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.)
"...they were reminiscent of some of the best condensers I've used, some much more expensive."
"The sE8s are pro-quality transducers at an entry-level price."
"Even and smooth sonic capture, not harsh at the top end. Excellent storage case and stereo bar included."
“Compared to my typical favorites for the job (Roswell Delphos LDCs or Vanguard Audio Labs V1S SDCs) the sE8s were a little smoother and understated up top, similarly neutral and linear thought the mids, and a little thicker through the low-mids into the bottom-end. Dynamics were open and unrestrained, while the soundstage remained stable (good matching and consistency in manufacturing makes for good imaging), wide and smooth, with off-axis sounds like good SDCs often have.”
“…I did get to try the sE8s on some acoustic instruments, where their short signal path (no ICs or transformers) conveyed quite flat response, very little noise, natural dynamics and a lack of brittleness that accepts EQ nicely.”
- Rob Tavaglione, Pro Audio Review (full review)
“Unlike many inexpensive small diaphragm condensers, the sE8's high frequencies were smooth and not spitty or noisy. Compared to an AKG C451, the sE8 seemed to provide a smoother midrange, with less of that high frequency sizzle that sometimes sounds harsh on hard-strummed acoustic guitars.”
“…it definitely holds its own against any small diaphragm condenser mic under $1000.”
- Adam Kagan, Tape Op Magazine (full review)
"...we are faced with a product that, as the British would say, is "bang for the buck", that is really remarkable for the price to which it is proposed."
"These sE8s are really blowing me away...the response is so great."
- Adam Lazzara, (Taking Back Sunday)
"When I recorded using the two mics as a coincident pair, the stereo image was well balanced, and the off-axis response also holds up well, with relatively little HF drop-off at 90 degrees off-axis."
"Given that these are by no means expensive microphones, they perform very well and the sE Electronics sE8s would make a practical and affordable addition to a small studio that already has one or two large-diaphragm mics."
"Dead quiet, dead honest. Small enough to be positioned in awkward spaces. For when your sound source is just right as is."
- Josh Turner, Singer / Arranger / Multi-Instrumentalist / Engineer - sE Artist
“Excellent for recording finger-style acoustic guitar. For the first time I've been able to record the sound of my guitar as it really sounds to me when I'm playing. I'm extremely impressed with these microphones - the sound is accurate, true and kind on the ear.”
“I wasn"t sure what to expect from these microphones. I purchased them to record acoustic guitar. For years I recorded my guitar with a single microphone and I got good results but it never sounded exactly like the real thing. I got the sE Electronics sE8 Stereo Pair in last week but I just got a chance to give them a try today. I set them up as a coincident pair (X - Y) and hit record and played my martin acoustic for a couple of minutes. On playback, with a flat signal, it was the first time my acoustic sounded exactly like itself. It was one of those WOW moments. It just doesn"t get better than that.”
“We connected these last night and blown away at how well they worked. Super impressed and the choir sounds fantastic!”
“Definitely would recommend these to others looking for a really solid set of mics that won't break the bank.”
- Assorted customer reviews (via Sweetwater)
"The sound can be described as very tidy and in the middle and highs as very soft and silky. The spatial representation is quite open and wide and pleasant. In the percussion recordings, the fast transients and the good spatial image were noticeable."
“I cannot think of any other stereo pair available that offers the quality that these do for the spend they attract."
"This set is an absolute steal."
"...best of all, they sound insane."
"sE Electronics have nailed it with the sE8 stereo pair."
"With the sE8 Stereo Pair, sE Electronics presents a convincing package...The recordings convince with good spatiality, richness of detail, punchy and dynamic sound as well as unobtrusive height - and are also very low noise. In addition, impeccable workmanship, good equipment and extensive scope of delivery, so that we can certify this microphone set from China a very good price-performance ratio."
"Every studio and live rig needs at least one small-diaphragm condenser microphone, and the sE8 makes a great choice...you definitely want to check this one out."
- Mitch Gallagher, Sweetwater Sound
“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