sE Electronics sE4400a Matched Pair Condenser Microphones

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$1,060
sE Electronics sE4400a Matched Pair Condenser Microphones

As a single mic, The sE4400a is known for it's vintage inspired frequency response and tonality.

As a matched pair, the mics combine a warm, almost ribbon-like tonality with modern features such as switchable polar patterns from Cardioid, Supercardioid, Omni, Figure-8.

For drums this means an immense amount of tonal choices from tight sounding kits to opening up to capture more of the room.

Key Features

  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20 to 20000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 37 dBV/Pa (14.1 mV), Open circuit voltage, @ 1 kHz, typical: 1 Pa = 94 dB SP
  • Impedance: 150 ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 134 dB (159 dB w/Pad)
  • Dynamic Range: 5000 ohms load: 131 dB, 2500 ohms load: 125 dB, 1000 ohms load: 120 dB
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 14dB (A weighted)
  • Power Requirements: 11V to 52V Phantom Power
  • Connection Material: Gold Plated
  • Weight: 3.5oz (100g)
  • Extras: Carrying Case, Stand Adapters, A27M Stereo Mic Adapter, Windscreens, dB Pad (−15 & −25 dB), Low-Frequency Pad

Pros

Users note excellent vintage tonalities rivaling more expensive ribbon mics minus the fragility. For jazz and blues drums, the sE4400a is a go-to pair for many audio engineers that have shared their experiences with it. It's also a versatile mic for other instruments so you won't be stuck with it just being overhead mics.

Cons

None that we could find consistently reported by owners.

Overall

The sE4400a is well on its way to becoming a studio staple. The sentiments of various recording communities ring consistently with praise for versatility and tonality. It may just end up being your favorite in your mic locker.

This was previously on our recommended list of The Best Overhead Drum Mics Under $1000 but was removed due to a price increase.

Polar Pattern and Frequency Response

sE4400a Polar Pattern and Frequency Response

About the Author

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An audio engineer of nearly 20 years who specializes in rock and metal recordings, he also plays guitar and produces original music for his band and other content creators.

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