sE Electronics X1 D Kick Drum Condenser Microphone

sE Electronics X1 D Kick Drum Condenser Microphone

sE Electronics X1 D Kick Drum Condenser Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • For Drums, Percussion, Bass
  • Selectable -10 dB Pad
  • Selectable Bass Cut at 80 Hz
  • Side-Mounted Stand Adapter
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sE Electronics SEE-X1D overview

  • 1Description

Designed as a drum microphone with applications beyond capturing your drum kit, the X1 D Kick Drum Condenser Microphone from sE Electronics can handle the SPLs produced by a kick drum while also being suited for piano and upright bass duties. Its titanium-sputtered capsule helps provide a faster transient response than a typical gold-sputtered capsule, allowing the X1 D to naturally capture drums and percussion sources. Its cardioid pattern helps reduce off-axis material, helping isolate your kick drum from the rest of your kit.

The microphone has a -10 dB pad, allowing flexibility in placement on particularly loud sources, and its bass cut at 80 Hz allows you to remove any unwanted low end sound. Its side mounted stand adapter allows for fast stand attachment.

UPC: 819032010167
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sE Electronics X1 D Kick Drum Condenser Microphone
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    sE Electronics SEE-X1D specs

    Analog Performance
    Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
    Transducer Condenser
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Pad -10 dB
    Dynamic Range 140 dB
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Voltage 48 V
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.5 x 5.0 x 4.0"

    sE Electronics SEE-X1D reviews

    X1 D Kick Drum Condenser Microphone is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value, not perfect I have long been searching for the best condenser mic for use with a kick drum, in live performance engineering. ( I have found some vocal condensers that work well by themselves for jazz, but don't have the deep bottom for mixing rock.) When I saw the sE X1 D, I immediately had to try it out. This summer I have had the opportunity to deploy it for Kick, snare and hand percussion, as well as trying it on guitar and Bass amplifiers. I found it quite good in all applications. On first using it I noticed the integrated stand mount, which meant I couldn't put it inside a drum with the standard port hole in it ( without the mic element facing the side of the port tube). However, it didn't matter, with the mic outside the port and the element facing in, it captured a great sound. It has that deep sub bass/ bass tone common to many condensers, it has a slight bit of low-mid scooped out sound, and didn't require much of a cut in the 100 to 200 Hz range to get rid of the "woolyness" that muddies up a kick drum. In the top end it sounded present and clean, without the over accentuated brightness found in many other kick mics. Next I tried it out on a snare, I liked the sound it picked up, placing it next to the snare. I found with the stand mount, it was difficult to aim the mic element down toward the snare head, also it is larger that some other common mics used on snare, making it challenging to place it. One drummer has his kit arranged such that I couldn't get it in on top, so I put it under that snare, (about 12" beneath it) where it sounded nearly perfect. I had no need to use a top mic, as is often the case with snare bottom micing. On hand percussion I was happy with the sound I got by placing the mic facing 45 degrees down, at a pair of African drums. Again I would have liked to get the mic element closed to horizontal down in to the drum heads, however I was happy with the results, both the sound from the drums and the rejection of the other instruments in the ensemble. Next I put in on a bass cabinet, on a night where all the players used the same bass rig, but had very different sounds. For the Prog player using a clean sound, it sounded very balanced, such that I didn't feel the need to mix in any dI to fill out the bass sound. On the fuzztone player the X1 D captured the complexity of the distorted sound, without sounding overly harsh, as it the case when using a dI with a fuzz bass. Overall I loved the sound of this microphone. My one complaint is the stand mount limits the positioning of the mic in some situations. This is a minor drawback, and considering the reasonable price, this is a mic any engineer would fine a great addition to their mic kit.
    Date published: 2018-10-20
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