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sE Electronics sE8 Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

BH #SE8 • MFR #SE-8
sE Electronics
sE Electronics sE8 Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
Key Features
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Gold-Sputtered, Small-Diaphragm Capsule
  • Transformerless Design for Transparency
  • Selectable -10 and -20 dB Pad
The sE Electronics sE8 is a small-diaphragm condenser microphone with a hand-made, gold-sputtered cardioid capsule. Suitable for live and recording scenarios, the microphone has been engineered to provide a balanced, transparent, and natural sound as well as a detailed transient response.
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sE Electronics SE8 Overview

The sE Electronics sE8 is a small-diaphragm condenser microphone with a hand-made, gold-sputtered cardioid capsule. Suitable for live and recording scenarios, the microphone has been engineered to provide a balanced, transparent, and natural sound as well as a detailed transient response.

The sE8 boasts inherently low self-noise for capturing audio in particularly quiet situations. It also sports an SPL high enough to handle drums and a dynamic range large enough to handle record triple-piano to triple-forte velocities accurately.

Two switchable pre-attenuation pads are on hand, should you encounter particularly loud sound sources; one will shave off 10 dB, while the other will attenuate 20 dB. You'll also note a switchable low-pass filter that rolls off low end at either 80 or 160 Hz at 6 dB per octave.

To enhance durability—and to reject electrical interference and noise—the sE8 sports an all-metal chassis. The gold-plated, 3-pin XLR connector ensures signal reliability for a long time to come. Handcrafted and hand-tuned, the microphone comes with a mic clip, a thread adapter, and a windscreen.

Key Features at a Glance

  • 3-micron, gold-sputtered diaphragm 
  • Handcrafted, hand-tuned capsule 
  • Precision electrode design for a linear, naturalistic response
  • Backplate design provides smooth, natural sound and consistent off-axis response
  • Electronic design provides low noise without the use of integrated circuits
  • Transformerless design for transparency and clarity
  • Class-A circuitry for a high dynamic range and transient response without distortion
  • -10 and -20 dB pads, enabling a wide range of applications and close-mic techniques for brass instruments, snare drums, and more
  • Low-pass filters, selectable between 80 and 160 Hz
  • All-metal chassis provides efficient rejection of electrical interference and noise 
  • Includes mic clip with thread adapter
  • Includes windscreen
UPC: 819032011218

sE Electronics SE8 Specs

Microphone
Primary ApplicationsStudio Recording
Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesAcoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Cymbals, Overhead, Instrument, Strings, Room Ambiance
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleCondenser
Polar PatternCardioid
OrientationEnd Address
CircuitrySolid-State
Pad-10 dB
-20 dB
High-Pass Filter80 Hz, 6 dB/Octave
160 Hz, 6 dB/Octave
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
IndicatorsNone
On-Board ControlsHigh-Pass Filter, Pad
WindscreenFoam (Included)
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPLCardioid: 139 dB SPL Peak (1 kHz, .5% THD)
159 dB SPL (1 kHz, .5% THD, with Pad)
Impedance110 Ohms
Load Impedance1 Kilohms
Sensitivity-32 dBV
Dynamic Range126 dB (without Pad)
146 dB (with Pad)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio81 dB
Equivalent Noise Level13 dB A-Weighted
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Power
Bus PowerNone
Operating Voltage48 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption2.7 mA
Physical
ColorBlack
MountingMic Clip/Stand Adapter (Included)
Included CaseNone
Included FiltersNone
Construction MaterialMetal
Dimensionsø: 0.91 x L: 4.72" / ø: 23 x L: 120 mm
Weight4.97 oz / 141 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.755 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.8 x 5 x 3"

sE Electronics SE8 Reviews

Excellent Small-Diaphragm Condensers

By Tony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-26

When I received these mics I had a slightly mixed first impression. The case was nice but the slots for the mics left them very slightly loose. The foam windscreens fit the mics perfect and are more uniform than many I've seen. The fit and finish of the spreader bar is less than stellar and the mic clips are pretty basic. The fit and finish of the mics themselves is excellent. After just a bit of testing I was grinning and couldn't be happier with my purchase. The sound is silky smooth and very natural. I prefer a neutral sound from a mic, and these deliver. I haven't done a ton of testing yet, but from my initial testing I'm extremely pleased with the sound. What sound profile you prefer is fairly subjective, but I think these are going to be great for me. The main thing that impressed me with these mics is the low noise floor. I tested these along side a Rode NT5. Based on the specs I hoped the noise floor would be better, but it's night and day. My NT5 has a noise floor that isn't terrible, but it never impressed me. Maybe I just got a poor sample. Either way, after making test recordings I listened first to the NT5. When I switched to the sE8 my eyes went wide because it was not a subtle difference. The sE8 has a far lower noise floor. They are a bit heavier, if that's an issue for you. With the adjustable pads and high-pass filters, smooth sound and low noise these mics are versatile and offer great performance. Not the cheapest out there, but highly recommended for the price.

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Can the capsules be interchanged for omnis? Confusing because the Sound on Sound review said they are fixed but I see omni caps in your inventory.
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Yes, you can use the sE8 Omni Microphone Capsules - Matched Pair (B&H # SE8OMNICAPPR) in place of the cardioid capsules that come with sE8 microphones.
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Date published: 2021-07-21
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