Fully discrete, Class-A electronics in both active stages
The finest true condenser capsule we've ever built
The same custom op-amps used in Rupert Neve Designs' flagship 5088 console
Switchable gain and a massive dynamic range
9-position polar pattern switch for precise balance between direct and ambient sound
Inside the RNT
1″ TRUE CONDENSER CAPSULE
Hand-crafted and gold-sputtered, this is the finest and most complex capsule sE has ever built. We tune each refined electrode design individually in our factory to deliver supremely natural sound quality.
HAND-SELECTED TUBE AND CUSTOM TRANSFORMER
Unique tube circuit design optimized for driving the first custom-made transformer. Each microphone-grade tube is carefully selected and pretested in-house for stunning realism and depth in recordings.
HAND-CRAFTED METAL HOUSING & GOLD-PLATED XLR CONNECTOR
All-metal construction, gold-plated XLR connector and built with highest attention to detail, the RNT provides efficient rejection of any electrical interference and noise with a high-quality finish to ensure a great look for many years.
NINE SELECTABLE POLAR PATTERNS
Precisely tuned dual-diaphragm capsule design allows you to choose the perfect setting for every application while minimizing unwanted signal bleed with ease.
Inside the RNT floor box
DISCRETE CLASS-A AMPLIFICATION
Delivers the sonic character and performance expected from the world’s most prized recording equipment, with Rupert Neve Designs’ flagship 5088 console’s same operational amplifiers for enormous headroom, ultra-wide bandwidth, zero crossover distortion, and quality without compromise.
9 GRADED POLAR PATTERNS
With 9 graded steps through omni, cardioid and figure-eight patterns for a wide range of applications suitable for everything from delicate ambience recordings to close-miking of extremely loud instruments and voices.
ACTIVE GAIN STAGE WITH THREE LEVELS
Provides 24dB of extended dynamic range for a wide range of applications with discrete Rupert Neve Designs op-amp cards, suitable for everything from delicate ambience recordings to close-miking of extremely loud instruments and voices.
CUSTOM-BUILT AUDIO TRANSFORMER
Designed for sweet, musical performance and bulletproof isolation, this second transformer provides Rupert Neve’s legendary sonic character.
CapsuleHand-crafted 1" True Condenser
Tube complement1x 12AU7 / ECC82
Polar patterns9 (Omni, Cardioid, Figure-8, plus 3 steps between each)
Frequency range20 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity16 mV / Pa (-36 dBV)
Gain-12 / 0 / +12 dB, switchable
Max SPL151 dB
Equivalent noise level18 dB
Dynamic range133 dB
Signal to noise ratio76 dB
Low-cut filter40 / 80 Hz, 12 dB / Oct, switchable
Electrical impedance30 Ohms
Recommended load impedance>1k Ohms
Connectivity3-pin male XLR connector
PoweringProvided by power supply unit (included)
Mic diameter62 x 240 mm (2.44 x 9.45 in.)
Mic length240 mm (9.45 in.)
Mic weight989 g (34.89 oz.)
Floor box356 x 135 x 100 mm (14.02 x 5.31 x 3.94 in.)
"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
“…while you don't have to have lots of high-end gear to make a great sounding recording, it just makes your job that bit easier — and the RNT just plain helped me out during its time at my studio, in terms of getting great results quickly.” a way that just worked in the song.”
“…they'd done quite a big mic shootout before tracking the vocals and…they'd chosen the RNT for lead vocals on the whole album. There's no shortage of good mic options at my studio, but apparently the band especially liked how it helped the vocal cut through their big guitar sounds.”
“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.”
“The RNT made the acoustic sing, which is always what I’m looking for. When you can achieve that type of sound without any surgical EQ on the first positioning of the microphone, you know you have a winner.”
“I highly recommend giving the RNT a shot if you record a lot of acoustic music. It’s hands down one of best sounding mics I’ve used on an acoustic guitar and was so easy to dial in a “finished mix” tone.”
We generally recommend keeping your microphone in its case or original packaging when it is not in use for more than a few hours. If your studio is very clean and safe, it could be OK to leave out on its mic stand when not in use, but if a mic is out of its case, it could potentially be exposed to dust, smoke, moisture, or humidity – which can damage the sensitive parts of the mic – so we recommend avoiding those things at all cost.
There are no real “right” or “wrong” answers to this question, as different patterns will just provide different types of sounds, and whatever best suits your particular song is usually the right answer! With that said:
Cardioid – Generally best for recording vocals or other single sources, when you don’t want to hear much of the room sound around the source.
Omni – This is good when you want a less focused, more “roomy” sound. Think distant drum mics in a great-sounding room.
Figure-8 – Since this pattern lets the mic “hear” on both sides – front and back – and reject the sounds on either side, it’s handy if you want to record two sources at once from a point in between them, without hearing what’s off to the sides.
Hypercardioid / Supercardioid – More directional than Cardioid, this is good for spot mics, when you want the sound to be very focused.
For the most part, sE mics can tolerate extremely high SPLs (typically over 135dB) and will be fine in front of even the loudest sources – yes, even our ribbon mics. If in doubt, you can check the specifications on the individual product page.
You do need a mic preamp or audio interface, as the power supply box only outputs mic-level signal (not line-level). However, you do not need to turn on the phantom power on your mic preamp or interface, as power is provided by the mic’s power supply itself.
If your microphone has come in contact with dirt or another removable substance, we recommend cleaning it with a very soft, slightly damp cotton cloth. Do not open the microphone up to clean the inside, and make sure you NEVER touch the capsule itself. Cleaning a capsule should only be done by highly trained professionals in a “clean room” environment. If you suspect your capsule needs to be cleaned, please contact [email protected] so we can recommend an authorized local technician.
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