New Gear Review: Audio-Technica AT2020USBI

The AT2020USBi is a cardioid-only condenser USB microphone; it features iOS compatibility and new connection options. The AT2020USBi has a built-in A/D converter with up to 24-bit/96 kHz capability, perfect for home studios, field recording, podcasting and voiceover.

The AT2020USBi operates either using a USB and/or Lightning cable (both included), so you can connect it easily to digitally capture audio on PCs, Macs or iOS devices. I like the integrated gain control—no menus to crawl through—just quickly reset gain “on-the-fly” directly on the microphone.

The AT2020USBi weighs 350 grams and works with PCs running Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Mac OS X and iOS devices. It comes with a foldup tripod desk stand for portable, stable tabletop use. Other accessories are: 5/8”-27 to 3/8”-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch; 4.9-ft USB cable and 4.9-ft Lightning cable.

The AT2020USBi sells for $199 MAP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com