V BEAT

Simply amazing sound for any snare or tom drum, whether on-stage or off

Superior isolation & effortless sonics, all with minimal footprint & maximum flexibility.

V BEAT

SIMPLY AMAZING SOUND FOR ANY SNARE OR TOM DRUM

Superior isolation & effortless sonics, all with minimal footprint & maximum flexibility.

Recommended Use

Drums, toms, snare, percussion

Highlights
The same high-grade sonic performance as the V7 X dynamic, in a dedicated low-profile & drum-friendly form factor
Highly detailed, extremely natural sound character
Amazing off-axis rejection
Specialized supercardioid aluminum voice coil
Unique, patented integrated capsule suspension
All-metal housing & spring steel grille with gold XLR connector















Inside the V BEAT

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    THE HEART OF THE V BEAT: THE DMC7 X CAPSULE

    The custom DMC7 X capsule’s innovative, specialized aluminum voice coil is much lighter material than the industry standard (copper), it delivers an open and transient-rich sound, with deep and clear lows and an extremely balanced mid-range, supporting the natural resonances of percussive instruments.

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    COMPACT, FLEXIBLE, AND MINIMALIST DESIGN

    The V BEAT utilizes an extremely low-profile mechanical design, with the XLR connector and stand mount integrated in parallel on the underside of the flexible swivel mount. The minimal footprint removes any cables from line-of-sight, and negates the need for any right-angle adapters or special cables.

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    SUPERCARDIOID DESIGN WITH SUPERB OFF-AXIS REJECTION

    The excellent off-axis rejection of the DMC7 X capsule helps isolate your drums from other sound sources – efficiently reducing stage bleed and spill from other instruments on stage or in the studio.

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    ALL-METAL HOUSING & SPRING STEEL GRILLE

    The V BEAT’s road-ready chassis is all metal. The chassis’ high-quality, highly-durable die-cast zinc alloy & dent-proof, corrosion-free spring steel mesh grille is designed to withhold the wear & tear of everyday tour life for years.

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    UNIQUE, PATENTED INTEGRATED CAPSULE SUSPENSION

    The V BEAT’s advanced internal capsule suspension efficiently decouples the capsule from mechanical vibration, isolating it from shocks & jolts and eliminating the need for an external shock mount.

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    INTERNAL WINDSCREEN

    The red internal windscreen efficiently reduces unwanted popping, plosives and wind noise – and in case you prefer a more visually subtle black windscreen, we have also included one as a standard accessory.

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    Knurled nut for other mounting accessories

    Due to its highly space-efficient design – we have included a knurled nut with a smaller outer diameter to ensure seamless compatibility with the most common mounting systems.

Inside the V CLAMP

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    The perfectly compact companion for all your drum mic mounting needs

    When used as designed, the V CLAMP makes your V BEAT snare & tom mics even more compact, and even more flexible. The V CLAMP adds another axis of vertical movement for even better fine-positioning ability, and keeps the V BEAT securely fastened to your drum rim while adding barely any bulk to the overall footprint.

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    Compact design with set up and breakdown time in mind

    The V CLAMP enables extremely low-profile positioning allowing for close tom miking techniques to combat proximity effect while allowing for increased versatility. Thanks to its vertical adjustment shaft and the V BEATS swivel mount mechanism, the V CLAMP enables perfect positioning for ideal placement on your kit.

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    A sturdy grip for your favorite tom or snare drum rims

    By placing the top of the V CLAMP’s rubber jaw mount on the top of a drum’s rim, the bottom of the jaw mount can then be easily secured to the bottom of the rim. The V CLAMP’s clever design offers convenience to drummers and percussionists worldwide as it can be fixed to a drum’s rim with one hand, if using the right technique! More about how to attach the V CLAMP >















Specs

Components
Capsule Dynamic
Power
Electrical impedance 300 Ohms
Connectivity 3-pin male XLR connector
Sound
Polar patterns Supercardioid
Frequency range 30 Hz - 19 kHz
Sensitivity 2 mV / Pa (-54 dBV)
Magnet Neodymium
Voice coil Aluminum
Dimensions
Mic Diameter 61 mm (2.40 in.)
Mic length 110 mm (4.33 in.)
Mic weight 110 mm (4.33 in.)
What's in the box
thread adapter
zipper pouch
spare black internal windscreen
sE logo sticker
user manual
knurled nut for 3rd part accessories

Downloads

User Manual
  • "I’ve had the opportunity to take V SERIES mics in the studio for 12 episodes of 'The Masked Singer' Season 2 and once again…"

    — Brian Frasier-Moore, Drummer (P!nk, Justin Timberlake, Jill Scott, Usher, Backstreet Boys, Toni Braxton, Christina Aguilera, Madonna)
  • "The V Beat and V Kick give me the full sound that I’ve been looking for as well as the clarity of the tones of my drums and cymbals."

    — Brian Frasier-Moore, Drummer (P!nk, Justin Timberlake, Jill Scott, Usher, Backstreet Boys, Toni Braxton, Christina Aguilera, Madonna)
  • "It's got to be the most natural, rounded sound on a tom I've ever heard, and it's the sound I've been searching for for 20 years...and I'm happy to say I've finally found it."

    — Christian Cowlin, FOH Engineer (The Wailers)
  • "Whether you record your drums at home or mic them up for the stage, the sE drum mics are a must!"

    — Adam Blackstone, Musical Director / Producer (Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rhianna, Eminem, Janet Jackson)
  • "I have used these mics the entire year on Season 2 of FOX's ‘THE MASKED SINGER’, and right away network execs have RAVED about how amazing the drums sound."

