Reddit Reddit reviews Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone, Black, With Built-In Headphone Jack & Volume Control

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Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone, Black, With Built-In Headphone Jack & Volume Control
Condenser microphone with USB output for digital recordingHigh quality A/D converter with 16 bit, 44.1/48 kilohertz sampling rate for superb audioHeadphone jack with volume control allows you to monitor the microphone signal with no delayMix control allows you to blend your microphone signal and pre recorded audioHigh output internal headphone amplifier delivers superior clarity and musical detail as well as more volume overallCompatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Mac OS X
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91 Reddit comments about Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone, Black, With Built-In Headphone Jack & Volume Control:

u/Karma_Vampire · 6 pointsr/Twitch

A good microphone is probably the most important thing a streamer can have, other than of course a great personality and good social skills, so buying him a microphone would be a great idea. I read that you're looking at spending a maximum of $200. For $200 you should probably buy a USB microphone, as they don't require any kind of external hardware like a mixer or an audio interface. They're generally slightly worse quality, but that doesn't really matter because the audio quality will be compressed anyway, and only audiophiles would be looking for studio quality audio from a gaming livestream.

The higher quality option is an XLR microphone, but they require an audio interface. This will generally be a more expensive option because audio interfaces are usually just as expensive as microphones, so I wouldn't choose this option if I were you. An XLR microphone, a microphone arm, and an audio interface will cost around $250 if not more.

If you decide to go for a microphone, I would say you should go for an AT2020 USB microphone. It's by far the best option if you want good audio quality for a good price. You could go for the Streaming/Podcasting pack if you want headphones and a microphone arm included, which maxes out your budget. It's actually a bit cheaper than buying the mic and a good microphone stand seperately, plus you get a pair of decent looking headphones to go with it.

I can't really vouch for the microphone arm and the headphones as I haven't tried them personally, but Audio Technica is a really good brand. I would be surprised if it wasn't superb quality.

Let me know if you have any questions :)

u/Plastic_sporkz · 6 pointsr/pcmasterrace

For headphones I use these
For my mic I use this With a scissor boom.

u/MoostacheMan · 5 pointsr/letsplay

Take a look at the AT2020 USB mic. I bought the AT2020 plus deluxe as my first mic, and I'm loving it. Works great with windows 7.

Mic test and review of the AT2020 (not me):

u/skeletonmage · 4 pointsr/ColoradoSprings

I would stick with a USB condenser microphone. They're phenomenal as they have a built in condenser and some have built in noise reduction. That doesn't mean you shouldn't do post editing to the show (like running a condenser and noise reducer over your audio), but it helps shave a lot of post work off.

I run the XLR version of the Audio-Technicia AT2020. What I'm linking is the USB version and you may be able to find it used, or cheaper, elsewhere. It's a phenomenally powerful microphone for little cost.

If you want to go XLR, because you feel like you need to do some on the fly mixing, a Scarlet interface + the XLR version of that microphone is a great combination. You can go more advanced with a Behringer Xenyx Q802USB (what I am running), but if you're just starting out keep it simple.

Also pick up a microphone boom, pop filter, and a shock mount (that particular shock mount has a pop filter with it). Keep it off your desk and about 5-6 inches from your mouth when podcasting. You want to reduce all extra noise including mouse clicks, keyboards, or bumping your desk.

If that's too expensive, a Yeti or a Snowball are great introductory microphones. There is a reason everyone uses them. I cut my teeth on a Samson CO1U, but eventually upgraded to the AT because the sound quality is a bit better. Just...always get some kind of arm or tripod or something and keep the microphone suspended.

At the end of the day, as long as you're using some kind of condenser microphone, it doesn't really matter. Post production can help make the whole podcast sound a lot more enjoyable. Just make sure you're consistent, have decent audio quality, and are excited to podcast. I wrote up some dirty tips and tricks here if you're interested.

Good luck!

u/orange-cake · 3 pointsr/buildapc

My setup right now is a pair of HD598s and an AT2020 USB+, and while I'm certainly not a hardcore enthusiast, from what I do know, it's one of the better/best combos you can go for without worrying about getting an amp, dac, or any of that. They both have different and/or newer versions available, but any jump up in tier will probably see a huge price hike (the hd600 would've been as much as the 598 and mic together, idk if you could justify that).

Both of them sound incredible compared to anything I've used in the past, and as a daily driver to bring with you places I couldn't recommend the 598's more (provided you buy a shorter cable; they're basically studio headphones and come with only a 3m one that's a huge hassle), and you can't do that with a headset!

Alternatively you can get a yeti, it's in a similar price range to the at2020 and I've seen a lot of good reviews. Personally I needed a mic that worked well with my super-deep voice, and I had read of some issues with the yeti that I haven't experienced with the at2020. I could be totally off base there though, I don't think it really matters too much! And if you do want to look into a DAC or and amp later on, the non-usb vesion of the at2020 is a good choice too

Tl;Dr for about $300 on sale you can get a great separate headphone and mic situation instead of dropping the same on a headset that might be lacking on one or the other.

Edit: autocorrect hates short words smh

u/Pyroraptor · 3 pointsr/letsplay

I would like to throw in a third option which is the AT2020 XLR and a mixing board.

