All user reviews for the Electro-Voice RE20
This open circuit dynamic microphone has an impedance of 150 ohms and a frequency response of 45Hz-18 kHz. I love the way this microphone sounds on our Pearl kick, it brings that thump while still keeping the sound punchy. We don’t even have to mess with the EQ at all when we record kicks with the Electro Voice RE20.
Depending on what your main use for this microphone is I do suggest getting a good quality shock mount for it, Electro Voice does make a shock mount for it but you have to pay for it separately and it is not cheap. The shock mount itself will cost you a little over a hundred dollars.
Since you can use this microphone for almost any applications, live or studio; it makes it a must have for any band or group that is a dynamic group recording not only vocals but instruments as well. You will need a microphone that can handle whatever you throw at it and the RE20 is just that. I was not too sold on Electro Voice microphones before we got this one, but since we have been using it I have to respect the company now because this is by far one of the best all around microphones that I have used.
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chrislieck's review "Industry Standard"
A must have for broadcast or kick drum or bass amp micing. Can take hot levels and sounds fantastic. Not the best for lead vocals on music though. The Electro-Voice RE20 is a dynamic cardioid microphone so it is limited and you should know that. Like I said it was created specially for recording, broadcast and sometimes live for horns and kick.
It does have a bass enhanced sound so be aware of that when you buy this mic but if you want a great mic for about 400.00 Ebay. GOOD BUY.
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It uses a condenser technology.
The thing that I like most about it is how well it captures the sounds, the wide frequency response , and of course the material of what is made that is extremely solid and heavy which I find very importantly in terms of using the mic in random studios and places.
Another great features of this product is that it has an internal pop filter that reduce proximity effect while the internal element shock mount reduces the noise from the external source.
I also must mention the fact that it can be used to record several type of musical instruments:
Pianos, Strings, Ensembles, Flute, Snare , acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and all types of percussion.
Practically, you just plug in and with some compression and eq you almost have the job done, that's how good this mic is, and that's how you can rate the mic by it's use and quality of sound.
However this mic costs around 800$ so it's a more expensive type of mic, but I gotta admit if you have the money and you're searching for something that is gonna last a while you should try
Electro-Voice RE20 Classic Cardioid Dynamic Microphone because it provides that pro quality that you find in expensive studios, basically the precision and capture of the sounds is almost perfect, it has a deep frequency response so no matter what type of voice you have, you're an bass, tenor, alto, countertenor , soprano, high soprano, this mic will capture exactly what you're wanting.
I've tried several dynamic and condenser mic's , I'm really thankful that I had the pleasure to work with this mic on my friend's studio. It sounds great and well-detailed.
AV Inspire's review "EV RE20"
It is a dynamic microphone with a nice balanced sound, Great in many applications. Also on kick and saxophone it does a great job.
Only the size of it might be an issue. Sound is great. Compared to other dynamic microphones he is expensive but his quality's make that good.
MGR/AlexV's review "Electrovoice RE 20"
I bought this mic at Guitar Center in Nashville about a year back for right around $400. I had used two on my floor toms in a session and fell in love with the sound and knew I had to buy one.
Many studio guys write this mic off to fast because it is mainly used at radio stations for broadcast audio because of its great low end response and the fact that it's built like a tank. About a year ago I tracked drums on a session and the engineer threw two of these up on my floor toms and one as a close mic on our guitarist's cab. To me it had a better attack and resonance than the go to MD 421 and outperformed any D112 that's been thrown on my 18' floor.
I don't so much recommend it on a guitar cab as this engineer had done. You loose a lot of air in the spectrum and it picks up much more low end than you probably will want in any rhythm or lead guitar track.
Like I said, this mic is built like a tank. It's a lot like a SM57 or SM58 as far as it's ability to get beat up - will dent the grill but the internals will almost surely be fine!
Bottom Line? Get over your preconceived notions about the RE 20 and buy one for your studio...it's tough, sounds good, and great on your lower frequency instruments.
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I guess the best quality of this microphone is it's reliability. While it's rarely the best choice in a studio for vocals, it will suffice in most situations. I tend to prefer large diaphragm condenser mics when recording vocals, but I have heard from colleagues that this mic has worked wonders for them. Hearing the results that they achieved, I'd have to agree. I guess I simply didn't have the kind of sessions that they did. I personally prefer what it can do with drums and bass. The mic is great for bass amps, and was my go-to mic for quite a while, until I expanded my collection and started working at a studio where they had more mics. Kick drums also sound pretty great with this, especially when used in tandem with an AKG D112. I once tried it as an overhead mic just for fun, and surprisingly, it worked rather well. It gave the drums a fatter, thicker sound that made them sound sort of vintage. This might not be what you're looking for most of the time, but it's still pretty cool.
