Two-Minute Audio Test of Electro-Voice RE-20 Microphone



Michael W. Dean does initial tests of his new birthday mic, the venerated holy grail of broadcasting, the Electro-Voice RE-20 Microphone (get it HERE new for $449 with free shipping). Dig the wonderful meaty-yet-flat pro-izzle sound! Creamy retro 60s charm! Whee!

This mic gives a lot of freedom of movement. With my old Shure Beta 57a mic, I had to be right up on it to sound great. The sweet spot was the size of a plumb. That ended up making my back and neck tense doing a long live show. With the RE-20, the sweet spot is the size of a basketball. I can move all over and sound great. Will extend my life span! (Good for us cranky, creaky old guys. I turn 49 this week.) You can also talk more naturally with an RE-20, it doesn’t require conscious or subconscious “mic technique” that other mics require to sound really good.

I skipped the fancy accessories, like the expensive RE-20 specific shock mount ($125) and the RE-20 specific pop filter. A standard condenser mic shock mount and boom arm works fine. And while this mic, more than most, will work fine without a windscreen, a standard cheap foam windscreen stretched over the end makes it sound even better. No need to get the dorky little RE-20 specific pop filter.

Used correctly and with a good pre-amp, the RE-20 is a sword of truth cutting through the murky swamp of media lies and statist COINTELPRO sheeple-bleeting horizontal enforcement of injustice.

They are also built like a tank. The RE-20 comes with a 3-year factory warranty. What else in the WORLD comes with a 3-year factory warranty these days?????

Available in any color you like, as long as it’s green. To be more specific: somewhere between Vietnam-era US military camouflage green and old-school hospital room green.

Mic was used with a foam windscreen, audio was recorded through Pre-Sonus compressor/pre-amp with a Behringer XENYX X2442USB Premium 24-Input 4/2-Bus Mixer, then normalized in SoundForge.


–Michael W. Dean, Freedom Feens radio show, syndicated on Genesis Communications Network.

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6 Responses to Two-Minute Audio Test of Electro-Voice RE-20 Microphone

  1. Garny says:

    Just discovered you guys. You guys make a lot more sense then what I knowledge I have been raised with. That is good because it helps, and sad since that means my parents and school were/are messed up.

  2. Mark says:

    Wow, that test sounded pretty good. Very RADIOOOO, for some reason. I’m impressed by that thing. As you described how you were moving your head relative to the mic, I really didn’t hear any real change in the sound. If you hadn’t described your movements, I would never have known.

    I can see why that mic has been so often used for so long. Hell, I want one just because it looks so cool! The pic looks like the defendant on the stand testifying…

    • MichaelWDean says:

      “The pic looks like the defendant on the stand testifying…”


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