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SE Electronics SE2200A Cardioid Condenser Microphone
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SE Electronics SE2200A Cardioid Condenser Microphone

An improvement over the beloved SE2200, the SE2200A comes with the same design elements for a high quality sound but with upgraded tech for lower self noise.

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Submitted February 2, 2007 by a customer from sbcglobal.net
"My SE Mic is Great...I Want More!"
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I'll be singing many songs the rest of my performing life into this gem...and then some...a long time!
Sound
The presence of this mic is very impressive. My routine choice of vocal mics is Neumann, but now love using the SE2200A for many of my vocal and acoustic guitar tracks. I love adding new mics to my studio arsenal and was really pleased to purchase this gem that came via a strong referral. I wasn't let down. I am proud to own it and love it on strictly one vocal w/ acoustic guitar recordings. It is so clean and warm, especially when using baritone vocal ranges. I don't EQ the vocals and am using my dbx 576 preamplifier/compressor for signal processing. I will probably purchase more.
Features
The shockmount is strong and looks vintage - as good as my Neumann shockmount, which was considerably more expensive. Really a nice unit.
Ease of Use
No problem with this mic. About as easy as it gets. The shockmount has been attached to my boom for a long time now, waitng for the mic to be inserted. I haven't bothered going back to my Neumann shockmounts. This is such a "sweet" mic!
Quality
I'm sure it's made well, but then I treat my mics with the respect they deserve. I put it to bed in it's case when I'm done with it and don't beat up my gear. It will last forever.
Value
Like I said, believe it or not, it rivals my Neumann and looks very cool and much less the price. What's not to like?!
Manufacturer Support
Nope!
The Wow Factor
Reminds me of early Abbey Road gear - I see and hear John and Paul singing "No Reply" into this baby! It has a cool vintage distinction about the way it looks - not just sounds!
Musical Background:
singer/songwriter/producer
Musical Style:
Alternative/Folk/Rock - Beatlesque
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Submitted April 29, 2006 by a customer from yahoo.com
"A rockin' little condenser"
For what it is and what it does, there's nothing bad to be said about this mike. If it were lost, I'd probably replace it with a multi-mode (i.e. cardiod, omni, and figure-8) large diaphragm condenser mic because I'm something of a cheapskate, but if there's a place in your recording setup for a straight-up large diaphragm condenser mic, you should consider it. As it is, I'm going to be sorely tempted next year to get a mate for it for live stereo recording.
Sound
Really good, smooth, clear, crisp home studio mic. I've used it with success on male and female vocals and acoustic guitar, with both the outboard Presonus TubePre and the onboard preamps in a Firebox. Great for adding a little low-end "oomph" to small-bodied acoustic guitars. Very, very sensitive--it picks up the sound of the hard drive whirring in my setup.
Features
The shock mount is about as rugged as you'd want one to be. The 10db pad and 80 Hz high-pass filter are both really useful.
Ease of Use
Nothing particularly fancy about this mic. All you need to do is follow basic mic-placement principles and do your recording in a nice quiet room.
Quality
This is not a live mic, but given that it's designed for use in a recording studio it seems very solid and well-made. The champagne finish seems a little bit fragile, but that's a slight quibble.
Value
There are cheaper mics out there, but for a quality, do-everything home studio mic it's really hard to imagine beating this one. It doesn't color the sound as much as some of the cheaper (and more expensive, for that matter) mics I tried--or at the very least it colors it nicely. My recording-geek buddy is lusting after one for his vastly better equipped project studio.
Musical Background:
Active and obsessive musician
Musical Style:
Folk
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Submitted August 14, 2008
"SE2200A Review"
I really do not know much about frequency levels and all the technical aspects of a microphone but I know one thing, this microphone is AMAZING! Buy It! I dont know why local music centers do not sell these microphones. They are missing out on sales!!!
Sound
What an amazing sounding microphone!! This mic has one of the cleanest and clearest sounds I have heard. When I first connected it I have to admit I was a bit disaapointed. It was extremely sensitive to plosives. Any plosive would just distort the mic to the point where it would just go mute. The next day I ran to the nearest music center purchased a microphone stand with a pop filter and problem solved. Just a great sounding microphone. I mainly use it just for rap vocals. I have recorded vocals from 10-15 feet away from the mic. What more do I have to say? I fully understand why this microphone has sold more than 15,000!!!
Features
The bass roll of switch is very straight forward. You have two different roll offs. Choose the best setting for your situation and it will capture it crisp!
Ease of Use
Very easy to set up and use. When first setting it up I did not even think of turning on the phanton power to my pre amp so I thought something was wrong with the mic. As soon as I turned on the phantom power it was like giving a blind man vision!
Quality
Simply amazing!!
Value
Unbelievable that they sell this microphone for so cheap. I simply dont understand. I feel like I just robbed someone. Comes with the nice carrying case and all.
Manufacturer Support
No experience with SE's support team. Hopefully I never will.
The Wow Factor
I may just go out and buy two more of these bad boys. I am sold on this mic!
Musical Background:
Music Producer/Rap Artist
Musical Style:
Rap,Rock,Jazz
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Submitted January 21, 2007
"Nice smooth sound nice model great for singing sounds warm and clear"
Sound
It sounds very smooth, great for singing. The quality is ok but I want another mic, maybe de rode nt1a, I'm looking for crystal clear sound, I'm making HipHop music.
Features
The spin shockmount is to big in my opinion.
Ease of Use
Hmm the sound is ok, but I have to mix it to much to get the sound that I want. I'm looking for a better mic for rap music.
Value
It's a good mic, but you have to look for the Rode NT1a too if you looking for cristal clear sound.
Manufacturer Support
I dont know yet, my mic is damaged en send it to them, I heave to wait at least 3 weeks :(
The Wow Factor
Looking very nice, beautifull model
Musical Background:
Active Musician", "Recording Engineer
Musical Style:
R&B and HipHop
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