Something I particularly like about this mic is it's ability to reduce noise and bleed. I once recorded drums and electric guitar in the same room, and this mic was hands down the best at reducing bleed from the guitar (I used it on kick drum). I've also had good luck with it not picking up extraneous sounds in vocal booths (some mics pick up annoying clicks and people moving in the booth, this is usually not the issue with this microphone). It's very durable, too, as many people have said, although I would still be careful with it, simply because it could potentially never break on you, unlike most gear in general.
Given how inexpensive it is, any beginning engineer or anyone with a low budget should make this one of their first investments. The usefulness and quality of sound belie it's cheap price. I would highly recommend it to anybody who doesn't already have it.
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I've been using RE20s for about three years and they not only sound great but are incredibly sturdy and well built. This guy is strong and well protected and I don't think they could be broken very easily, even if it was dropped. With every mic it depends on what you are looking to achieve with it, but the RE20 will provide any recording engineer with a number of effective uses for it. The best part about the RE20 is the price, as it would be hard to find a better bang for your buck in terms of microphones. The only other dynamic mic in the price range that I would rather have is a Shure SM7, but the RE20 is a fine selection. I would only choose the SM7 over the RE20 because of how good it sounds on male vocals, while the RE20 is probably better for all around vocals and speech. If you're looking for crisp vocals in a live or recording setting where you need to block out noise, the RE20 is the way to go.
I have seen this mic around and have used it various places for many years. It is not a new mic, but it has definitely stood the test of time because it is still in heavy use today after all these years. I like that it's got a very distinct sound. It's a dynamic mic so it isn't too trebly. It rolls off the low end so it is good for combatting proximity effect. That is probably a reason it is so common in broadcast where people are talking right up to the grill of it and there are a lot of plosives in their speech. It handles transients very well so people like to use it on drums a lot of the time. Even though it rolls off low end, it still manages to make kick drums sound nice and bassy. My guitarist likes to use this in combination with a condenser mic in the studio to record his guitar amp. A couple of negative things is that they have a fixed polar pattern, so that limits your options. Also this is not a very bright sounding microphone, so it is not that well suited to a lot of things that have a lot of high pitched sound. I have seen a lot of microphones, and this one is a classic. Most studios I have been to had at least one, it seems like it's a staple. They are not very expensive relatively, so they are definitely a good value.
shimelo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) " A perfect microphone in his field"
I can not remember how long I use it, since there are probably different in my recording studio or live recording. During the sessions, I sometimes change the type of mic on an instrument because it is perhaps not perfectly suited to the situation, even after tests positioning. I think I never got to replace the RE 20 because I think I know a few limitations with all these years! (No battery overhead, HH, cymbals, etc., and still is not sure, it depends on what you want her to)
The RE 20 is for me the perfect microphone in his field as the Neumann U87 or 4038 Coles in theirs.
Good points: Sturdy both electrically and physically. Very versatile and musical. At ease in recording digital. A real quality / price ratio (approx. 450 €)
Very little breath, output level - correct sensitivity.
Bad: To my taste, if he had, long ago they would have been found, in fact I no longer try ...
Some find that the failure is the weight of the machine (737 grams). This is not a Chinese proverb but I would say "All you need good mic, good foot" ... The U87 is too heavy and naturally he dedicates most of his beefy foot park lest he fall because Neumann does not laugh with the price of repairs. For the RE 20 is the same, even though it is tough, you have to think comfort to get the best and offer a REAL foot, certainly not easy today with stews they manufacture. Maybe a little advice: Insist on good feet ... (Curious, I heard that in the movie the visitors but for another reason ..)
Finally, although it remains worthy connected directly to a sound card, he will deliver all its identity loaded with a good preamp (Avalon, API, Neve, Universal Audio)
With a little experience, of course, I would do this choice because in fact there is not ...
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damaye's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
It has a round and warm with a strong personality, while being accurate extrêmment. We feel it encourages the body of sound while showing some silky frequencies in the lower medium.
It can be very valuable for certain kinds of songs when we want to avoid having too many or too sharp nose.
In fact it is a microphone that seems particularly well suited for digital recording because it avoids adding another layer of gloss and sharp that end up tired ears.
One can also use it to store all kinds of beats with (he is able to withstand high pressures). In this case it may be more neutral = more difficult to distinguish from other microphones. Good experience for recording an electric guitar a little too aggressive in its clear and crunch.
I could test it for several days.
I tested many other mics before this one, static, dynamic and electret.
Its peculiarity that I liked most is his accuracy, his warmth and the fact that he makes something very nice and not at all aggressive on a digital recorder, while having a real personality. It is a micro 'confidence and pleasure "
The least? hard to say, this mic is perfect for some uses. We have enjoyed a switch to have a lump in the upper midrange, it could be useful in some cases.
The price / quality ratio is extremely good given that this is a very high-end microphone.
I am considering the aquérir.
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