'s studio sound quality alone makes it a great tool for everything from commentary to singing, and even recording instruments like acoustic guitar.
2 x 2 USB 2.0 audio interface with 1 x D-PRE and 192 kHz support
Combining an extremely compact design, extraordinary build quality, full iPad connectivity and the outstanding D-PRE mic preamp, the UR12 redefines quality for its class of 2-in 2-out USB interfaces. 24/192 converters offer you outstanding levels of audio fidelity, while the D-PRE gives your microphone recordings incredible detail, depth and dynamics.
Top-of-the-range converters provide a maximum sampling rate of 192 kHz and a resolution of 24 bits, delivering pristine audio quality.
One Class-A D-PRE mic preamp
Yamaha’s highly acclaimed D-PRE preamp delivers a truly transparent and beautifully detailed sound that is unrivaled in this product class.
Rugged metal casing
Built to the most exacting standards by Yamaha’s experienced engineers, the UR12’s metal chassis is rugged enough to withstand all the rigors of the road.
Major recording software compatible
The UR12 is compatible with all major audio editing, mastering, and music production software supporting ASIO, Core Audio or WDM standard.
UR12 offers connectivity with Apple’s iPad and iPhone. When paired with Steinberg’s iPad-based Cubasis music app or other iOS audio apps, the UR12 offers a portable and intuitive production experience. Apple Camera Connector Kit or any other suitable USB adapter for iOS products not included.
Latency-free hardware monitoring
The UR12 features latency-free hardware monitoring with an easy-to-use monitor source switch that allows you to choose between the direct signal and the output of your host application.
Power source selector
On the UR12 a 5 V DC port is provided to supply sufficient power when using it with an iPad or iPhone. A standard USB power adaptor or an external USB battery can be connected to guarantee power stability.
UR12 offers an easy way to streaming performances live to the internet, with incoming audio signals merged to the playback signal from Cubase or other DAWs inside the computer.
Cubase AI included
Based on the same core technologies as the popular Cubase DAW, Cubase AI offers an intuitive feature set for composing, recording, editing and mixing.
Cubasis LE included
Cubasis LE is a streamlined version of Steinberg’s popular iOS music production app, offering professional music production on your iPad.
Tri-capsule array - 3 condenser capsules can record almost any situation
Multiple pattern selection - cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo
Gain control, mute button, zero-latency headphone output
Perfect for vocals, musical instruments, podcasting, voiceovers, interviews, field recordings, conference calls
Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8 (including 8.1), Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (Home and Professional), and Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher), and requires a minimum of 64 MB of RAM(remove existing and upload)
Kit includes: (1)Condenser Microphone + (1)Metal Shock Mount + (1)3.5mm to XLR Audio Cable + (1)Ball-type Foam Cap + (1)Pop Filter + (1)Scissor Arm Stand with Built-in XLR to XLR Cable + (1)Table Mounting Clamp + (1)48V Phantom Power Supply + (1)Adapter
The NW-700 professional condenser microphone adopts the completely new audio circuit. Capture rich, full-bodied sound from sources that are directly in front of the mic. The cardioid pick-up pattern minimizes background noise and isolates the main sound source
NW-35 Stand with built-in XLR to XLR cable, made of all steel construction, sturdy and durable. *Max load: Approx 53oz / 1.5KG*. PlEASE NOTE: This Stand is NOT Suitable for Blue Yeti USB Microphone
48V Phantom Power Supply delivers reliable 48V power. Universal XLR input and output. On/off power switch and LED indicator. Comes with one adapter
Shock Mount Diameter: 1.6"-1.8"/43mm-46mm. Table Mounting Clamp Maximum Opening: 1.7"/4.5cm. PLEASE VERIFY the size of your microphone and the thickness of table BEFORE ORDERING