Gemini II Large Diaphragm Dual Tube Cardioid Condenser Microphone
The Gemini II dual valve microphone is the ultimate sE Electronics studio microphone design. Built to perform exceptionally as a vocal microphone, the Gemini II is a no holds barred piece of microphone history.
Its dual valve design gives you pure valve warmth from the 12AX7 input valve coupled with a 12AU7 valve on the output stage in place of the traditional transformer. The result is an incredibly large detailed and intimate sound reminiscent of the classic valve microphones from decades ago, but with all of the top end you'd normally associate with the best solid state mics on the market.
The Gemini II now has a 10dB pad and bass cut, a hand built, brushed Aluminium PSU and lower s/n ratio than its predecessor. If you are after something that extra bit special you really must hear this microphone. Prepare to be amazed.
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What the recording professionals say:
Jack Rubinacci (2013): "When I listened to the playbacks I immediately liked the sound of my vocals and kept telling myself how much I love the sound of the mic." Read the full interview here.
Marcus Miller (2012): "If you took a classic Neumann U47 tube mic, then extended the high end range and made it crystal clear, you'd have the sE Gemini II." Read full interview with Marcus Miller here.
Dave McMurray (2012): "The Gemini II has superb clarity in the top end, coupled with the kind of full bodied sound you’d expect from a world class tube mic… stunning!”. Read full Dave McMurray article here.
Don Was: "I am incredibly impressed by the seemingly contradictory combination of warmth, crispness and definition that was captured in the tracks by the sE Gemini and sE Relexion Filter Pro ... the songs we were working on had dense arrangements yet the sax cut through without ever sounding abrasive or disconnected from the rest of the track... it was a beautiful, natural sound we didn't even use any EQ!" Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson
Troy Van Leeuwen - Queens of the Stone Age "In this day and age of digital recording, anything that an add character to the signal path is worth it's weight in gold. With a microphone like the Gemini you can really push the limits.
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz
- Sensitivity: 12.6mV/Pa - 38 ± 1dB(0dB=1V/Pa 1000Hz)
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Impedance: ≤ 200 Ohms
- Equivalent Noise Level: 12dB(A weighted)
- Max SPL for 0.5% THD@1000Hz: 135dB
- Power Requirement: External PSU included.
- Connector: 3-pin