sE Electronics Z5600a II

Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone with 9 Switchable Polar Patterns
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This Mic Lets You Get More Out of Your Studio!

The Z5600a II from sE Electronics is a large-diaphragm tube microphone that gives you a uniquely modern sound with a classic tube vibe. If you're looking for one stellar studio microphone that can capture a wide range of instruments and vocal ranges with the professional quality you need to produce successful records, then you'll find what you're looking for when you pick up a Z5600a II. Nine graded steps allow you to switch among omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8 patterns, with intermediate stages in between. Plus, the Z5600a II offers you a 10dB pad and a bass roll-off control, so whether you're miking a kick drum, a choir, or a solo vocalist in any room configuration, there's a perfect setting available to meet your needs.

sE Electronics Z5600a II Large-diaphragm Tube Microphone Features at a Glance:
  • Versatile large-diaphragm condenser tube microphone
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid, omni, figure-8, and 6 intermediate stages, all selectable on AC power unit
  • Comes in a wooden presentation case
  • Includes an aluminum flight case, a large shockmount, and a brand-new brushed-aluminum PSU with pattern switching and cables
  • Sensitivity: 14.1mV/Pa - 37 +/- 1dB(0dB = 1V/Pa 1,000Hz)
  • Impedance: Less than or equal to 200 ohms
  • Equivalent noise level: 12dB (A weighted)
  • Max SPL for 0.5% THD @ 1,000Hz: 135dB
The sE Electronics Z5600a II large-diaphragm tube microphone lets you record anything - and get excellent results!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Tube Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 1.06" (27mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 135dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Self Noise 12dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter Yes
Pads -10dB
Color Green
Connector XLR
Included Accessories Power Supply, Shock Mount, Wood Case, Flight Case
Manufacturer Part Number Z5600a II

Customer Reviews

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Fantastic Mic

This is a great mic for what I'm using it on. I am recording flamenco guitars about 12-17in away into a Martech MSS 10 mic Preamp. (Both mic and Preamp purchased from Sweetwater) The results are always clean clear well defined nuances picked up. Sweetwater has been great with the service. Most of my studio gear is from Sweetwater. I used to have a Neumann M149 and while this mic dose not capture the sound like the Neumann it certainly for the price allows me to get as close as I can for 1/5 of the price . That for me makes my day and the mic is a success. I am constantly getting positive feedback from others that I've heard the guitar recordings and they love the tone and sound. I do use a few plug-ins such as the waves API 550A or Scheps73 generally to clean up the low end. All in all I'm very happy with the Z5600aII and the sevice from Sweetwater
Music background: Pro Musician

Sweet Mic!!

This mic is a great addition to any studio. As a somewhat ameteur recording artist, this mic is a great all around tool. Put it on the figure eight setting and do some close mic'd vocals, and the bass boost from the proximity effect puts them up front in the mix before any production. The room that I record in is significantly less than ideal, but this mic seems to pick up the best of everything without any of the big reflections. If you are at all considering this mic, don't even think. Get it.
Music background: Recording Engineer

Z4500a II microphone

this is a really good microphone and meets all my expectations.
Music background: Not much

A multi-talented mic that sounds great on vocals and many other instruments as well.

I have a number of sE mics and the Z5600A is my favorite (with the sE TITAN coming in as a very close second). It is definitely a multi-talented mic that sounds great on vocals and on many other instruments as well. (My favorite for vocals) It is a "smooth and dimensional sounding" mic with some "air" that isn't raspy or gritty like some overseas built mics can be. I really like to use this in omni paired with the sE SE4 small diameter mic for acoustic guitar.
Music background: B.A. Music, Former Pro Trombonist and Home Studio Junkie,

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

The sE Electronics Z5600a2 gives musicians and engineers all of the capabilities they need in one mic. It's excellent choice for pop, country, folk, rock and any other vocals that need a clear and distinct sound that accentuates and records well. Not doing vocals? Pop this mic on an acoustic or any other stringed instrument for a robust sound that can cut through any mix.
See also: Condenser Mics, sE Electronics, sE Electronics Condenser Microphones, sE Electronics Condenser Microphones