SE Electronics Z5600A MkII Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
The tone quality and versatility of the Z5600a II make it an asset to any mic locker. This large-diaphragm condenser
microphone has nine switchable polar patterns, ranging from omnidirectional to cardioid to figure-8, with six additional
patterns in between. Central to the Z5600a II’s rich timbre is a 12AX7 tube, delivering stunning detail and flattering the
source with enhanced harmonic character. In other words, this mic sounds huge! It has been praised for capturing
incredible vocal tones, but the Z5600a II is engineered to excel in any sonic context.
The Z5600a II is equipped with a switchable low cut filter, as well as a switchable -10dB pad, making it just as suitable
for recording a string quartet, or drum overheads, as it is for tracking vocals.
Like all of our microphones, the Z5600a II is built by hand at sE Headquarters in Shanghai. We take pride in the attention
to detail under which our products are crafted, therefore the entirety of manufacturing is done in our own facilities. We
also individually test and measure the tubes for these mics to ensure optimal performance upon arrival.
Your Z5600a II includes a custom flight case to safely transport the microphone and its necessary accessories. If
anything is missing, please contact your sE Electronics dealer for assistance.
• Z5600a II microphone
• 8-pin microphone cable
• Custom shockmount
• Power supply
• IEC power cable
The Z5600a II features both an Attenuation Switch and a Low-Cut Switch.
The Attenuation Switch is located on the fro nt-left side of the microphone. When engaged, the
incoming signal is reduced by 10dB, helping prevent signal distortion and preamplifier clipping
when capturing audio at close proximity and/or high sound pressure levels.
The Low-Cut Switch is located on the front-right side of the microphone, inserting a low-cut filter
at 50Hz when engaged. When switched to the left, the filter is removed for a flat frequency
response. This low-cut switch is useful for reducing plosives, footfall noise, and especially rumble
that mi ght adversely affect the recorded signal. Additionally, the low-cut filter will help minimize
the proximity effect when “close -miking,” i.e. placing the microphone a very short dist ance from
The Pattern Switch is located front and center on the microphone’s power supply. This 9 -
position switch allows a range of polar patterns from omnidirectional (left,) to cardioid (middle,)
to figure 8 (right.) There are six pattern variations available between these three. This array of
patterns makes it possible to tailor the balance of direct sound, versus ambient sound, that the
microphone picks up.
The included floor box contains the outboard power supply for the Z5600a II. No phantom power is required from an
interface or microphone preamplifier.
Before powering on, connect all required cables (IEC to power, XLR to preamplifier or interface, and 8-pin cable from
floor box to microphone). Then turn the power on via the switch on the back of the Z5600a II floor box.
For best performance, we recommend allowing approximately 15 minutes of “warm up” time before recording. This
allows the tubes within the Z5600a II to heat up and stabilize, and reduces the risk of unwanted noise or distortion on
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
- Sensitivity: 14.1mV/Pa -37 +/-1dB (0dB=1V/Pa 1000Hz)
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omni, Figure 8 and 6 intermediate stages, all selectable on AC power unit
- Equivalent Noise Level: 16dB (A-weighted)
- Max SPL for 0.5% THD @ 1000Hz: 130 dB
- Power Requirement: External PSU Included
- Connector: 8-pin army connector