AT2020 USB $130

AT2020 USB Plus $170

AT2020 XLR $100 and Behringer Xenyx 502 USB $60

Not only is the microphone better in the XLR (see the specs, the XLR version has a better frequency response) but you get a lot of nice features using an XLR mic such as a gain knob, EQ, volume knob, etc.

u/k5josh · 3 pointsr/TheMotte

Blue Snowball, $50 Reliable, decent sounding budget option

AT2020 USB, $170 Nicer, will last pretty much your whole podcasting career.

u/Tristan_Afro · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Audio Technica AT2020USB+

It's on sale on Amazon atm for $120, so you could throw in something extra like a pop filter for example and still be in your budget.

u/123unmun123 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Personally, I use the ATH-M50x Audio Technica Headphones, they are really good quality. And for my mic, I use the AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Mic. And those have treated me very nicely.

u/ibizzet · 3 pointsr/headphones

When it comes to mechanical keyboards, condenser mics will pick up those clicks and possibly annoy those you're playing with...

You can go two routes with this:

  1. You can buy a mic and an interface, an interface being like a [Scarlett 2i2](Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First, along with a dynamic mic (more directional, usually used on a stage because they're less sensitive) such as a [Shure SM58](Shure SM58-LC Vocal Microphone, Cardioid

    The great thing about this route is the interface also serves as a DAC, a headphone amp, speaker volume knob, and you can also record your voice or instruments if you need to!

  2. This would be going straight up USB mic such as the [Blue Yeti](Blue Yeti USB Microphone - Blackout Edition which is a dynamic mic, or the [Audio-Technical AT2020USB](Audio-Technica AT2020USB PLUS Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone which is a condenser mic (picks up more sounds, usually used in a studio for vocals).


    Remember, when it comes to this stuff, don't always go with the cheapest option. Remember the saying "If you buy cheap, you buy twice." Think about what you want going into the future (i.e. do I want nice speakers, to record anything in the future, etc.). Let me know if you need anymore information!
u/illuxion · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

It's odd because I find the modmic4 to be a bit bass heavy for my voice.

AT2020 is very popular as is ATR-2500. This seems like a good starter pack though I haven't heard that mic personally. Pick up a mic boom and pop filter as well. Room acoustics can play a bit to it too, if you want to improve the sound from there look into a mic shield, though I'd go the DIY route, from there the sky is the limit with room treatment and an empty wallet.

Hit youtube and search best USB microphone and go from there. There's tons of videos.

u/GinkoWeed · 3 pointsr/microphones

A blue yeti is actually pretty good. It's just a tad over-priced.

Maybe the Audio-Technica AT2020 Mic, with this stand?? Comes to a bit under half your budget, and ignoring the stand, completely overkill for your uses.

u/QuipA · 3 pointsr/headphones

Please, stop spamming other people's requests!

You cannot use a condenser mic with your motherboard. You need an audio interface with XLR input or a USB mic.


If you want a setup with a XLR Microphone, a popfilter, an audiointerface and a scissor stand $110 will not cut it at all. You need at least $250+ to get a decent setup going.

u/SaltyHeadPepperyFace · 2 pointsr/VoiceActing

Sure thing:


pop filter

Now to built my pillow fort:)

u/Def_Not_A_Programmer · 2 pointsr/battlestations

This is my WIP setup. Totally open to all questions, suggestions, and criticism. Below are some additions coming.

The goal is to be this guy.

Things to come.
All of the below is shipping to me right now, in a week I will add them.

u/Verseratops · 2 pointsr/voiceover

I picked up the Audio Technica AT2020+ USB microphone right now and it's pretty damn good for what I'm using it for. I got it for $148 on Amazon.

u/your_friends_cat · 2 pointsr/headphones

I would recommend a dedicated mic:

u/JackCloudie · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Well, fuck. I forgot to post my own.

u/akterror98 · 2 pointsr/leetcode

Thank you for the feedback! I’m glad you liked it and I hope to do more videos about this. I am trying to explain stuff as clear as I can with high production. I did change my terminology sometimes so that was something I’m trying to be consistent with.

I used the Audio-Technica AT2020USB PLUS Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone, Black

u/Clint99 · 2 pointsr/microphones

For reference: this would be the AT2020 USB+.

Thanks for the answer! I will probably still wait for sales and the sort, but now I have a very clear understanding of both mics. I checked out the specs and they are exactly the same, so I guess it doesn't really make a difference. I'll wait for whichever drops lower I guess! Although I must say, I like AT2020's look better.

I saw this test as well, they kinda sound the same (I think the Yeti is a tad louder while the AT is a bit "deeper", so to say).

u/yacoose82 · 2 pointsr/GWABackstage

Something large diaphragm condenser. It'll give you the ability to pick up the subtle nuances of your voice and usually has a larger dynamic range than a small diaphragm condenser or any other type of mic (minus a great ribbon mic). The drawback is a lower SPL (loudness). So just don't go trying to mic and electric guitar amp.

In a field where mics can cost from a couple of dollars to tens of thousands...

I'd recommend the Audio Technica AT2020. It's a great entry level mic with a great range and decent SPL. It also comes in a USB model as well.

Additionally, any mic for recording should be used with a good pop filter. You can even make one.

Former audio engineer.

EDIT (Nov 26) All of the above was typed on my phone late at night where links are difficult to do (and I was falling asleep).

Here's the AT2020 and the USB Model

Additionally, the v67g is a great mic. I used to own one but gave it to a friend.

u/YoungBonesGaming · 2 pointsr/letsplay

You'd need at least three mics to cover each seating area. For best results you'd need five, but three would work if you're willing to sit a little closer than normal. It would also be worth getting a mixer that has enough inputs for all of those mics. And also make sure that mixer has a USB slot to go into your PC, otherwise you'd have to get an interface as well (made that mistake myself)

Personally I'd start with three of these and the mixer (Something like this) and work your way up to 5 mics.

I wouldn't bother going for a shitty budget mic because it'll just make it way less cost effective to upgrade down the line.

