A few weeks ago we received an sE Electronics SE2200a Condensor Microphone at our studio, next week we plan to pick up Shure microphones at Musicians Friend. Now, this microphone is primarily marketed as a Vocal microphone however, they do also state that it can be used as an instrument microphone. The problem I have is I am rather stuck on my AKG C 414 B-XL II Large-Diaphragm Condensor Microphone for vocals in about 95% of cases. Whenever I have used that microphone (regardless of sex) the results have been excellent and easily at par with multi-thousand dollar microphones.The sE Electronics SE2200a Condensor Microphone comes nicely packaged in it's very own sleek looking flightcase that excites you from the moment you set eyes on it (Figure 1).
Popping the flight case top I am even more excited by the design and form of both the sE Electronics SE2200a Condensor Microphone itself and it's accompanying shockmount (Figure 2). The shockmount is over-sized in comparison to others I have come into contact with and something about this fact makes the sE Electronics SE2200a Condensor Microphone look more expensive than it actually is. I am suitably impressed with the spare elastics provided for the shockmount. The threaded mounting ring that secures the mic to the cradle holds the mic very firmly in place and it even has a felt damping ring. The arm to allow different angles to be used keeps the microphone snugly secure allowing this microphone in theory to be used in ay angle (even upside down)!
Staying on the shockmount for a moment the only downside to the design of this is the ease in which the elastics can come free and if and when they do you cannot put it back together alone as you need one person to hold the first loop in place as you fix up the second loop. Also, this needs to be done twice to successfully replace the shockmount elastics!! Luckily though chances are if your recording vocals that there will be the producer and a vocalist making this not such a big deal.
The sE Electronics SE2200a Condensor Microphone itself looks great. The design is simplistic yet sexy. Features built into the sE Electronics SE2200a Condensor Microphone are a -10db pad and a low cut filter that removes the low end from being captured via the microphone. I can't for the life of me come up with a scenario when either of these features might be needed but I'm sure someone out there can and has otherwise what would be the point of spending the money on adding this circuitry to the microphone in the first place?
Based on initial impression I am thoroughly happy with this product and it's associated presentation. Anyone that has purchased this microphone will be suitably impressed with all aspects of it's appearence and to the untrained eye (i.e. your friends) this appears to be a VERY expensive microphone which can only be good for your reputation and ego as the hot shot music producer!!
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Figure 1. sE Electronics SE2200a Condensor Microphone Aluminium Flight Casing
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