With its V Series, studio condenser specialists sE Electronics has created a dynamic microphone range that was designed for the stage. Both of the brand’s stage vocal mics – the V3 and V7 – passed muster in our review back in 2017, but now the company’s back to tackle the increasingly crowded drum mic market.
Starting at the low end, the V Kick is touted as the most compact and versatile mic in its class. What makes it noteworthy apart from its little body is a supercardioid capsule voiced specifically for kick drums that can be shaped further with two voicing and high-frequency character switches.
It could be the last kick mic you ever need, as its makers claim it will deliver sounds ranging from “warm and classic to modern and punchy”.
Retails for $199, which puts it in the same cost bracket as the AKG D112.
The V Beat, intended for toms and snares, boasts excellent off-axis rejection for minimising bleed from adjacent drums and cymbals, according to sE.
Both the V Kick and smaller V Beat feature an integral swivel mount for easy placement once on a microphone stand, too. This makes finding the sweet spot on your drum that much easier.
Retails for $159.
Finally, the V Clamp is billed as “the fastest, most compact and most practical drum mic mounting system on the market”.
Made for compatibility with any widely used snare or tom mic, the V Clamp has one of the simplest-to-use mechanisms for adjusting the distance and angle of your mics in relation to the drum head. That’s important both on stage and in the studio for mitigating spill or getting the desired tone. It’s also made from rugged plastic for the rigors of the road and will affix to any snare or tom.
Retails for $39.
The V Kick, V Beat and V Clamp will be available in February. More information at seelectronics.com.