The 4400a is vintage versatility at its finest.
Four polar patterns, a vintage-style brass capsule, two bass cuts and two pads, and the most adaptable shockmount around - the 4400a is pure modern classic.
Much like a few particularly well-known classic European condensers, the 4400a is a true all-rounder. You can put it up on just about anything and it'll sound great.
Unfortunately for many studio owners, those "classic condensers" are often not what they used to be. Capsule designs change over time, capacitors dry out, metal switches are replaced with plastic buttons and LEDs, and the mics that were once so versatile are now mere shadows of their former selves.
As with all sE mics, the 4400a's back-to-back brass-ringed capsules are hand-built and hand-tuned by our skilled technicians, just like any fine musical instrument.
CUSTOM SHOCKMOUNT + CHASSIS
The flat, round-edged chassis design and custom suspension mount allow the mic to be centered within the shock, flipped around and used flat against a drum head or guitar cab, or angled outwards and pushed through inside of a kick drum. And at less than 3/4" thick, it fits neatly in the palm of your hand, but is built to take a beating on the road.
The mic has a unique, black, non-reflective, non-marking, rubberized finish which is ideal for live stage, theatre, TV and broadcast applications which require lighting.
4400a Factory-Matched Stereo Pair
When purchased as a pair, the capsules are factory-matched for perfect tolerance, guaranteeing the best possible stereo image.
This configuration also includes a precision stereo mounting bar and two of the the 4400a's custom shock mounts. The whole setup comes packaged inside a secure flight case.
A 4400a Stereo Pair on jazz piano:
Capsule Type: Hand-Crafted True Condenser
Diaphragm: 32mm Twin Gold/Mylar
Directional Pattern: Cardioid, Hyper Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Impedance: 50 Ohms
Sensitivity: 25.12 mV/Pa (-32 dB)
Max SPL: 122/132/142 dB (0/-10/-20 dB pad) (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 78 dB
Self Noise: 16 dB(A)
Pass Filter Switch: 60/120 Hz
Preattenuation Pad: -10/-20 dB
Matching Connectors: XLR3F
Power requirement: 48V phantom
Weight: 280g / 9.88oz
“Having used the sE4400a's for the piano parts on Coldplay’s latest album I wish I’d had them on piano duty for the previous record too."
- Rik Simpson, Producer (Coldplay, Jay-Z, Portishead)
"I don't think I've ever started a mic review by introducing the accessories first. But given the innovative design of the shockmount included with the sE4400a, I can't help but get that out of the way so I can then move on to telling you what a great buy the mic itself is."
"It's virtually impossible to go wrong with it, and because of its fairly-neutral sonic character (with just a bit of high-frequency lift), you'll need to lay blame elsewhere if your recording goes awry. Even if you're a professional with countless mics at your disposal, the sE4400a is still a great mic to have for location work or for hurried sessions, when you won't have the luxury of setting up a bunch of mics to try out. Just mount up an sE4400a and hit record."
- Andy Hong, Tape Op (full review)
"...these have been very, very good workhorse microphones. They’re very much the sort of thing you can put on overheads for drums, and they work even as a vocal mic very well."
- Simon Franglen, Composer / Producer - sE Artist
"The 4400's are DARK sounding, warm...not sharp at all, more like those earlier 414's. So i would say they actually 'out-414' the current 414's...kudos to sE for going with actual toggle switches instead of the electronic gismos that the rival 414's now use."
"The shockmount on the sE caught my attention because it's just so darn flexible. Simple idea...the mic attaches in such a way that it can either sit inside our outside the suspension, which is C shaped. The mic can then be adjust fully to any degree of positioning between the in and out position. Picture being able go get up close to a grill cloth, or lay this down over a tom. No more shockmount in the way, BIG WIN."
"The sE 4400a seems to have more then a little of what it takes to enter the category of studio classics, and favorites."
"The main course of this great mic. The polar patterns.This variety of settings allow you to place this mic in almost any situation."
"To top it all off it comes in a heavy duty carry case with shockmount that looks like it could survive a stadium sized amp stack falling on it."
"Anyone who has ever struggled with traditional shockmounts in tight spots, or had to reinvent physics to place and angle a mic precisely as one intended, or had to fiddle with the skipping off elastic suspension bands will develop a fondness for the 4400a and its shockmount instantly."
- Various Gearslutz users (full reviews via Gearslutz.com)
"I couldn't find anything that it couldn't cope with, and its ease of positioning for a large‑diaphragm model was a big plus."
"If you need a large‑diaphragm, multi‑pattern capacitor mic that's almost as easy to position as a small‑diaphragm pencil mic, the SE4400A, with its elegant shockmount, is a very practical choice in the mid‑priced section of the microphone market."
- Paul White, Sound On Sound (full review)
"Wow! After shooting out the sE Electronics sE4400a alongside another popular (hint: similar looking) microphone and its vintage version from the 70s, the sE4400a just killed it! So smooth and warm with character for days and so versatile! The sE4400a is designed to be a go-to mic for just about anything in your studio. This is a must-have!"
- Stuart Niven, Sweetwater Sound