Andy recently brought down a couple microphones for us to review for Tape Op: an SE Z3300 large diaphram FET condesner and an SE 3 stereo pair from SE Electronics. I had the chance to use our new microphones this morning during a live session with A Hawk and a Hacksaw.
The instrumentation was an accordian and violin – no vocals. My better judgement told me to first try one microphone, maybe the Z3300 in a figure-8 pattern, but I was too eager to try both. The Z3300 went to the violin, about 15 inches to the players’ right side and at forehead level. The SE 3′s were placed about two feet away from the accordian’s keyboard.
Coupled with our new Samson monitors, the highs and upper mids were almost too much for my taste. The SE 3′s have a 5dB bump around 10k, which I thought was very noticeable. However, I’m going to have to get used to these monitors in different recording situations before I can really form qualified opinions. The noise level was very low for all the mics.
Anyway, feel free to have a listen in the archives. The performance began around 9:15, right after the concert report. I also recorded each microphone on a separate track in the ProTools session, so you engineers can audition each individually (route them to the optical outputs in ProTools and they should come into the board on tape channels 1-8).