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
Then we get a nice little leather carrying case that includes
the USB cable which powers the AT2020USB+ while connecting it to
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
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
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
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.