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Podcasting Equipment: Audio-Technica 2020 microphone

January 20th, 2016
Audio Technica AT2020

Audio Technica AT2020

 

I recently began podcasting after years of blogging and social media engagement via multiple Twitter (primarily @0bytes, @ADubiousDude), Instagram and other accounts.

 

Why

This venture arose, like several of my information security peers, out of a desire to promote my career through social engagements.  A partner and I agreed to invest in this venture at professional information security strategists.  My decision to stand up a podcast about my faith followed as a way to re-purpose the equipment and practices into which I invest for podcasting, extending my stewardship of these tools and skills.

 

Equipment

As my podcasting partner and I invested time over a few months to learn what it takes to produce podcasts that aspire to professional quality we considered tools, services, processes and skills.  We searched out wisdom from various online sources.  As engaged listeners & financial supporters of many podcasts we shared together what qualities we prefer in the product we intend to deliver.  From those efforts I chose the Audio Technica AT-2020 electret cardiod condenser microphone.  It’s an XLR (phantom power) type mic.  It’s Audio Technica’s entry level in professional mics.  It’s available at Amazon.com for $99 as of this writing.  I purchased mine with the CAD Audio AS32 Stand Mounted Acoustic Enclosure for a total of $149.  I’ve been very happy with this device.  It is a solid piece of equipment that reproduces a quality of sound that I and several listeners found satisfying.

 

Processing

While my process isn’t the focus of this review, it may affect the output produced so I share that I use an Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX audio mixer ($129 at Amazon.com).  Output is recorded to a Tascam DR-05 digital audio recorder, which I found on sale at Amazon.com for under $80.  I balance, sequence and mix separate tracks into a final product in AVS Audio Editor on my computer before producing the podcast.

I purchased a lifetime license for AVS4You software suite years ago for $75 or maybe $99 and it’s been one of the best investments for manipulating constantly evolving digital media formats ever since.

 

Result

With limited audio experience there are surely people who have richer insight into this and other microphone equipment but as a neophyte podcaster I’m happy to share my satisfaction with this microphone as my first investment into audio capture for voice.  I expect to enjoy and utilize this investment for many years.  If you’re in a similar situation, I suggest that AT2020 as an inexpensive investment that provides benefits that meet my needs.

 

Noteworthy

We’re still working on our information security podcast and will promote it once we’re publishing regularly.

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