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sE Electronics Rupert Neve R1 High-Frequency Active Ribbon Microphone

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    The sE Rupert Neve RNR1 - The World's First HF Active Ribbon Mic

    For many decades ribbon mics have been used by engineers for their extremely natural sounding reproduction of source material. The nature of their performance differs greatly from condenser mics, which by comparison sound very 'up front' and lack the harmonic depth of a good ribbon.

    Even at the high end of the market, the customary roll-off of almost all the top end frequencies has always been a major drawback. The frustration with all ribbons is - depending on the model - little or no performance past 7-10KHz, which is why condenser mics dominate the recording market.

    The traditional appeal of the condenser then has been the assumption of consistent frequency response from 20Hz to 20KHz. The pay-off of course is that these mics require a certain degree of circuit board magic to achieve this, since the taughtness of the diaphragm - compared with relatively slack ribbon membranes - means condensers tend to be more 'coloured' in their sound.

    Traditionally engineers using ribbons, however expensive, have had to accept their significant limitations or have had to augment the recording with a condenser mic to capture the high frequency absent from the ribbon output.

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


    • 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)

    For more information, please visit the manufacturer's website.

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