Electro-Voice RE20 Classic Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

Add an industry-standard cardioid dynamic mic to your studio with the classic Electro-Voice RE20 -- a favorite of broadcasters and sound engineers.
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 read more 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
Black
Shipping Weight: 2.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 12 x 7 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ELE RE20BLACK
Classic Beige
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 12 x 7 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ELE RE20
Classic Beige, with Microphone Pack
Shipping Weight: 5.25 lbs
Classic Beige, with 309A Shockmount, Boom Arm, and Cable
Shipping Weight: 9.5 lbs
Classic Beige, with Broadcast Pack
Shipping Weight: 14.75 lbs
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-289-0096

Electro-Voice RE20 Dynamic Microphone

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
(16 ratings)
Submitted June 24, 2010 by a customer from prodigy.net
"Awesome mic, BUY IT! But invest in a preamp with A TON of gain, you'll need it!"
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Overall, this mic is the most bang you can get for your hard-earned buck. When it comes to dynamic mics, this one shines. BUY IT!

Sound
The sound of this mic is unbeatable for vocal applications, as proven by the radio industry's preference of it. For the price, dynamic mics don't get any better than this, also proven by the radio industry's preference of it, as radio stations are notoriously cheap. It has a textured, warm sound that makes my nasally drone actually tolerable. I do a weekly podcast, and this mic has been awesome for me. If you're planning on doing any spoken word recording, do yourself 2 favors: buy this mic, and spring for the package with the boom stand and shockmount, you'll thank me later. I would have given this mic a 10 on everything, if it wasn't for the fact that it requires a MASSIVE amount of gain to bring it to a good broadcast level. I was not warned about this, and had to find out the hard way. BE ADVISED: BUY A GOOD PREAMP (with AT LEAST +60db of gain), IF YOU'RE PLANNING ON USING THIS MIC TO DO ANYTHING QUIETER THAN SHOUTING INTO IT.

Features
The mic comes in a hard case that's padded inside, which is essential if you ever travel with your mic. Mine happens to be stationary, so I never use it, but it's comforting to know that it's there. I believe it also came with an xlr cable, but I bought it as part of the package, so I'm not sure if the cable was part of read more that. It also has a bass-rolloff switch on the back, which I haven't found particularly useful thus far.

Ease of Use
Awesome. Plug & play, no explanation necessary.

Quality
Very well made. It is made of sturdy steel, and thus weighs significantly more than any other dynamic mic I've ever held. It feels really solid in your hand (although, I suggest you spring for a stand, because it can get pretty heavy over a period of time). This is a top-quality, durable mic.

Value
This mic, at the price it goes for, can't be beat. The best you could do would be a lateral move, and I challenge anyone to find another mic in the same price range that compares.

Manufacturer Support
I have no idea how the support team over at Electrovoice is, as I haven't had the misfortune of having an issue with my mic, so I'm just gonna give them a 10, so as not to bring down the average of my score. I LOVE THIS MIC!

Musical Background:
Active Musician / Podcaster

Musical Style:
Hip-Hop / Comedy
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