Get creative with the new Audio-Technica AT2020USB-X cardioid condenser microphone.
There’s no doubt that the popularity of vlogging, podcasting and content creation is at fever pitch – everyone’s an influencer, right? Tech affordability has put the creative means into the hands of the masses, and what was once the preserve of an expensive studio set-up can now be put together at home for a fraction of the price.
However, while it can be tempting to shop at the budget end of the scale, it’s still possible to grab a quality product at a competitive price. And this is undoubtedly the case with Audio-Technica’s AT2020USB-X, the latest refresh addition in its AT2020 series of condenser mics. Adept at masking background noise, the cardioid mic is the all-rounder for sound production.
A weighty unit out of the box, the build quality on the mic is top drawer. In fact, it doesn’t just feel good – it looks damn fine too. It comes with an adjustable plastic stand for desk mounting (it can be boom mounted too), a two-metre USB-C-to-A lead, and a USB-A-to-C adaptor. The approach here to use is simplicity – you literally plug it into your PC or Mac, and off you roll, making it suitable for just about anyone with a computer.
One of the more significant additions to the updated 2020 is the easily accessible soft-touch mute button, conceived to mask any unwanted noise for those moments when a quick muted option is needed. When the mic is live, the grille’s base glows blue, which switches to red once muted.
Elsewhere on the mic is a 3.5mm headphone jack and a headphone volume control, so users can carefully monitor the mic’s output. A mixing control dial enables the mic’s signal to be mixed with the computer’s output so the user can instantly balance the confluence of sound.
For capturing the all-important audio, a high-resolution analogue to digital converter with a 24-bit/96 kHz sample rate delivers crisp, clear, and natural sound into whatever production software is used.
Audio-Technica have freshened up the popular AT2020USB+ with better performance and enhanced features. It’s a sturdy unit with an impressive build quality, and the simplicity of the USB-C connection makes it accessible for everyone. From content creation to music, at a price you won’t have to lie about, the AT2020USB-X is an excellent cardioid condenser mic from a brand you can trust.
The Audio-Technica AT2020USB-X cardioid condenser microphone is available now at JB Hi-Fi.