Audio-Technica designed the new AT2021 cardioid condenser microphone ($139 MSRP) for home studio and live applications. The AT2021 is said to offer an extended frequency response, high maximum SPL and wide dynamic range.
The microphone’s condenser design offers studio-quality performance for vocal and instrument applications, particularly for acoustic guitar, overheads, piano and group vocals. The AT2021 is also available packaged with the AT2020 in Audio-Technica's AT2041SP Studio Pack.
The AT2021's low-mass element is designed to provide excellent transient response. Corrosion-resistant contacts from the microphone’s gold-plated XLRM-type connector, in addition to the mic’s rugged design and construction, promise consistent, reliable performance and durability for the user. The unit’s cardioid polar pattern rejects pickup of sounds from the sides and rear to improve isolation of the desired sound source.