Allison Hamblin

Author and Female Voice Overs

Having used the RE20 for years being a radio DJ the reputation of this microphone is unsurpassed.  I would have to say it’s the gold standard in broadcasting.  With that said I use RE320 almost exclusively in my studio. I have spent numerous hours behind both mics, and both are broadcast quality microphones.  Being able to record off to the side of both mics is really important when reading from a script which is very important in my line of work.

The RE20 has a built in high pass filter which is helpful at the station because of all the recording equipment that the sound has to travel.  This low frequency noise generated by the equipment is eliminated by this filter.  The mic also includes a internal shock mount that reduces vibration caused by hitting the mic or moving the mic while recording.  The RE-20 is in heaven when used at the radio station.

With the RE320 you have a familiar rugged design but has a sleek black finish, a plus in my book. With this mic I have it set up with an external pop filter and use shock mounts.  My recording equipment in my studio is only used to record my voice so much of the extra equipment is removed, therefore eliminating the need of the high pass filter.  As you have probably read on other comparisons the RE320 is brighter than the RE20, I agree with this assessment.

I got a call from the sound engineer from the station and said my voice over work was crystal clear. It was better than the recordings created by the equipment in the radio studio.  He was intrigued and came over to evaluate my system.  After he left he was still a little puzzled but that next week I got a call from the studio manager to help him put in the same studio for him.   So for me the RE320 is in heaven in my studio.

HINT: Remember the mic is just one part of the whole system, don’t be caught off guard by not addressing the acoustics of the room.  It is probably the most important thing you can do to improve the quality of your recording than anything else.


comparison chart
  RE320 RE20
Mic Type Instrument/vocal Vocal/Instrument
Element Dynamic Dynamic
Polar Pattern Cardioid Cardioid
Frequency Response    
kick curve   30–18,000 Hz   
general curve   45–18,000 Hz 45–18,000 Hz
Impedance 150 Ω balanced 150 Ω
Open Circuit Voltage 2.5 mV/Pascal 1.5 mV/Pascal
Power Requirements None Passive
Connector Type Three-pin XLR Three-pin XLR
Case Material Metal Steel
Finish Semi-gloss black Fawn Beige
Pop Filter Yes Yes
Humbucking coil Yes Yes
Large diaphragm Yes Yes
180-degrees off-axis Yes Yes
Bass roll-off switch No Yes
kick drum switch Yes No


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