With the T2, your transients will never be the same again.
The versatility of the 4400a's shockmount, patterns, filters and pads, plus a titanium diaphragm for the most immediate transients you've ever heard.
This mic is the ultimate combination of solid state performance and versatility. Based on the chassis and feature spec of the acclaimed 4400a, but with the highly specialized capsule of the original sE Titan, it delivers full and perfectly balanced mid and low frequencies, while its titanium capsule produces un-hyped but ultra-detailed HF response.
It is thus ideally suited for percussive sounds, including drums, percussion, the attack of a guitar, hammer action on piano, kick drum, slap bass, and hip-hop vocals.
THE TITANIUM DIAPHRAGM
Unusually, the T2 features a hand-crafted titanium-sputtered capsule. This is much stiffer than our gold-sputtered capsules, meaning quicker transient response, which is important when recording instruments that create fast transients and attack - like drums and percussion - as it enables the microphone to maintain clarity and deliver exceptionally accurate performances.
The stiffness of this special diaphragm also allows it to withstand extremely high sound pressure levels, so it can handle the loudest percussion with ease.
CUSTOM SHOCKMOUNT + CHASSIS
The T2 shares the shockmount of the 4400a. Here's what TapeOp has to say about it:
The flat, round-edged chassis design and custom suspension mount allow the mic to be centered within the shock, flipped around and used flat against a drum head or guitar cab, or angled outwards and pushed through inside of a kick drum. And at less than 3/4" thick, it fits neatly in the palm of your hand, but is built to take a beating on the road.
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Sensitivity: 28mv/pa-31 ± 1dB
- Polar Pattern: Omni, Cardioid, Supercardioid, Figure-8
- Impedance: ≤ 50 Ohms
- Equivalent Noise Level: 14dB (A weighted)
- Max SPL for 0.5% THD@1000Hz for 0.5%: 140dB minimum
- Power Requirement: Phantom power 48V±4V
- Connector: 3-pin XLR
"The T2s sounded exactly like I hoped they would. Punch and beef on toms was the number one criteria, and they delivered. Just slight EQing in my API 560s and they were perfect."
- Chris Fogel, Scoring Engineer (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)
"What really surprised me was the quality of the sound in front of a kick drum. The clarity and bass response was tremendous, and the sub-bass I could get from the T2 alone was fantastic…obviously, it depends on what kind of kick drum sound you’re after, but the T2 could now be one of my favorite kick drum mics."
"In summary, the T2 is a fantastic percussion mic. Its major success for me is the detail it can pick up with a frenetic and fast sound source, whether it be a guitar player attacking an extreme solo or rhythm, a percussionist with an array of instruments, or slap bass; all of these often need a mic that can be twisted, turned, and easily placed for the best capture of the natural performance. Then as a dedicated drum mic, I have a feeling this could become one of the major alternatives to the regular collection that people go for when choosing a kick drum mic."
- Alan Branch, Audio Media (full review)
"It adds a sense of definition and edge to the sound that makes it sound almost hyper-real. It's a very different effect to simply tuning the diaphragm differently or fiddling with the electronics, as the differences are very dependent on the source being recorded, rather than an overall brighter tonality...but again with no sense of ever sounding brittle or strained."
- Jon Thornton, Resolution (full review)