sE RNR1 Rupert Neve Active Ribbon High Frequency Microphone
The sE Rupert Neve RNR1 - The World's First HF Active Ribbon Mic
For many decades ribbon mics have been used by engineers for their extremely natural sounding reproduction of source material. The nature of their performance differs greatly from condenser mics, which by comparison sound very 'up front' and lack the harmonic depth of a good ribbon.
Even at the high end of the market, the customary roll-off of almost all the top end frequencies has always been a major drawback. The frustration with all ribbons is - depending on the model - little or no performance past 7-10KHz, which is why condenser mics dominate the recording market.
The traditional appeal of the condenser then has been the assumption of consistent frequency response from 20Hz to 20KHz. Traditionally engineers using ribbons, however expensive, have had to accept their significant limitations or have had to augment the recording with a condenser mic to capture the high frequency absent from the ribbon output. The sE RNR1 is the world's first ribbon microphone that offers the same consistency of frequency response; from 20Hz right up to 25kHz whilst retaining the fullness and warmth you've come to love about ribbon mics.
Such compromises have meant that ribbons have never been very widely accepted or used as a first choice for recording. For more information on the sE ribbon mic family, visit Ribbon Microphones. For more information on the sE Electronics and Rupert Neve partnership, visit sE Rupert Neve.
To download a copy of the microphone technique booklet, click here.
Courtney Pine CBE says,
The recent inclusion of the RNR1 in my set up, which arrived in the middle of recording my latest CD 'Europa' forced me to re-record three tracks because the tracks I recorded with the RNR1 made my Bass Clarinet sound so amazingly real! - Read the full interview
- Acoustic Operating Principle: Electrodynamic pressure gradient with active electronics
- Generating Element: 2.5-micron aluminum ribbon
- Polar Pattern: Figure 8
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 25KHz
- Sensitivity: -32 dB (referenced 1v/pa ±1dB)
- Equivalent Noise Level: 15dB (A weighted)
- Output Impedance: 200 Ohms balanced
- Rated Load Impedance: 1000 Ohms
- Max SPL: >135dB
- Connector: Male XLR 3 pin (Pin 2 Hot)