How To Attach The AT-2020 To A Standard Microphone Stand

Hey, there!

The number one question I’m asked about this amazing mic, the AT-2020 USB Plus (in all it’s various incarnations, including the Plus) from audio-technica, is:

“Why won’t my AT-2020 fit on my mic stand?”

I got not one, but two emails and a frantic phone call in the last couple of days, all asking the same question.

The most desperate of the calls came on Friday morning.

Leticia was beside herself.

“I just don’t get this – I got the desktop mic stand you said I should get, which is great, and I got the AT-2020 USB Plus, which is great, but I can’t figure out how to attach it to the mic stand. The hole is too small for them to fit together! I’ve tried everything – I’ve even disassembled it and put it back together to see if there’s a part missing.”

She started to sob, and said under her breath, “I’m embarrassed to tell you what I resorted to – duct tape. And it looks completely stupid! What am I doing wrong?”

I told her that everything was going to be OK, and that it was a simple, but not-so-obvious solution.

It’s all about adapters and not-so-obvious instructions.

Let’s look at what comes in the AT-2020 USB box: the mic itself, an instruction booklet, the warranty registration, and the carrying pouch, which has three more things packed inside: the USB cable, the tiny, almost useless three-legged mic “stand”, and the bracket that connects the mic to the almost useless three-legged mic “stand”.

And, let’s also take a look at the tips of both the almost useless three-legged mic “stand”, and the one I recommend you purchase to go with your mic (the OnStage Desktop Mic Stand). Let’s call that the “good” stand.

You’ll notice that the threaded top of the two stands are different sizes. The smaller one, on the almost useless three-legged mic “stand”, fits the bracket perfectly.

But if you use it, there’s a good chance your mic will fall over. Seriously, it’s an awful choice.

But that bracket will also fit the “good” stand with its larger diameter. It just takes a nickel. Or, if you can spare the change, a quarter.

Look carefully at the bracket, where the hole is that fits the almost useless three-legged mic “stand”, and you’ll notice something interesting about the metal threads – there are two notches cut into the surface of the colored metal core.

And if you take your nickel, or quarter, and insert it into those two notches, and twist to the left (with all your strength – AudioTechnica really seats this item in there tight), you’ll be able to unscrew what is actually an inner threaded adapter right out of the bracket, leaving behind a larger, threaded hole that will fit the “good” stand just right.

Here’s a video from our Labs area that shows you how to do this:

(And there are lots more Lab videos like this, and they’re all available to you if you’re a VO2GoGo Pro.)

I so wish AudioTechnica made this more obvious in their instructions.

So, you can now put away the duct tape. And the almost useless three-legged mic “stand.” And the now-removed threaded adapter.

(I usually tell clients to pitch into the trash the almost useless three-legged mic “stand”, but it makes a great storage option for the now-removed threaded adapter.)

And yes, this works for the studio version of the AT-2020, as well as the two USB versions.

When I shared this little tip with Leticia, and the other 200 or 300 people who’ve contacted me about this, an audible sigh of relief was heard.

I love that.

And I hope this helps.


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