Electro-Voice RE420 and RE520 Handheld Condenser Microphones: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re looking for a microphone to enhance your vocals or pick up the intricacies of your instrument, the Electro-Voice RE420 and RE520 are two perfect options to give you the audio spotlight you’re looking for. Accentuate your sound in the right places while removing unwanted and distracting background clatter in any performance setting.

Best Pickup Patterns for Vocals

Both of these handheld condenser microphones provide pickup patterns tailored to vocals and instruments. The RE420 is designed with a cardioid polar pattern while the RE520 features a supercardioid pattern. Together and independently, they pick up a wider range of sound than a dynamic microphone, and can handle high SPLs with more natural mid-ends and a warm low-end.

Precision in Mind

Created to give your sound detail without interference, each RE mic contains dual plosives made of dense foam to prevent P popping sounds and heavy breaths, while still giving a smooth mid-range with great top sizzles. There’s even a high-pass switch beneath the hood to cut out excess low-end rumble and anything that falls below 150 Hertz. An internal shock-mount further reduces unwanted handling noises.

Terrific Transience

Another important aspect you’ll love about these durable microphones is their spectacular transience. This handy feature enables them to capture frequencies quickly and accurately. You’ll find a 50 Hz-20 kHz frequency response in the RE420 and a 40 Hz-20 kHz range in the RE520. Whichever you choose, you’re sure to get the vivid audio quality you’re looking for.

RE420 Features:

  • Handheld Condenser Microphone
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 50 Hz-20 kHz frequency response
  • 149 db SPL clipping (max SPL) and 127 db dynamic range
  • Excellent transience
  • Zinc die cast with steel wire cloth grille
  • Light weight of 11.5 oz.

RE520 Features:

  • Handheld Condenser Microphone
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • 40 Hz-20 kHz frequency response
  • 150 db SPL clipping (max SPL) and 133 db dynamic range
  • Excellent transience
  • Zinc die cast with steel wire cloth grille
  • Light weight of 11.7 oz.

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Tiffany Williams started her musical journey at the age of 7 when she learned to play the keyboard. By the 6th grade the viola became her passion, and she played in her middle and high school string and symphonic orchestras, pit orchestra, and Chamber Ensemble. She has participated in multiple music events and festivals including Music in the Parks and NYSSMA (levels 5/6), and was inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society. In college she played in the string orchestra and was selected to play in the Binghamton Symphonic Orchestra. As a member of the Binghamton Explorchestra she played, conducted, and had the opportunity to showcase two of her own compositions. Pursuing her musical endeavors, she challenges herself to learning other instruments, and has composed 14 songs which are now copyrighted in the U.S. Library of Congress. She continues to play and compose and is delighted to be a part of the Sam Ash team.