sE Electronics X1R

Passive Ribbon Microphone with 20Hz-16kHz Frequency Response (+/-1dB), and 135dB Maximum SPL
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Any Studio Will Appreciate the Value in This Ribbon Mic

Add the sE Electronics X1R ribbon microphone to your collection, and you'll soon find yourself reaching for it on a regular basis. The goal with the X1R was to bring you the rich, colorful sound of a vintage ribbon microphone, while meeting modern standards for low noise and SPL handling.The X1R's finely-tuned frequency range is balanced to give you more articulation and definition than vintage ribbons, while retaining the darker character that ribbon mics are known for. The result is a flexible ribbon microphone any Sweetwater engineer would be proud to use in the studio.

sE Electronics X1R Ribbon Microphone at a Glance:
  • Fuller response without overbearing brightness
  • Perfect for vocals, instruments, and even drum overheads
  • A flexible tool for any studio
Fuller response without overbearing brightness

While many ribbon mics begin rolling off high frequencies around 10kHz, the X1R boasts a small high frequency bump before rolling off around 16kHz. This gives you extra definition, clarity, and air compared to other ribbons, without the harsh brightness that some condenser mics are known for.

Perfect for vocals, instruments, and even drum overheads

With a maximum SPL rating of 135dB, the sE Electronic X1R is ready to be a workhorse in your studio. Especially at its value-packed price, a pair of X1Rs would be a fantastic choice for drum overheads. You'll capture all the punch and depth of your drums, while also taming some of the extreme high frequencies from the cymbals. The X1R is also perfect for capturing the nuances of acoustic instruments, and should definitely be one of your considerations for any vocal recording too.

A flexible tool for any studio

While some engineers regard ribbon mics as special-situation microphones, the sE Electronics X1R can be a capable workhorse in your studio. As we've mentioned, the high SPL handling and extended HF response make the X1R suitable for a wide range of sound sources. It takes to equalization well, and doesn't require as much preamp gain as some ribbon mics do. Basically, the X1R is the kind of mic you can turn to in almost any recording situation and know that you'll get great results quickly.

sE Electronics X1R Ribbon Microphone Features:
  • Passive ribbon microphone with extended frequency response and higher SPL handling
  • Record louder sound sources with confidence thanks to 135dB max SPL
  • Extended high frequency response gives you more brightness than most ribbon mics, without becoming harsh
  • Ideal for acoustic instruments, vocals, and drum overheads
  • Figure-8 pickup pattern
Add a new color to your sonic palette with the sE Electronics X1R!

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide
Sweetwater Guitar Recording Bundle Review by Sweetwater
How To Mic Drums for Recording, Part 1 — Two Microphones
sE Electronics Microphone Demo - The Sweetwater Minute, Vol. 237

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Ribbon
Ribbon Type 2-micron Aluminum
Polar Pattern Figure-8
Frequency Response 20Hz-16kHz
Max SPL 135dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Connector XLR
Weight 1.1 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number X1R

Customer Reviews

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Very good mic!

The SEX1R was recommended to me by my sales consultant Ian McGhee. I have wanted to use ribbons for some time and had my eye on a certain brand that remains out of my price range. I bought a pair of X1R's on Ian's advice to use on overheads for an upcoming show and I was absolutely blown away by the performance. When I first took the mics out of the box I was anxious to see what I had, so I put it in front of a Fender Twin and listened thru FOH Yamaha Cabinets. The reproduction so was so accurate I had to mute and then unmute the channel to listen in an A/B mode to convince myself I was listening to the mic! It was that good. It handled all the gain I threw at it, without a cloudlift, and remained constant. Very impressed. Then i used it on the overheads. I went 44" from the snare head with each of them and went from there. Ultimately decided to use a Kick, Snare and the 2 SE's for the show that night. Very simple setup and the blend was super easy. Very little processing to get very natural drums, a little comp and verb on the snare for punch and that was pretty much it. Really nice result. My next purchase will be another pair of X1R's that I will use on guitar cab's. Very highly suggested.

Mono Drum Overhead

Sounds AWESOME. Really tames a sharp kit. You have to push this mic a bit to get where you want to be so make sure you are running it on a decent board or pre-amp (NO +48). If you are doing your research and you are looking for a certain sound you will not be dissatisfied with this mic.

Surprisingly Great for Metal Vocals

After getting the kit (with reflection filter and SM57) and playing with both on a guitar cab, I got a wild hair to try the X1R on a metal vocalist. The result? HOLY WOW!!! His voice came through the monitors with every sound and nuance we were looking for but was unable to get with condenser and dynamic mics - mind you this was before I applied EQ and compression. I have been using this mic for this vocalist since then for everything he does - from high pitch screams to mellow melodic, almost pop vocals and everything in between - IT JUST WORKS for him. I've also used it on a voiceover project with my own voice which sounds like a kazoo through other mics but this made me sound natural. Whether you get this mic alone or in the kit I mentioned above, it is definitely worth way more then the asking price.

Very Nice!

I don't believe I've ever given a single item I've reviewed five stars, but the X1R certainly deserves all the kudos it gets. It's very warm and "vintage" sounding (as you'd expect from a ribbon mic), but it certainly doesn't sound muffled as I've had other ribbon mics come across in a mix. I've used it on both vocals (voice overs) and guitars and have been more than pleased with the results. Mixing it with an SM57 (using the GuitaRF isolation shield) is super simple, but, frankly, I didn't feel the need to use both mics as I didn't feel I needed the fizziness I associate with the SM57. It stands on its own in that situation and is superior when you run it without the shield in a fairly live room. That hits that Bo Diddley vibe just right! HIGHLY recommended!
Music background: Mr. Muckabout

Nice Ribbon update

I'm kinda stunned at the quality and clean, natural sound. I am running it thru a Cloudlifter... the results are stellar! Vocals and guitar amp so far.
See also: Ribbon Mics, sE Electronics, sE Electronics Ribbon Microphones