sE Electronics sE4400a - Single

Multi-pattern Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone with Shockmount
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A Must-have Mic for Stage and Studio!

A perfect all-arounder! Many mics claim to be able to do anything, but this one really can! The sE Electronics 4400a is as at home above a drum kit as it is in front of a screaming tube amp, and it can still handle more delicate sounding sources such as vocals or acoustic instruments. Using a twin-diaphragm design, switchable polar patterns, two bass cuts, and pads, you can put this beauty to work doing just about anything. And the flat-fronted sE4400a lets you get right up on a grille cloth for an up-front sound.

sE Electronics sE4400a Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • Designed to offer the best of vintage mics
  • A ton of control options for versatility
  • A shockmount as incredible as the mic
Designed to offer the best of vintage mics

Unfortunately for many studio owners, those "classic condensers" are often not what they used to be. Whether a certain mic's design has changed over the years, or time has just taken its toll, many of the mics that were once so versatile are showing their age. Enter the sE 4400a! The 4400a contains back-to-back brass-ringed capsules, hand-tuned by sE's technicians. And its brand-new design ensures great performance for years to come.

A ton of control options for versatility

Just because a microphone can pickup anything doesn't mean it was intended to. But the sE 4400a was designed from the ground up to sound terrific on almost any sound source out there. Taking cues from some well-known vintage European condensers, sE's whole priority was to offer you a microphone with enough options to be as at home working from a whisper to a scream. You have your choice of four polar patterns, two bass cuts, and two pads. This mic will tune to you.

A shockmount as incredible as the mic

It's not often a microphone's shockmount is as exciting as the mic itself. But that is the case with the sE 4400a. 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 it's also built to take a beating on the road. Well played sE.

sE Electronics sE4400a Condenser Microphone Features:
  • Large-diaphragm condenser mic with a versatile shockmount
  • Vintage-style appointments like brass-ringed capsules
  • Controls to dial the mic into your application
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Figure 8, Omni, supercardioid
  • Incredibly forward-thinking shockmount
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz
  • Requires +48V phantom power
On a drum kit, amp, or on vocals, the sE Electronics sE4400a can do it all!

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Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Supercardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 130dB
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Self Noise 17dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 60Hz, 120Hz
Pads -10dB, -20dB
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 0.6 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Aluminum Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number se4400a

Customer Reviews

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Fantatstic All-rounder

I've owned this mic for several years, and used for recording choirs, wind bands, big bands, small jazz groups, sampling percussive sounds, and solo instruments. I've used it up close and far away. It sounds great on everything. The ability to switch it to a figure 8 pattern makes it ideal for the side mic in a mid-side array, and if you have a pair, the switching ability for that situation is obvious. I love the roll-off switch as well, helpful for musicians who tend to move around and might bump a cable or stand. I don't know why this mic doesn't get more press. I suspect that people think it's an AKG copy, but it really isn't. It's a very different mic.
Music background: Professional Musican

sE Electronics - sE4400a User Review

For what it's worth this is my opinion:In early August I was looking to make an addition to my microphone collection. My original thought was to purchase a tube microphone with multiple pickup patterns in the price range of say: $500-$1000, not a huge sum of money, but plenty for me. In discussing this prospective purchase with a sales engineer at Sweetwater it was recommended to me to purchase the sE4400a microphone instead of the tube mic that I originally intended to purchase because the sE4400a microphone has superior low self noise and sounds better. Before purchasing the sE4400a I completed an extensive search on the Internet for user reviews of the sE4400a. I was really surprised to find almost a total absence on the net of any user reviews of this microphone, especially since it has been made since about 2009. I was a little concerned that there were so few, almost no reviews on the Internet for this microphone. Nevertheless, I trusted the Sweetwater sales engineer's recommendation and purchased this microphone and I'm very pleased that I did. I've used the microphone now extensively almost daily over the past 40 days or so. I've used it to record my singing voice for both lead vocal and backup vocal work. I've also used it to record acoustic guitar in a dual mic arrangement with another large diaphragm condenser microphone, an AT4047, arranged in a vertical spaced pair. I'm running the sE4400a output into a Drawmer 1960 vacuum tube mic preamp/compressor and then the output of the 1960 goes into a Mytek analog-to-digital converter and then into my digital audio workstation via a Soundcraft digital mixer and M-Audio Profire 2626 FireWire interface. Yeah, I know... There's a lot better gear out there, but it's what I've got , I'm satisfied with it and most importantly it fit my budget. The sE4400a performs superbly on my vocal and acoustic guitar recordings. In the past I've generally used for these purposes my AT4047. I think the sE4400a sounds very similar on my vocals and acoustic guitar as the AT4047. Maybe even a little superior to the AT4047 in that the sE4400a to my hearing has a little more presence and air. I really like the sound of the sE4400a and I'm hesitant to say this, but I will... I think that I might like the sE4400a better than my AT4047, which I think is saying a lot, since the AT4047 is generally regarded as being a fairly good large diameter condenser microphone. The sE4400a does not seem to be prone to sibilance, at least no more than the AT4047. I also always use a Shure Popper Stopper plosive filter, which I find indispensible for any vocal recording. I've been recording my vocals for nearly 30 years and I find that effectively controlling plosives and sibilance has much to do with using good microphone vocal recording technique.I'm giving the sE4400a a five star rating in this review because for $500 I think this microphone is an outstanding value. It has splendidly met my needs, budget and overall objectives that I wished to achieve with this microphone purchase. Now... there is at least one end-user review for this microphone.
Music background: Recording Musician

Great mic! Room acoustics are very important

This is a fantastic mic for the money. However, I feel the room has a larger affect than on other mics. I record mostly acoustic jazz and have a room with tons of moveable 2" Auralex ProPanels and diffusion. I recorded my gypsy swing quartet with violin, guitar, upright and brushes. I used the 4400 on my gypsy guitar (loud, bright, resonant). The room was initially set up to have a live sound. After messing with placement, baffling, patterns, and preamps, I had to start messing with the dampness of the room-- an overly treated room sucks the life out of the guitar and too live will limit the post mix options. This isn't a bad thing though, I believe this mic can achieve a better sound than most other mic options (I have tubes, fets, and ribbons) with the right conditions.
Music background: Jazz and classical performer - Home Studio

Sweetwater Advice

Stuart Niven

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!

Carson McClain

Talk about an all-around good mic! The sE Electronics sE4400a is an ideal mic for a budding studio, a pro studio, or even the at-home bedroom studio that is ready to start building their mic collection. It's hand built, has an extremely versatile capsule, and it sounds great on ANYTHING!!! Stick it in front of a guitar cab, throw it on a snare, put it on vocals, brass, piano, you name it. Once you buy one, you will want a stereo pair.

Andy Miller

The SE Electronics SE4400a is my go-to mic for acoustic guitar, or anything else that I want to capture in a realistic way. The balance is similar to similar mics like the AKG C 414, but it has a more open quality that I love, and I love the clarity of the the top. The shock mount is brilliant too because I don't have to move the boom to fine tune the angle of the mic.
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