Pros: Great for the price, Works well for what it is, "stylish"
Cons: No real negatives if you use it properly
I chose the AT2020USB for three reasons: it was cheap, black, and performed well according to reviews.
This awesome microphone is a cardioid type microphone powered by the USB that also transfers data. No driver needed, just automatically detected by Windows and you are up and running. Just make to change it as your default device in your recording devices section/what program you are using!
When you look at the price point there are a myriad of options, but two really stand out. The AT2020USB and the Blue Yeti USB. I was leaning more towards the Blue Yeti at first, but this I chose the AT2020USB because it was black. I know, a bit vain but I really didn’t want a silver microphone on a black stand with a black keyboard, a black mouse, black monitors… Well, you get the point, I did not want it to stick out. From my research, the Blue Yeti is not really a superior microphone, but just one with a different set of features and function. Obviously I would not choose a microphone purely on looks especially when a competitor could offer more at the same price.
In a sense, this microphone is cheap. At the time of purchasing, the hundred dollars I spent on it did not seem like much. It may not be in everyone’s budget to spend 100 dollars on a microphone for Skype, VoiP communications, and a small time youtube channel, but I feel like it was worth it considering the quality I do get out of the microphone.
It does perform well, but sadly not in the main application I bought it for. The main reason I bought it was for my youtube channel. It is a great hobby that has taught me many skills I might have not otherwise obtained. It’s a great podcasting microphone and that’s what it is marketed towards. Do not get me wrong, you can get great quality out of the microphone in the application of youtube videos. I believe I have displayed that quite well in my previous reviews. If I purchased a microphone actually suited for my application, I could not only get better audio quality but not have to spend as much time or maybe even any time editing it like I currently do.
So why doesn't it work well for my application? Like previously said, it’s not actually meant for what I’m doing. It works great for skyping with friends or other forms of VoiP communication, but not as well for youtube. I have fixed this to some extent by keeping the AT2020USB near my face to reduce the echoes and ambient noise that would be prevalent if I kept the microphone out of frame. I’m going to be experimenting a bit more with the microphone and adjusting my camera shots so that I can hopefully get it out of frame until I can afford a better microphone solution.
All in all it’s a great microphone. It definitely has its purpose and I hate that I am not using it for that, but even for what I am using for it works. I would definitely recommend the microphone, just make sure you know what you are getting into!