Cheers, Although the general outline of the mic is little changed, the cosmetics have been updated with a tactile, matte-black, rubbery paint finish, which SE claim helps to damp metalwork resonances. It’s not easy deciding what equipment to purchase. I put the 2200A MkII up alongside my AT4050, one of my favourite all-rounder multi-pattern mics, and was surprised at how similar the two mics sounded. Learn how to make radio-ready music at home… without wasting hundreds of hours on YouTube. There is SO MUCH that goes into a good song and a professional mix. Just bought a used silver version of this mic. PreSonus StudioLive 32SC Series III Mixing Console. The best thing you can do is to try out several microphones. I’m curious because the engineer who did my last album recommends the at4050 but he’s never used this mic so he couldn’t vouch for it. I use this almost every day for recording my own voice, and find myself using it in the majority of vocal sessions. A second small thumbscrew locks the pop screen's stem in place, so that the screen is securely fixed at the right distance from the mic. I got perfectly decent results during all of my tests, so if you can only afford one mic at the moment, this would be a sensible choice until you can afford to expand your microphone collection. In fact, I think it’s the most affordable multi pattern microphone on the market that’s actually usable. Inside this new free masterclass, you’ll learn the secret to making radio-ready music at home. This week I will buy the silver one of this type 2200A for 195 euro new… I think this is a reasonable price, don’t you think so? Supplied in a cardboard box lined with heavy-duty foam, the mic will, for a limited time, be shipped with a newly designed shockmount, also finished in black rubber paint, plus a mesh pop screen. One of your first purchases should be a good condenser microphone. That’s why Musician on a Mission has created this new free masterclass for people who want the entire framework for making radio-ready music at home. With this new approach, you’ll know exactly where to spend your time and energy. Switching to omnidirectional will give quite a different tone and reduce fluctuations from movement – perfect for vocalists that like to move around. Remember that as a condenser microphone, it will require phantom power to work. No problem, thanks David! It’s actually pretty overwhelming. Alternatives The Audio-Technica AT4050 is an obvious alternative, as it has a similar general character, but the more you look, the more multi-pattern mics you find, so a full list would be impractical here. Both the cardioid version (2200a II C) and the multi pattern version (2200a II) have a high-pass filter switch at 60Hz and a pad switch. As someone who has used both a lot, would you say the at4050 is worth the extra money? It’s actually pretty overwhelming. SE2200A vs X1 If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. "Compared to the competition in this price range, the sE2200a excels...In general, the 2200a has a slightly warmer tone, and more clarity in the top end..." - Rob Mayzes, Musician On A Mission “The sE2200 is my mic of choice to record with! So, if you just want a shortcut to pro-quality mixes, watch this free masterclass now: Even if you have all the right software and tools, your music could still sound amateur. Timo. I like the shockmount rather more than the earlier version, and while it is probably no more or less effective than other elastic-cradle designs, it is very solid, with proper fixings to keep the elastic in place. Yes I got that straight away that it sounded very warm. It’s likely that you’ve already wasted time, money and effort on the wrong things. I subjected the SE2200A MkII to all my usual tests, including using it on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, hand percussion and vocals. The paper spec details a 20Hz-20kHz frequency response (-3dB), while the sensitivity at 1kHz into 1 kΩ is 20mV/PA. I’m a big fan of these mics on most instruments, but especially on vocals. The cardioid microphone has a slight bump between 3-6kHz as well as a larger bump at 10-15kHz. You can hear some audio files comparing this mic with the Audix CX212B and the AT4050 in the online version of this article (/sos/may12/articles/se2200amk2.htm). I love all sE mics, so I’m sure it’s great! That's heavy enough to feel substantial, but not so heavy as to pose a challenge to a typical mic stand! No cons at the price — although, as with any vocal mic, you need to make sure it suits the voice you plan to use it with. It’ll show you some of the best ways to get a pro sound when recording vocals at home. There is also a multi-pattern option, which is highly affordable. A thumbscrew at the side of the shockmount deforms the plastic collar slightly, locking everything firmly in place. Anyone knows of a comprehensive guide for Midas M32r Li... Offers the same essential character as the original SE2200A, but with multi-pattern capability. I found the general tonality in omni and figure-of-eight modes to be similar to that in cardioid mode, other than the inevitable differences in proximity bass boost — the omni pattern has no proximity effect to speak of, while the figure-of-eight has the most, so the lows appear boosted unless you're quite some distance from the mic. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Q. I'm working with a home studio in a very basic state (sE2200a -> Apogee Duet 1 -> MacBook pro running Logic X), and I will most definitely stick with SE until my budget increases drastically. I want to use that microphone and I hope i have the time to use it and review it for free. That’s why Musician on a Mission has created this new free masterclass for people who want the entire framework for making radio-ready music at home. Its a little more expensive but I’ve heard great things about that mic and they seem to be similar products. One of your first purchases should be a good condenser microphone. I have another mic but I’ve out grown it and it doesn’t fit my voice well. In general, the 2200a has a slightly warmer tone, and more clarity in the top end thanks to the slight bump at 10kHz. This is the perfect polar pattern for use in a home studio. Its thumbscrew assembly also seems to lock the swivel mount in place adequately without you having to resort to finger-breaking pressure. Mastering Essentials Part 3 - How loud should I master? Thanks for the review. Neat shockmount that incorporates pop-screen holder. The slight bump at 10kHz adds a nice airiness to vocals and helps them cut through the mix. The SE2200A cardioid capacitor mic has been a best-seller for SE Electronics for around 10 years now, so you may wonder why the company have decided to completely redesign and relaunch it as a MkII version. Audio professional, musician and founder of Musician on a Mission. The Audio-Technica AT4050 is an obvious alternative, as it has a similar general character, but the more you look, the more multi-pattern mics you find, so a full list would be impractical here. certain worth a lot more than they price it for that is for sure. Use it to take your vocals from demo to pro! The multi pattern microphone, when set to cardioid, lacks this bump in the upper midrange (3-6Khz), so sounds a touch warmer but might need more additive EQ to help the vocalist to cut through. Win! So, if you just want a shortcut to pro-quality mixes, watch this free masterclass now: But if you just want to learn about the SE2200a specifically, keep reading. In some cases, a different microphone might suit your voice or the vocalist.