    — Adam Blackstone, Musical Director / Producer (Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rhianna, Eminem, Janet Jackson)
  • "sE V SERIES mics will continue to be a part of my BBE TV sound for years to come!"

    — Adam Blackstone, Musical Director / Producer (Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rhianna, Eminem, Janet Jackson)
  • "The V BEAT has provided one of the most natural and fattest snare sounds I’ve ever achieved, and this has been with a variety of musicians using different kits!"

    — Eddie Mapp, FOH Engineer (Evanescence)
  • "On rack toms, the V BEAT gives you great honest tone that you can sculpt but still has a great punchy bottom end that doesn’t get ‘flubby’. I’ve officially put my other tom mics to rest!"

    — Eddie Mapp, FOH Engineer (Evanescence)
  • "On close-mic'd snare, this broad low end boost really brought out the depth of the drum…in mixing, I found I could easily dig out the tones I needed."

    — Adam Kagan, Tape Op Magazine
  • "I’m in love with the new setup and the clamp - they're really sturdy...You know when drum mics get loose and you get that little buzz? sE mics have none of that. I’m loving them!"

    — Derrick Wright, Drummer (Adele, Toni Braxton, Babyface)
  • "Considering all the styles of drumming I might come across, the V Pack Arena kit delivered as well as, or extremely close to, all my drum miking favorites curated over many years."

    — Rob Tavaglione, Pro Audio Review (full review)
  • "Great, natural-sounding mic…making my drums sound AMAZING. I would recommend these in the studio, live, everywhere. Just a great sounding microphone."

    — Aaron Draper, Percussionist (John Mayer, Adele, Rhianna)
  • "The sE V Series captures all the attack and tone of my drums with amazing clarity and transparency!"

    — Daniel Erlandsson, Drummer (Arch Enemy) - sE Artist
  • "The V BEATS' ultra-compact design - paired with the ingenious addition of the V CLAMP - makes the pair extremely easy set up and breakdown quickly."

    — Daniel Erlandsson, Drummer (Arch Enemy) - sE Artist
  • "I simply love the new sE drum microphone line! The V BEATS are used on all my toms and snares. These mics are robust and can really take a beating!"

    — Ryan Pickett, FOH Engineer (My Morning Jacket, Jim James, Ray LaMontagne) - sE Artist
  • "They’ve got so much rejection, it’s insane. I mean…if I solo up the kick and the toms, they sound like they’ve already been gated. It’s great."

    — Brad Wood, Producer / Mixer (Liz Phair, Pete Yorn, Touché Amoré, Lisa Loeb)
  • "The new V BEAT and V KICK mics sounded great from the get-go, and there was minimal effort in making the kick and toms shine."

    — Ken Bedene, Drummer (Aborted) - sE Artist
  • "They capture the tones I want to hear from my drums. Seriously impressive."

    — Ken Bedene, Drummer (Aborted) - sE Artist
  • "Every drummer I recorded was pleased with their kick sound, and a few asked specifically about my setup – the V KICK really made me look like I knew what I was doing!"

    — Adam Kagan, Tape Op Magazine, Sep/Oct 2019 (full review)
  • "Due to the transient-rich sound with rich bass and balanced mids, the V BEAT is also ideally suited as a tap-in microphone for guitar speakers or brass instruments."

    — Recording Magazine, October 2019 (Germany)
  • "Very robust, solid build microphones that sound excellent!"

    — Drums and Percussion Magazine, October 2020
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Q&A

Can I store my drums with the V CLAMP still attached?

If your drum cases are large enough, you can leave the black bracket attached when you put your drums away, saving valuable setup and teardown time. Just remove the mic (still attached to the metal standoff) from the bracket and store it separately (in a V CASE, for example) – then when it’s showtime, you can just slide it right back into the V CLAMP and you’re ready to go.

Are there different bracket grooves for differently-sized drums?

The black bracket of the V CLAMP has three separate grooves in its upper jaw. Depending on the height of the rim of your particular drums, you may find that one groove allows for a better fit than the other two. Feel free to experiment!

Use a cable tie for extra safety or organization.

The hole in the silver-colored stem of the V CLAMP allows you to insert a cable tie wrap. If you are using the V CLAMP upside down (for example, for a snare bottom mic) it’s a good idea to do this – that way, even if the knob hasn’t been properly locked, if the mic starts to fall it’ll be stopped by the cable tie wrap and won’t fall on the floor.

The hole also allows you to tie down your mic cables – especially useful for organizing cables in very large drum kits.

How should I store my microphone?

We generally recommend keeping your microphone in its case or original packaging when it is not in use for more than a few hours. If your studio is very clean and safe, it could be OK to leave out on its mic stand when not in use, but if a mic is out of its case, it could potentially be exposed to dust, smoke, moisture, or humidity – which can damage the sensitive parts of the mic – so we recommend avoiding those things at all cost.

How do I clean the microphone from spillage and dirt?

If your microphone has come in contact with dirt or another removable substance, we recommend cleaning it with a very soft, slightly damp cotton cloth. Do not open the microphone up to clean the inside, and make sure you NEVER touch the capsule itself. Cleaning a capsule should only be done by highly trained professionals in a “clean room” environment. If you suspect your capsule needs to be cleaned, please contact [email protected] so we can recommend an authorized local technician.

My guitar amplifier / drum / horn is VERY loud, and I am concerned about the risk of damage due to loud noise.

For the most part, sE mics can tolerate extremely high SPLs (typically over 135dB) and will be fine in front of even the loudest sources – yes, even our ribbon mics. If in doubt, you can check the specifications on the individual product page.