Microphones made in China have developed quite a bad reputation for bad quality control, noisy outputs and unpleasant frequency response, but the sE8 Small Diaphragm is NOT an example of these problematic budget mics. sE microphones ARE built in China, but they own their own factory Shanghai and are able to have a MUCH more exacting control over the entire manufacturing process. Capsules are made by the hands of seasoned veterans and the mics are assembled with true care and attention to detail. The sE8 may not cost an arm and a leg, but that doesn't mean it's a cheap mic. It is very balanced sounding and very responsive to transient detail, making it an excellent choice for any instrument recordings where you want to capture the instrument with the maximum amount of detail and accuracy.
Fit for any challenges in the studio or on stage, the sE8 is a brand new high-performance handcrafted small-diaphragm condenser, fresh from the labs at sE.
Its new hand-made capsule implements a sophisticated backplate design that provides a perfectly balanced sound, so it's never harsh or aggressive - perfect for sources like high-hats and drum overheads.
It's also one of the quietest small-capsule mics on the planet - and with the highest dynamic range and SPL handling in its class, along with attenuation pads and low-cut filters for superb flexibility, the sE8 is ready for any sounds you’re making, whether in the studio environment or demanding on-stage applications.
enabling a wide range of applications and close-mic techniques for brassinstruments, snare drums, and more.
frequency rumble or footfall noise, as well as help compensate for excessivebass (proximity effect) with close-mic techniques.
Unlike the cheaply constructed bodies of some small-capsule microphones, the sE8's all-metal chassis provides efficient rejection of any electrical interference and noise - and the high-quality finish and gold-plated XLR connector ensures a great look and a loss-free, reliable signal connection for years to come.
The sE8 also comes standard with a newly-designed mic clip that will securely attach it to any mic stand.
As with all of sE's true condensers, the sE8’s gold-sputtered capsule is handcrafted and hand-tuned by skilled technicians in our own factory. This is highly unusual for mics at this price, and is a great point of pride for us.
Building and tuning a capsule is a subtle, artistic process, and given the scale of the vibrations which they must perceive, this is the most vital element of the mic.
Capsule Type: Hand-Crafted Small-Diaphragm True Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 25 mV/Pa (-32 dBV)
Max SPL: 139 / 149 / 159 dBSPL (0/10/20 dB pad) (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)
Equivalent noise level: 13 dB(A)
Dynamic range: 126 / 136 / 146 dB (0/10/20 dB Attentuation pad)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 81 dB
Low-cut filter: 80 / 160 Hz, 6 dB/Oct, switchable
Attenuation Pad: 10 / 20dB, switchable
Powering: 48 Volts according to IEC 61938
Electrical Impedance: 110 Ohms
Recommended load impedance: >1k Ohms
Current consumption: 2.7 mA
Connectivity: 3-pin male XLR connector
Dimensions: Diameter: 23mm (0.91 in), Length 120mm (4.72 in)
Weight: 141 g (4.97 oz.)