Large-diaphragm cardioid dynamic microphone
Our take on the Electro-Voice RE20 by Crutchfield's Ralph Graves
A broadcast studio standard
It's no surprise that the Electro-Voice RE20 is a favorite among broadcasters and sound engineers. This rugged dynamic microphone was engineered for the human voice. It features a heavy-duty internal pop filter and built-in shock mount to minimize vibration noise. The RE20 is great for spoken word formats, such as radio and podcasting, as well as recording sung vocals.
The RE20's VariableD™ capsule minimizes the "proximity effect,” ensuring consistent tone even when recording off-axis. The mic's large diaphragm and low-mass aluminum voice coil accurately capture fine details. A built-in humbucking coil guards against hum and EMF interference, ensuring a clean recording. The steel case keeps the mic's electronics protected, ensuring years of use, even with constant setup and teardowns.
- designed for voices
- dynamic microphone with large diaphragm
- cardioid pattern for noise rejection and feedback resistance
- bass roll-off switch
- steel body
- humbucking coil rejects EMF interference
- frequency response: 45-18,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 1.5 mV/pascal
- output impedance: 150 ohms
- weight: 1.6 lbs.
- male XLR connector
- 8-9/16"L x 2-9/16"W x 2-9/16"D
- stand clamp
- warranty: 3 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- RE20 cardioid dynamic microphone
- Stand clamp (installed)
- Thread adapter
- Zippered storage case
- Data sheet
- Bosch Packaging Checklist
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Features and Specs
|Application||For studio use|
|Max SPL||Not given|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
Overview: The Electro-Voice RE-series is designed to deliver consistent, high quality performance. The original RE20 debuted in 1968, and quickly became a standard in the broadcast industry because of its smooth performance with the human voice. This cardioid dynamic microphone is also ideal for voice-overs and music production, particularly as an instrument or kick drum mic. The RE20 comes with a sturdy swiveling stand clamp, a 5/8"-to-3/8" thread adapter, and a padded, zippered storage case.
Variable-D Technology: Typically, directional microphones with cardioid, super-cardioid, or hyper-cardioid pickup patterns generate increased low-frequency performance when used close-up. When the distance between the microphone and the source is extended, this "proximity effect" is lost, drastically changing the overall sound. Electro-Voice's exclusive Variable-D technology utilizes dual ports and precisely placed interference ducts at set distances to significantly reduce the "proximity effect", and ensure the same frequency response at up to 180° off-axis as if the source was nearly on-axis. This helps when the announcer, vocalist, or instrumentalist moves around while addressing the microphone.
Cardioid Pickup Pattern: The RE20 has a true cardioid polar pattern for maximum gain before feedback, a voice-tailored frequency response, and no coloration at 180° off-axis.
Bass Roll-off Switch: Near the rear of the RE20 microphone is a 2-way bass roll-off switch. You can set the microphone for a flat response, or to roll-off the lower frequencies between 100Hz and 400Hz at 4.5dB per octave.
Construction: The RE20 is made with a sturdy steel housing, and features an internal element shock-mount to reduce the pickup of mechanical noise. It is internally shielded with a "hum-bucking" coil to prevent unwanted noise. The microphone delivers the response of a studio condenser microphone (without requiring external power) due to its large Acoustalloy diaphragm and low-mass aluminum voice coil. An integrated blast and wind filter covers all acoustic openings on the microphone, and the heavy-duty pop filter eliminate the worry of plosives ("P-pops") or excessive sibilance. This allows the singer or announcer to perform with their lips almost touching the grille screen. The filter also helps to reduce contact noise. The RE20 comes with a Fawn Beige finish.
- Frequency Response: 45Hz to 18kHz
- Type: Dynamic
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Output Impedance: 150Ω
- Connector: Male XLR
- Sensitivity: -1.5 mV/Pa
- Dimensions: Diameter 2.144", Length 8.594"
- Weight: 26 ounces
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