PIANO

The piano: one of the largest and most complex instruments to record. Great piano mics hear deep within this magnificent instrument, capturing the intricacies of each struck note, from air to floor.

 
   BASIC
Serious sound at an affordable price.

The X1 A (cardioid)

"The X1 A can convince you of its balanced frequency response, rich bass, unobtrusive yet present mids, as well as gentle highs...undoubtedly worth every cent of its low purchase price."

- Carsten Kaiser, Bonedo.de (full review, German)

sE8

“Sounds like a wickedly expensive high-end microphone...”

"The sound leaves no wish unanswered in any application."

Planet Music & Media

2200a II

"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)

 
● ●   ADVANCED
The next step up for clarity and performance.

Voodoo VR2

"The VR mics immediately reveal their extended HF range, especially when placed alongside other ribbon mics. In fact they would stand out less in among a set of condensers." 

- Robbie Stamp, Future Music / Music Radar (full review)

4400a

“Having used the sE4400a's for the piano parts on Coldplay’s latest album I wish I’d had them on piano duty for the previous record too."

- Rik Simpson, Producer (Coldplay, Jay-Z, Portishead)

 

 
● ● ●   PRO
The best sound that money can buy.

The RN17

"Close mic’ing a 9 ft grand piano with a stereo pair of RN17s showed the mic’s superb imaging and large, natural sound...for featured piano music, especially classical or jazz, this mic will become a standard."

- Adam Kagan, Tape Op Magazine (full review)

 

The RNR1

"My favorite ribbon mic in the entire world...A pair of those on a Steinway is about as good as it gets. They have that lovely extension on the top end that normal ribbons don’t have, but still have all the characteristics that I love."

- Simon Franglen, Composer / Producer / Musician ('Avatar', 'Titanic', 'Skyfall') - sE Artist

 

 

APPLICATION GUIDE

 

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