SE Electronics 4400a
Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
The sE4400a is a multipattern FET condenser in a compact, familiar form factor — it looks a lot like AKG’s C414.
The slim body (0.75'' thick) contains a dual-diaphragm version of the company’s 2200a capsule, a center-terminated, one-inch gold-plated Mylar design. The rear diaphragm provides the mic with multiple pickup patterns, switchable from the front of the mic body.
The pattern switching mechanism utilizes two controls. The left control allows selection of three patterns: omni, cardioid, figure-of-8; when set to cardioid, a second switch controls the directionality (standard or hypercardioid).
Two more switches provide a 3-way pad (flat, -10dB, -20dB) and a 3-way high-pass filter (flat, 60Hz, 120Hz).
sE has a new shockmount design for the 4400a; it had a sliding mechanism that allows the mic to be extended beyond the mount for additional positioning options.
The mic is finished in a nonreflective, rubberized black coating to reduce reflections in lighted stage or set locations.
The sE4400a ships in a steel-reinforced black aluminum flight case with the aforementioned elastic shockmount. The mic is also available in matched stereo pairs.
The 4400a performed admirably in every one of our tests… the fact that such a usable, practical and versatile microphone is available in this price bracket is one of the most exciting developments in the microphone market that we’ve seen for some time.
Electronic Musician, 2009
Unlike vintage mics designed for the tape era, the sE4400a was specifically calibrated to work well with digital gear. I liked the detail in the top end, which was present but never harsh.
[T]he frequency plot is somewhat more revealing and shows a nominally flat response, but with a gentle presence peak at around 10kHz. This type of response tends to produce a largely natural sound, but with an extra sense of clarity at the high end… Its presence peak gives it a slightly flattering, larger-than-life vibe, but in a pretty subtle way that doesn’t make things sound too harsh, and the low end gains useful support from a little added warmth…
Given that the mic is based on a derivation of two back-to-back SE2200a capsules… [I] wasn’t surprised to discover that they sound very similar. So if you only need a cardioid mic, the SE2200a is clearly going to save you a lot of money.
The SE Electronics 4400a is also known as: 4400.
|Frequency Response - OmnidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!|
|Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!|
|Frequency Response - HypercardioidClick Graph to Compare!|
|Frequency Response - BidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!|
|Pickup Patterns||Pads & Filters|
(14.1 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (14.1 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Hypercardioid (14.1 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (14.1 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
| Diaphragm diameter: 25mm
||50 Ohms (Low)||Max SPL: 130 dB
Self-noise: 17.0 dB(A)
|280g (9.88oz)||145mm (5.71'')||57mm (2.24'')||
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