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Earthworks SR20 Reviews

4.5 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • from April 29, 2015

    Awesome mic

    Not kidding about the near perfect cardioid pattern. It really is. Fantastic sound from this mic. I picked up one second hand at a great price. Yikes! It has ruined me. All other sub $500 cards are shown up so badly I need more of the SR20's. Transients are so clean, response so even, it really does reveal how much unnecessary hash is picked up by other mics. Rejection to the rear is excellent. Can't understand why they aren't far more popular.

  • from San Diego, CA USA March 22, 2013Music Background:
    Recording Engineer


    I have been using SR20 for both studio and live recordings. I recorded violin, viola, bass, guitar, trumpet, saxophones, trombones, flute, clarinet and pianos. Replay of the recordings with the use of B&W 800D speakers gives the sound almost undistinguashable from the live instrument sounds. xy configuration is especially nice for the piano recordings because small microphone diameter allows a pair be very close each other, so that the phase differences at high frequencies are minimal. At live recordings, these smaller and black microphones are less conspicuous. I use Earthworks TCs for percussions recordings. A bunch of my large diaphram microphones are retiring.

  • from Brookville, OH USA November 20, 2008Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Pro Musician

    SR20 - A real winner.

    The SR20 is a fantastic all-around cardioid condenser microphone. A pair can yield VERY accurate results when paired with a good preamp.

    The SR20 is an excellent choice for recording realistic sounding acoustic guitars and other acoustic stringed instruments. It handles transients superbly yet doesn't sound thin or harsh.

    My only complaint is that the SR20 is considerably noisy to my ears compared to a Neumann KM184 or AKG C 451 B. For recording critically quiet passages, look at the Earthworks QTC Series microphones.

  • from St. Louis, MO March 8, 2006

    Hot Mic!

    This is a great sounding mic. I recieved it a few weeks ago and have used it for four gigs and some home recording. It captures the soft passages with great detail and handles high volume singing with no distortion.
    I unscrewed the windscreen, set it up for my acoustic guitar and recorded some of the best sounding guitar I have ever done in my home studio.
    To perspective buyers I say buy it. To Earthworks I say great mic, but the pop filter seems rather delicate and the case is very cheap. Both are easily overcome by taking care of your stuff. My Senheisser 431 will go into retirement.
    NOTE: Make sure your rig has full 48 volt phantom power. My Bose PAS has 24 volt and the mic will not work.

  • from washington dc January 1, 2004


    I work about 300 gigs a year doing mainly jazz, brazilian, latin and occasionly some pop and r n'b. I have owned many mics in the past 10 years and I tend to use only high end, top quality gear. The M69 is the best mic I've ever owned. Period . Clear, open, faithful and detailed sound. Light and elegant design. The first one I had was stolen and I can't wait to get a new one. If I ever reach some sort of celebrity I'll ask earthworks to let me endorse this mic.

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