sE Electronics Z5600A II Microphone: Is It Any Good?

How does the Z5600a II compare against other condenser microphones on the market? Let’s find out.

Mike Cunsolo
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The sE Electronics Z56000a II is praised for it’s superb vocal recording with natural warmth and incredible detail. Let's take a closer look and see just what makes this microphone so special.

What's in the Box?

There are plenty of goodies that come with sE Electronic’s Z5600a II. In the nicely packaged case you get everything you need to get going. You get the microphone itself, and a phantom power supply to run it, a decent shock mount that's custom built to fit the Z5600A, and the cables to connect everything up.

What Makes It Different?

The mic itself is a single tube with a hand built capsule, in this case that’s a 1.07 inch gold sputtered diaphragm. It gives you a nice warm and quite neutral sound, plus, it’s good for lots of different applications like voice overs, vocals on tracks, or capturing background audio.

There’s also a 10db pad and base cut on the mic body for quick adjustments, making it versatile if you want to lower the audio or increase the mic’s sensitivity.

9 Different Polar Patterns

On the power supply box, it gives you the option of 9 different polar patterns! These range from omni, to cardioid, to figure eight.

Each recording pattern is perfect for different recording setups, for example, if you had the main presenter and a guest, you could use the figure eight pattern to capture audio from the front and back of the microphone. This way, you can clearly capture both voices using one microphone.

Final Thoughts

Overall, sE Electronics have put together a nice bundle for the Z5600a II. With it’s smooth vocal sounds and multiple applications, this mic really does deliver superb value for money.


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