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sE Electronics V Pack Arena

Drum Microphone Set
By Paul White

sE Electronics V  Pack Arena

Fully loaded with shell, kick and overhead mics plus mounting hardware, sE's smart V Pack Arena has everything you need to make quality drum kit recordings.

The V Pack Arena drum mic kit from sE Electronics comprises one V Kick mic, three V Beat tom mics, a V7 dynamic snare mic and a pair of sE8 pencil capacitor mics for use as overheads. All the mics are solidly built, with cast–alloy bodies and steel grilles, and everything comes in a very tough, foam–lined plastic case (which has a little spare space should you need to cram in another mic) along with three V Clamps that clip onto the tom rims, plus a standard mic clip for the V7 and US/EU thread adaptors. Interestingly, the sE V7 is promoted mainly as a vocal mic, but it has taken on a new lease of life as a snare microphone after several engineers discovered that it performed rather well in that role.

The supercardioid V Kick is an interesting dynamic mic as it features switchable voicing. Its suspension-mounted capsule, protected by a windshield, utilises a neodymium magnet and a lightweight aluminium voice coil for extended HF performance. It has an integral swivel joint that incorporates the XLR output and a US threaded stand-mount point for easy mic placement. The quoted frequency response is from 20Hz to 19kHz, though its specific kick voicing means that its response is very far from flat. The voicing switches are on the back, offering Modern or Classic modes for both the mid-range and high end, thus providing four...

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Published April 2020