sE Electronics R1 by emg
The SE Electronics R1 is a ribbon microphone and like all ribbon microphones it features a figure of eight response. The microphone exhibits a roll off above 9kHz, which gives off a natural sound, rather than the hyped timbre found in similar priced condenser microphones.
The microphone is especially useful on any source which needs taming, either to mellow sources tonally or to decrease density.
The R1 is therefore extremely useful on guitar cabs, where often the sound is a little 'full on'. If using the R1 in this application it would be advised to pull back a foot from the grill cloth as this microphone exhibits a large proximity effect around 200Hz.
It is also great as a pair of stereo overheads and instantly lends itself to jazz styles. In this application giving off a full sound that is representative of the kit in the room.
In summary, the SE Electronics R1 is a useful addition to any respectable microphone collection. Although not the most versatile microphone, the R1 gives it's own distinct dark character to sources. And when coupled with a good preamp the tonality shines through, allowing sources to sit back in the mix with a warm and mellow timbre.