Video demo and comparison between AT2020 vs. AT4033a, a couple of large diaphragm condenser mics by Audio Technica. Vocals courtesy of Ruth Danon.
Gear-heads and audio enthusiasts, I’ve got another mic demo for you. Third in this series of videos, this one checks out a couple of large diaphragm condenser mics by Audio Technica: AT2020 vs. AT4033a (an earlier edition of the newer AT4033/CL).
Although they belong on two different price ranges, I was almost equally pleased by their output. A new AT2020 retails at less than half of a AT4033CL and around a $100 cheaper than a used AT4033a.
Technical Specs. for the Audio Nerds
|Frequency Response||20-20,000 Hz||30-20,000 Hz|
|Open Circuit Sensitivity||–37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa||-32 dB (25.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa|
|Impedance||100 ohms||100 ohms|
|Maximun Input Sound Level||144 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.||145 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.;|
155 dB SPL with 10 dB pad (nominal)
|Noise||20 dB SPL||17 dB SPL|
|Dynamic Range (Typical)||124 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL||128 dB, 1 KHz at Max SPL|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio||74 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa||77 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa|
|Phantom Power Requirements||48V DC, 2 mA typical||48V DC, 3.2 mA typical|
|Switches||N/A||Flat, roll-off; 10 dB pad (nominal)|
|Low Frequency Roll-off||N/A||80 Hz, 12 dB/octave|
|Weight||12.1 oz (345 g)||13.4 oz (380 g)|
|Dimensions||6.38″ (162.0 mm) long,||6.69″ (170.0 mm) long,|
|Output Connector||Integral 3-pin XLRM-type||Integral 3-pin XLRM-type|
The AT2020 gives a great bang for the buck. It avoids a very common drawback of condenser mics in its price range – that infamous high frequency glassiness you get with on-axis recordings. I was surprised by how little de-essing was required. Its self-noise was a bit more evident in comparison to the AT4033a, but nothing I’d worry about, even in an acapella setting.
The AT4033a provided an even more pleasing result around the highs with a slight emphasis on the low-mids. Combined with being the quieter mic, that’s definitely something I’d prefer to work with. Having said that, if you’re running a home studio on a budget, the AT2020 isn’t far behind and would be a great way to start your mic collection.
Which microphone sounds best to you? Share your thoughts below!
Vocals courtesy of Ruth Danon
Visit her channel: http://www.youtube.com/ruthdanon
Song: “Down by the Salley Gardens” (W.B. Yeats)