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Sunday, May 26, 2013

New Music Gear Monday: The AT 2020USB+ Mic

So much of our everyday audio communication happens at the computer these days, from Skype conversations to Google+ Hangouts to podcast and video blogs. Where once upon a time we could get by with the less than ideal built in mic in the computer, it's more and more important that we sound as good as possible, especially if what we'll be doing will end up on YouTube.

While most of us have home studios, sometimes it's just too complicated to set it all up just for a quick Skype conversation. That's why the new upscale USB mics are all the rage. They're quick and easy to use and make you sound like a million bucks. Which brings us to the subject of this week's New Music Gear Monday - the Audio Technica AT2020USB+.

The 2020USB+ is the latest iteration of the mic that now adds a headphone output for zero latency monitoring. There's also a new mix control that allows you to mix the level of the mic with the output of the computer in the event you're playing something back. It doesn't have much else in terms of controls (besides a level control), but eliminating the need for a preamp and a couple of cables just made your setup so much easier, at no cost in audio quality. The mic has a street price of around $169.

Check out this video that not explains how it works, but give you an idea of how it sounds as well.


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1 comment:

CC said...

That headphone outlet is a huge improvement -- being able to hear myself makes all the difference in the world to me. Great job by them to add it.


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