Drawing on some of the technologies in sE's VR1 & VR2 ribbon mics, the X1 R is a vintage-modern hybrid that provides all the inherent smoothness of a hand-crafted ribbon mic, but with more versatility, durability, and ease of use than the delicate ribbons of yesteryear.

The second addition to the X1 Series, the X1 R brings the magic of traditional ribbon mics into the modern age with a tough construction that can handle any SPL - this is a ribbon you can take on the road. The sE Electronics X1 R is suited to a variety of recording applications including guitar cabs, overhead drums, brass, woodwind, strings, commercial broadcast and voice-over.

"Electric guitar sounded great right away."

- Paul White, Sound On Sound -

What's in the X1 S?


This state of the art ribbon element enclosed by top-grade Neodymium magnets boasts some of our latest ribbon microphone technologies. sE has combined traditional ribbon technologies with some of the mechanical elements of the VR1 and VR2 microphone HF (High Frequency) extension technology to bring you a classic-sounding ribbon mic with a gentle HF lift.


The ribbon element in every single X1 R is built by hand in the sE factory's specialized capsule room, by capsule technicians with decades of experience. sE's capsule master has been building capsules for almost 30 years - why? Because they really do sound better when they're built by hand.


The robust all-metal construction and 135dB SPL handling means the X1 R is suited not just for the studio, but also for life on the road. It also comes standard with a mic clip that will securely attach it to any mic stand, but fits sE's Isolation Pack shock mount + pop filter if needed.

Why a handcrafted ribbon? ...because they sound better that way.

As with all of sE's ribbons and true condensers, the X1 R’s ribbon is handcrafted and hand-tuned by skilled technicians in our own factory. This is almost unheard-of for affordable microphones, and is a great point of pride for sE.


Electronics: Passive

Generating Element: Hand-tensioned 2.5µm aluminum ribbon

Directional Pattern: Figure-8

Frequency range: 20 Hz - 16 kHz

Impedance: 200 Ohms

Sensitivity: 1.78 mV/Pa (-55 dB)

Max SPL: 135 dB (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 71 dB

Self Noise: 23 dB(A)

Matching Connectors: XLR3F

Power requirement: N/A (phantom-protected)

Weight: 510g / 17.99oz

ConditionBrand New (New)
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  • X1R Passive Ribbon Microphone
  • Black
  • 2010s
  • Passive
  • Analog
Polar Pattern
  • Bidirectional
  • Wired
Microphone Type
  • Ribbon

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