The sE5 is a powerful, sleek condenser fit for almost any task.
The sE5 comes from a lineage of fantastically versatile small-diaphragm condensers, and takes the best elements of them all to become a mic greater than the sum of its influences.
We've taken the sE5's predecessor, the sE4, and redesigned it from the capsule right through to the XLR connector. We believe the sE5 sets the new standard for small diaphragm microphones at its price, and is perfect for any use - studio or live. With an even smoother full-range frequency response and improved transient handling, it is the perfect choice for recording drums, percussion, pianos and any stringed acoustic instrument.
The sE5's cardioid polar pattern delivers a clean and smooth on-axis response, with off-axis rejection that's essential when recording the source instrument in-situ among unwanted noise sources such as other instruments or room ambience.
100Hz BASS CUT FILTER
The sE5's 100Hz bass cut can be applied to decrease the level of proximity effect, which is typical behavior in cardioid pattern microphones if placed very close to the sound source, or to isolate from low frequency rumble from other sources.
-10dB / -20dB PAD
The two pad switches can be used if you're recording a very ‘hot’ (loud) signal. For miking up loud sound sources such as drums or a guitar cabinet, the -10dB or -20dB settings will reduce the level output from the microphone to the connected microphone preamp, ensuring a high quality signal is delivered.
MATTE BLACK FINISH
The matte black finish minimizes the level of visual attention drawn to the microphone when used on stage or in the studio, allowing it to blend into the background.
CUSTOM SHOCK MOUNT
Every sE5 includes a custom-designed shock mount in the box, which is essential in use to reduce the unwanted effects of vibration or knocks to the supporting microphone stand. The mounting mechanism is sprung, for quick and easy insertion or removal of the mic.
sE5 Factory-Matched Stereo Pair
When purchased as a pair, the capsules are factory-matched for perfect tolerance, guaranteeing the best possible stereo image.
This configuration also includes a precision stereo mounting bar, and the whole setup comes packaged inside a secure flight case that's ready for the road.
- Type: Condenser
- Directional pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency range: 20Hz - 20kHz
- Sensitivity: -34dBV/ Pa
- Rated impedance: 200 Ohms
- Equivalent noise level: 14 dB
- Signal-to-noise ratio: 80 dB
- Maximum SPL: 150 dB
- Supply voltage: 48V
"...if you are producing rock, pop or country records with real drum kits and instruments in a room, or simply want a great-sounding stereo pair, the sE5 needs to be on your must-hear list. Both the frequency and transient response of the sE5 are stellar, and the detail that this microphone captures is outstanding. I am a huge fan and now own a pair."
- Tim Dolbear, Eclectica Studios, Mix Magazine (full review)
"The sound achieved was clear and accurate with transients handled well and a high-end presence...while the sound was quite loud, the pair are able to take high SPLs and handled it with no problem."
- Trevor Curwen, Future Music / Music Radar (full review)
"The mic itself is extremely well built and feels solid and professional in your hand...in use, the pair of mics was a pleasure to use on acoustic guitar...they would also be ideal used as more ambient overhead mics for a drum kit or for angling strategically into an acoustic piano, or even at several string players to capture a natural sound."
- Hollin Jones, AskAudio Magazine (full review)