('Avatar', 'Titanic', 'Skyfall', Celine Dion, Michael Jackson)
The RNT: A new flagship tube microphone from sE Electronics and Rupert Neve Designs®.
Delivers the pristine, musical sonic character and uncompromising performance of the world's most prized recording equipment.
The RNT is the third microphone in the collaboration between sE Electronics and Rupert Neve Designs, founded by the legendary audio designer Mr. Rupert Neve.
Much like the RNR1 Active Ribbon and RN17 Small-Diaphragm Condenser, the RNT is something truly special, developed over several years of careful listening and measurement by Mr. Rupert Neve, Mr. Siwei Zou, and the engineering teams from both Rupert Neve Designs and sE Electronics.
All in all, this new flagship tube microphone brings the larger-than-life sounds of classic studio microphones into the modern age with greater depth and clarity than ever before.
The RNT utilizes fully discrete, Class-A electronics throughout both of its active stages.
The first stage is tube-based, with a hand-selected, low-noise ECC82 tube within the microphone chassis, and implementing a custom-built Rupert Neve Designs output transformer.
A tube has a lot of qualities which are very desirable, and it has a particular quality of sound to it."
If you get the size of the diaphragm of the microphone right, and you get the frequency response and the directional properties, and all the myriad of other qualities right, it is symbiotic with the tube’s performance."
- Mr. Rupert Neve
The second stage is within the floor box – which controls polar pattern, filter and gain switching – and is also coupled with a second custom-made Rupert Neve Designs output transformer.
This second stage is is built around the same custom op-amps used in Rupert Neve Designs’ flagship 5088 recording console, known worldwide for its unrivaled transparency and headroom.
The custom handcrafted large-diaphragm true condenser capsule is the finest capsule sE has ever made, born from years of rigorous testing and listening, and developed and constructed by hand in sE’s own factory.
The Class-A electronics and switchable gain ensure a massive dynamic range, with high sound pressure level (SPL) handling capability and extremely low-noise components, and the switchable low-cut filters eliminate rumble or footfall noise, and can also compensate for an excess of bass frequencies caused by the proximity effect.
This enables the RNT to close-mic many instruments including electric guitar speaker cabinets, brass instruments and drums.
Lastly, the 9-position polar pattern switch allows for omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-eight pickup patterns (plus several positions in between each) for precise tailoring of the balance between direct and ambient sound when recording with the RNT.
HAND-CRAFTED, GOLD-SPUTTERED 1" TRUE CONDENSER CAPSULE
The finest and most complex capsule sE has ever built
Hand-crafted and individually tuned in our very own factory
Refined electrode design delivers supremely natural sound quality
NINE SELECTABLE POLAR PATTERNS
Precisely-tuned dual-diaphragm capsule design allows you to choose the perfect setting for every application
Minimize unwanted signal bleed with ease
HAND-SELECTED ECC82 TUBE & CUSTOM RUPERT NEVE DESIGNS AUDIO TRANSFORMER
Each microphone-grade tube is carefully selected and pretested in-house
Allows for stunning realism and depth in recordings
Unique tube circuit design optimized for driving the first custom-made transformer
HAND-CRAFTED METAL HOUSING WITH PREMIUM FINISH
All-metal construction built with highest attention to detail
Efficient rejection of any electrical interference and noise
High quality finish ensures a great look for many years
A SECOND CUSTOM-BUILT RUPERT NEVE DESIGNS AUDIO TRANSFORMER
Designed for sweet, musical performance and bulletproof isolation
Provides the legendary sonic character of Rupert Neve's famous transformers
CUSTOM-MADE, DISCRETE CLASS-A RUPERT NEVE DESIGNS AMPLIFICATION
Delivers the sonic character and performance expected from the world's most prized recording equipment
Utilizes the same operational amplifiers found in Rupert Neve Designs' flagship 5088 console
These discrete op-amps ensure enormous headroom, ultra-wide bandwidth, zero crossover distortion, and quality without compromise
ACTIVE GAIN STAGE WITH THREE SWITCHABLE LEVELS
Provides 24dB of extended dynamic range for a wide range of applications
Discrete Rupert Neve Designs op-amp cards ensure pristine performance
Suitable for everything from delicate ambience recordings to close-miking of extremely loud instruments and voices
TWO SWITCHABLE ACTIVE LOW-CUT FILTERS
Custom Rupert Neve Designs op-amps implemented for best possible sound quality
Reduce unwanted rumble or foot-fall noise, or compensate for proximity effect
The RNT is sE's new flagship large-diaphragm condenser microphone, and proudly stands alongside the RNR1 and RN17 in being what we believe are some of the finest and most unique microphones ever produced.
