Audio-Technica Debuts AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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Microphones need to be more than just microphones now.

The latest in the trend towards USB microphones that come with multiple on-board functions is the Audio-Technica AT2020USB+, a side-address cardioid condenser mic that carries its own A/D converter, mix control, and headphone jack with volume control. Beyond music recording, the additional features make it a natural for podcasts and VO work, as well as mobile recording.

The new AT2020USB+ is designed to excel at multiple applications, in and out of the studio.

The AT2020USB+ will be available this month for an MSRP of $279.00.

If you like the thought of a mic that does more than just capture sound, read on. Here are the full details from Audio-Technica:

Audio-Technica is debuting its AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser Microphone. Equipped with a USB output, this microphone is designed for digitally capturing music or any acoustic audio source employing users’ favorite recording software. The AT2020USB+ offers studio-quality articulation and intelligibility perfect for home studio recording, field recording, podcasting and voiceover use.

The AT2020USB+ features a built-in headphone jack with volume control that allows users to directly monitor their microphone signal in real time, and a built-in high-output internal headphone amplifier that delivers superior clarity. The microphone also offers mix control that can blend the microphone’s signal with pre-recorded audio (perfect for DJ/karaoke use). The unit’s cardioid pickup pattern delivers excellent off-axis rejection, while its A/D converter, with a 16-bit 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate, ensures extremely articulate sound reproduction.

The microphone is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000, and Mac OS X. It is powered from a USB Bus and includes a tripod desk stand, stand mount, USB cable and soft protective carrying pouch.

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