The Electro-Voice Model RE2000
Supercardioid Condenser Microphone
Description and Applications
The Electro-Voice RE2000 is a true condenser studio microphone. It provides flat frequency response, extremely low self-noise, high sensitivity and a very stable, heated transducer. The RE2000 utilizes a true balanced transformer output. The output transformer was designed for Electro-Voice by Jensen® to precisely match the RE2000’s output electronics. This affords the excellent common-mode noise rejection not found in transformerless designs, yet avoids the distortion of inexpensive, low-quality transformer outputs.
The RE2000 includes an external power supply to eliminate inconsistent phantom power and to provide power to the transducer heat source. The microphone may be operated with a custom cable from phantom power at 12-48 volts dc; however, the heating circuit will not be enabled when using this arrangement. The RE2000 is designed to have the industry-leading rugged and reliable Electro-Voice durability, while providing performance that is second to none.
To combat unstable environments, the RE2000 contains a heated transducer. This assures that the pickup element and critical electronics are always in a consistent, controlled environment. The RE2000 has an internal, three-stage pop filter to reduce explosive breath blasts and wind noise. For those situations that require extra blast protection, a removable pop filter accessory is included. An extremely effective shock-mount system, for use when excessive mechanical noise is encountered, is also included.
The RE2000 is designed for high-quality recording and sound reinforcement. Its wide range of power options makes the RE2000 very adaptable to special circumstances. The combination of high output, very low self-noise, excellent transient response and smooth frequency response make the RE2000 an ideal choice for use in the most demanding of situations. A hard-shell case is included for storage and transport.
- Generating Element: True condenser (externally biased)
- Frequency Response (see Figure 1): 70-18,000 Hz
- Polar Pattern (see Figure 2): Supercardioid
- Sensitivity, Open Circuit Voltage, 1 kHz: 20 mV/pascal
- Power Level, 1 kHz (0 dB = 1 mW/pascal): –32.7 dB
- Equivalent Noise: ≤10 dB SPL, A weighted (0 dB = 20 micropascals)
- Impedance: 150 ohms, balanced
- Maximum SPL (0.5% distortion, 1 kHz), With Capsule Attenuation: 148 dB; Without Attenuation: 138 dB
- Power Requirements: 12 v dc regulated (external) or 12-48 v phantom (heater not enabled with phantom)
- Switchable Low-Frequency Roll-Off, Corner Frequency: 130 Hz
- Slope: 12 dB per octave
- Polarity (see Figure 3): Pin 2 positive, referenced to pin 3, with positive pressure on the diaphragm
- Output Device: Jensen® transformer
- Finish: Low-gloss black powdercoat
- Cable Supplied: 6.1-m (20-ft) premium Star-Quad cable with gold connectors
- Accessories Included: Hard-shell case, external pop filter, power supply, shock-mount system, stand adapter
- Optional Accessory: Wintech™ Model 20/421 external windscreen
- Dimensions (microphone alone, see Figure 4), Height: 205.7 mm (8.1 in); maximum width: 63.5 mm (2.5 in); maximum depth: 43.2 mm (1.7 in)
- Net Weight, Microphone: 0.427 kg (11.3 oz)
- Power Supply and Cable: 2.0 kg (53 oz)
- Shock Mount: 0.53 kg (14 oz)
- Shipping Weight: 5.29 kg (140 oz)
Features and Their Use
The RE2000 has a 10-dB capsule attenuation switch located on the rear of the unit, making the maximum usable sound pressure level 148 dB. The attenuator actually lowers the transducer sensitivity rather than padding the output or shunting the head with a capacitor. This protects all stages of the electronics from overload (clipping) without altering frequency response. A second switch on the rear of the unit introduces a 12-dB-per-octave low-frequency roll-off at 130 Hz.
An external pop filter is included. This filter is removable, and supplements the internal three-stage pop filter on the unit. The filter is attached to the external shock mount at a preset optimal distance.
The RE2000 has a Constant Environment System™ (CES) for the transducer and its high-impedance electronics. This system maintains the temperature of critical components above ambient to assure that neither moisture nor temperature variations will affect performance. This means that consistent redubs are possible even if environmental conditions have changed.
External Power Supply
The E2000 is supplied with a computer-grade power supply which powers both the electronics and Constant Environment System™. This dedicated supply guarantees consistent sound quality that is highly portable—unaffected by the particular mixer or preamp employed, the vagaries of phantom power, or environmental conditions.
The RE2000 is also phantom powerable, or may be operated from an external 12-v dc supply with special cabling. Please contact Electro-Voice for more information relative to your specific situation. Note: When operating on phantom, the heater is not enabled.
Descriptive text and illustrations are from the Electro-Voice Model RE2000 Engineering Data Sheet.
Microphone courtesy of Jeff Rudisill
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