The Even Cheaper AT-2020 Microphone

Hey, there!

The AudioTechnica AT2020 USB Plus (+) microphone is my favorite. It has an amazing sound, amazing portability, a headphone jack, and it also plugs in nicely via the Apple Camera Adapter to your iPad, should a Mac or PC not be around.

And it’s really inexpensive.

But is it possible for it to be even less expensive? Like, just $60??


Here’s why.

at-2020-usb-plusI love the AT-2020 USB Plus.

Depending upon how Amazon is feeling that day, you can pick one up for $170 or so.

Which is a huge-ass bargain.

But…every so often, I get an email from a client or student or friend or relative or stranger, telling me that they got an even better deal. They didn’t pay even $170 for it. Or $100 or $70. In fact, they brag, they got the AT-2020 for around $60. How ’bout them apples, David H. Lawrence XVII?? Hah!

I hate having to burst their bubbles, but I proceed to do so, gently, and for their own good.

That mic they picked up for $60 is not the mic I told them to get.

Oh, it looks like it (although it’s black, not gunmetal gray).

Sounds like it, pretty much exactly (if they could ever get sound out of it).

Named like it, pretty much exactly. But, it’s not it.

What that AT-2020 they got such a great deal on is missing is three letters: USB. See, AudioTechnica makes three versions of the mic, two USB (the USB Plus version I recommend, and the old AT-2020 USB – note, no Plus in the name – that lacks a headphone jack and runs about $120), and one that’s an analog studio mic with a typical XLR connector jack…that costs about $60.

And sure enough, I get another email from them a few days later when the $60 AT-2020 arrives.

They usually ask two questions: “Where’s the mic cable??”, and if they’ve already gone to the music store to get a compatible XLR cable, “How do I plug this in on my computer??”

There isn’t one. And you can’t.

So please – I beg you to listen closely – if you’re getting a typical Audacity/AT-2020 set up, please pay attention, and order the AudioTechnica AT-2020 USB Plus, NOT the AudioTechnica AT-2020 (without the USB in the model number/name). I’m not even going to link to that version of the mic, so you’re not confused.

And if you see what you think is the USB version for $60 or so, rest assured that it’s not the one you need – it’s cheaper because it’s not the USB version, and doesn’t have that awesome pro-quality analog-to-digital circuitry in it.

I hope I’ve saved you a week of ordering, scratching your head, returning and then getting the right mic.

Hope this helps.


10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Having a well-produced demo is one of the most important things in the VO business. I had a number of demos made from other producers in the past and they all had one thing in common — that manufactured, cookie cutter sound!
    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #


    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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