Ahead of NAMM 2018, in its third collaboration with Rupert Neve Designs, China’s sE electronics announced RNT – a premium large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone with multiple patterns. Allegedly in development over many years, the concept behind the mic is to combine authentic tube timbre and color with modern functionality and utilize the benefits of today’s technology for achieving optimum sound quality. It’s a noble goal for sure!
sE is telling us that the RNT utilizes its best handcrafted capsule and offers as many as nine switchable polar patterns. This suggests a great degree of versatility and opportunity for experimentation with mic positioning. Two custom Rupert Neve Designs transformers handle the output stage, and there are two gain stages all-in-all – an ECC82 tube gain stage inside the mic and a second one in the floor box, based on the same op-amps found in RNS’ flagship 5088 console. Discrete Class A electronics are featured throughout the microphone’s build. There are three switchable gain levels and a pair of switchable low-cut filters. All of this sounds fantastic, but it comes at a price that only owners of premium mic lockers will be able to stomach.
Price and availability
The RNT will start shipping worldwide this month, January, with a hefty price tag of 3500 USD | 3500 EUR. The microphone ships with a custom shock mount, a wooden box, and robust flight case. That’s the way with premium mics, folks! sE and Rupert Neve Designs will exhibit the RNT at this year’s NAMM, so we’ll get to learn more about it next week. Stay tuned!