sE Electronics 4400a
"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
“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)
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 particular 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.
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