V KICK

Unbeatable punch & impact, with four custom voicings to cover any sonic need

The V KICK is the most compact and versatile drum microphone in its class, built for drums where low-frequency energy is of the utmost importance.

V KICK

UNBEATABLE PUNCH & IMPACT, WITH FOUR CUSTOM VOICINGS

The V KICK is the most compact and versatile drum microphone in its class, built for drums where low-frequency energy is of the utmost importance.

Recommended Use

Live performance, clubs, arenas, rehearsal spaces, Drums, Bass Drum, Floor Tom, Percussion, Bass Guitar Cab

Highlights
From classic to modern: Four switchable sonic voicings
From big band to metalcore, the V KICK has got you covered
The most compact kick drum mic on the market
Custom DMC7 SB capsule offers the same technologies within the acclaimed V7 and V7 X
Unique, patented integrated capsule suspension
All-metal housing & spring steel grille with gold XLR connector
Integrated swivel joint adapts for any required mic placement
Sound character tailored specifically for kick drums
From warm and classic to modern and aggressive, the V KICK gives you any kick drum sound you need
















Inside the V KICK

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    The heart of the V KICK: the DMC7 SB capsule

    The all-new custom DMC7 SB capsule offers the same technologies and features as its siblings within the acclaimed V7 and V7 X, including the innovative, specialized aluminum voice coil. While the V7 X is optimized for most other instruments, the capsule in the V KICK has been custom-tuned for the very lowest and loudest tones.

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    Supercardioid aluminum voice coil design

    With its aluminum voice coil being a much lighter material than the industry standard (copper), the V KICK delivers an open and transient-rich sound, with effortless capture of low-frequency energy and punch. The midrange is also extremely balanced, supporting the natural resonances of percussive instruments.

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    From classic to modern: Four switchable sonic voicings

    Two switches on the rear side of the V KICK allow you four different sound settings, great for tailoring the sound for your specific project – and ideal for live shows with multiple bands and short changeovers. The recessed switch design keeps them readily visible & accessible even if the V KICK is placed inside a kick drum. The V KICK enables you to have one single mic and always make the right choice.

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    The most compact kick drum mic on the market

    The V KICK’s extremely low profile allows for effortless placement outside or inside a kick drum, and its integrated swivel joint allows for easy positioning inside (through the drum head port) or outside the kick drum. Also, see that beveled edge around the grille? That prevents your mic from rolling around when you put it down on top of your amp or the stage floor. (It’s the little things that count.)

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    All-metal housing & spring steel grille with gold XLR connector

    The V KICK’s road-ready chassis is all metal, with no fragile plastic parts. The chassis’ high quality, highly durable die-cast zinc alloy is designed to withhold the wear & tear of day to day tour life for years, the spring steel mesh grille is dent-proof and corrosion-free for perfect reliability with a gold-plated XLR connector for reliable loss-free signal connection for years to come.

Inside the Voicings

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    The left-hand switch shapes the microphone’s overall voicing.

    “Classic” provides a more traditional kick drum sound with a familiar low-frequency punch and a warmer, more rounded sound. If a more contemporary, aggressive sound is desired, the “Modern” setting emphasizes the low end and high end (a “scooped” sound).

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    The right-hand switch specifically tailors the high-frequency character.

    “Classic” provides a typical bite in the upper midrange (presence boost) and a more rounded and familiar sound, while “Modern” provides an open, clear and transient-rich top end for a more contemporary, aggressive drum sound – ideal for metal and hard rock.















Specs

Components
Capsule Dynamic
Power
Electrical impedance 300 Ohms
Connectivity 3-pin male XLR connector
Sound
Polar patterns Supercardioid
Frequency range 20 Hz - 19 kHz
Sensitivity 0.2 / 0.4 mV / Pa (-69 / -75 dBV)
Magnet Neodymium
Voice coil Aluminum
Dimensions
Mic Diameter 60 mm (2.36 in.)
Mic length 135 mm (5.31 in.)
Mic weight 468 g (16.51 oz.)
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
  • "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, Maroon 5, Dr. Dre, The Roots, The Jonas Brothers)
  • "V SERIES drum mics have a wide range of dynamics while maintaining the pure, true tone of the drum."

