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Live Drum Mics & Guitar Rigs With sE

Published: Wed October 16, 2013  News Feed

Live Drum Mics & Guitar Rigs With sE

sE Electronics Guitar Microphone

Simply take aim and fire for great tone.

 There's a huge number of engineers, producers and artists using sE Electronics in their recording equipment. From home recording setups to professional studios all sE mics benefit from hand manufacturing of capsules and rigorous QA, coming in at a range of price points to suit different budgets. Check out our guides to who's using sE in the studio and how you can get pro results yourself.

The Stereophonics use the Gemini on their latest album

sE Mic Technique Guide

Naturally great sound shouldn't be limited to the studio and increasingly we're seeing condenser and ribbon mics being used in the live environment. sE Mics really come into their own here, being affordable enough to fill out a complete rig while offering studio quality, compact design and tough construction throughout. There's no need to get fearful using tube condensers or "delicate" ribbons here, these are modern mics designed for ever more demanding artists, engineers and audiences. There was a time when it was mainly less raucous theatre setups that would use such mics but here's some full bore rock acts, contemporary, classic rock and metal.

Pro Drum Microphones Touring With Linkin Park

SE4 Snare Microphone

"We're using an sE4; it's the first condenser microphone that I've able to use on the snare drum and not have the capsule collapse, and also have it survive over time. It has to handle 132 dB of snare drum for two hours every single day. And it sounds amazing. I think some of that is due to the way that our drummer plays. He does a lot of almost jazz stuff in between snare hits that's really super nuance-y, so you can't gate the snare drum because you won't pick it all up. That was what we liked about the sE4—it captures all of those nuances and yet survives getting clobbered." Says Linkin Park FOH engineer Ken 'Pooch' Van Druten.

He's also a big fan of the VR1 ribbon microphones on guitar using them in combination with speaker DI's to get the proper sound of speaker moving some air around. Ken feels lucky to work with Linkin Park and have the budget to work with the gear he needs to make everything sound spectacular at every venue. That's why he uses sE Electronics and has told his mates to do the same...

Eddie Mapp Paramore FOH Engineer Using Voodoo Ribbon VR1 On Guitar

Having spoken to his pal Ken 'Pooch' Van Druten (above) about using the VR1's Eddie was convinced to try them on guitar combined with IRF2 Instrument Reflexion Filters. As more and more audiences demand a huge, studio quality sound at gigs sE Electronics deliver equipment that is high end, tough but still affordable enough to stock up for a tour.

"Each of the three guitar players has a clean guitar rig and a distorted guitar rig; I've got the VR1's on the distorted cabinets as well as Taylor's clean amp"

The Voodoos go all the way down in terms of frequency and Eddie loves to drop out the high pass on the guitars for dive bombs and get a colossal wall of sound. While the Reflection Filter minimises early reflections in smaller venues and makes sure everything stays dry before it goes out into huge ambient arenas.

Paramore Guitars

sE Electronics Your Favourite New Guitar Mic?

sE are being used by some of the biggest names playing the heaviest music including Linkin Park, Black Sabbath and Queens Of The Stone Age. Naturally these guys are pretty picky about their guitar tone and want every nuance of their playing to come across. The Voodoo VR1 in particular is cropping up everywhere, with a slim profile and incredible ribbon sound it's quickly becoming a new standard for guitars on stage...

...and they're pretty sweet as drum mics too. Here's Jack Douglas using them as overheads, recording the multi-platinum album 'Music from Another Dimension!' for Aerosmith

Jack Douglas Aerosmith Drum Mics

“These ribbons are magic on overheads, I guess that’s why they’re called Voodoo - here is where I like them!” - Aerosmith Producer Jack Douglas

Classic Rock Guitar With Whitesnake

Whitesnake Guitar Mic

"I wish I had discovered them sooner. The VR1 is my favourite and looks cool as hell in front of a Marshall stack!" - Whitesnake Engineer Doug Kimball

Huge Metal Stacks With Black Sabbath Engineer Greg Price

Black Sabbath Guitar Cab MicI love the sound of this group of microphones on guitars. The right mic for that certain guitar player’s amp is in this group. You really just need to set them up and give them a listen.” The sE T2 proved to be the perfect mic for Iommi. “I’m looking for a mid-range texture that the T2 gives me on guitar,” says Price.

“I want that really punchy mid-range for guitar,” he elaborates. “I believe you set the right mic for the right guitar amp and you don’t need EQ or anything else; just bring the fader up and—bam—you have amazing guitar.

 


The sE Voodoo VR1 Ribbon Mic On Tour With Queens Of The Stone Age

Ribon Mic With QOTSA

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