(King Crimson, Terry Bozzio, Steve Morse, Ulver)
Meet the X1. No frills, no tricks, just great sound.
Whether you’re recording lead vocals, acoustic guitar, strings, percussion or any other source instruments, we believe the sE X1 outperforms every mic in its price class.
Why is the X1 such a classy mic? Mainly because its large diaphragm, gold-sputtered capsule is hand-crafted and hand-tuned by skilled technicians in our own factory. This is highly unusual for mics at this price, and is a great point of pride for us.
This capsule is the true heart of the X1. Since all our capsules are custom-made in-house (you can read more about that here), we are able to coax the very highest levels of performance out of our microphones.
Surrounding the all-important electronics is a sturdy metal chassis finished in acoustically-damping black paint, to minimize any resonant frequencies in the microphone body. The sE X1 is also equipped with a 10dB pad and a low-cut bass filter, providing essential tools for recording a variety of sources in any environment.
The X1 comes standard with a mic clip that will securely attach it to any mic stand, but if you're interested in some other options, you can read about the X1's accessories and bundles below.
Capsule Type: Hand-Crafted True Condenser
Diaphragm: 32mm Gold/Mylar
Directional Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Impedance: 200 Ohms
Sensitivity: 25.12 mV/Pa (-32 dB)
Max SPL: 125/135 dB (0/-10 dB pad) (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 78 dB
Self Noise: 16 dB(A)
Pass Filter Switch: 200 Hz
Preattenuation Pad: -10 dB
Matching Connectors: XLR3F
Power requirement: 48V phantom
Weight: 460g / 16.23oz
"It is no small secret that I am generally not a fan of low cost condenser mics, but the X1 has been an exception to that rule. It is the only low cost condenser that is a regular part of my production work."
"It also goes up in every vocal mic shoot out we do for artists. On some artists the sE X1 beats out mics costing more than 10 times as much."
- Ronan Chris Murphy, Producer / Engineer (King Crimson, Terry Bozzio, Ulver) - sE Artist
"The sE X1 has a more open quality, seems less colored and has a top end that you would normally associate with microphones about 5 times the price."
- Russ Hughes, Pro Tools Expert (full review)
"For the money, and for the sound, this only comes along once in a while. Go for it."
- Steven Gurgevich (full review via Sweetwater Sound)
"I like sE's X1 mic for its lively, in‑your‑face character, which still manages to avoid sounding strident. This is also a good all‑rounder for the kind of acoustic instruments that you find in a typical home studio."
- Paul White, Sound On Sound (full review)
"I really like this mic and it's now my main LDC. Considering the price, everyone should have one."
- Gearslutz.com user Riku (full review)
"The build quality, facilities and overall feel of this microphone are certainly beyond what you would expect considering the street price...perhaps it’s the fact that sE have a dedicated factory over in Shanghai producing this stuff, but I wouldn’t have been surprised if you told me it was twice the price if not more."
- Mike Watkinson, AskAudioMag (full review)