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Rupert Neve Designs RNR1 Class A Ribbon Microphone

With custom transformers and discrete circuitry from Rupert Neve, the man behind the recording industry as we know it, the SE Electronics RNR1 "hears" more than any other ribbon on the planet.


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Ribbon mics have been around for a long time, and have always been particularly prized for the exceptionally "natural" sound they provide. Not too forward, never bright or shiny, they capture midrange detail with a pleasant intimacy and usually sit quite easily in a mix.

The Transformers
Nobody knows audio transformers better than Rupert Neve, and ribbon mics require more transformer attention than any other. This is because the transformer that couples the ribbon to the output needs to accomplish a fairly massive impedance conversion.

With the RNR1, two custom Rupert Neve-designed transformers form the buffer between the ribbon and the outside world. The circuitry between those transformers helps maintain the ultra-wide frequency response, compensating for the ribbon's natural predisposition to roll it off, and thus high-frequency content is preserved.

The Ribbon
During the RNR1's development, a full year was spent working on crafting a ribbon element that would provide the extended response that Mr. Neve demanded. After experimenting with ribbon materials available from all corners of the world, the design team landed on the 2.5µm aluminum ribbon used in the RNR1, striking the perfect balance of flexibility and stiffness needed for this microphone's exceptional performance.

The Shape
As with many sE microphones, the RNR1 has an unusual and bold design aesthetic, with the form following the function. The precision-machined and scalloped edges don't just look vibrant and dramatic, they have also been custom-designed to provide the ribbon with an acoustically ideal setting for the best possible frequency response.

Custom Shock Mount
The RNR1 includes a custom-designed and easy-to-use shock mount, which is essential in use to reduce the unwanted effects of vibration or knocks to the supporting microphone stand.

"My favorite ribbon mic in the entire world...A pair of those on a Steinway is about as good as it gets. They have that lovely extension on the top end that normal ribbons don’t have, but still have all the characteristics that I love." - Simon Franglen, Composer / Producer / Musician ('Avatar', 'Titanic', 'Skyfall')

Get your Rupert Neve Designs RNR1 Ribbon Microphone today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • RNR1 Class A Ribbon Microphone
  • Custom-designed Shock Mount
  • User Guide


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Connectors XLR3F
Type Hand-tensioned 2.5µm aluminum ribbon
Power Requirements 48V phantom
Polar Pattern Figure-8
Maximum SPL 135 dB (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio 76dB
Sensitivity 22.39 mV/Pa (-33 dB)
Frequency Range 20 Hz - 25 kHz
Impedance 200 Ohms
Low Cut Filter Yes
Self Noise 18dB
Weight 860g / 30.34oz
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for two years and labor for two years from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.