Electro-Voice RE20

Dynamic Microphone

User Reviews: 4.817 Average price: $449

All user reviews for the Electro-Voice RE20

Average Score: 4.8 ( 4.8/5 based on 17 reviews )
  13 reviews 76 %
  3 reviews 18 %
Value For Money: Excellent
mrjason 11/30/2012

mrjason's review "one of the best all around microphones that I have used"

5
The Electro Voice RE20 is a dynamic microphone with a cardioids polar pattern. The casing is made out of steal and you don’t have to worry at all about this microphone getting damaged from a drop/fall. The microphone is built to last a long time and it is great in so many different situations. The RE20 is truly a work horse type of microphone, it can do it all and do it well. You can use this microphone on kick drums, vocals, bass and guitar cabinets. Since we have had this microphone we really have not found something that it is not good at.

OVERALL OPINION

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.
chrislieck 09/25/2012

chrislieck's review "Industry Standard"

5
Great Mic for kick drum and broadcast. This was the mic you hear on kick drums for the last three decades and to this day on most all broadcast radio talk shows. When you add compression to an RE 20 you will hear wonderful things from this mic. It has a bump on the low mid so it is great for kicks. Polar Pattern Cardioid is all you get from this mic as for patterns. Broadcast stations all over the world for 30 years have been using this mic for years and again it is the standard mic for broadcast in the world. I have never been to a top radio station that does not use the RE20 for broadcast voice. I love the sound of this mic but it does get a great deal of low mid sound so if you are using it on a kick drum you will have to cut about 220hz a great deal maybe even 15 db. Recently we had a few kick mics and a great deal of time to test some mics for a recent project. I was surprised that I wanted to try the RE20 as I have moved on to other mics in recent years that have caught my attention or that are well priced and that I have heard on YouTube or from recommendations from business associates in the engineering community. I will say that I really enjoyed the A and B testing we did recently. I took a D110 and had it inside the kick drum about three inches away from the beater but placed inside the kick really close. I got the drummer to do three tests one whereby he hit the drum soft the next harder and the last really hard. The D110 had tons of low end but lacked the presence that I desire in a kick drum. I turned to the RE20 and place it at the same point on the kick drum but inside the kick. I had the drummer do the exact same thing regarding the three hits on the kick drum. I was surprised at the presence of the kick drum and it reminded me of the 1980's whereby we would use this kick sound every day and the only mic we had for kick was the RE20. Back then it was the standard for kick mics, like if you listen to the first Van Halen records or Fleetwood Mac you can hear an RE20.

OVERALL OPINION

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.
BeyondR 09/12/2012

BeyondR's review

5
Electro-Voice RE20 Classic Cardioid Dynamic Microphone is a recording and live type of microphone that is used world wide.
It uses a condenser technology.

OVERALL OPINION

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 08/24/2012

AV Inspire's review "EV RE20"

4
I have used the EV RE20 many times on Bass cabinets in live and studio situations with great satisfaction.
It is a dynamic microphone with a nice balanced sound, Great in many applications. Also on kick and saxophone it does a great job.


OVERALL OPINION

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 03/11/2010

MGR/AlexV's review "Electrovoice RE 20"

5
The Electrovoice RE 20 is a cardiod dynamic mic thats built like a tank and much more versatile than it's simple reputation as a radio mic. I am a student, musician, writer, and pretty good line dancer residing in beautiful Nashville, TN. I've been a drummer and guitar player for the past 10 years of my life and have began engineering and producing in the past 4. I currently play drums for the band Brookline and you can see me rockin' an Orange County Drum and Percussion or Mapex kit decked out with Zildjian K Hybrids.

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.

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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.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
mooseherman 06/07/2009

mooseherman's review

This is a dynamic microphone that can be used in both live and studio settings, though I admittedly have only used it myself in a studio. I have however, played shows where the sound guys have used it on bass amps, and as far as I could tell it worked great. They are pretty versatile but they are best known as vocal mics. Radio stations have used them for years. I don't know much about that world, but I do know that they are designed for vocal use. They also work well on kick drums, bass amps, and other applications.

OVERALL OPINION

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.
moosers 01/29/2009

moosers's review

5
The Electrovoice RE20 is a dynamic microphone that I have used both in the recording studio and the live setting. They are famous for being used in radio booths as a vocal mic, but will work great for a number of different applications including as a vocal microphone for singers, on kick drum (inside or out) or a bass guitar amp. The most useful of these applications has to be for any sort of vocal, as they are designed for use with the human voice. They are great at blocking outside noise when a person sings or talks right up on the grill of the microphone. It also has a roll off switch which can prove to be quite helpful in certain situations.

OVERALL OPINION

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.
webstersays 08/18/2008

webstersays's review

4
This microphone is a classic dynamic cardiod microphone. It is used for a lot of recording applications. I have seen studios that use it for almost every kind of drum, for guitar cabinets, for vocals (though rarely), and even for other things like maracas. It is also an extremely common microphone that people use for broadcasting. If you have ever watched a televised radio show, there's a very good chance that this is what they are talking into.

OVERALL OPINION

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 10/11/2014

shimelo's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " A perfect microphone in his field"

5
Cardioid dynamic microphone wide universal membrane but especially vocals, bass amp, guitar, brass trombone, tenor sax, bass clarinet, kick drums, congas, etc.

OVERALL OPINION

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 ...
damaye 02/12/2010

damaye's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
It is a dynamic microphone reference, originally designed for the spoken voice (radio broadcast), but it may be very suitable for singing and for all other uses.

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.

OVERALL OPINION

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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