The Audio Technica AT2020 is a very versatile microphone and is one of the first microphones that people will buy for their home studio.

When you’re setting up the AT2020 for the first time, it’s very common to ask, “does the AT2020 need 48v of Phantom Power?”.

Quick Answer: The Audio Technica AT2020 is a condenser microphone and all condenser microphones require 48v of phantom power in order to work.

Phantom Power For Audio Technica AT2020

Audio Technica AT2020

The Audio Technica AT2020 is a Condenser Microphone. All condenser microphones require 48v of electricity to charge the capsule of the microphone.

The condenser microphone capsule is made of two parallel parts, the diaphragm and a backplate. The diaphragm move as sound waves hit it. The diaphragm movement interacts with a backplate charged with 48v to generate an electrical signal sent down the XLR cable to your audio interface or mixer.

If you fail to supply a condenser microphone with 48v of electricity, it will not work at all. You must supply them with phantom power (48v) to make the microphone work.

AT2020 Phantom Power (48v) Pricing

AT2020 Phantom Power (48v) Topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:19 – Equipment Used
  • 0:29 – Pricing & Specs
  • 0:46 – Does Audio Technica AT2020 Need 48v Phantom Power?
  • 1:15 – Battery vs Power Supply
  • 1:30 – Interface & Mixer 48v Power Supply
  • 2:25 – AT2020 Without Phantom Power
  • 3:13 – Phantom Power Buttons
  • 3:28 – Final Thoughts

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