The V KICK: Unbeatable punch & impact, with four custom voicings to cover any sonic need.
From big band to metalcore, the V KICK has got you covered.
The V KICK is the most compact and versatile drum microphone in its class, intended for use with kick (bass) drums and other sources such as miking bass guitar speaker cabinets, floor toms or other large drums where low-frequency energy is of the utmost importance. Its integrated swivel joint allows for any required mic placement, and its specialized capsule provides a sound character tailored specifically for kick drums, which can be further shaped with the use of two switches on the rear side of the microphone. From warm and classic to modern and aggressive, the V KICK gives you any kick drum sound you need.
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. And since they’re on the back of the mic, these switches are still accessible even if the V KICK is placed inside a kick drum.
With the V KICK, you can always make the right choice with just a single microphone.
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).
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.
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.
And with the stand mount and the XLR connector mounted side-by-side in parallel on the underside of the mic, your mic cables stay flush with the mic stand – no cable clutter, completely minimal footprint, and easy to place anywhere.
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. With aluminum being a much lighter material than the industry standard (copper), it 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.
The excellent off-axis rejection of this sophisticated capsule also helps isolate your kick drum from other sound sources on the stage - efficiently reducing stage bleed and spill from snare, toms, hi-hat and more. The supercardioid pattern also allows you to easily tailor the bottom-end by adjusting the proximity effect – i.e. distance to the sound source.
Proven Neodymium magnets, tight production tolerances and high workmanship ensure excellent sensitivity, high-end sound quality and superb consistency.
Unique, patented integrated capsule suspension
The V KICK’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.
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 hold up under on-stage stress for years, the spring steel mesh grille is dent-proof and corrosion-free for perfect reliability, and the tightening knob for the swivel mount maintains a rock-solid hold on the V KICK in any position.
Plus, the V KICK's gold-plated XLR connector ensures a loss-free and reliable signal connection for years to come.
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.
Knurled nut for other mounting accessories
Some popular drum mic mounting systems (such as the LP®Mic Claw) include a knurled nut to secure the mic in position. However, these third-party nuts may partially block the XLR connector on the V KICK due to its extremely space-efficient design – so we have included a knurled nut with a smaller outer diameter to solve this problem for you.
Superior isolation & effortless sonics, all with minimal footprint & maximum flexibility.
Hear the V KICK's different settings for both the left-hand switch (overall voicing) and right-hand switch (high-frequency / transient character). "CLASSIC+CLASSIC" means both switches are set in the top position, "CLASSIC+MODERN" means left switch up / right switch down, etc.
Solo kick and full kit tracks are provided for context.
No compression, EQ, or other processing has been applied.
Recorded by Kristian Kohle at Kohlekeller Studio in Germany, this is drummer extraordinaire Ken Bedene (Aborted) doing what he does best in front of a drum kit loaded with sE mics:
V KICK - kick (with "Modern" settings)
2x V BEAT - toms
V7 X - snare
sE8 - ride
2x RN17 - hat, china
2x VR1 - OHs
Here’s Drummer Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy) with the V SERIES drum mics:
spare black internal windscreen
sE logo sticker
knurled nut for 3rd part accessories
Voice Coil: Aluminum
Directional Pattern: Supercardioid
Frequency range: 20 Hz - 19 kHz
Impedance: 300 Ohms
Sensitivity: 0.2 / 0.4 mV/Pa (-69 / -75 dBV)
Connectivity: 3-pin male XLR
Height: 60 mm (2.4 in.) x Length: 135 mm (5.3 in.)
Weight: 468 g (16.5 oz)
"The V KICK...WOW. It’s soooo solid-sounding on the bottom end."
- Eddie Mapp, FOH Engineer (Evanescence)
"Whether you record your drums at home or mic them up for the stage, the sE drum mics are a must. They have a wide range of dynamics while maintaining the pure, true tone of the drum. 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. They 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)
“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.”
“I typically supplement my inside kick mic with a large diaphragm FET mic placed out in front of the resonant head for extra low end punch (as I did for these recordings), but I didn't wind up using the FET mic for my mixes, as the V KICK provided all the low end, body, and clarity that I needed.”
“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!”
“…I would suggest this mic to anyone in need of a new kick mic.”
- 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. It was an overall balanced tone that could work across multiple styles, unlike certain kick mics that seem to be genre-specific.”
“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)
“The sE V Series captures all the attack and tone of my drums with amazing clarity and transparency. Their ultra-compact design - paired with the ingenious addition of the V CLAMPS - makes it extremely easy to set up quickly and get going.”
- Daniel Erlandsson, Drummer (Arch Enemy) - 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) - sE Artist
“I’ve had the opportunity to use this combination on Justin Timberlake’s “Man of the Woods” Tour and I was blown away by how much the mics captured the body, tone and clarity of my drums. 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.”
“I’ve also had the opportunity to take them in the studio for 12 episodes of “The Masked Singer” Season 2 and once again… I was blown away by the fullness and clarity of these amazing mics. It actually made me play different. I didn’t have to hit the drums so hard. It allowed me to enjoy what I’m playing and dive into the music more.”
“All in all these mics are complete. They have shaped my sound even after 27 years of touring. I’m thankful for this opportunity to be a part of such a great sound and family.”
“I mean every word.”
- Brian Frasier-Moore, Drummer (Justin Timberlake, Jill Scott, Aaliyah, Usher, Goodie Mob, Patti LaBelle, Backstreet Boys, Toni Braxton, Queen Latifah, Babyface, Christina Aguilera, Madonna)
“With the new V BEAT and V KICK microphones, I honestly went in to the studio with a few hours to set up everything and record...they sounded really good from the get-go, and there was minimal effort in making the kick and toms shine. They 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! 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. It 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.”
“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
“I'm blown away by these versatile, powerful microphones! I have two mics and I'm loving the L-Classic / R-Modern setting for two bass drums. Very full, round sound with enhanced brighter attack, these mics aren't some one-trick-pony or a re-hash of some previous product.”
- Tony T, Sweetwater Customer (full review)