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Electro-Voice RE20 Classic Cardioid Dynamic Microphone, New

Add an industry-standard cardioid dynamic mic to your studio with the classic Electro-Voice RE20 -- a favorite of broadcasters and sound engineers. (18) Read 5 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Broadcast yourself to the world with confidence with the Electro-Voice RE20. An industry standard on voiceover -- and a secret-weapon mic on kick drum and bass amps -- the RE20 is a classic cardioid dynamic microphone that's well equipped to handle whatever comes your way when the red light is on. Its Variable-D design and heavy-duty, internal P-pop filter reduce proximity effect, while the internal element shockmount significantly reduces vibration-induced noise. A bass roll-off switch is conveniently placed, so it's easy to adjust spectrum balance at a moment's notice. Ideal for more than just speech, Electro-Voice's RE20 will shine when used on everything from voice-overs to drums to winds. If you're looking for a solidly built broadcast studio mic with a great reputation, get your hands on an RE20 and start recording.

Reliable Large-Diaphragm Dynamic Design

The RE20 features a large diaphragm and a low-mass aluminum voice coil -- a tried-and-true diaphragm assembly that allows the microphone to reproduce high sound pressure levels (SPL) without being affected by distortion or overload. Combine that with a humbucking coil housed inside a robust steel enclosure, and you get a mic that also resists magnetically induced hum and noise, making it a high-performance microphone for broadcasting studios, vocal booths, and other recording environments that may be overrun with hum and buzz.

Built-in Pop Filter Keeps Plosives and Proximity Effect At Bay

Some broadcasters and VO talent tend to "eat" the microphone, but that's no problem with the RE20. Go ahead and place this mic close to your mouth -- the RE20 has an internal pop filter designed to reduce, and essentially eliminate, plosives. Electro-Voice's Variable-D technology helps keep proximity effect in check, allowing the RE20 to capture the essence of vocals and instruments, even at a close range, without introducing unwanted bass or audio artifacts -- making this mic ideal for recording tight vocals, defined drums, and more. So go ahead and get up close and personal with this mic. The RE20 can handle it.

A True Cardioid Mic

This microphone sports a cardioid polar pattern, so it's perfect for picking up sounds in front of the mic and rejecting sounds from the sides and rear. Though cardioids are typically used on vocals, you can also use the RE20 on accordions, acoustic strings, brass, guitar amps, kick drums, snares, speech, toms, woodwinds, and other instruments too, if you're creative.

Features:

- Large-diaphragm cardioid dynamic microphone
- Variable-D technology helps reduce proximity effect
- True cardioid pickup pattern with no coloration at 180-degrees off-axis
- Voice-tailored frequency response of 45 Hz to 18 kHz
- Large diaphragm assembly for high SPL handling
- Humbucking coil that resists magnetically induced hum and noise
- Bass roll-off switch for appropriate spectrum balance
- Impedance, Low-Z balanced: 150 Ohms
- 3-Pin XLR connector type
- Sensitivity: 1.5 mV/Pascal open circuit voltage
- Rugged steel housing

Seen in front of broadcasters, kick drums, bass amps, vocalists, and countless other sources, the RE20 is known for its minimal proximity effect and a clarity rivaling that of many condenser mics -- but it's a large-diaphragm, cardioid dynamic! And with its internal shock mount and pop filter and switchable bass roll-off, The RE20 makes it easy to capture more signal and less noise.

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- Element: Dynamic
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Impedance, Low-Z balanced: 150 Ohms
- Connector Type: 3-pin XLR
- Open Circuit Voltage: 1.5 mV/Pascal
- Finish: Fawn Beige
- Case Material: Steel
- Weight Net: 737 g (26 oz.)
- Dimensions (Height X Max Diameter): 217 x 54 mm (8.54 in. x 2.13 in.)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 12 x 7 x 4 in
Electro Voice Warranty ´╗┐Electro-Voice offers the following warranties: 5 years on speakers; 3 years on electronics; and 2 years on microphones.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-392-3497

Product Description

Industry Standard Variable-D dynamic cardioid microphone is a favorite among broadcasters and sound engineers worldwide. The Variable-D design and heavy-duty, internal P-pop filter reduce proximity effect while the internal element shock mount reduces vibration-induced noise. Bass roll-off switch.

Microphone Applications:

- Vocals
- Accordion
- Acoustic Strings
- Brass
- Guitar Amp
- Kick Drum
- Snare
- Speech
- Tom
- Woodwinds
Customer Reviews
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Sound: When paired with a decent preamp, one of the greatest vocal mics ever designed. The detail of a condenser (without the irritating "edge" on most "budget-friendly" condensers) with the inherent advantages of a dynamic. Much more flattering to the human voice than most condensers, and much more flexible. Excellent on guitar and bass cabs, brass, drums also. Not a "go-to" mic for strings and very soft, breathy vocals. Known in many circles as the quintessential broadcast mic for good reason - But definitely not limited to broadcast applications by a long shot. Feature: A roll-off switch. Do you need more? No. Bummer that the shock mount isn't included, but to reach the price point, understandable. Ease of Use: (1) Plug in. (2) Make noise. (3) Smile. Quality: Simplistic and elegant design, built like a rock. Could probably be used to hammer nails between sessions. Value: To get a mic of this quality and flexibility for the "street" price they're asking is almost obscene. Manufacturer Support: N/A - Never had one fail. That being said, I'm a user, not an owner. But with the amount of obviously well-used RE (and PL) 20's that I use and see at other facilities regularly, it doesn't seem to be prone to breaking down. The Wow Factor: The new "trend" towards "condenser microphones" being synonymous with "vocal recording" completely overlooks some of the best vocal microphones made such as the RE20 and Shure's SM7. It's sad, as a lot of people will, by choice, never experience the RE20 because it's not a condenser mic. Those who are closed-minded enough to think that way deserve the scratchy and "overly-strident" vocal tracks they're going to cut anyway. The RE20 should be part of every single mic collection. It's one of few microphones that I've ever said that about. It has it all - Amazing sound, excellent performance, unbelievable flexibility, even up to and including the "wow" factor from the client. Even the design screams "Authority" - It looks pro, it sounds pro, because it is without a doubt, manufactured with professional use in mind. Overall: If you're in the huge collection of novice engineers, or just suffering from CCCS (Cheesy Chinese Condenser Syndrome), do yourself a favor and audition the RE20. It may turn into your "go to" vocal mic (among many other things).
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Sound: I have been using the RE20 for more than 15 years, for broadcast and recording studio applications. The sound quality is always warm and smooth, and the flexibility of this mic is amazing -- from vocals, voice-overs, to guitar cabinets, bass drums, floor toms and much more. Feature: It is a simple mic with few features aside from the roll-off switch. Plug it in and you're in business. Ease of Use: With a little adjustment (as with any professional mic), you'll get great results from this mic in many different situations with minimal effort. Couple it with a good preamp and you're all set. Quality: The RE20 is built solid as a rock for years of dependable use. It feels that way when you hold it in your hand, too. Weighty and solid. Value: The RE20 represents a great value for the price in a pro mic. Manufacturer Support: I've never heard of anyone having a problem with an RE20 so I can't say anything negative about the company. EV is well known for quality products for many years. The Wow Factor: This is a large mic, looks and feels all business. It's not dainty or particularly sexy, but it doesn't need to be -- it does exactly what it is supposed to. Overall: I'll keep using this mic until I retire from music recording. That's a long way off.
Style of Music: Rock and fusion
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