At NAMM 2019, Electro-Voice debuted a pair of condenser mics designed for live vocal performance. The RE420 and RE520, successors to the RE410 and RE510, belong in the manufacturer’s RE series of premium wired live performance mics. However, they differ in their polar patterns. The RE420 has a cardioid polar pattern and sounds warmer, while the RE520 is supercardioid – thus with more back and side rejection, and tighter-sounding.
Both mics feature updated designs and improved engineering over their predecessors, with tapered metal handles and dent-resistant grilles. Built for live use, they also implement multi-stage pop filters, selectable high-pass filters, and vibration-absorbing internal shock mounts to reduce handling noise. All in all, these look like they are the business. Is the live show industry shifting towards condenser mics for vocalists in place of dynamics? Maybe I have been missing out on a trend.
Pricing and availability information for the RE420 and RE520 isn’t available yet, but you are encouraged to ask your Electro Voice dealer. More information about the RE Series mics is available on the EV website.