It's going to get expensive fast to do well.

u/sugar_man · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

If you can stretch to 120 then there is a great mic that would work well. It can connect via usb to either the mac or windows laptop

Audio Technica 2020USB

You can get a b stock version of it from reverb for about 80

u/arsme · 2 pointsr/Twitch

Oh yours is XLR, got it. I was thinking about getting the USB version of that.

This one:

Or a yeti I guess

u/magaman · 2 pointsr/youtubegaming

I love my Audio Technica AT2020, they do have a USB version so you can go right into your PC

I'm lucky enough to have a nice little sound mixer so I use the XLR version, but it's a great price and works very well.

u/Dark_Azazel · 2 pointsr/audio


Headphones I swear by. Haven't used that USB mic but I know a lot of people who have.

u/demevalos · 2 pointsr/headphones

I use the AT2020 USB and it's great, an XLR mic isn't necessary. There are plenty of good USB mics

And generally, an audio interface isn't going to be as good as a dedicated amplifier anyway.

u/ControlX · 2 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

I've never used this headset but from skimming through reviews I've seen some people having issues with the mic and earpads, as a general rule of thumb having your microphone separate from your headphones is the way to go because in the event of one of them having issues it's much easier to just replace one rather than having to buy a new headset.

If you have prime there's good deals on the 598 SR, Blue Yeti and AT2020USBPLUS, I haven't used these microphones but I can recommend the 598s.

u/draggingalake · 2 pointsr/podcasts

Audio-Technica AT2020USB PLUS Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone is something I preferred over the Blue Yeti

u/BigMan7o0 · 2 pointsr/Twitch

The Elgato software has a MAC version, so you should just be able to buy an Elgato capture card, a mic, and have it work just fine.

As for a good quality mic, something like an AudioTechnica USB mic will be great quality, however it is a bit pricey.

if you want a cheaper but still decent quality mic, the Samson GO is actually really good for the money, and is what i use. if you want a sound demo of it i can make one, or i can link you part of one of my videos where i am using it to do commentary type stuff

u/SysUser · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Here's the parts list. Every fan in the case (and CPU cooler) were replaced with 120/140mm Noctua Industrial fans. These things are awesome, hyper efficient, and can move a lot of air. They typically run under 1500RPM. The videocards are overclocked with MSI AB, +100 core and +400 mem, +120/90 on power and temp. The CPU is overclocked to just 4.375GHz.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel Core i7-6850K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor | $599.99
CPU Cooler | Corsair H115i 104.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler | $124.89 @ OutletPC
Thermal Compound | Gelid Solutions GC-Extreme 3.5g Thermal Paste | $12.99
Motherboard | Asus X99-DELUXE II ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard | $399.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory | Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | $262.69
Storage | Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $186.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage | OCZ Vector 180 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $178.21 @ Amazon
Storage | Intel 540s 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive In Raid | $138.01 @ Newegg
Storage | Intel 540s 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive In Raid | $138.01 @ Newegg
Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) | $679.99 @ B&H
Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) | $679.99 @ B&H
Case | Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass ATX Mid Tower Case | $189.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply | SeaSonic 1050W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | $209.99
Case Fan | Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 158.5 CFM 140mm Fan | $34.29 @ OutletPC
Case Fan | Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 158.5 CFM 140mm Fan | $34.29 @ OutletPC
Case Fan | Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 158.5 CFM 140mm Fan | $34.29 @ OutletPC
Case Fan | Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 109.9 CFM 120mm Fan | $23.91
Case Fan | Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 109.9 CFM 120mm Fan | $23.91
Case Fan | Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 109.9 CFM 120mm Fan | $23.91
Monitor | Asus PG279Q ROG Swift 27.0" 165Hz Monitor | $799.00 @ B&H
Keyboard | Corsair STRAFE RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard | $129.99 @ Best Buy
Mouse | Corsair M65 PRO RGB FPS Wired Optical Mouse | $49.99 @ NCIX US
Mic | AT2020+USB with Auray pop filter
Webcam | Logitec C925e
Sli Bridge (coming soon!) | EVGA PRO SLI BRIDGE HB (1 Slot Spacing) Model 100-2W-0026-LR

u/SelesnyaMage · 1 pointr/letsplay

I originally bought a Blue Snowball and it seemed okay enough for solo recording at the time, but I eventually had to upgrade to a Audio Technica 2020USB Plus which not only picks up multiple people remarkably well but is just so much crisper for all purposes. The Audio Technica is actually the same one used by the Rooster Teeth Achievement Hunter guys, to give you a sense of how top-notch and professional it sounds. It's absolutely worth the price, and I'd strongly urge you to save up for it.

u/NorthFace715 · 1 pointr/makinghiphop
u/fletcherjeff55 · 1 pointr/podcasting

1). Unfortunately, I don't know if I have the link to the original podcast anymore, since it was only done once before they went their separate ways. And in order to get all of my material from the school, I'd have to go through them for distribution, and I'm not sure how easily they'd allow that.

2). My available time each week is truly dependent on the week itself. I work a part time job which is not always consistent. Usually I work late afternoons Thursday-Sunday, but the rest of the days are truly just up to where I'm needed that specific day. However, I can always take a specific day off that everyone can be free on in order to ensure I am available consistently on that weekly basis. All I'd need to know is when everyone else is free.

3). When I worked on my radio show back at the school, it was a live two-hour format with a break every twelve minutes. Often times, we would take a few things throughout the week, from general entertainment news, and compile everything together the day of before the show. Not all of the show was improved by any means, but being in a live format where there are no edits definitely makes you think about what you can say and how long you can do so.

With that being said, I do edit, both videos and audio, and I'm actually working on an audio drama in my spare time from time to time (fun fact). So, I can edit and distribute with ease for sure, that's not a problem. And as stated before, I was the main lead co-host on my show, so I have no worries being heard in a hosting format. And obviously gathering content and the like go hand in hand with everything I've already said.