"Siwei has done an amazing job on the microphone. Very high performance, and I believe a very nice sounding result."
- Mr. Rupert Neve -
Hear all the sE / Rupert Neve microphones in this special sEssions recording from Esplanade Studios in New Orleans.
Listen to the isolated vocals (RNT set to cardioid mode) from the video above, recorded through a Rupert Neve Designs Shelford 5052 mic preamp:
• RNT microphone
• Custom shock-mount
• RNT Floor Box (Power Supply)
• 8-pin cable (to connect mic to floor box)
• IEC power cable
• Wooden microphone box
• Flight case
• sE logo sticker
• User manual with warranty card
Capsule: Handcrafted 1" diaphragm true condenser
Tube Complement: 1x 12AU7/ECC82
Polar Patterns: 9 (omni, cardioid, figure-8, plus 3 steps between each)
Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 16 mV/Pa (-36 dB)
Gain: -12 / 0 / +12 dB, switchable
Max SPL: 151 dB
Equivalent Noise Level: 18 dB(A)
Dynamic Range: 133 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio: 76 dB
Low Cut Filter: 40 / 80 Hz, 12 dB/oct, switchable
Electrical Impedance: 30 Ohms
Recommended Load Impedance: >2k Ohms
Connectivity: 3-pin male XLR connector (floor box)
Microphone Dimensions: Diameter: 62 mm (2.44 in.), Length: 240 mm (9.45 in.)
Microphone Weight: 989 g (34.90 oz.)
Floor Box Dimensions: 356 x 135 x 100 mm (14.02 x 5.31 x 3.94 in.)
Floor Box Weight: 3,905 g (137.79 oz.)
"I've worked with the best microphones in the world, and this is one of them now. It's great."
- Simon Franglen, GRAMMY®-winning Composer/Producer ('Avatar', 'Titanic', 'Skyfall') - sE Artist
“…while you don't have to have lots of high-end gear to make a great sounding recording, it just makes your job that bit easier — and the RNT just plain helped me out during its time at my studio, in terms of getting great results quickly.”
“…they'd done quite a big mic shootout before tracking the vocals and…they'd chosen the RNT for lead vocals on the whole album. There's no shortage of good mic options at my studio, but apparently the band especially liked how it helped the vocal cut through their big guitar sounds.”
“I was impressed with not only the clarity and detail captured but also how easy it was to get the vocal to sit nicely in the track quickly.”
“I don't like using the term 'musical' with audio equipment, but for all the singers I recorded with this mic, it framed the voice in a way that just worked in the song.”
- Sound On Sound, July 2019 (full review)
"I didn't realize how beautiful a vocal sound could be. It allows me to capture incredibly subtle and nuanced performances with the need for absurd compression. Whatever alchemy has gone into this creation, I am constantly in awe of it. I have never had a vocal sound as precise and dynamic, while still capturing 'me'."
- Devin Townsend, Singer / Guitarist / Producer - sE Artist
“On a recent vocal session the stand-out improvement against the studio’s in-house U87 blew everyone in the control room away. It only took two bars to agree that we were going to use the RNT.”
- Alexander Archer, VEVO DSCVR
“Recording on the cardioid setting, the RNT is forward and transparent. Voices are articulate and crystal clear, with a nice proximity effect when positioned closer to the speaker or singer…amplified electric guitar sounds very true to tone when positioned close to the speaker cone of an amp, delivering an even frequency response without much colour.”
- Mixdown Magazine (full review)