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sE Electronics DCM3 & DCM6

Dynamic Microphones By Paul White
Published April 2023

sE’s new dynamic design comes in both active and passive flavours.

sE Electronics DCM3 & DCM6While sE made their mark building capacitor studio mics, and later some notable ribbon models (including the Rupert Neve‑designed RNR‑1), they also have a range of moving‑coil models, to which the DCM3 and DCM6 are the latest additions. Both employ the same capsule, with a frequency response voiced to capture a smooth and natural vocal sound, the key difference being them being that the DCM6 incorporates active circuitry derived from sE’s Dynamite inline preamp. Designed to be powered from a standard phantom power source, this adds a fixed 30dB of clean gain. The preamp in the DCM6 can be bypassed when loud sources are being recorded, but is a real help when dealing with quieter or more distant sounds.

Both mics share the same all‑metal housing with satin black finish, and are configured as end‑address, cardioid‑pattern models. Physically the mics measure 158 x 86 x 62mm and weigh just over half a kilogram. Outwardly the only obvious difference is that the DCM6 has a red button on the base to turn on or off the Dynamite preamp.

Gold‑plated XLR connector pins are used to help avoid contact resistance due to corrosion, while the capsule itself uses a neodymium magnet and a copper voice coil to achieve a frequency range of 40Hz‑18kHz (‑10dB), with the DCM3’s sensitivity specified as ‑52dBV. The frequency graph...

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