Think of the sE 4400a as a modern microphone heavily inspired (though not meant to be a copy-cat) by the classic and coveted Brass Capsule AKG 414-EB - a true studio workhorse. What's so special about brass capsules? Well designed brass capsules, like what you'll find inside the cage of a 4400a, empart a brilliance to the high frequencies. Don't think of it as a brightness like you'd get in a typical budget LDC, but instead a more refined and balanced mic from bottom to top, but with a special shimmer or sparkle in the top that can really make the difference between a good recording and a magical moment.
With four selectable polar patterns, the 4400a is quite a versatile mic. You'll find a similar tonality in each of the different polar patterns, but slight variations as you toggle through, which enables you to taylor the pickup to each different instrument or voice you encounter. Sometimes you may want a bit more body and a more focused capture, so you switch to the hyper cardioid pattern. Or maybe you're working with a singer-songwriter that needs to sing and play at the same time to get the right feel. Switching to the figure 8 polar pattern with careful mic placement can enable you to minimize the bleed of the vocal into the guitar mic and bleed of the guitar into the vocal mic.
The sE 4400a is a fantastic mic worthy of almost any price tag, but it's an absolute steal at $499.
Four polar patterns, a vintage-style brass capsule, two bass cuts and two pads, and the most adaptable shockmount around - the 4400a is pure modern classic. Much like a few particularly well-known classic European condensers, the 4400a is a true all-rounder. You can put it up on just about anything and it'll sound great.
Unfortunately for many studio owners, those "classic condensers" are often not what they used to be. Capsule designs change over time, capacitors dry out, metal switches are replaced with plastic buttons and LEDs, and the mics that were once so versatile are now mere shadows of their former selves.
Given the practically cult status of these vintage mics, sE saw an opportunity, and from that arose the 4400a. Now these classics are obtainable - hand-made brass capsule, four-polar-pattern-versatility and all. And like the classics, the 4400a sounds great on everything. Vocals, guitars, toms, overheads, classical pianos, strings, you name it. Its tonal versatility is practically unmatched, without the shortcomings of vintage mics.
As with all sE mics, the 4400a's back-to-back brass-ringed capsules are hand-built and hand-tuned by our skilled technicians, just like any fine musical instrument.
The flat, round-edged chassis design and custom suspension mount allow the mic to be centered within the shock, flipped around and used flat against a drum head or guitar cab, or angled outwards and pushed through inside of a kick drum. And at less than 3/4" thick, it fits neatly in the palm of your hand, but is built to take a beating on
Capsule Type: Hand-Crafted True Condenser
Diaphragm: 32mm Twin Gold/Mylar
Directional Pattern: Cardioid, Hyper Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Impedance: 50 Ohms
Sensitivity: 25.12 mV/Pa (-32 dB)
Max SPL: 122/132/142 dB (0/-10/-20 dB pad) (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 78 dB
Self Noise: 16 dB(A)
Pass Filter Switch: 60/120 Hz
Preattenuation Pad: -10/-20 dB
Matching Connectors: XLR3F
Power requirement: 48V phantom
Weight: 280g / 9.88oz