sE Electronics sE4400a by AnaLoGMunKy
This is a great Mic and I managed to get my hands on it a bit cheeper (like the budgie) than the stock price as Edinburgh's Reddog Music was selling this baby as ex-display. It was still in mint condition
This is a condenser so you will need Phantom power at 48v
It has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz, which is good enough for anything your ear can hear.
For the more learned audio enthusiast there is an Impedance of ? 50 Ohms and a Noise floor of 17dB(A weighted). I know what these mean, but I have no idea what it means to me
There are various setting on this mic and these are changed by a series of switches.
First you have the padding setting which is a simple choice of -10dB, -20dB or no padding. This allows you to use this in a high SPL situation i.e. for micing up guitar amps, bass amps or inside the SPL heavy base drums.
Next we have two Bass cuts where you can choose a 60Hz or 120Hz cut, or of course, no cut at all. Very useful if you want to remove rumble or take out the unneeded frequencies while recording vocals.
Now we come to the main course of this great mic. The polar patterns.
We have four different patterns consisting of cardioid or hyper cardiod, which are selected by choosing cardioid patter and, via another switch, you choose your needed cardioid pattern. There is also the ever useful omni which, in my experience, gives you a great room sound that can be used in surround sound applications. Finally you have figure of 8 which is most usefull when you have 2 singers to record simultaneously or as part of a wider setup e.g. mid-side.
This variety of settings allow you to place this mic in almost any situation
And to top it all off it comes in a heavy duty carry case with shock mount that looks like it could survive a stadium sized amp stack falling on it
So overall I give this high marks and very good all round usability for the price.