This latest addition to the A-T 20 Series is a stereo microphone
featuring dual unidirectional condenser capsules in an X/Y configuration. The capsules pivot to facilitate either narrow (90-
degree) or wide (120-degree) stereo operation, and fold down
for safe storage in the included pouch. Also provided are a 5/8"
stand clamp, a short proprietary XLRF mic cable terminated in
a 1/8" TRS connector, and a “fuzzy” windscreen. A single AA
battery powers the unit (the mic cannot be used with phantom
power). According to the documentation the AT2022 ($439
retail/$249 street) has a frequency response of 20Hz-20kHz, a
103dB dynamic range (1kHz at max SPL), and a 75dB signal-tonoise
ratio (1kHz at 1 Pa). A 3-position switch selects Off, Flat
response, or L-Cut (low-frequency roll-off at 150Hz).
I connected the AT2022 to a Kodak Zi8 video camera, a Boss
Micro BR digital recorder, and an Olympus VN-6000 Voice
Recorder. I used it to record a small ensemble (quietly amplified electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, and hand percussion)
from ten feet away, a Guild 12-string acoustic two feet
away, and several people sitting around a coffee table conversing
with the mic in the middle. The AT2022 did an admirable
job of capturing all of the sound sources, exhibiting a smooth
and well-balanced frequency response—though placing the mic
closer to the sources produced a deeper and fuller sound in all
cases. The stereo separation was appreciable on both narrow
and wide settings, with most of the directionality naturally happening
towards the high end. The mic was also very quiet, especially
with the L-Cut engaged.
The AT2022 is an excellent choice for anyone desiring to significantly up the audio quality of recordings made using recorders
and video cameras with 1/8" TRS mic inputs—be it documenting
rehearsals and gigs, producing superior demo videos, tracking
with a portable rig, location recording, or podcasting.
KUDOS Excellent sound quality. Quiet operation.
CONCERNS Requires proprietary cable.
CONTACT Audio-Technica, (330) 686-2600; audio-technica.com
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