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.
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.
mic clip (with thread adapter)
sE8 (Matched Pair)
2x sE8 microphone
2x mic clip (with thread adapters)
2x wind screens
robust metal case
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.)
“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."
"Despite a moderate price and generous features, they promise top quality, handmade production as well as a linear, unobtrusive sound character."
"They generate a very balanced-sounding image of the [acoustic guitar] playing...at the same time, they capture highs and upper mids very well without being intrusive or harsh."
"Balanced and detailed transients are shown, the spatial representation is very good for models of this price class and they are far away from the feared qualities of affordable microphones."
"The sE8 allows the body and weight of the snare to stand out in the lower frequencies without sounding overly round or muffled. The top end is very smooth and precise in detail without being overly harsh, or having to over-EQ the top end to allow the snare to cut through..."
"It is very natural and allows the transient and nuances of the drum to really come together from ghost notes and snare rolls through to blast beats. With the sE8 I can just roll the HPF up to 125Hz and the microphone does the rest of the work for me."
- 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