EV Electro-Voice RE510
Because of their wide frequency response and great sensitivity, condenser mikes are often the first choice of recording engineers, particularly for vocals. But studio conditions are idyllic compared to the rigors of live performance and that same response and sensitivity makes most condensers a nightmare on stage. Nobody wants to deal with feedback and extra handling noise.
Those who crave condenser performance on stage should check out the RE510 ($199), a hand-held condenser designed specifically for performance applications. Thanks to what EV calls its “Warm Grip” handle, the mic is easy to hold. The capsule is shock-mounted, which effectively eliminates handling noise, and the tight cardioid polar pattern means that only the direct source—i.e., the singer’s lovely voice—comes through. The RE 510 worked very well when placed right against the lips; there was little proximity effect, and the built-in pop filtering “plosives” impressively.
The End Line
The Electro-Voice RE 510 sounds more articulate than all but the most sensitive dynamic mikes. If you want your voice to really cut through on stage, this just may be the mike for you.
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AS FOR THE re510, THE FIRST TIME I USED MINE AT A GIG, OTHER BAND MENEBER ACCUSED ME OF TAMPERING WITH THE MIXER TO MAKE MY VOICE SOUND GOOD AND THEIRS SOUND WEAK AND DULL….. IHAD TO USE MY OLD SM58 WHEN WORKING WITH THEM AFTER THAT…H-M-M-M-M-M
I am always looking for the perfect mic…And I keep coming back to the RE 510. I am accused constantly of lip-synching or using some special attachment on the mic to sound THAT good. My locker ha a Beyer m88, Shure Beta c, and sm87 Akg C 535, EV PL 80, also a Cardinal. The 510 is That good.