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

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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Yup it's good!!!!

Best $ I've spent! This mic sounds so realistic you will actually be angry you didn't buy it sooner. I use it on electric and acoustic guitars and it sounds so natural - unlike dynamics or condensers, which add their own personality to the sound. Ribbon mics work much like the human ear, so the sound you get is almost exactly what you hear in the room. I do recommend using it with the cloud lifter btw, it matches well with this mic.
Music background: professional guitarist

Freaking AWESOME!!!!

I actually waited to use this mic on a hard core metal singer's vocal tracks. I knew without knowing that this would capture everything that I would need it to capture from him. Not only was I impressed but his band mates were as well. Captured the "grit" and infused clarity to his vocals. Can't wait to try it on a female pop vocal in the near future.
Music background: Recording/Mix Engineer


I took my time before buying a ribbon mic because there are so many to choose from, and the price range is so wide. What made me make my final decision learning more about sE Electronics. What a great story, and it's obvious they have a real passion for quality. I have tried the X1R in several different applications, and I fully understand why ribbon mics are crucial if you are looking to run with the big dogs. Great mic!!
Music background: Composer,Producer,Studio and Live Engineer

Wonderful sounding "Ribbon Mic"

I was looking for something new to add to the sound of my recordings and after researching the "Ribbon" microphone seem to come up more and more. The cost of the very high-end is "Very" expensive, and in some way I wasn't sure if it would add anything special? After putting several hours "Listening" and then blending with a Shure SM57 on a elec. guitar cabinet "Wow!" what a beautiful sound!!! Even on it's own, the Clean sounds are wonderful, with both distorted & clean tones what I noticed was that it sounded like it does "In the Room!" My SM57 sounds great but it has it's plus/minus tonal output (most people know) but has been my Microphone Standard for rock guitar cabinets for Years. Blending the two has been Awesome, I'm sold on Ribbon mic's and this sE X1R construction/feel/sound is worth the cost. The Sales Engineer's at Sweetwater are the most professional and "Real World" musicians, so helpful.
Music background: Musician/Guitarist/Producer

Biggest bang for the buck you will find

I bought a pair of these to try as drum overheads and was impressed for two reasons. First, they have a bit of extended high end for a ribbon so they tame cymbals without loosing too much sizzle if you have a lower ceiling (8'6") . Second they dont require as much gain as a lot of ribbons do to really open up the mic. I only had to use about 45-50 db to get them to sound full and close. You can get a better ribbon, but you are going to pay for it. Also the build seems VERY sturdy. Sweetwater didnt carry my first choice of mic but Mike Grebe recommended these. Thanks Mike!
Music background: Guitarist/Audio engineer
See also: Ribbon Mics, sE Electronics, sE Electronics Ribbon Microphones