sE Electronics BL8

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Half cardioid boundary microphone

$649.00

SKU: SEEL_BL8

Details

Bullet-proof, built like a tank and ready for the road, your secret weapon for a variety of applications such as kick drums and other high SPL sources.

The BL8 is a half-cardioid boundary microphone, utilising the same capsule as the celebrated sE8 small-diaphragm condenser. Its hand-crafted, true condenser capsule utilises an ultra-thin three-micron gold-sputtered diaphragm for superior transient response. Designed to reproduce low frequencies with stunning accuracy, the BL8 is perfect in combination with our V KICK, but can also be used alone without an additional outer kick drum mic. 

The BL8 utilises transformerless Class-A circuitry to ensure plentiful headroom without distortion, while its low-noise electronics deliver transparency and clarity. The integrated low-cut filter and optional EQ shaping switch make it a very versatile microphone, excelling at immersive ambience recording, detailed room miking, and it can even be used on acoustic pianos. Thanks to its switchable attenuation pad, the BL8 keeps high-SPL sources from overloading your mixer’s input.

Robustly built, the BL8 features an all-metal construction, a dent-proof grille, and gold-plated XLR contacts to ensure long-term reliability.

Featuring our renowned 1/2″ true-condenser sE8 cardioid capsule

Utilising the same capsule as the celebrated sE8 small-diaphragm condenser, the BL8 features a hand-crafted, true condenser capsule with an ultra-thin three-micron gold-sputtered diaphragm for superior transient response.

Bullet-proof, built like a tank and ready for the road

Robustly built, the BL8 features an all-metal construction and a dent-proof grille, perfect for touring environments and busy stages. The BL8 is also compatible with The Kelly Shu Flatz™ Isolation System for easy integration into any kick drum.

Pre-attenuation pad and low-cut filter

The integrated low-cut filter and attenuation pad switches make the BL8 a very versatile microphone, excelling at ambience recording, room miking, and can even be used on acoustic pianos while keeping high-SPL sources from overloading your mixer’s input.

Classic and modern voicings accommodate for live and studio settings

The ideal studio kick drum tone is often different than our preferences in a live sound environment. Similar to our award-winning kick-drum mic, the V KICK, the BL8 offers “Classic” and “Modern” voicings. These options both cut and shape the low-mids to emphasize transients and punch. In its center position, the capsule’s neutral response is retained, which is ideal for a plethora of other applications.

Technical Specification

Capsule Hand-crafted small-diaphragm true condenser capsule
Polar patterns Half-cardioid
Frequency range 20 – 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity 25 mV/Pa (-32 dBV)
Max. SPL (0.5% THD) 143 / 153 / 163 dB SPL (0/10/20 dB attenuation pad)
Equivalent noise level 14 dB(A)
Dynamic range 129 / 139 / 149 dB (0/10/20 dB attenuation pad)
Signal-to-noise ratio 80 dB
Low-cut filter 80 / 160 Hz, 6 dB/oct, switchable
Attenuation pad 10 / 20 dB, switchable
Powering 48 Volts according to IEC 61938
Electrical impedance 60 Ohms
Recommended load impedance >1k Ohms
Current consumption 5.0 mA
Connectivity 3-pin male XLR connector
Dimensions 139 x 95 x 28.5 mm (L x W x H)
Weight 538 g

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