sE's best-selling 2200a II is back in black.

The original 2200a has been used by countless artists worldwide, and the updated 2200a II continues the tradition in both cardioid and multi-pattern versions.

sE's best-selling, multiple-award-winning, GRAMMY-singer-recording cardioid mic has been given a facelift and a feature update.

With the same hand-built brass capsule as the original, the Mark II version of this modern classic adds a multi-pattern version, a clever quick-release shockmount with integrated pop filter, and rubberized black paint to dampen any chassis resonances.


At the heart of the 2200a II is the hand-built, hand-tuned brass capsule that put sE on the map as a serious microphone manufacturer. With a gold-sputtered center-terminated diaphragm (two of these back-to-back on the multi-pattern version), the 2200a II's capsule is built in the same style as the vintage European capsules that have been used and loved for many decades.

Manufactured, assembled, and individually tested in-house by our team of skilled capsule technicians, these capsules are the soul of the 2200a II.

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If all you need is a cardioid polar pattern - most vocals will only require this - the 2200a II C is a great choice.

But if you want to experiment with different amounts of room sound, various instruments, or multiple sound sources, the multiple pattern controls of the 2200a II are a valuable asset.

In addition to the standard -10dB setting, the multi pattern 2200a II includes a -20dB setting for additional low-frequency control.


Part of the 2200a II's update can be seen in the clever new quick-release Isolation Pack shockmount. With the twist of a single knob, the mount attaches quickly and securely to the microphone, and is removable with the same simple motion. This allows the mic to be set up quickly and easily - no adjustments, no hassle.

The Isolation Pack also comes equipped with sE's curved metal pop filter, which efficiently slots in to the shockmount and is vertically adjustable for best performance.

As with many of sE's newest models, the 2200a II chassis is finished in a custom black rubberized paint, which helps dampen any chassis resonance as well as keep the mic unobtrusive to an audience or camera, even under bright stage lights.


2200a II C




2200a II




  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz 
  • Sensitivity @1kHz into 1 K Ohm: 25.3 mV/Pa 
  • Directional Pattern: Cardioid 
  • Impedance: ≤ 200 Ohms 
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 13.9dB-A 
  • Max SPL for THD 0.5%: 135dB 
  • Supply Voltage: Phantom power +48V
  • Connector: 3-pin XLR 
  • Weight: 537.60 g 
  • Diameter: 51.50 mm 
  • Length: 218.00 mm


  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Sensitivity @1kHz into 1 K Ohm: 20 mV/PA 
  • Directional Pattern: Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
  • Impedance: ≤ 200 Ohms
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 16dBA
  • Max SPL for THD 0.5%: 135dB
  • Supply Voltage: Phantom power +48V
  • Connector: 3-pin XLR
  • Weight: 598g
  • Diameter: 51mm
  • Length: 215mm


"It has a fairly natural sound but is capable of flattery, insomuch as it adds a little low-end warmth while keeping the highs sounding sweet."

- Paul White, Sound On Sound (full review)

"I've heard this back to back with a U87 and it's damn close. The fact that this mic is $299 is an absolute steal. We ended up using this mic ahead of several others that were far more expensive. Great buy."

"This mic is absolutely incredible. I challenge you to find a cardioid condenser that is better under $1000. I was hesitant to purchase this because I already have several $500 mics, but this thing blows them away. I typically use this on vocals, but it would be great for just about anything. Very clear, plenty of headroom, and a sweet modern sound."

"I have been playing and doing home recording for over 50 yrs and this just blows me away."

"This mic is NO JOKE!!"

"It has the up-front character you've probably been over-compressing to get, with all of the high end sheen of a Neumann."

"The workmanship is absolutely first-rate, and materials are all excellent...I'm quite positive that this mic is going to last me the rest of my life, and I plan to get a lot of use out of it. I have a lot of mics, and some far more expensive ones, but it is very hard to get this quality at this price."

- Assorted Sweetwater customers (full reviews via

"I bought one and after I had used it for a few weeks, I went and bought another one. I've used mine on A LOT of instruments (kick, overheads, toms, guitar amp, bass cab, banjo, mandolin, violin, cello, piano, percussion, vocals, room mic) and have never been disappointed with the results. At such a low cost, its a no brainer, buy one! or do what I did and buy two!"

"Has a particularly transparent sound which again lends itself well to versatility in the studio. It's also very solid and reliable."

"The highs have a very crisp sound, while the lows and mids are anything but muddy...The roll-off pad worked great for some of the rumble coming from the neighbors footsteps upstairs."

"If you don't have this mic in your arsenal you are on crack. This mic just makes everything sound so good. sE Electronics is on the right path with this mic."

"Really can't say enough about how great this mic is."


- Various Gearslutz reviewers (full reviews via