Rode NT1 and Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Side-by-Side Comparison

In this video I do a short comparison of the Rode NT1 and the Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ condenser mics. Both of these mics are excellent and the differences in sound and quality are small. So I advise using headphones or earbuds to hear the difference. I refer to the shock mount I use on my AT2020USB+ and the pop filter as 2 different items I purchased but they’re part of the same package. See the link below.

Here’s what I discovered after doing this test. 1) The AT2020USB+ has more of an upper end presence and slightly more bass. This is reflected in the frequency response curve for the mic. 2) The Rode NT1 has a flatter frequency response curve and that resulted in slightly more clarity than the AT2020USB+ overall. But these differences are slight. If you’re looking for a good condenser mic for podcasting or voiceover/audiobook narration, either one of these mics is a good choice that will be easy on your pocketbook.

The shock mount I mention in this video will set you back about $12 and does fit the ElectroVoice RE20, among several other models. This is a great deal considering the massive shock mount offered by EV will set you back about $100. And this shock mount will hold any mic it’s designed for securely. Here are my links to the products mentioned in this video:

Rode NT1 Condenser Mic Kit

Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Condenser Mic

AT2020 Shock Mount with Pop Filter

This is another shock mount I own but didn’t mention in this video. If you’re looking for another good shock mount for an RE20 mic that doesn’t include the pop filter above, this may be what you’re looking for:


This Lapel Mic is Unidirectional

NOTE: The Zoom H6 course I reference in this video is no longer available. I finally found a lapel mic that’s unidirectional. Its the JK MIC-J 055 Lapel Microphone and it’s so much better than other lapel mics I’ve found in this price range. I used it in this video so you could hear the audio quality for yourself. I didn’t do any post production on the audio other than loudness leveling. At the time of this recording, it runs $29 on Amazon. Here’s the link: