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sE Electronics 4400a

sE4400a Factory-Matched Stereo Pair All-Rounder Condenser Microphone – sE Electronics

101,900.00 91,500.00


Description

“Having used the sE4400a’s for the piano parts on Coldplay’s latest album, I wish I’d had them on piano duty for the previous record too.”
– Rik Simpson, Engineer/Producer (Coldplay, Jay-Z, Portishead) –
sE Electronics 4400a
Given the practically cult status of these vintage mics, sE saw an opportunity, and from that arose the 4400a. Now these classics are obtainable – hand-made brass capsule, four-polar-pattern-versatility and all. And like the classics, the 4400a sounds great on everything. Vocals, guitars, toms, overheads, classical pianos, strings, you name it. Its tonal versatility is practically unmatched, without the shortcomings of vintage mics.

HAND-CRAFTED CAPSULES

As with all sE mics, the 4400a’s back-to-back brass-ringed capsules are hand-built and hand-tuned by our skilled technicians, just like any fine musical instrument.

CUSTOM SHOCKMOUNT + CHASSIS

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 is built to take a beating on the road.

“I don’t think I’ve ever started a mic review by introducing the accessories first. But given the innovative design of the shockmount included with the sE4400a, I can’t help but get that out of the way so I can then move on to telling you what a great buy the mic itself is.”
Tape Op Magazine
photo credit: recordinghacks.com

NON-REFLECTIVE PAINT

The mic has a unique, black, non-reflective, non-marking, rubberized finish which is ideal for live stage, theatre, TV and broadcast applications which require lighting.

When purchased as a pair, the capsules are factory-matched for perfect tolerance, guaranteeing the best possible stereo image.

This configuration also includes a precision stereo mounting bar and two of the the 4400a’s custom shock mounts. The whole setup comes packaged inside a secure flight case.

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USER QUOTES

USER QUOTES

“Having used the sE4400a’s for the piano parts on Coldplay’s latest album I wish I’d had them on piano duty for the previous record too.”

– Rik Simpson, Producer (Coldplay, Jay-Z, Portishead)


“I don’t think I’ve ever started a mic review by introducing the accessories first. But given the innovative design of the shockmount included with the sE4400a, I can’t help but get that out of the way so I can then move on to telling you what a great buy the mic itself is.”

“It’s virtually impossible to go wrong with it, and because of its fairly-neutral sonic character (with just a bit of high-frequency lift), you’ll need to lay blame elsewhere if your recording goes awry. Even if you’re a professional with countless mics at your disposal, the sE4400a is still a great mic to have for location work or for hurried sessions, when you won’t have the luxury of setting up a bunch of mics to try out. Just mount up an sE4400a and hit record.” 

– Andy Hong, Tape Op (full review)


“…these have been very, very good workhorse microphones. They’re very much the sort of thing you can put on overheads for drums, and they work even as a vocal mic very well.”

– Simon Franglen, Composer / Producer – sE Artist


“The 4400’s are DARK sounding, warm…not sharp at all, more like those earlier 414’s. So i would say they actually ‘out-414’ the current 414’s…kudos to sE for going with actual toggle switches instead of the electronic gismos that the rival 414’s now use.”

“The shockmount on the sE caught my attention because it’s just so darn flexible. Simple idea…the mic attaches in such a way that it can either sit inside our outside the suspension, which is C shaped. The mic can then be adjust fully to any degree of positioning between the in and out position. Picture being able go get up close to a grill cloth, or lay this down over a tom. No more shockmount in the way, BIG WIN.”

“The sE 4400a seems to have more then a little of what it takes to enter the category of studio classics, and favorites.”

“The main course of this great mic. The polar patterns.This variety of settings allow you to place this mic in almost any situation.”

“To top it all off it comes in a heavy duty carry case with shockmount that looks like it could survive a stadium sized amp stack falling on it.”

“Anyone who has ever struggled with traditional shockmounts in tight spots, or had to reinvent physics to place and angle a mic precisely as one intended, or had to fiddle with the skipping off elastic suspension bands will develop a fondness for the 4400a and its shockmount instantly.”

– Various Gearslutz users (full reviews via Gearslutz.com)


“I couldn’t find anything that it couldn’t cope with, and its ease of positioning for a large‑diaphragm model was a big plus.”

“If you need a large‑diaphragm, multi‑pattern capacitor mic that’s almost as easy to position as a small‑diaphragm pencil mic, the SE4400A, with its elegant shockmount, is a very practical choice in the mid‑priced section of the microphone market.” 

– Paul White, Sound On Sound (full review)


“sE’s reputation will be further enhanced with this model and deservedly so, for here is a genuine all-rounder which performs extremely capably with a bare minimum of fuss.”

“Whether you’re searching for a single microphone to carry out all of your recording tasks, or looking to add to an existing library of models with a microphone you can throw into a bag for a session and pull out for almost any application, the 4400a is definitely more than up to the job.”

“…getting excellent results on the spoken voice recordings, as well as on acoustic guitar and violin. Across the board we were impressed, with a very good performance and full-bodied sound emanating from the guitar in particular.”

“…the 4400a continues sE’s tradition beautifully. It doesn’t unnaturally colour vocal recordings, but the sound is clear and tight and does what vocal recordings really need to do – leave you with a result that will respond well to any EQ and compression treatment you have in mind for the mix stage.”

– Music Radar (full review)


“I liked the detail in the top end, which was present but never harsh. Male vocals sounded warm yet articulate, with a solid midrange.”

“Low-mid response was terrific on cello, both bowed and plucked.”

“The pair also worked well as room mics, capturing a nice sense of space and direction.”

– Emile Menasch, Electronic Musician (full review)


“I’m giving the sE4400a a five star rating in this review because 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.”

“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!”

– Assorted Sweetwater users (more reviews at Sweetwater.com)

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