    — Adam Blackstone, Musical Director / Producer (Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rhianna, Eminem, Janet Jackson, Maroon 5, Dr. Dre, The Roots, The Jonas Brothers)
  • "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, Maroon 5, Dr. Dre, The Roots, The Jonas Brothers)
  • "sE drum mics will continue to be a part of my BBE TV sound for years to come. LET’S GO V SERIES!!!!"

    — Adam Blackstone, Musical Director / Producer (Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rhianna, Eminem, Janet Jackson, Maroon 5, Dr. Dre, The Roots, The Jonas Brothers)
  • “The best kick out I’ve ever heard.”

    — Mike Woodhouse, FOH Engineer (Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Dodie)
  • “With the flick of the classic/modern voicing switch I can get the right amount of punch and attack all while keeping a flat eq. This makes it a perfect choice for Rock, Pop and R&B."

    — Johnny Eine, Monitor Engineer Boyz II Men
  • "The sE V Kick is one of the most valuable microphones in my arsenal, it won't be leaving my side anytime soon.”

    — Johnny Eine, Monitor Engineer Boyz II Men
  • “Mixing and matching settings of the two voicing switches can provide four distinct tonalities, each with a solid bottom but varying degrees of midrange, high-mid, and high frequency presence."

    — Adam Kagan, Tape Op Magazine (full review)
  • "I typically supplement my inside kick mic with a large diaphragm FET mic placed out in front of the resonant head, but the V KICK provided all the low end, body, and clarity that I needed.”

    — Adam Kagan, Tape Op Magazine (full review)
  • “The V KICK, to me, is amazing. It’s got all the variety you need in a kick mic - you could use it in all sorts of different settings. No EQ, no compression, just the mic. It sounds amazing.”

    — Derrick Wright, Drummer (Adele, Toni Braxton, Babyface)
  • “With both voicings on Modern, the sound was definitely thick and punchy, defined but not overly bright or aggressive, with a nice click up top but without any particular frequency emphasis."

    — Rob Tavaglione, Pro Audio Review (full review)
  • "The V KICK has an overall balanced tone that could work across multiple styles, unlike certain kick mics that seem to be genre-specific."

    — Rob Tavaglione, Pro Audio Review (full review)
  • "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
  • “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) - sE Artist
  • "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 (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 (Justin Timberlake, Jill Scott, Usher, Backstreet Boys, Toni Braxton, Christina Aguilera, Madonna)
  • "I honestly went in to the studio with a few hours, the V KICK and V BEAT sounded really good from the get-go with there was minimal effort in making the kick and toms shine!"

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

    — Ken Bedene, Drummer (Aborted) - sE Artist
  • “I simply love the new sE drum microphone line! The V KICK drum mic is so smooth and punchy!"

    — Ryan Pickett, FOH Engineer (My Morning Jacket, Jim James, Ray LaMontagne) - sE Artist
  • " I have yet to change the onboard frequency cuts and boost because it sounds so good out of the box. I’ve been using the V KICK on the resonate kick head and bass guitar cabinet.”

    — Ryan Pickett, FOH Engineer (My Morning Jacket, Jim James, Ray LaMontagne) - sE Artist
  • “At Rancho de La Luna, we have all sorts of great new and vintage microphones for many different uses, and the sE V KICK is a fantastic addition to the sonic arsenal we have here."

    — David Catching (Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, earthlings?) - sE Artist
  • The V KICK provides a few different sounds that a lot of classic mics miss. It’s got the serious punch of the 80s and a few new exemplar sounds that are extremely easy to dial in."

    — David Catching (Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, earthlings?) - sE Artist
  • "I love sE microphones / products and the amazing humans behind the brand.”

    — David Catching (Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, earthlings?) - sE Artist
  • “The V KICK delivered a solid sound with a clearly defined mid-range and presence, with controlled highs."

    — Recording Magazine, October 2019 (Germany)
  • "sE microphones feature versatility and are priced attractively, they should not be missing from any shopping list!”

    — Recording Magazine, October 2019 (Germany)
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More on the V KICK

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.

Which sE mic is best for recording vocals / drums / guitars / etc.?

Check out our Find Your Mic page to find the perfect mic for your application.

How do I connect my microphone to my computer?

You’ll need some sort of audio interface to do this – essentially, a box that converts an analog signal into a digital one, and sends the digital signal to your computer software in a way that your computer can understand. Some audio interfaces also include microphone preamplifiers, which raise the signal level from “mic level” to “line level” – if you are using an interface with no built-in preamp, you’ll need to plug the mic into a separate mic preamp first.