Musical Instruments : Studio Recording Equipment Reviews - 12/25/2018

Musical Instruments : Studio Recording Equipment Reviews - 12/25/2018

Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

Category

Musical Instruments, Studio Recording Equipment

Price

$127.42

SKU:

B016YL4POK

Product Rating

4.7 / 5

  • Condenser microphone with USB output for digital recording
  • High quality A/D converter with 16 bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate for superb audio
  • Headphone jack with volume control allows you to monitor the microphone signal with no delay
  • Mix control allows you to blend your microphone signal and pre-recorded audio
  • High-output internal headphone amplifier delivers superior clarity and musical detail as well as more volume overall

Considered for a year and saw the sale, took a leap By:
First impression was WOW, this baby is heavy! The build quality is all there, as it is one solid beast. I got the combo bundle with the arm, shock mount and pop filter, after putting it all together and plugging it in, it just worked. Tweaked my volumes a little and done. Audio is buttery smooth and creamy, I regret not having it sooner, as I no longer need to clean my audio after recording, repeatedly being complimented on the awesome audio quality while in a group voice also. Totally worth the purchase 100%
Love it! By:
Currently using this with Dragon dictate to work in my first draft novel. It really improves Dragon’s accuracy having a high quality mic.
Refurb? It’s brand new as far as I can tell! By:
I purchased a Certified Refurbished Audio-Technical AT2020USB+. There’s nothing refurbished about this, it looks brand new. I plugged it into the USB port on my iMac, went into Preferences, selected this as the input device and immediately started using it for voiceovers in Final Cut Pro X. It works great!I tried the included desk stand, the mic is heavy, so you will definately want to have one leg facing out front or the mic will topple over. I didn’t try any recording with the mic stand, as I also bought mic boom and pop filter, which I highly recommend so the mic is closer to you.My studio has a lot of ambient noise with an air conditioner and air filter, but my voiceovers are clear without any background noise.I am extremely happy with this mic and recommend it to anyone who needs a good mic for voiceovers. I don’t sing or play instruments, so I don’t know how well it works for those uses, but for voiceovers, it’s great.
Better than yeti By:
Could you ask for a better beginner mic? Its blows the yeti mics out the water
Five Stars By:
Sounds super high quality. Really nice for at home recording.
Satisfied By:
Bought for my grandson and he loves it.
This Microphone is amazing. I was having a vacation and By:
This Microphone is amazing. I was having a vacation and, all of the sudden I got an urgent voice over work. So I just order this mic and I am telling you, the quality has blown me away. Very quiet, the voice is super clear. Studio quality.
Great service, good product By:
Great service, good product
Five Stars By:
Works great!!
Five Stars By:
Amazing microphone

Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone, Black

Category

Musical Instruments, Studio Recording Equipment

Price

$129.00

SKU:

B00B5ZX9FM

Product Rating

4.5 / 5

  • Condenser microphone with USB output for digital recording
  • High quality A/D converter with 16 bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate for superb audio
  • Headphone jack with volume control allows you to monitor the microphone signal with no delay
  • Mix control allows you to blend your microphone signal and pre-recorded audio
  • High-output internal headphone amplifier delivers superior clarity and musical detail as well as more volume overall

Good Product. By:
Using for voice over on YouTube videos. Tonal quality is very good and not having issues with background noise.
Excellent Microphone By:
Excellent microphone, especially if you're doing podcasts.
best plug and play mic By:
i have been using this mic for my live streams and it works perfectly the audio is crystal clear and it fits perfectly on my mic stand.
Survived and Sounds great By:
The mic has fallen a few times and still sounds perfectly fine. The audio is as clear as you can get without a xlr connector. Truly great quality mic.
Phenomenal audio capture device. By:
I use this for my game streams, it's great!
Great sound and a USB Mic! By:
I work in the sports media world and was adding a weekly recap talk show, I had some other cheaper usb mics in the past and wanted a better fuller sound for the new recordings but didn't want to venture from the ease of a USB mic. Did a lot of research and forum hunting and came across this. Really enjoying it so far, sound is great and aligns with my expectations. The cord is nice and long so I can use it on my sit to stand desk with my desktop on the floor. The mic itself feels solid and well built. My picture has a small pop filter on it, so disregard that addition as it doesn't come with the microphone.
Superb By:
One of the best microphones I have ever owned. The only downside with this step up in sound quality is that now all of my guild mates can hear the depression in my voice. They call me Eeyore now. 10/10 would buy again.
What's a dead line? By:
Fast delivery, great sound, great microphone! Fits right in my little studio
Sounds great By:
You know how you hate hearing a recording of yourself? I don't get that with this mic. I think it's due to the high quality of the recording that captures all the frequencies of one's voice. Anyway, I'm not an expert, but two thumbs up.
Works with Windows 10 By:
I almost didn't buy this because of mixed reviews about whether or not it works with Windows 10. Apparently a sizable minority have had problems (just google "at2020 windows 10"), but I bought it anyway, and I'm glad I did. It worked out-of-the-box with perfectly loud recording volume using the built-in Windows drivers (running Windows 10 version 1803). My suspicion is that the reported problems are due to a hard-to-pin-down bug that only shows up with certain hardware and/or software configurations.