4). Excuse me if I'm sounding silly here, but I'm not exactly sure what you mean, but I have been up all night dealing with some family emergencies. What it appears to be is you asking me if I'd like to be on an already existing show as a "field expert" on a specific topic. In which case, absolutely. As I said, I'm not souly looking to start my own podcast from the ground up. If someone comes along and asks to take me under their wing, I'd be very interested in doing so. And of course, guests often turn into regular occurrences, so I have no quarrels with that.

5). Yes, I do. The microphone of choice I have is a Blue Yeti, which I know may be a major turn off for many people, but it's always done me well. Obviously with any mic, the environment is important, and the only main thing that hinders my sound quality is my graphics card's fan, which when in intensive use can get loud, but can easily be edited out with some simple editing in Adobe Audition, which is what I personally use for my audio editing. Otherwise, I am not set up in a sound stage or anything, but I find that my audio quality is rarely irreversible, and as long as my graphics card isn't in intense use, it shouldn't be a problem at all.

With that being said, I am considering getting this soon, but the main problem is having the money to spend on that when I'm going on vacation with my family for a week in just a few days. With that next paycheck being a little light, it may have to wait for a month or so. But it is a future investment I do have on my mind.

6). I kind of already touched on this earlier, but I mainly work weekends in the afternoon (4-10 PM Central Time), and the rest of the week is really dependent on the day, but it tends to be about the same. As previously noted, I will be going on a vacation in the next few days, which means I won't really have my recording equipment to do any recordings, obviously. However, I will remain active in whatever forum used to communicate (Personally, I find Discord to be a good communication device, if only for text). And as also previously noted, once I know everyone's availability, I can work around it with my work schedule with relative ease.

Thanks for asking these questions. I try not to shove every detail of information into my post at once, and overwhelm any onlookers. So it's good to know that there is some interest in the post.

u/F1nnm13ster · 1 pointr/Twitch

I also had the mod mic and was not liking the quality of it in the vids I did on twitch or YT. What I ended up going with is the AT2020 USB Plus so far I have been really happy with it. I did get an [el cheapo arm] ( do yourself the favor and get a better arm than the el cheapo it does the job but it sucks lol. The Rode PSA1 is the arm I would get (I do plan on it when funds come available).

u/clowncracker · 1 pointr/Zeos

My setup is mostly for movies/TV, gaming and discord.

Would SMSL SA50 (or would the Micca Origen+ be better?) + ELAC B5 be good for a desk setup?

I already own this microphone, is that something I should incorporate into my decision?

I plan on getting a sub down the line, should I consider this in my amp choice?

Should I bother getting a sound card for my computer if I have an amp? If not, would usb or 3.5mm to RCA better sound quality? If so, does the sound card in particular matter?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

u/resortcarabel · 1 pointr/ChicagoList

Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

It works great. I just don't need it anymore. It's very good for studio recording and podcasting. Compatible with windows and mac.

Here is the amazon listing for the microphone:

Here is the craigslist link:

u/Mclitness · 1 pointr/battlestations

Which one is it ? Audio Technica AT2020USB Plus Cardioid Large Diaphragm Condenser USB Mic

Or Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio XLR Microphone, Black

u/Drummerboyj · 1 pointr/AudioPost
u/ffats · 1 pointr/audio

Also, you might look into the Audio Technica AT2020 Plus if you're doing this often - it will give you some more monitoring options so you can mix the Skype audio from other people AND hear yourself so you can make sure that your side of the audio is good.

When you are not listening on headphones to your own mic, often times you can miss external noise that is being picked up (maybe a dog barking in the background or the A/C kicking on in your house).

There ARE better microphones, but I think this strikes a good balance between convenience and price for you. I can easily spend $1,000 on a setup for you! Ha.

u/tcookc · 1 pointr/audioengineering

FYI OP: the frequency response and signal to noise ratio are virtually identical for these two mics. the AT2035 includes a switchable -10db pad, a switchable low-end roll off, and it comes with a shock mount.

those extra feature may make it worth $50 more for some people, but not everyone. the choice is yours.

one of these two mics is absolutely your best choice for a budget vocal mic, though.

(also, we're assuming you have an interface or mic preamp and you're not trying to plug directly into your computer. if you DON't have these things, then you will need to get a USB mic, not an XLR mic. luckly, audio-technica also makes a AT2020USB)

u/harris_kid · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Well theres the Yeti

The Seiren

Audio-Technica AT2020USB

Or you can get an analogue mic with an XLR output and get a 3.5mm Stereo Jack Plug to 2 x 6.35mm Mono Audio Cable Going form your PC to a Behringer Xenyx 502 mixer

Obviously these are all up to you, I'm just suggesting stuff here.

u/EdwardMowinckel · 1 pointr/GameDeals

No. It's a cheap large diaphragm condenser. If you're serious about decent audio for a podcast or whatever and don't want to deal with anything other than a USB cable, skip it and get an AT-2020 USB.

The primary reason people think it sounds good is because they've never heard their voice through anything better.

u/kilmanio · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

found these on for a pretty good price:

headphone: Sennheiser HD558

microphone: AudioTechnica at2020 usb

other mic options :

Blue Yeti

Samson Meteor

I don't know any other UK webstores, but be sure to check the ones you know so you get the best price!

u/newmilwaukee · 1 pointr/youtubegaming

That's one thing I didnt mention. It's just my basement and I wont be glueing egg cartons to any of the walls :P There's plenty of rooms I can test out the acoustics in, but not something I'll base my decision on when choosing the mic.

