Frankfurt, Germany (April 17, 2015)—At ProSound+Light, sE Electronics has unveiled the RNT, a large-diaphragm multi-pattern tube microphone that was was designed by Rupert Neve over the course of more than a decade.
The RNT combines a high-voltage tube circuit within the microphone itself, a floor box with a discrete, class-A amplifier circuit using the same custom op-amps as Rupert Neve Designs’ 5088 analog mixing console, two custom transformers, and a custom mic capsule designed by sE to provide headroom (153 dB) and high-bandwidth frequency response.
The mic does not have a pad, but the amplifier circuit in the floor box has three gain settings of -12 dB, 0 dB (flat), and +12 dB. The amplifier circuit in the floor box is +/- 2 dB from <1 Hz to 100 kHz, and flat from 1 Hz to 30 kHz. The floor box also has a three-position high-pass filter at 40 Hz, 80 Hz, and 0 (off), and a nine-way selector switch to vary the polar pattern from omni to cardioid to figure-8, with several steps in between each.
The microphone is expected to ship in Q3 2015.