Think you have to spend a bundle for a good small-diaphragm condenser mic? Think again. The sE Electronics sE5 gives you smooth, full-range frequency response in an affordable workhorse microphone that’s ideal for live use as well as studio duties. The sE5 sports a versatile cardioid polar pattern with impressive on- and off-axis response. It’s also got a 100Hz low cut, for eliminating rumble. With its superior transient handling, the sE5 is an excellent choice for stringed acoustic instruments, and with its maximum SPL of 70dB and -10/-20dB pad, it’s also great on louder sources like drums and percussion.