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OmnidirectionalCardioidBidirectionalSE Electronics Z3300A

Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

The Z3300A is a multipattern, large-diaphragm FET condenser providing cardioid, omnidirectional, or figure-of-8 pickup patterns. It replaced the model Z3300 in 2004.

A switchable onboard HPF cuts low end rumble (below 100 Hz).

Z3300A circuit boardsThe circuit is built onto two dual-layer boards, and incorporates an output transformer.

PCB photo credit: Abe Eberg

The capsule is a dual-diaphragm design. The diaphragms measure 27mm (1.07'') in diameter, 6 microns in thickness, and are center-terminated.


The Z3300A features a wide frequency response, specified as 20Hz-20kHz, and includes a modest degree of high-frequency lift, starting at a little over 1kHz, plus a gentle presence peak centred at around 14kHz, lending the sound an open and airy quality but without going so far as to sound obviously coloured.

With acoustic guitar, the Z3300A delivered a full, believable sound with fantastic string-pluck definition. If you like an acoustic guitar sound that seems to have been sprinkled with fairy dust, this mic delivers it.

The Z3300a ships with a spider shockmount in an aluminum flightcase.

Electronic Musician, 2006
Although the Z3300A sounded a bit thin in comparative testing, it was still able to transform a rock kick drum into a thunderous marching bass drum with close placement in omni mode.

…the SE Electronics Z3300A was often too edgy for me in testing. But it was a solid performer in the studio. The Z3300A showed lots of tonal variation when changing patterns: its bidirectional pickup exhibited a hot sound with pronounced upper mids, and the omni pattern was notably brighter above 10 kHz and lacking in midrange tone. However, of the mics residing at the low end of the price scale, the Z3300A offered the best fidelity during sessions and trials, as well as the most impressive set of accessories in its class.

The SE Electronics Z3300A is also known as: Z3300, Z-3300A.

The mic was released in 2004.


Frequency Response - OmnidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
Z3300A Omnidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
Z3300A Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (12.6 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (12.6 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (12.6 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10dB (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF @ 100Hz (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 27mm
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 125 dB
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
n/a 192mm (7.56'') 60mm (2.36'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48 ± 4v

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