Studio-quality articulation from Audio-Technica’s AT2020USB+
Audio-Technica recently unveiled its AT2020USB+ cardioid condenser microphone. Equipped with a USB output, the new mic is designed for digitally capturing music or any acoustic audio source employing a user’s favourite recording software.
The AT2020USB+ is said to offer ‘studio-quality’ articulation and intelligibility, making it particularly suited for home studio recording, field recording, pod casting and voiceover use. Key to its appeal is its built-in headphone jack with volume control, allowing a user to directly monitor their microphone signal in real time, in addition to a built-in high-output internal headphone amplifier.
The unit also offers mix control that can blend the microphone’s signal with pre-recorded audio, which is particularly suited for DJ and karaoke use. The cardioid pickup pattern takes care of the off-axis rejection, while its A/D converter with a 16-bit 44.1/48kHz sampling rate ensures articulate sound reproduction.
The microphone is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000 and Mac OS X. It is powered from a USB bus and includes a tripod desk stand, stand mount, USB cable and soft protective carrying pouch.
Also new from the manufacturer is the new System 10 digital wireless system, which operates in the 2.4GHz range. Key to its appeal is that it avoids TV and DTV interference, presenting itself as a high fidelity wireless solution for houses of worship, musicians/hobbyists, karaoke and corporate applications.
System 10 wireless ensures clear communications by providing three levels of diversity assurance: frequency, time, and space. Frequency diversity sends the signal on two dynamically allocated frequencies for interference-free communication, whereas time diversity sends the signal in multiple time slots to maximise immunity to multipath interference. Meanwhile, Space diversity uses two antennas on each transmitter and receiver to maximise signal integrity
According to the manufacturer, System 10 offers ‘accurate sound and easy operation with instantaneous channel selection, sync and set-up’. Up to eight channels may be used together, reportedly without any frequency coordination problems or group selection issues, and its receivers and transmitters offer a digital ID display.
The single-channel System 10 includes the ATW-R1100 single-channel receiver and either a body-pack transmitter or handheld microphone/transmitter. Multiple system configurations are available, with handheld vocal microphone/transmitters and UniPak body-pack transmitters designed for use with lavalier, headworn and instrument microphones as well as electric guitars.