EV stands for electro-voice which is the manufacturer. In 1927 Lou Burroughs and Albert R. Kahn began a small business servicing radio receivers. This put them into debpt cause of the great depression so they decided to move towards audio products and in 1930 they created the name “Electro-Voice”. In 1967 the EV RE20 was created. The EV RE20 is a directional microphone with a dynamic caridioid polar pickup pattern. It has a wonderful proximity effect (5k) for low frequency instruments. It features a variable-d design and heavy-duty internal pop filter. This makes it work very well for up close voice recording. It also comes with an internal element shock-mount that reduces vibration-induced noise. It has a voice tailored frequency response, a large diaphragm, a humbucking coil and a bass roll-off switch. Its frequency response is 45-18,000Hz. Being a dynamic mic, the EV RE20 does not need phantom power but it does need a good amount of gain at the preamp, about 55-60 db. The EV RE20 has a heart shaped polar pattern that rejects sounds from the back while capturing them from the front and the front left and right. Below is a picture of the polar pick up pattern of the EV RE20.
The EV RE20 has often been used for radio shows because of all the pop filters it works great for the close up talking. I tested the EV RE20 out and it did sound great that’s why I gave it a 5 star rating I loved the proximity effect it had on my recording thanks to the patented Variable D design. I think this microphone can also be used as a voiceover microphone because people often get very close to the voiceover microphones and the EV RE20 is built for that. I tested this out myself and thought it worked very nicely. To hear someone talking into the EV RE20 click here.
Some family members of the EV RE20 are the RE27N/D neodymium equipped industry standard broadcast microphone with superb resolution and depth for voice, the RE320 that requires low noise and produces a dynamic response, the RE510 condenser capsule that has a supercardioid polar patterns to enhances acoustic isolation and off-axis rejection with a low frequency roll-off switch, the RE410 premium condenser cardioid vocal microphone and the RE920 horn and instrument microphone.