Electro-Voice RE20 Dynamic Cardioid Microphone

Updated April 1, 2019 |  by Hollagully



Electro-Voice RE20

  • Type: Dynamic
  • Frequency response: 45 – 18,000 Hz
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Output impedance, Low-Z balanced 150 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 1.5 mV/Pa
  • Humbucking coil
  • Rugged Construction
  • Variable-D for minimal proximity effect

The Electro Voice RE-20 is a studio and broadcast standard – a favourite among radio and audio professionals worldwide. Whether its the recording studio, live stage, a live broadcast, or any form of recorded media, you’re likely to find one of these pulling its weight in crucial circumstances.

This is a dynamic cardioid microphone built with Variable-D design which means that it is virtually free of any bass boosting proximity effect during close miking. Its “bass tilt down”  switch attenuates 4.5dB of low frequency from 400-100Hz. A heavy-duty internal pop filter adds to the reduction of vocal plosive while also taming sibilance, and a internal shock mount reduces vibration-induced noise from external sources such a low-end rumble. This means that it also does an outstanding job on kick drums and bass amps.

The Electro Voice RE-20 has an exceptionally flat and wide frequency response (45Hz – 18kHz,) coupled with excellent transient response, making it comparable to much more expensive cardioid condenser microphones. It performs extraordinarily well for vocalists of all ranges and styles as it lacks any hyped frequencies, also meaning it is a studio workhorse for miking any individual sound source of wide dynamic range.

An Acousticalloy diaphragm in combination with a low-mass aluminum voice coil make the RE-20 capable of reproducing extremely high sound pressure levels with no concern of overload and distortion. It is also capable of weathering high-humidity environments and temperatures that tend to degrade competitive condenser microphones in the market.

Durable steel housing and an effective hum-bucking coil offer superior handling to EV noise rejection; or magnetically induced hum and buzz. This noise comes in from all sorts of place such as speakers, cellular phones, etc.

The Electro Voice RE-20 is an industry staple and a podcasters go-to. For singers it is a one-stop-shop offering the flexibility and durability needed to get professional results out of a vocal microphone that will surely remain your go-to for years to come.

Further Reading:

To help you out on your quest to find a great microphone for recording vocals at home, we’ve included links below to detailed reviews of a few models that feature similar characteristics to the Electro Voice RE20.

We’ve put together The Ultimate Guide to Vocal Microphones that will teach you about all the components and characteristics that make up a microphone. Learn about a variety of popular vocal microphones and why some are best suited for particular voices and recording conditions.

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