I love the potential upgrading, thnx for the heads up on that. but on second thought, separate interface? pre-amp? just my lack of knowledge in this field is pushing me to go with the AT2020USB and get a pop filter separate. Also, [its 41% off!] ( that seems like a good deal.

The filter doesnt look like itll attach to the mic or stand anywhere. could be wrong tho. Do i have to anchor the filter on something other than the mic setup?

I may take you up on that, I ALWAYS run into problems/questions. If you know anything about lighting, thats where I'm at now (purchasing a green scree soon) but atm, I have this lamp that I shine in my face, which is decent/better on camera, but burns my peepers! any tips on illuminating my face without going blind?

EDIT: also, there sometimes backround noise. Mostly just some humming from machines. That should be easily fixed right?

u/SardonicPanda · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

That seems to be This one on amazon and I'm listing this one here. I
m honestly not too sure on the differences but it is a different model.

u/flannelman87 · 1 pointr/recordingmusic

If you want to record into your computer, this is a great option.

Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

u/ImDISCR33T · 1 pointr/Twitch

You want the right tool for the right job. The purpose of a LAV mic is to get audio when a mic is preferred to not be seen or when you really have no way to follow the talent around with a boom (for example, I use a LAV for anything Virtual Reality). The audio quality will never match a mic that has a larger condenser.

As you mentioned it's more about quality and ease of use, I would highly recommend the Audio-Technica AT2020USB ( It has a wide frontal pickup pattern and is USB. I set this up for a fellow streamer and it allowed her to put the mic next to her monitor (out of camera view) and listen to music over speakers (she refused to wear headphones). The stand that it comes with can be dodgy and I would recommend some type of mic stand that has a shock mount to prevent desk/keyboard vibrations being picked up. This will also allow more freedom of movement without mic rustling on clothing unless you are really going to take the time to setup your LAV correctly before each broadcast (cable loop and undercover please (

If you decide that having a LAV is what you would like to do, there are two sure fire options. The Sennheiser G3 ( and the RodeLink ( If money is no problem, you can never go wrong with Lectrosonics (

As far as the audio logistics, you will have the receiver audio out cable go into the mic audio in on the computer. That's if you dont have a mixer or anything like that. The wireless pack will have a dedicated mute switch in the event you need to cough or go to the restroom.

Also to note, wireless packs will chew through batteries and it's always a good idea to replace them when the pack reads one bar for the battery. Last thing you want is a dead mic mid broadcast and you have to scramble for batteries.

u/CormacCamus · 1 pointr/podcasts

I'd say it really depends on your show. With mine, it's just me and a mic and then I record my guests with a skype recorder, so I can't control what they're using for a mic anyway. I use an Audio Technica 2020USB+ and I absolutely love it. It's literally all I'm going to need for awhile. Any upgrading I want to do will simply be preferential on my part.

BUT, if you're doing a show with multiple hosts in the same room, /u/dbspin is right: get a decently priced mixer with the amount of channels you need and several ATR-2100's (which I used to have and is also very solid in quality).

u/ocshoes · 1 pointr/TheCreatures

>sweet ass mixer

Ehhh.. you don't really need a mixer :P The Shure X2U takes care of that if you only have one mic to record with. Also, I'd personally recommend the AT2020USB+ over just the AT2020USB; the headphone jack for live monitoring is extremely useful, imo. That being said, I'd recommend the AT2035 over any AT2020 model if you get the Shure X2U, but obviously that requires a little more money. The nice thing about the AT2035 is that it comes with a shock mount, which imo is a must, even for beginners.

u/lukeman3000 · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Thanks for such a detailed explanation.

I've been using my iPhone to record videos. While getting studio-quality recordings sounds pretty awesome, I'm not sure if I want to deal with the perceived hassle of setting up multiple mics, having cables running everywhere, and etc. Furthermore, I don't think I'm good enough to warrant such a high-quality setup (lol).

I also am not crazy about the idea of having a big mic stand in my bedroom (where I play/record). Something that would take up a lot of space (or so I would think). I did some cursory searching on youtube and as I learned a little bit about dual mic configurations I was left with far more questions than I originally entered with.

I don't know. I could afford a couple mics, and an XLR to USB interface, and some kind of a mounting system. It's just kind of intimidating to me, and I'm not sure if it's currently worth all the effort given everything else.

For a bit of context, here's a video I shot with my iPhone. That video has the best audio I've ever captured with my iPhone. I know that's not saying much, but that's pretty good for my iPhone. So maybe the bar is pretty low, but I'm guessing I'd probably be thrilled with the quality from that audio technica USB mic that was recommended to me above.

What I'd really like is some kind of a simple solution. If I knew that I could set up a pair of mics easily and take it down just as easily, and maybe if I knew what the hell I was doing I wouldn't be so reluctant to try it. This appeals to me because it comes with a little tripod which I could sit on my desk, and that way I could use my webcam to record video (while that records audio). So I can be facing my desk to record, and it's relatively low profile and can be placed elsewhere without too much fuss when not in use.

Maybe a dual mic setup could be similarly convenient and low-profile; I don't know. What do you make of all this?

u/personofmalice · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

Ah, gotcha. That rarely goes on sale, if you are really patient sometimes it does drop near $150.

u/tonyskyday · 1 pointr/trumpet

The Audio-Technica AT2020USB would be a good option. I have an XLR version of a similar model, but that requires a phantom-powered audio interface, which would put you up above $200.


u/d0tn3t1 · 1 pointr/Blackops4

I use off brand headphones that's pretty good, but it's plugged into my microphone.

So my MICROPHONE is connected to my PS4, and my HEADPHONES are connected to it the microphone.

Everything sounds great, but I just wanna get a wireless standalone gaming headset.

u/Monkey_Deee_Luffy · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

You actually can just plug it into your computer, it's a USB mic.

