Toms require a mic that can deal with high SPLs at close range, but can capture all the fullness and warmth of a deep percussive hit plus the harmonics it generates.
"I couldn't find anything that it couldn't cope with, and its ease of positioning for a large‑diaphragm model was a big plus."
"If you need a large‑diaphragm, multi‑pattern capacitor mic that's almost as easy to position as a small‑diaphragm pencil mic, the SE4400A, with its elegant shockmount, is a very practical choice in the mid‑priced section of the microphone market."
- Paul White, Sound On Sound (full review)
"I used the thing on several orchestral elements at Sony scoring and it was outstanding on everything. It's the best tympani mic I've ever used, and I typically use well-maintained 47s or 49s. Really great."
- Chris Fogel, Scoring Engineer ('The Wolf of Wall Street', 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty', 'Old School') - sE Artist