(as of May 14,2022 15:44:48 UTC – Details)
The RNT is a new flagship tube microphone from sE Electronics and Rupert Neve Designs, delivering the pristine, musical sonic character and uncompromising performance of the world’s most prized recording equipment.
Much like the RNR1 Active Ribbon and RN17 Small-Diaphragm Condenser, the RNT is something truly special, developed over several years of careful listening and measurement by Mr. Rupert Neve, Mr. Siwei Zou, and the engineering teams from both Rupert Neve Designs and sE Electronics. All in all, this new flagship tube microphone brings the larger-than-life sounds of classic studio microphones into the modern age with greater depth and clarity than ever before.
The RNT utilizes fully discrete, Class-A electronics throughout both of its active stages. The first stage is tube-based, with a hand-selected, low-noise ECC82 tube within the microphone chassis, and implementing a custom-built Rupert Neve Designs output transformer. The second stage is within the floor box – which controls polar pattern, filter and gain switching – and is also coupled with a second custom-made Rupert Neve Designs output transformer. This second stage is is built around the same custom op-amps used in Rupert Neve Designs’ flagship 5088 recording console, known worldwide for its unrivaled transparency and headroom.
The custom handcrafted large-diaphragm true condenser capsule is the finest capsule sE has ever made, born from years of rigorous testing and listening, and developed and constructed by hand in sE’s own factory. The Class-A electronics and switchable gain ensure a massive dynamic range, with high sound pressure level (SPL) handling capability and extremely low-noise components, and the switchable low-cut filters eliminate rumble or footfall noise, and can also compensate for an excess of bass frequencies caused by the proximity effect. This enables the RNT to close-mic many instruments including electric guitar speaker cabinets, brass instruments and drums. Lastly, the 9-position polar pattern switch allows for omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-eight pickup patterns (plus several positions in between each) for precise tailoring of the balance between direct and ambient sound when recording with the RNT.
“I’ve worked with the best microphones in the world, and this is one of them now. It’s great.”
– Simon Franglen, Composer/Producer (Avatar, Titanic, Skyfall)
HAND-CRAFTED, GOLD-SPUTTERED 1″ TRUE CONDENSER CAPSULE
The finest and most complex capsule sE has ever builtHand-crafted and individually tuned in our very own factoryRefined electrode design delivers supremely natural sound quality
HAND-SELECTED ECC82 TUBE & CUSTOM RUPERT NEVE DESIGNS AUDIO TRANSFORMER
Each microphone-grade tube is carefully selected and pretested in-houseAllows for stunning realism and depth in recordingsUnique tube circuit design optimized for driving the first custom-made transformer
NINE POLAR PATTERNS, SWITCHABLE GAIN & LOW CUT FILTERS
Nine selectable patterns, from omni to cardioid to figure-8 with three steps between eachMinimize unwanted signal bleed with easeGain is switchable between +12, 0, and -12dB for extended dynamic rangeHPF is selectable at 80Hz, 40Hz, or OFF
A design collaboration between sE’s Siwei Zou (left) and the legendary Mr. Rupert Neve (right)
INSIDE THE FLOOR BOX
In addition to the pattern, gain and filter switching, inside the floor box is a second custom-built Rupert Neve Designs output transformer for sweet, musical performance and bulletproof isolation, and custom Rupert Neve Designs op amps.
TECHNOLOGY FROM THE FLAGSHIP 5088 CONSOLE
These discrete op amps come from Rupert Neve Designs’ flagship 5088 console, and deliver the sonic character and performance expected from the world’s most prized recording equipment. They provide enormous headroom, ultra-wide bandwidth, zero crossover distortion, and quality without compromise.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
RNT microphoneCustom shock-mountRNT Floor Box (Power Supply)8-pin cable (to connect mic to floor box)IEC power cableWooden microphone boxFlight casesE logo stickerUser manual
Capsule: Handcrafted 1″ diaphragm true condenser
Tube Complement: 1x 12AU7/ECC82
Polar Patterns: 9 (omni, cardioid, figure-8, plus 3 steps between each)
Frequency range: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 16 mV/Pa (-36 dB)
Gain: -12 / 0 / +12 dB, switchable
Max SPL: 151 dB
Equivalent Noise Level: 18 dB(A)
Dynamic Range: 133 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio: 76 dB
Low Cut Filter: 40 / 80 Hz, 12 dB/oct, switchable
Electrical Impedance: 30 Ohms
Recommended Load Impedance: >2k Ohms
Connectivity: 3-pin male XLR connector (floor box)
Microphone Dimensions: Diameter: 62 mm (2.44 in.), Length: 240 mm (9.45 in.)
Microphone Weight: 989 g (34.90 oz.)
Floor Box Dimensions: 356 x 135 x 100 mm (14.02 x 5.31 x 3.94 in.)
Floor Box Weight: 3,905 g (137.79 oz.)
Custom Rupert Neve Transfmers
2 Highpass Filters