It does have a mini stand, that you put on your desk.

Edit: Wait, I was wrong, here is a link to the same headphones with a USB interface and stand for $150.

u/wombocombo86 · 1 pointr/Guitar

nice thanks. i want to do both but probably more acoustic + classical guitar than electric. i think i will go for the interface + mic.

i just youtubed the two products in my description of other people testing it out with their guitars a few min ago and it seems alright but not very satisfying. i do want better quality audio than that.

so back to the interface + mic.

for mic: i think ill go for the AT2020 but i see two products on amazon. which one would be better?


for interface: from focusrite or presonus, will i be able to find a good interface for unde 100$? if so, can you link me a good one for the best bang for my buck?

Thanks again

u/DivideaConquer · 1 pointr/youtubers

ooooooookkkkkkkk lol well i mean you guys sounded like you had a fun time :) i thought some of it was funny. the thing is i think it would of been more funny if your audio was not so bad. ALWAYS remember that people can forgive bad video but they will never EVER forgive bad audio speeking of that your recording software it was really lagy and kinda buged me after a wile. when you colab with someone make sure that they have a good mic and sound quality otherwise it will bring your video's quality down. Here are some suggestions for equipment that could help you.


1. Blue Microphones Snowball

2. Blue Microphones Yeti

3. AT2020

Facecam: (i know you said you had already ordered a facecam but i thought i would throw this one out there for you just in case also dont forget lighting if you dont have enough light into the room you will get a really bad image.)

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920


(i am glad to hear you have obs there are lots of youtube videos that explain how to set the settings for youtube or twitch so i would sugest looking that up also if you are going to do a face cam this is importent you need NEED to record it separate from your game capture otherwise you risk having the game video and the video of you being un synced try recording your game with OBS and your face cam with Xsplit)


And Free Edditing Software

Hitfilm 3 Express: (second only to adobe)

Gimp 2.0

this is for thumbnails i hope all this helps man :)

u/itsfutur · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Nope, no stand. You'll need the stand and an XLR. If you're looking for a USB version of the AT2020, I think that one comes with a stand.

u/Redtuzk · 1 pointr/microphones

I'd stay off the Snowball completely, it doesn't offer nearly the same voice or built quality as the other microphones that you listed, even the Meteor. A Yeti would fit your needs well. It offers superior quality to the Meteor/Snowball and has a couple of features that you'll probably appreciate. It's not for nothing that so many content-creators use it.

Another choice would be a RØDE NT-USB - it might be slightly outside your budget but offers similar quality to the Yeti (if not slightly better) and matches your colortheme.

There's also the AT2020USB+. It doesn't come with a particularly fantastic stand or anything, so a boomarm of sorts would be a good investment alongside it. It probably offers the best quality out of all the microphones listed above, along with having the correct color of course.

Finally, the only place I could find the black Meteor was on the US Amazon store, but unless you're willing to pay import taxes that's going to be a costly experience. The Meteor is imo the undisputed value king in all this though, sounds very good for the price. I bought one myself when they were on sale a while back for LAN purposes etc where I can't bring my entire main-mic setup.

Hope that helps you out!

u/KingDevlin · 1 pointr/ultrawidemasterrace
u/axlsjolund · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Well the AT2020 comes in a USB version, which will do you just fine. No need to go XLR with it unless you want to spend more money or have loftier plans. Here's a link for the USB one.

If you feel compelled to use XLR, I recommend this.

u/RookieCookieMonster · 1 pointr/singing

You can try just using your hand to redirect the sound waves from your mouth towards your ear, or you can try just closing one ear with a finger or hand. Sometimes you see people do it when they are doing licks or runs for pitch precision.

In terms of equipment, yes this is why musicians in studios wear headphones while singing. They can hear the background music and monitor their vocals as they are being recorded.


Audio-Technica AT2020USB PLUS Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

Rode NT-USB USB Condenser Microphone

One of those USB microphones with built in headphone monitors should work for you. The Rode has better sound quality and comes with a pop filter. The Audio Technica is cheaper, comes with no pop filter, and is slightly bassy sounding. You will probably want a microphone stand and a decent pair of headphones as well.

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

These headphones are really nice and neutral sounding. Close-eared for good recording. The more expensive m50x actually are less neutral and will give a little bit of bass coloring to music.

Edit: If you start doing regular covers this will work well for that as well. You can download the audio files from youtube karaoke videos and then play them using Audacity as you record and monitor your vocals. Audacity is a free recording program that lets you also edit all your tracks. If you play instruments these microphones will do fine with those as well, but you'll have to be careful about placement and room reflections/modes/background noise etc.

u/day9-made-me-do-it · 1 pointr/elearning
  1. I think OBS is the most resource-friendly recording solution. I am able to record HD videos in 30 fps on a fairly medium office machine (Windows 7, i7, integrated graphics). Though to be fair, I have zero experience using either Macs or the Mac version of OBS. The OBS forums are usually a good place to look for solutions on technical issues.

  2. As long as you don't plan to record chat alongside your lesson, chat can run separately. I'd recommend at least two screens for that purpose. If you would like to show chat whenever you address chat questions, you can simply set up another scene in OBS that also shows chat. As soon as you start using scenes, I recommend using global sources instead of simple sources (look it up in the manual). Also, defining hotkeys for scene switching is a life saver for a smooth video. Also note that scene switching basically allows you to record videos in one take without the need for ex-post-edits.