Audio-Technica AT2020PK Vocal Microphone Pack for Streaming/Podcasting

Category

Musical Instruments, Studio Recording Equipment

Price

$149.00

SKU:

B07JM5FLVF

Product Rating

4.4 / 5

  • Ideal for vocal pickup
  • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
  • The circumaural design of the ATH-M20x contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments
  • Adjustable studio boom arm provides full 360° rotation and adjustable, spring-stabilized joints with thumbscrews for easy repositioning of the microphone

Great Mic By:
great microphone to start with
Recommending By:
Good mic. I love it!
Best that it can be. By:
The ultimate basic starter mic. I bought 2 w/a UMC202HD for classical piano. The 2020 is neutral, perhaps it warms up the sound a smidgen but overall the fidelity is very high; it captures the color of the piano; bass, treble and mids are sweet. It sounds like the source, that's all you can ask. Response down to A0 (27hz) is solid. No shock mount but the clip is heavy duty and fine for piano. This is a cheap mic but it'll cost MUCH, MUCH more to move up.
That this is a delicate but very sensitive, specialist microphone. By:
This is a very good microphone for a very good price. I am very happy with this product. My friend who has his own custom musical device business including building mics, also is impressed with this model.
Top quality microphone By:
As a streamer and content creator this mic is not only considered a good starting microphone but also a good microphone to use for high end videos. The quality is amazing and crisp as long as you have a good audio interface eliminating any buzz that is made with ALL microphones.Overall a solid microphone and would recommend!If you would like to see the mic used liveTwitch.tv/JayceBrandt0609/
Great Mic For Home Studio By:
Just got this microphone for my new home studio set up and gave it some test runs with vocal and speech recording. The signal is crisp, clean, and does the job admirably for a relatively solid price. Don't worry about trying anything else. At this price range, you're going to get top quality.
Excellent mic for budget price. By:
Clarity is awesome, noise level internal is very low, and its a no brainer for a home or small business recording setup. I use mine with XLR to Behringer mixed which has a 48V phantom power, which IS NEEDED to FUNCTION !
for $100 its perfect By:
if you're someone who's just now starting in any sort of online content, or simply want an upgrade from a headset. AT2020's are the way to go. Mine's paired with a Behringer UM2 and I have no complaints so far.
Great sounding mic By:
Nice sounding mic
Great mic for the price By:
Sound clarity is fantastic

Audio-Technica AT2020USB Plus Condenser Microphone with Pop Filter

Category

Musical Instruments, Studio Recording Equipment

Price

$141.90

SKU:

B0145OGS7U

Product Rating

4.3 / 5

  • Free Pop Filter Included!
  • Condenser microphone with USB output for digital recording
  • High quality A/D converter with 16 bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate for superb audio
  • Headphone jack with volume control allows you to monitor the microphone signal with no delay
  • Mix control allows you to blend your microphone signal and pre-recorded audio

I would recommend this to friends (& podcasters & audio book voice actors, etc.) By:
I just finished testing this out, and it's low-noise. I love how crisp and clean it sounds, plus all those dB noise floor numbers come out right. The USB interface means I don't have to buy a separate mixer-interface. Cool.
Good buy 100% By:
Worked great with my hp & Mac laptops
It's perfect, no joke By:
Had to review this mic. It's perfect, no joke. Been making a documentary and this mic allows for the professional sound you're looking for. Great great mic.
AT2020 USB is the way to go!!! By:
For I mic this quality I am surprised it's this cheap. I am a student at a vocational school and I showed my Instructor and even he was impressed. So impressed that he ordered one right then and there. Seriously a great buy if you want to stream or record. Blows the snowball and Blue Yeti out of the park, the city, and the gravity of Earth. 10/10Side notes:The Mic had weird black spots on it. Like paint had been like sprinkled on it randomly and inconsistently.The pop filter is nice. Why buy the Amazon one when for the same price you get a pop filter for free.People talk about the stand being a little flimsy. I disagree, I believe the problem is how heavy the Mic is so it's prone to tip if angled wrong. If you have problems with it I would suggest used the pop filter as a counter-weight.Lastly, this thing is super sensitive. It can pick up anything from anywhere. I bought a mechanical keyboard with blue switches and all my friends can hear is the click of my keyboard. Even with tuning you can't eliminate it but hey, sensitivity can be seen as a good thing.
Very good mic for beginners By:
Very good mic for beginners. It will make you sound very clear but you really do need to use the pop filter. This mic picks up ALL of the details from your mouth, including every bit of saliva. This mic has instant feedback if you plug your headphones into it, meaning that you can hear what the mic is picking up as it's happening. Great for youtube or streaming- you'll always know how you sound more or less. Be warned, if you turn up the gain on the mic you can basically hear anything that happens in your house. Get some soundproofing alongside this mic, unless you want whoever you're talking to to hear when someone is using the bathroom down the hall.
... to read my review in order to determine how good of a product this is By:
You don't even need to read my review in order to determine how good of a product this is. Absolutely must have for streaming and recording.
Great sound By:
One of my best purchases and its definitely worth the extra money compared to other mics!
Quality on a budget By:
As a just starting out podcaster, I was looking for something that was a good value but would render quality results for single or 2 person shows. The reviews are real - this device is simple to set up, is basically plug and play (with my 13" rMBP anyway) and the sound quality is very very clear. I have not yet used the pop filter but I've no doubt it will work as advertised.If you are looking for a place to start from for solo or same room party podcasting, check this mic from AT out.If you into tech, check out the Silicon Theory podcast as well! On iTunes, Google Play Music and SoundCloud.
Worth It By:
Great product. I use this on my Podcast and I've had no complaints on sound. Background noise is unheard.