SE Electronics Gemini II
The Gemini II dual valve microphone is a no-holds-barred piece of microphone history. The dual valve design means pure valve warmth from the 12AX7 input valve, coupled with a 12AU7 valve on the output stage. The result is an incredibly large, detailed, and intimate sound – reminiscent of the classic valve microphones from decades ago, but with a thoroughly modern twist.
Most microphones use a transformer to optimize the mic’s output impedance and couple the mic to the mic preamplifier. With the Gemini II, this optimization is accomplished with a second vacuum tube, negating any high-frequency rolloff typically incurred with a transformer.
This provides the Gemini II with a sparkling, pristine high-end typically only found in the most expensive solid-state microphones, while maintaining the rich, thick tonality of a tube mic.
Not just for vocals, the bass cut filter and -10dB pad make the Gemini useful for loud and heavy sources like drum room mics and booming timpani.
Capsule Type: Hand-Crafted True Condenser
Diaphragm: 35mm Gold/Mylar
Directional Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency range: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Impedance: 200 Ohms
Sensitivity: 35.48 mV/Pa (-29 dB)
Max SPL: 135/145 dB (0/-10 dB pad) (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 75 dB
Self Noise: 19 dB(A)
Pass Filter Switch: 150 Hz
Preattenuation Pad: -10 dB
Power Requirement: Dedicated PSU (included)
Weight (mic): 1224g / 43.18oz
Weight (PSU): 1691g / 59.65oz
Tube complement: 1x 12AX7/ECC83, 1x 12AU7/ECC82
Connector: XLR3F from PSU