  3. I haven't tried live streaming yet, but I have considered it. A platform like Twtch would be ideal, but it is restricted to gaming. Your best hope at the moment is probably Google hangouts (free) or Adobe Connect (not free). Hangout could look somewhat like this:

  4. Hardware: Computer performance aside, a good microphone should be on the top of your list. What I mean by "good" is something like this

    or this

    or this

    alongside a shock mount and proper stand. The quality of your voice transmission is the first thing people will judge you on, both positivey and negatively.
u/RonvidOfSmallMarsh · 1 pointr/Guitar

Check out either of these or

Small diaphragm mics placed near the soundhole will help reduce ambient and background noise so the focus is more on what is coming straight out of the hole. I personally prefer pencil style mics for this. and fyi I play black metal so really the only acoustic stuff I do is for short little intro's and interludes so I'm not exactly and "expert" but that's my two cents

Edit: I also own a blue yeti for PC gaming and I sometimes use it to do awful clippy distorted vocals, and like others said it's good for scratching together ideas, but not "studio" "recording" quality

u/squidthesid · 1 pointr/letsplay

I definitely agree with you on game selection. I see so many people in a YouTube Gamers Facebook group covering the same games as PewDiePie, JackSepticEye, Markiplier and wondering why they don't grow at all.

I do think that it's fine to make videos on a game if you're new if you have a niche. For example, the PC version of NieR: Automata has a lot of issues, and there are plenty of user mods to alleviate those issues (by using the FAR mod, among other tools). Not many people have video tutorials on those (and none at the time I made the video, I think), so I made some tutorials on those.But that requires some research and knowhow on the game you're covering.

Between three of the videos, I have something like 7.5k views, which is not bad for a fledgling channel like mine (and I didn't really promote the videos on social media).

The AT 2020 is something you might want to link to in your article. I'm happy with my Blue Yeti, but I've heard people prefer the AT 2020.

I'd throw a shoutout for Hitfilm 4 Express as a great free video editing tool. It does pretty much everything you need to out of the box, for no cost, and you can buy reasonably priced upgrade kits to get fancier effects (I think the starter pack is worth the 10 bucks, but I didn't need it).

It doesn't seem to support MP4s with multiple audio tracks (only selects the first one), but if you're using audacity to record your mic, this isn't too much of an issue.

As for scheduling, really good information there. I actually didn't know that information about alerts.

I'd say game specific sub-reddits are fantastic for views. I do a lot of Warframe stuff, and if one of my videos gets popular there, I can easily see 10x the views on a video.

But yeah, great article as a whole and a good intro for newbies.

u/MazcuHS · 1 pointr/battlestations

> Asus MG279Q 27" 1440p 144Hz IPS
Dell P4317Q 43" 60Hz 4K IPS
NZXT S340 Elite Black/Blue (can't find on amazon anymore. this would be the follower )
Asus ROG STRIX B350-F Gaming
Ryzen R7 1700 @3.8GHz
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 DUKE 8G OC
Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB 3000MHz CL15
Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 450W
Deepcool Captain 240mm White
Kingston KC1000 1TB
Crucial MX500 500GB
WD Caviar Green 1TB
Fostex TR-90
Steelseries Rival 600
QPAD FX90 (not on Amazon)
Ducky One TKL RGB Cherry MX Blue (Didn't fint the exact model. It's like this, but with RGB)
Microsoft LifeCam Studio
Yamaha AG06
2x Genelec M030
AudioTechnica AT2020USB+
Skagen Falster 2
Maxnomic Office Comfort Quadceptor OFC Brilliant Blue (a bit different stiching)

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u/giri0n · 1 pointr/youtubers

I'd second the Blue Yeti; they make great mics. I have the Blue Yeti Nano for quick laptop style voice overs and podcasting, and I like it as well. It's a little cheaper, but the sound is a bit flatter (some of that can be changed in post if you like)

As an alternative, I bought this mic from Audio Technica back when I first got into podcasting/video production. Its not super expensive, and there are deals occasionally. The connection is standard USB and the audio quality is very clean. If you're recording in a bedroom/studio or other area that isn't going to get outside noise contamination, this is also a great choice, but it WILL pick up other sounds around you if you aren't careful. But I love mine, and its been a couple years and works great, plus you can accessorize with your choice of pop filters, mounting arms, or whatever else you like.

I'd say as far as cost, with audio - you DO get what you pay for, but you can get really really good quality for under $200 pretty easily. Good luck!

u/OutdoorsBlue · 1 pointr/podcasting

I really appreciate that! I'm not a techie but take pains to read stuff and understand things. Have you ever checked out Cast? Re SimpleCast, I think it costs more than Buzzsprout though.

What mic did you buy? I am looking at either one of these:

Blue Yeti pro with boom arm:

Audio Technica, would get arm and pop filter too:

u/Razzeus · 1 pointr/discordapp

Response got long winded. TLDR I'm using this now which was the solution for me:


My solution was a different microphone. Unfortunately I suspect it won't be the solution in your case. I was using this AKG Pro Audio P3S Dynamic Microphone. After some research I came to the conclusion that Dynamic Microphones aren't really great for recording vocals. At least compared to other types such as Condenser Microphones.

Anyway, before getting my new microphone I tried a cheap Logitech desktop Mic I had in storage (I have no idea why its $40, I got it for ~$8). This was better than the Dynamic Mic but not by much.

So I decided to get a new microphone. I wanted something nice so I started researching condenser microphones. The small issue with them is they usually need a preamp of some kind, as far as I could tell anyway. Good preamps can be $100 bucks and I'm not one to cheap out on hardware so I wasn't going to get a low end one.

Instead I decided on the Audio Technica AT2020 USB Plus. This way the preamp is built into the microphone and everything is converted to digital at the microphone instead of inside the computer, which avoids any interference. This solved my problem with people hearing me in discord.

u/iSmear · 1 pointr/singing

If you care about audio quality and your room sounds good, I'd recommend either the Blue Yeti or the Audio-Technica AT2020. The Blue Yeti has more features, but the AT2020 sounds significantly smoother than the Yeti.

