Originally Posted by acuriousman
Originally Posted by Ethan Winer
If it were me I'd get an Audio Technica 2020 ($100) or 4033 ($300) and pocket the difference. Both are excellent microphones. Years ago you really did have to spend a lot of money to get a great condenser mic. Today with everything made in China good microphones are a commodity item.
Are those open and airy? I'd like to get a mic that sounds somewhat bright for my voice.
Both of these mics have strong susceptibility to proximity effect which makes them tend to sound heavy in typical VO usage.
This web page has a sample of what a RE20 sounds like:
It is an example of VO work, natch. Notice the crisp natural sound with good body but no artificial bass boost. Ordinary cardioids like the others recommended have proximity effect which is like a tone control that cranks in more bass boost the closer your mouth is to the mic. In contrast the RE20 will sound equally well balanced over a wide variety of uses. The bass boost of cardioids is handy for vocalists who hold the microphone while they sing and use it like a tone control to give their vocal pats more expression. In VO work the usual goal is consistency and intelligibility as well as natural sound.
This pamphlet describes the RE20 in more detail:
For example this is the vendor's FR graph for the AT 4033:
The LF filter is provided to overcome the proximity effect. The RE20 has no need for this because it is inherently resistant to the proximity effect.Edited by arnyk - 11/6/13 at 12:59am