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Clip from Riot Point Radio using the RE20
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Why buy the RE20?

If you're shopping for a high-quality, industry-standard XLR microphone you can't go passed the RE20. And here are our top three reasons to buy:
  • Podcasting perfection — The RE20 is specially built for broadcasting, which makes it the perfect podcaster's choice.
  • Custom built for elite sound — The RE20 comes with an internal pop filter to guarantee a crisp sound and an internal element shock mount that reduces any unwanted vibration in your recording.
  • Sleek style — One look at the RE20 and you'll fall in love with its simple but bold style.
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I use the RE20 on all my podcasts and I find it to be great because it has a large diaphragm which picks up the low end of a male voice perfectly. Also, being a directional microphone, it cuts out the noise of the room by focusing only on the voice right in front of the mic.

Mark Pezzelato, host of Pezmosis Music Radio

I teach online classes for a community college. After a few weeks of using my laptop's internal microphone, I knew I needed an update. Since I was doing recordings at home, I needed a mic with a USB connector. I chose the Blue Snowball and absolutely love it. The Blue Snowball is from the same company as the Blue Yeti but is a fraction of the price. The mic comes with its own stand you screw into the bottom of the mic, which was a definite selling point. I plug it into my laptop USB, set it off to the side of the computer and start recording. The mic pattern is robust enough that I don't need the mic right in front of my face.

Jamie Gilbert, host of Eye on the Triangle

I found what I wanted with the RE-20. For starters, I noticed that it was a microphone that was used a lot in radio stations. I figured those guys were fussy with sound and if they liked it, I might too. However, it was a risk buying it as it's not cheap. I bought it and it's given me the sound that I was looking for. I'm not a sound-geek. But I know what I like and this mic isn't one I'll ever sell (some of the others have gone already).

Sean DSouza, host of The Three Month Vacation Podcast

I chose the RE20 for 3 reasons. For sound, the RE 20 meets my need perfectly. It has a mild boost in the mid range to give warmth, at slight dip at around 4K to dampen sibilance and rise at the upper frequencies gives clarity. For the setting, it is tolerant of a poor recording space. High rear rejection and fall off to the sides means your home office doesn’t need to be an anechoic chamber. Finally, it’s great value. Ignore the retail for ~$700. There are bargains everywhere and I bought mine for $350. Far better value than a high end diaphragm mic.

Iwan Jenkins, host of Riot Point Radio

Under the hood

  • Patterns: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 45 Hz - 18,000 Hz
  • Dimensions: 8.53 x 2.14 x 1.94 in (21.67 x 5.44 x 4.92 cm)
  • Weight: 1.10 pounds (737 grams)