sE Electronics BL8 Half-Cardioid Boundary Microphone

Get KICKIN’ GREAT SOUND! The SE BL8 is bullet-proof, built like a tank and ready for the road. It’s your secret weapon for a variety of applications such as kick drums and other high SPL sources.

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sE Electronics BL8 Half-Cardioid Boundary Microphone

The sE Electronics BL8 is a half-cardioid boundary microphone, utilizing the same capsule as the celebrated sE8 small-diaphragm condenser, hence the name BL8. With a hand-crafted, true condenser capsule, the BL8 uses an ultra-thin three-micron gold-sputtered diaphragm for superior transient response.

Designed to reproduce low frequencies with stunning accuracy, the BL8 is perfect in combination with sE V KICK. But also, use it alone without an additional outer kick drum mic. It is also compatible with The Kelly Shu Flatz™ Isolation System, making it ideal for touring applications.

BL8’s Gold-Plated XLR Connector

Built to last, the BL8 has a gold-plated XLR connector to ensure loss-free, reliable signal connection for years and years of demanding use.

Bullet-Proof, Built Like A Tank And Ready For The Road

Robustly built, the BL8 features an all-metal construction and a dent-proof grille, perfect for touring environments and busy stages. The BL8 is also compatible with The Kelly Shu Flatz™ Isolation System for easy integration into any kick drum, making it ideal for touring applications.

Pre-Attenuation Pad And Low-Cut Filter

The integrated low-cut filter and attenuation pad switches make the BL8 a very versatile microphone, excelling at ambience recording, room miking, and can even be used on acoustic pianos while keeping high-SPL sources from overloading your mixer’s input.

Classic And Modern Voicings Accommodate For Live And Studio Settings

The ideal studio kick drum tone is often different than our preferences in a live sound environment. Similar to our award-winning kick-drum mic, the V KICK, the BL8 offers “Classic” and “Modern” voicings. These options both cut and shape the low-mids to emphasize transients and punch. In its center position, the capsule’s neutral response is retained, which is ideal for a variety of other applications.

Incredible Dynamic Range In All Areas

The BL8 utilizes transformerless Class-A circuitry to ensure plentiful headroom without distortion. Its ultra-low-noise electronics enable demanding applications such as grand piano or room miking.

BL8 is Compatible With The sE 8 Omni Capsule

The BL8 offers a remarkable advantage with its versatile interchangeable capsule options. Specifically, being fully compatible with the sE8 omni capsule, the BL8 can effortlessly cater to any sonic requirement and environment.

Compatible With The Kelly Shu Flatz™ Isolation System

The BL8 is the perfect companion for any production, whether touring the world or recording in the studio. And when paired with The Kelly Shu™ Flatz Isolation System, it becomes an even more powerful tool.

This combination allows for easy and secure mounting of the BL8 inside a bass drum shell, providing superior isolation and minimizing unwanted vibrations and rumble. With the BL8 and The Kelly Shu™ Flatz Isolation System, artists and engineers can focus on their performance without distractions.

Easily Mountable For Simple & Secure Installation

The BL8 microphone is the perfect solution for hassle-free installation in music venues, theatres, and houses of worship. The mounting brackets are conveniently indicated on the bottom of the BL8 and can be easily accessed by removing the casing. Then, the BL8 can be securely mounted onto any flat surface.

BL8 Recommended Use:

  • Kick Drum
  • Cajon
  • Piano
  • Speech
  • Conferencing
  • Room Miking / Ambience
  • Stage Floor Miking

  • Featuring our renowned 1/2″ true-condenser cardioid sE8 capsule
  • Transformerless Class-A circuitry ensures plentiful headroom without distortion
  • Low-noise electronics deliver transparency and clarity
  • Reproduces low frequencies with stunning accuracy
  • Optional character switches provide classic & modern voicings
  • Integrated low-cut filter & pre-attenuation pad enable a variety of applications
  • Compatible with our sE8 omni capsule & The Kelly Shu Flatz™ Isolation System

Capsule: Hand-crafted small-diaphragm true-condenser capsule

Powering: 48 Volts according to IEC 61938
Electrical impedance: 60 Ohms
Current consumption: 5.0 mA
Connectivity: 3-pin male XLR connector

Polar patterns: Half-cardioid
Frequency range: 20 – 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 25 mV/Pa (-32 dBV)
Max. SPL (0.5% THD): 143 / 153 / 163 dB SPL (0/10/20 dB attenuation pad)
Equivalent noise level: 14 dB(A)
Dynamic range: 129 / 139 / 149 dB (0/10/20 dB attenuation pad)
Signal-to-noise ratio: 80 dB
Low-cut filter: 80 / 160 Hz, 6 dB/oct, switchable
Attenuation pad: 10 / 20 dB, switchable
Recommended load impedance: >1k Ohms

Mic length: 139 mm (5.47 in.)
Mic Width: 95 mm (3.74 in.)
Mic Height: 28.5 mm (1.12 in.)
Mic weight: 538 g (18.98 oz.)

What’s in the box:
– BL8
– Microphone Pouch

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