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The sE Electronics X1 A is a medium-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone designed for versatile, full-range vocal and instrument recording on a small budget, making it an attractive choice for a first mic or adding to an existing mic locker. The 2/3" electret condenser capsule features a pressure-gradient design for directional focus and rejection of off-axis sounds. It utilizes a gold-plated XLR 3-pin jack and requires 48V phantom power.

The metal-bodied X1 A delivers a 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response along with low self-noise (16 dBA). Its selectable 100 Hz low-cut filter helps to reduce rumble and low-frequency buildup, and the switchable -20 dB pad minimizes distortion when miking loud sources such as drums and amplified guitars. Even without a pad, the X1 A can handle a maximum SPL of 130 dB. It ships with a mic clip and thread adapter for easy mounting on a mic stand.

Based on the X1

When it was introduced in 2011, the X1 brought a new level of quality to its price point, competing easily with microphones costing several times as much. But that didn't stop sE from trying to outdo themselves again.

With a newly developed condenser capsule and an exterior based on the rugged metal chassis of the X1, the X1 A offers first-class sound and specifications at an even better "home studio" cost, featuring an extremely natural frequency response, massive SPL-handling capabilities (150 dB), switchable attenuation and low-cut filters, and a balanced sensitivity level. So, it's at home on absolutely any source.

Electret Condenser Capsule

The X1 A utilizes a permanently biased 2/3" condenser capsule with a cardioid polar pattern, making it well suited for anything from vocals and acoustic guitars to guitar amps and percussion.

All-Metal Housing and Premium Finish

Unlike the cheaply constructed bodies of many entry-level microphones, the X1 A's all-metal chassis provides efficient rejection of any electrical interference and noise. Plus, the high-quality finish ensures a great look for years to come.

Integrated Windscreen

By incorporating an integrated windscreen, the X1 A eliminates the need for an external pop filter while providing an extra layer of safety and security for the all-important capsule.

New Acoustic Design

The X1 A's new condenser capsule design is a work of art, delivering stellar sonic performance on any source with incredible speed, accuracy, and well-balanced frequency response. The electronics have also undergone a complete overhaul, and exhibit better specifications and sound on and off the test bench.

Attenuation and Low-Cut Switches

The -20 dB pad switch on the left provides extended dynamic range, enabling an array of applications and close-mic techniques for even the loudest instruments such as super-heavy electric guitars, fortissimo brass instruments, and heavy-footed kick drums.

On the right, the 100 Hz low-cut switch helps eliminate low-frequency rumble or footfall noise, and compensates for excessive bass with close-mic techniques (proximity effect).

Gold-Plated XLR Connector

The gold-plated XLR connector ensures a loss-free, reliable signal connection for years to come.

sE Electronics X1 A Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

    • Cardioid Polar Pattern
    • 2/3" Electret Condenser Capsule
    • Selectable -20 dB Pad
    • Low-Cut Filter at 100 Hz

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