The AT2020 was also designed for more of a "studio-level" purpose than the Yeti, which was designed mainly for on-the-go podcasters and radio personalities. The Yeti will bring out the bass more than the AT2020, which isn't as good for singing (it makes the singing voice sound muddy and unclear).

Do bear in mind that these are condenser microphones, which means they will be quite sensitive to room noise, as they pick up basically everything. But if you're not planning on doing any studio-level work, or if you record in a room that has decent acoustic treatment, these will be great. I use my AT2020 for recording demos when I'm away from home, and I love it to death.

u/GadGamer · 1 pointr/Twitch

Well you could always just use your headset and a standalone mic. I can't think of any streamer who uses a standalone mic and speakers because the issue of feedback is kinda hard to solve. If you are set on using a standalone mic and speakers then your best bet is to get a cardioid microphone. These types of mics are designed to only pick up nearby sounds from a certain angle so you could possibly avoid feedback with one. Some good cardioid mics are the AT2020 and the Blue Yeti

u/lenswipe · 1 pointr/microphones

Option 1

| Type | Item | Link | Price |
|-----------------|-------------|------------| -----------------------------------
| Microphone | Audio Technica AT2020 | | £86.18 |
| Interface | Shure X2U | | £88.49 |
| | | Total | £174.67 |

Option 2
| Type | Item | Link | Price |
|-----------------|-------------|------------| -----------------------------------
| Microphone | Audio Technica AT2020USB | | £114.00 |

u/kiwiandapple · 1 pointr/buildapcforme

The expected date that got the GTX1080 in their shop is the 30th of June.
But the GTX1080 is "released" and available to buy in the US & also UK. It's just that a lot of unaware people are buying the new GPUs as soon as possible, without realizing that the prices often always drop down a bit as well as that after-market cooler & PCB designs come out in a few weeks.

The official release date of the GTX1080 was the 27th of May. So that's why I said, that it's only out / available for a few days.


Hah, no need to apologize? I mean, all the better to have a bit more money, no?
Then you can spend the money elsewhere.
We've talked about the peripherals, sound quality, etc? How about this?

You could for example consider a higher quality DAC&AMP. So instead of the Fulla Schiit, you could get the Magni 2 (AMP) & Modi 2 (DAC).
I know that I've said that you should just use the on-board audio first. But I'm not sure which headphones you're intending to buy now.

Perhaps a better microphone, the Blue Snowball is a pretty good one for sure, but there are other & better options out there.

  • Blue Yeti - The king of the castle for high end consumer microphones

  • Samson Meteor - My own personal microphone, very happy with the quality and size.
  • Audio-Technica AT2020 - A very highly regarded microphone in the recording world. The stock stand that you'll get with it, isn't the best tho, but you can buy an after-market one that's a lot better such as:
  • Acelectronic Boom Arm - Seems like a very solid option considering the price, but you may need to buy an adapter to mount the microphone to it. But if I look at the picture of what you'll get with the AT2020, it seems to work just fine without this.
  • Samson Desk Stand - Good reviews and don't worry, it will fit other brands just fine, since the mounting system is the same for most microphone, altho as said above. You have 2 "standards" in terms of size, so you may again have to buy an adapter.


    Any more questions about the sound, the dip switches, anything? xD
u/popeyetyty · 1 pointr/Trombone
u/packotictacs · 1 pointr/microphones

I'm looking to buy a microphone for my friend, but I have no experience in this department. My friend isn't going professional idol singer mode, but I do still want to have some sound quality and after doing some research, I got some came up some picks and was looking for any insight.

My picks were:

Blue Yeti USB

AT2020+ USB

AT2020 with Behringer audio interface and XLR cable? Do I need this? Its didn't seem to be included in any of these.

Are these alright just for some casual recording/singing?

u/Aperson3334 · 1 pointr/buildapc

Since you're taking /u/klepperx's suggestions and saving some money, you could get a much better microphone and still stay under budget. Since you're getting a desk microphone, there's no need to get a headset (although the Cloud / Cloud II would definitely be the ones to get). What kind of fit and sound signature do you like? Do you need the headphone to be portable? What are your requirements for isolation? Here's my reccommendations at ~$100:

  • Brainwavz HM5 - Closed back, over ear, neutral sound, not easily portable due to lack of folding hinge. Can also be found as Yoga CD880 and NVX XPT 100.
  • AKG K240 Studio - Open back (provides much better positional audio than even most virtual surround, but leaks sound and provides little isolation from background noise), over ear, neutral sound, not portable due to amp requirement.
  • Sennheiser HD 558 - Open back, over ear, neutral sound, not portable due to lack of folding hinge. These are my current headphones, and I can't say enough good things about them. They're very similar to the HD598, with the main difference being the material that they're made of.
  • Sennheiser HD 598 Cs - Closed back version of the HD 598, which are virtually the same as the HD 558. I actually thought these cost more, so they're a great deal. Be aware that they will have a different frequency response (read: more bass) due to being closed-back.
  • Audio Technica ATH-AD500x - Open back, over ear, bright (mid forward), not portable due to lack of folding hinge.

    If you don't like any of the headphone recommendations, try the /r/headphones purchase advice assistant.
u/Amefurikozo · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I see, very informative.

I'm mostly leaning towards this as of now

It's the USB+ version of AT 2020. It has more features like a headphone jack. Can you check it out and tell me what you think?

Edit: basically i'm between this or your suggestion as of now, so your opinion on the USB+ version of the mic i was thinking matters a lot.