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SE Electronics RNR1 Active Ribbon Mic

Product Code: 422380

The World's First HF Active Ribbon Mic...

£1,129.00 (INC VAT)
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sE Electronics Rupert Neve RNR1 Active Ribbon

RNR1The Rupert Neve RNR1 ribbon microphone manages to achieve what no condenser can, a smooth and natural sound without any added brightness. While others find themselves battling fatigue from listening back on their recordings, the RNR1 helps you dive down in to the mix and focus on the emotion of the music. Highly regarded as one of the industry's finest microphones, and definite contender for the best ribbon microphone of all time, the RNR1 is a no brainer.

Ribbon microphones have always excelled at providing smooth and intimate mid-range, but often considered delicate and dull. Many companies have researched ribbon technology and delicacy is no longer a problem for high-end ribbon microphones, but the inherent roll-off in high frequencies has only recently been solved.

With the RNR1, two custom Rupert Neve-designed transformers form the buffer between the ribbon and the outside world. The circuitry between those transformers helps maintain the ultra-wide frequency response, compensating for the ribbon's natural predisposition to roll it off, and thus high-frequency content is preserved.

Such compromises have meant that ribbons have never been very widely accepted or used as a first choice for recording.


Key Features

  • Extended Frequency Response, ranging from as low as 20Hz and up to 25kHz while maintaining a flat and natural responsiveness for detailed recordings.
  • Figure-8 Polar Pattern, capturing from both the front and the rear of the capsule the RNR1 records an open sound.



? Acoustic Operating Principle: Electrodynamic pressure gradient with active electronics
? Generating Element: 2.5-micron aluminum ribbon
? Polar Pattern: Figure 8
? Frequency Response: 20Hz - 25KHz
? Sensitivity: -32 dB (referenced 1v/pa ±1dB)
? Equivalent Noise Level: 15dB (A weighted)
? Output Impedance: 200 Ohms balanced
? Rated Load Impedance: 1000 Ohms
? Max SPL: >135dB
? Connector: Male XLR 3 pin (Pin 2 Hot)
Microphone Response: 20Hz-25kHz
Microphone Impedance: 200 ohms
Microphone Maximum SPL: 135dB
Microphone Sensitivity: -32dB
Microphone Self Noise: 15dB (A weighted)
Microphone Connector: 3-Pin XLR Male
Microphone Pad Switches: No
Microphone Powering: 48V Phantom Power
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Magazine Reviews
Sound on Sound, May 2009 "The concepts employed by Rupert draw a parallel to those used in his Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console, more specifically the use of discrete single‑sided circuitry and custom-designed audio transformers. Rupert has always stressed the importance of really high-quality audio transformers, and nowhere is this as crucial as in a ribbon microphone, because the transformer that is necessary to convert the ultra-low impedance of the ribbon capsule to a standard mic output impedance of around 200Ω also imposes electrical loading on the ribbon, which restricts its ability to handle high frequencies." Ask Audio, 2014 " If you need a microphone that sounds fantastic on practically any source, the sE Electronics RNR1 will surely fit the bill. You just have to be one of those people whose philosophy and/or professional requirements demand that value trumps a low-cost compromise." Tape Op, 2011 " The SE RNR1 bridges this gap well, providing a natural tone that retains an open top end and great clarity. If you are in the market for a ribbon mic or just a fantastic all-purpose mic with a unique flavor, check out the SE Electronics RNR1"
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