sE Electronics sE X1

Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone
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Awesome Mic for an Amazing Price!

Are you ready to be completely blown away by an inexpensive condenser mic? Then check out the sE Electronics sE X1 cardioid condenser mic. The sE X1 features one of sE Electronics's custom hand-made 1" diaphragms, which has a clear and rich sound. A 10dB pad and a Bass Cut switch add versatility to the sE X1's palette, making it well suited for a wide range of instruments, as well as vocals. One of the unique things about the sE X1 is its black rubber paint finish, which shrugs off the scrapes and dings any piece of heavily used studio gear is eventually exposed to. And once you hear this extraordinary microphone, you're going to want to use it on everything!

sE Electronics sE X1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • Cardioid by design for the perfect balance of tone and isolation
  • A go-to choice for all kinds of vocals and acoustic instruments
  • Switchable pad and bass rolloff provide added versatility
Cardioid by design for the perfect balance of tone and isolation

Multipattern mics are great when the job calls for extra versatility, but a fixed cardioid condenser microphone like the sE X1 offers consistency and a simpler, more direct signal path. The result is a kind of clarity and low-noise performance you're bound to hear in your mix. And since, in the majority of cases, you're going to want a cardioid polar pattern anyway, the sE X1 provides the performance you need, without making you pay for features you may not need.

A go-to choice for all kinds of vocals and acoustic instruments

One of the main uses Sweetwater Sales Engineers recommend the sE Electronics sE X1 condenser microphone for is tracking vocals. Male, female - it doesn't matter to the sE X1. Its smooth and forgiving sound brings out the fullness in any kind of vocal style. This same broad and somewhat flattering tone also makes the sE X1 an excellent microphone choice when you're tracking acoustic instruments, especially when it comes to the extended range of the acoustic guitar.

Switchable pad and bass rolloff provide added versatility

When you're up against a particularly boomy or overwhelmingly loud sound source, such as when you're close miking a guitar cabinet or acoustic guitar's soundhole, the sE X1 offers you a couple of tricks that will help you get the best possible sound, right at the source. For starters, there's an onboard highpass filter, which serves double duty by cutting out any low-frequency vibrations coming up through the mic stand and by mitigating the proximity effect you'll get when you place your mic right up along any sound source. If that's not enough to keep your preamp from overloading, just kick in the sE X1's -10dB pad for the extra headroom you need.

sE Electronics sE X1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone Features at a Glance:
  • A large-diaphragm condenser microphone that's excellent for vocals and acoustic instruments
  • Hand-made 1" capsule and extremely clear signal path provide a wide-open sound
  • Fixed cardioid polar pattern provides tonal consistency and excellent off-axis sound rejection
  • Switchable -10dB pad lets you get the extra headroom you need when miking loud sound sources
  • Switchable highpass filter cuts out low-frequency rumble and reduces proximity effect
  • Extremely durable black rubber paint finish holds up like a champ even with heavy use
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Get fantastic sE sound at a great price, with the sE Electronics sE X1!

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 125dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Self Noise 16dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 500Hz (-4dB/octave)
Pads -10dB
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 1 lb.
Included Accessories Stand Mount
Manufacturer Part Number sE X1

Customer Reviews

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Great Piece of Kit

Yea, it's seriously that great. For the money I have not one complaint. I was originally looking at a different mic at the time of purchase and that mic was actually out of stock. So this one was recommended by my sales engineer. I am so glad the mic I originally wanted was out of stock. I've used this mic for rap vocals, singing, voice overs and even recording acoustic guitar. Anything put through this mic sounds amazing. I haven't even used any other mic since I got this one. Seriously, get one. You can't go wrong.
Music background: Hobbyist/Weekend Warrior

Great mic

Yep...blown away is right. Plugged it in and recorded Vocals right out of the box. Very smooth and very accurate. Have not tried it on any thing else, but I'm sure it will have great results.
Music background: 45+ years of the college of Rock and Roll

great mic

have used the mic for vocals and foley sounds great! Working out of untreated bedroom and studios with this and mic have had no problems with microphone. Would recommend it to anyone who likes getting great sound.
Music background: student, foley artist, recording engineer

Forget the price, this is a great mic

This mic sounds rich and full without the hyped top end of a Bluebird. I like the Bluebird, but after recording several songs with it, I’m getting tired of the extra ‘air’ and exaggerated sibilance - so I was looking for a more accurate mic when I bought the X1. I would say the X1 delivers an ‘honest sound’ that has the richness you would expect from a large condenser. Believe it or not, the other contender was an AT 4047. While the X1 would not replace a 4047, in A\B listening tests, the X1 sounded beefier. I’m glad I bought it. Verdict - Highly Recommended
Music background: Recording Engineer \ keyboardist

Super quality mic!

I bought this about a week ago and have been using it through my Fishman Loudbox Artist amp. I tried 3 other mics through the amp which all sounded pretty bad. I was ready to take the amp back and try a small PA system and then I got this. It sounds great! You don't even have to mess with EQing it. I have all the knobs straight up (center) and the mic set to flat and it's just right. Real clear and has enough air to it to give that presence in the mix. I think it's a real deal. I plan on using it live for coffee house gigs and as a studio mic.
Music background: musician

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

There is not one person involved in audio recording that should not own this mic. The sE Electronics X1 is inexpensive, hand built, and feels like a pro mic. They sound professional, and are not mass-produced!
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