sE Electronics RNT

$5,299.99

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A flagship multi-pattern tube mic designed with Mr. Rupert Neve

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Description

The RNT: A new flagship tube microphone from sE Electronics and Rupert Neve Designs®.

Delivers the pristine, musical sonic character and uncompromising performance of the world’s most prized recording equipment.

The RNT is the third microphone in the collaboration between sE Electronics and Rupert Neve Designs, founded by the legendary audio designer Mr. Rupert Neve.

Mr. Rupert Neve & Mr. Siwei Zou at the Rupert Neve Designs office in Texas, October 2014.

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.

“A tube has a lot of qualities which are very desirable, and it has a particular quality of sound to it.”

If you get the size of the diaphragm of the microphone right, and you get the frequency response and the directional properties, and all the myriad of other qualities right, it is symbiotic with the tube’s performance.”

– Mr. Rupert Neve

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.

sE’s Capsule Master Hongzu Xu holding a tray of RNT capsules, hand-made in our own capsule room.
sE’s Capsule Master Hongzu Xu holding a tray of RNT capsules, hand-made in our own capsule room.

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.

INSIDE THE MICROPHONE

HAND-CRAFTED, GOLD-SPUTTERED 1″ TRUE CONDENSER CAPSULE

The finest and most complex capsule sE has ever built

Hand-crafted and individually tuned in our very own factory

Refined electrode design delivers supremely natural sound quality

NINE SELECTABLE POLAR PATTERNS

Precisely-tuned dual-diaphragm capsule design allows you to choose the perfect setting for every application

Minimize unwanted signal bleed with ease

HAND-SELECTED ECC82 TUBE & CUSTOM RUPERT NEVE DESIGNS AUDIO TRANSFORMER

Each microphone-grade tube is carefully selected and pretested in-house

Allows for stunning realism and depth in recordings

Unique tube circuit design optimized for driving the first custom-made transformer

HAND-CRAFTED METAL HOUSING WITH PREMIUM FINISH

All-metal construction built with highest attention to detail

Efficient rejection of any electrical interference and noise

High quality finish ensures a great look for many years

As with all Rupert Neve Signature Series microphones, the RNT’s solid brass chassis is milled in our own machine shop.
As with all Rupert Neve Signature Series microphones, the RNT’s solid brass chassis is milled in our own machine shop.

INSIDE THE FLOOR BOX

A SECOND CUSTOM-BUILT RUPERT NEVE DESIGNS AUDIO TRANSFORMER

Designed for sweet, musical performance and bulletproof isolation

Provides the legendary sonic character of Rupert Neve’s famous transformers

CUSTOM-MADE, DISCRETE CLASS-A RUPERT NEVE DESIGNS AMPLIFICATION

Delivers the sonic character and performance expected from the world’s most prized recording equipment

Utilizes the same operational amplifiers found in Rupert Neve Designs’ flagship 5088 console

These discrete op-amps ensure enormous headroom, ultra-wide bandwidth, zero crossover distortion, and quality without compromise

ACTIVE GAIN STAGE WITH THREE SWITCHABLE LEVELS

Provides 24dB of extended dynamic range for a wide range of applications

Discrete Rupert Neve Designs op-amp cards ensure pristine performance

Suitable for everything from delicate ambience recordings to close-miking of extremely loud instruments and voices

TWO SWITCHABLE ACTIVE LOW-CUT FILTERS

Custom Rupert Neve Designs op-amps implemented for best possible sound quality

Reduce unwanted rumble or foot-fall noise, or compensate for proximity effect

The RNT is sE’s new flagship large-diaphragm condenser microphone, and proudly stands alongside the RNR1 and RN17 in being what we believe are some of the finest and most unique microphones ever produced.

Rupert Neve and Siwei Zou, 2015.

“Siwei has done an amazing job on the microphone. Very high performance, and I believe a very nice sounding result.”

– Mr. Rupert Neve

Hear all the sE / Rupert Neve microphones in this special sEssions recording from Esplanade Studios in New Orleans.

Listen to the isolated vocals (RNT set to cardioid mode) from the video above, recorded through a Rupert Neve Designs Shelford 5052 mic preamp:

ALL RNT VIDEOS

SoundBites: Rainer Lidauer and the V SERIES For Drums
sEssions: Audrey Assad, ‘Arrow’ (LEVV)
sEssions: Audrey Assad, ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’
SoundBites: Diego Teksuo and the RNT
Spotify Studios and sE Electronics
David Catching and the RNT
The RNT: Spotify Studios and sE Electronics
SoundBites: RNT + Moda Spira (Female Vocals)
sEssions: Round Top & The sE / Rupert Neve Signature Series
SoundBites: RNT + Upright Bass
SoundBites: Drum Kit
SoundBites: RNT + Marimba
sEssions: Esplanade Studios & The Rupert Neve Signature Series
SoundBites: RNT + Grand Piano
Simon Franglen on the RNT

WHAT’S IN THE BOX

  • • RNT microphone
    • Custom shock-mount
    • RNT Floor Box (Power Supply)
    • 8-pin cable (to connect mic to floor box)
    • IEC power cable
    • Wooden microphone box
    • Flight case
    • sE logo sticker

SPECIFICATIONS

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.)

USER QUOTES

“I’ve worked with the best microphones in the world, and this is one of them now. It’s great.”

– Simon Franglen, GRAMMY®-winning Composer/Producer (‘Avatar’, ‘Titanic’, ‘Skyfall’) – sE Artist

“I didn’t realize how beautiful a vocal sound could be. It allows me to capture incredibly subtle and nuanced performances with the need for absurd compression. Whatever alchemy has gone into this creation, I am constantly in awe of it. I have never had a vocal sound as precise and dynamic, while still capturing ‘me’.”

– Devin Townsend, Singer / Guitarist / Producer – sE Artist

“On a recent vocal session the stand-out improvement against the studio’s in-house U87 blew everyone in the control room away. It only took two bars to agree that we were going to use the RNT.”

– Alexander Archer, VEVO DSCVR

“Recording on the cardioid setting, the RNT is forward and transparent. Voices are articulate and crystal clear, with a nice proximity effect when positioned closer to the speaker or singer…amplified electric guitar sounds very true to tone when positioned close to the speaker cone of an amp, delivering an even frequency response without much colour.”

– Mixdown Magazine (full review)

“…the RNT knew how to convince: not only did it reproduce the sound of the individual drums and cymbals naturally as well as detailed, but the specifics of the room were finely resolved.”

– Videoaktiv.de