sE Electronics sE2200a II C Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Discontinued)
- Type: Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 200 ohms
- Maximum SPL: 135 dB
- Pad Attenuation: -10dB
- Power Requirements: 48V phantom power
Although not as popular as some other brands, SE Electronics have made a name for themselves in the professional mic market, thanks to many artists and engineers who recommend their products.
One of their most popular models is the sE2200a, a mic that was used to capture the voice of popular singer Amy Winehouse for her album "Back to Black". The sE2200a II C is the second version of the mic, and it inherited most of the features of the original, with the main difference being its improved black rubberized finish and bundled shock mount.
This particular version is meant for vocal work because of its cardioid polar pattern and condenser capsule. For the price, the sE2200a II C features a hand-crafted 1" gold-sputtered diaphragm that gives this mic a transparency and clarity that has impressed professionals.
We were recommending this mic for recording vocals until November 2017 and the only reason it came off our recommended list is because there are now more highly rated options which you can see in our guide to The Best Studio Mics For Vocals.