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What's new with the X1 S?

Earlier this year, we introduced the X1 S - an update to one of our best-selling mics of all time. The original X1 and the new X1 S may look similar from the outside, but what makes this mic so special, and why did we decide to make it even better?

 

I. THE FEATURES

The original X1 had a single low-cut filter  (at 200Hz) and a single attenuation pad (-10dB). Though the inclusion of these features were enough to give it an edge on the competition, we decided to make the mic even MORE useful this time around - so we doubled both.

The new X1 S now has two low-cut filters, with carefully chosen frequencies of 80Hz and 160Hz, which dramatically increase its tone-shaping capabilities and usefulness on a greater variety of voices and instruments. With these passive filter options, you can now reduce unwanted low frequencies with greater precision than before.

The X1 S also has two attenuation pads, at -10dB and -20dB. This provides an increase in dynamic range and SPL handling, taking the max SPL from 135dB (with the original X1) to a truly massive 160dB - more than enough to handle the loudest of brass instruments or percussion without overloading your connected mic preamp or interface. This means much less distortion and much more sound.

 

II. THE ELECTRONICS & SPECS

In addition to the increased SPL handling and dynamic range (151dB!), with the X1 S we took great care to optimize the Class-A electronic design with updated components and improved PCB layouts. This overhaul resulted in a 7dB decrease in self-noise and a corresponding increase in signal-to-noise ratio.

What does that mean? In general terms, a 6dB reduction can be thought of as "halving" the amplitude. So essentially, we cut the noise in HALF - on an already VERY quiet microphone.

On top of that, we also boosted the mic's sensitivity from 25.12 mV/Pa to 30 mV/Pa. That means you can record even quieter sources (room sound, delicate instruments, whispers) withless noise, and your other equipment doesn't need to work as hard to get the levels up to a useable range - especially important with more affordable interfaces and mic preamps.

 

III. THE HANDCRAFTED CAPSULE

Aside from the fact that the capsule ring is now finished in "sE red", we didn't change a thing.

Why? Because it didn't need to be changed. Everyone loved the sound of the original, so why mess with a good thing? It's still the same hand-crafted, hand-tuned true condenser capsule, built by the skilled technicians in our very own factory.

The only thing we DID improve is our manufacturing consistency practices. That means that if you buy two X1 S microphones, they're going to sound even MORE like one another than ever before - great for stereo and other multi-mic recording techniques.

 

IV. THE FIT & FINISH

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Though the outward appearance of the X1 S is similar to its predecessor, when you hold one in your hand you can immediately feel the difference. The premium paint finish is smoother and longer-lasting, the serial number is laser-engraved, the XLR connector is gold-plated for longevity, the switches feel more solid, and the mic simply feels more "expensive".

All these little changes may seem small on their own, but they add up to a better-feeling, better-sounding, longer-lasting product. And that's our goal.

 

V. THE BUNDLES

We kept the bundles just as they've always been, aside from the addition of all the features you see above in the new X1 S.

The Studio Bundle has been one of our best-selling products for a long time, and for good reason. With the X1 S, Reflexion Filter® X, Isolation Pack (shockmount + pop filter) and a 3-meter XLR cable, it's got everything you need to just plug into your interface and hit "record" on amazingly clear, natural vocals (and more).

And for those of your who already own a Reflexion Filter, we make the Vocal Pack - an X1 S, Isolation Pack, and XLR cable. Done and done.

The X1 S Studio Bundle.

The X1 S Studio Bundle.

The X1 S Vocal Pack.

The X1 S Vocal Pack.

 
 

“I got the new X1 S and within 24 hours I was using it on a production for a major artist.”

- Ronan Chris Murphy, Producer / Engineer (King Crimson, Terry Bozzio, Ulver) - sE Artist


"We’d even say the mic outdoes other vocal mics costing far more...and the RF-X Reflexion Filter does a great job of dampening room noise for vocalists, giving you a dry vocal sound to which you can add effects in the mix. In practice, we found it worked really well, getting the same result as far more expensive options."

"...it’s no-brainer of a buy, especially if you’re just starting out."

- MusicTech Magazine, July 2017 (full review)


"Together with a brisk, dry transient reproduction, a clear, clean and completely detailed picture results in every case."

"Cheap condenser microphones often suffer from biting, edgy, and scrabbling highs. The X1 S also shows class here by being remarkably round, balanced and almost warm. Together with the uncolored and distortion-free character, the suitability as an all-rounder is again shown."

"If you want to buy a large-diaphragm condenser microphone with fixed cardioid characteristics, which fulfills many tasks without problems...if you want to have a high budget [sound] for a small budget...the X1 S is a 'must-hear'."

- Bonedo.de (full review - German)

New Products, Events

sE Electronics Introduces Newly Revamped X1 S Condenser Microphone and Bundles

 
 

New for Musikmesse 2017, sE Electronics is proud to announce the X1 S, an updated and refined version of their best-selling X1 condenser microphone.

With expanded features, completely overhauled circuit design, and superior performance - including the highest dynamic range and SPL handling capabilities in its class - the X1 S is the first major update to the X1 since its introduction in 2010.

Utilizing a hand-crafted gold-sputtered large-diaphragm condenser capsule manufactured by sE in their own capsule room, plus the same robust all-metal chassis design as its predecessor, the X1 S now includes two low-cut filters (switchable between 80Hz and 160Hz) and two attenuation pads (-10dB or -20dB), as opposed to the X1’s single filter and pad options. The body’s finish has also been updated with the same new high-quality paint as sE’s latest X1 A, and the XLR connector is now gold-plated for loss-free, reliable, and long-lasting use.

 
 

For this launch, sE’s best-selling Vocal Pack and Studio Bundle have also been updated. The X1 S Vocal Pack includes sE’s Isolation Pack shockmount and pop shield plus a 3-meter XLR cable, and the X1 Studio Bundle includes the same plus sE’s successful RF-X Reflexion Filter® to provide an instant professional recording solution for any singer, musician, songwriter, or engineer.

According to sE’s General Manager Ling Zou:

“We have updated the X1 microphone design to optimize its sound and build quality. Bundled with our RF-X, I believe we have delivered the best possible recording setup for our customers - especially for new musicians. I hope it will be like owning your first car; it will be a useful tool for a very long time, and you will never forget the beautiful memories you have created together.”

The X1 S will arrive in stores worldwide in May 2017, with a suggested retail price of $249 USD / €249 EUR. It ships with a newly redesigned mic clip and mic stand thread adapter, and is fully compatible with sE’s Isolation Pack shockmount / pop filter system.

The X1 S Vocal Pack and X1 S Studio Bundle will have a suggested retail price of $299 USD / €299 EUR and $399 USD / €399 EUR respectively, and will also be available worldwide May 2017.

 
 

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