“Sounds like a wickedly expensive high-end microphone...”
- Planet Music & Media -

The sE8 - small in stature, huge in sound.

Fit for any challenges in the studio or on stage, the sE8 is a brand new high-performance handcrafted small-diaphragm condenser, fresh from the labs at sE.

Its new hand-made capsule implements a sophisticated backplate design that provides a perfectly balanced sound, so it's never harsh or aggressive - perfect for sources like high-hats and drum overheads.

It's also one of the quietest small-capsule mics on the planet - and with the highest dynamic range and SPL handling in its class, along with attenuation pads and low-cut filters for superb flexibility, the sE8 is ready for any sounds you’re making, whether in the studio environment or demanding on-stage applications.

 
 


HANDCRAFTED TRUE CONDENSER CAPSULE

  • gold-sputtered diaphragms ensure maximum reliability
  • every capsule is handcrafted and individually tuned in our very own factory
  • ultra-precision electrode design optimized for superb linearity and natural sonics
  • ultra-thin 3 micron gold-sputtered diaphragm for superior transients
  • newly-developed backplate design provides smooth, natural sound & truly consistent off-axis response
  • sophisticated acoustic design with precision components
  • avoids coloration in demanding applications
 

THE QUIETEST PENCIL MIC IN ITS CLASS

  • sophisticated electronic design provides extremely low noise without the use of integrated circuits
  • transformerless design for excellent transparency and clarity
  • proven Class-A circuitry ensures a high dynamic range without distortion and brilliant transient response
 

TWO SWITCHABLE PRE-ATTENUATION PADS

The -10 dB and -20 dB pad switches provide extended dynamic range, enabling a wide range of applications and close-mic techniques for brass instruments, snare drums, and more.

 

TWO SWITCHABLE LOW-CUT FILTERS

Selectable at either 80Hz or 160Hz, these two filters help eliminate low-frequency rumble or footfall noise, as well as help compensate for excessive bass (proximity effect) with close-mic techniques.

 

ALL-METAL HOUSING WITH GOLD-PLATED XLR CONNECTOR, PREMIUM FINISH & ACCESSORIES

Unlike the cheaply constructed bodies of some small-capsule microphones, the sE8's all-metal chassis provides efficient rejection of any electrical interference and noise - and the high-quality finish and gold-plated XLR connector ensures a great look and a loss-free, reliable signal connection for years to come.

The sE8 also comes standard with a newly-designed mic clip that will securely attach it to any mic stand.

 

WHY A HANDCRAFTED CAPSULE?

As with all of sE's true condensers, the sE8’s gold-sputtered capsule is handcrafted and hand-tuned by skilled technicians in our own factory. This is highly unusual for mics at this price, and is a great point of pride for us.

Building and tuning a capsule is a subtle, artistic process, and given the scale of the vibrations which they must perceive, this is the most vital element of the mic.

 
 
 
ALSO AVAILABLE

sE8 Matched Pair

As with all of our factory-matched pairs, every mic ending up in a sE8 Stereo Pair configuration is hand-selected from hundreds of individual microphones.

This ensures identical performance and the highest possible mic-to-mic consistency, so you can rest assured that your stereo image will be as clear & accurate as possible.

 

The sE8 Matched Pair comes complete with a precision stereo mounting bar, two protective wind screens, two mic clips, and a robust high-quality metal flight case.

 
IN THE BOX

sE8

  • sE8 microphone

  • mic clip (with thread adapter)

  • wind screen

sE8 (Matched Pair)

  • 2x sE8 microphone

  • 2x mic clip (with thread adapters)

  • 2x wind screens

  • stereo bar

  • robust metal case

 
SPECIFICATIONS
 
 

Capsule Type: Hand-Crafted Small-Diaphragm True Condenser

Polar Pattern: Cardioid

Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Sensitivity: 25 mV/Pa   (-32 dBV)

Max SPL: 139 / 149 / 159 dBSPL (0/10/20 dB pad) (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)

Equivalent noise level: 13 dB(A)

Dynamic range: 126 / 136 / 146 dB (0/10/20 dB Attentuation pad)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 81 dB

Low-cut filter: 80 / 160 Hz, 6 dB/Oct, switchable

Attenuation Pad: 10 / 20dB, switchable

Powering: 48 Volts according to IEC 61938

Electrical Impedance: 110 Ohms

Recommended load impedance: >1k Ohms

Current consumption: 2.7 mA

Connectivity: 3-pin male XLR connector

Dimensions: Diameter: 23mm (0.91 in), Length 120mm (4.72 in)

Weight: 141 g (4.97 oz.)

 
USER QUOTES

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

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

"High robustness and a perfect shape for stage use...recessed switches are ideal for live applications."

- Planet Music & Media


"It allows the body and thickness of the snare to stand out - on the top end I noticed clarity and smoothness, there was no over-harshness or amped top-end peaks. Usually on snare microphones I tend to find that they like to amplify the flubby sound at around 400-500 Hz, but this was very clean."

"With high hat, this microphone allows the top end to come through and outputs a very crisp sound but with smooth top end - not bright or cutting, but with enough presence to make it stand out without being painful."

- Gary Sharpe, TM/FOH Engineer (Between The Buried And Me, Every Time I Die) - sE Artist


"I recorded violin, and it just did what it should do! A clear sound with warm highs, it reproduces the natural sound of the instrument as it should be."

"It's a beauty in a perfect size - easy to place wherever it needs to be placed."

- Titus Vadon, Composer / Musician - sE Artist


 

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