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REVIEW
sE Electronics V Pack Arena
Drum Microphone Package
A well-curated collection of drum mics with options for all
REVIEW BY DAVID BLASCOE
E Electronics is well known for its wide range of microphones and
accessories, from affordable entry-level fair to its unique Rupert
Neve signature series mics. sE also invented the original RF-X
Reflexion Filter back in 2006, which I regularly use for recording vocals.
Now the company has come out swinging with three curated drum mic
collections: the V Pack Venue (4 mics), V Pack Club (6 mics) and V Pack
Arena (7 mics).
All three collections come housed in
rugged Pelican-style road cases with ample
padding-you won't have to worry
about transporting these mics! The V
Pack Arena case is an absolute tank.
V Pack Arena comes with everything
you need to mic up a standard five-piece
drum kit. You get a V Kick bass drum
mic, a V7 X supercardioid snare mic,
three V Beat tom mics (with proprietary
V Clamps) and two sE8 small diaphragm
condenser mics for overheads. Each mic
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is made of a durable die-cast zinc alloy,
giving them a hefty, quality feel and an
attractive matte-black appearance. All
the dynamic mics in this pack feature an
attractive red windscreen under a satin
grey/silver metal grille.
Kicking it
The V Kick is one of the most versatile
kick drum mics I have personally come
across. It features two switches on the
rear side (with 'Classic' and 'Modern'
settings), offering a total of four different
Beat it
The dynamic V Beat mics and the V7 X
share the same custom DMC7 X capsule,
albeit in a different form factor. I
did a shootout with the two mics on the
S
A case of mics
voicing options. The left switch shapes
the overall voicing and frequency response
of the mic; Classic is flatter and
less hyped, providing plenty of even
definition and low-end oomph, while
Modern scoops out the mid frequencies,
emphasizing the low and high end for
a more aggressive and punchy sound.
The right switch focuses solely on the
high-frequency response. Here, Classic
boosts the high-mid frequencies to provide
added snap and bite, while Modern
flattens these out for a richer and
smoother-sounding high end. My favorite
V Kick setting has both switches set
to Modern, resulting in a hefty, punchy
mix-ready kick tone. The V Kick is smaller
than many popular kick drum mics,
making it easy to get into position.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recording January 2022

Fade In
Fast Forward
Soundware Showcase: Toontrack Fields of Rock SDX
A Family of Microphones Compared: The AKG P Series
Austrian Audio CC8
Stewart Copeland: Don’t kill the talent with the technology…
Akai MPC Studio Controller and MPC 2 Software
Soundware Showcase: Boz Digital Labs Claps, Stomps and Snaps Bundle
Inside the Box with Joe Albano: Drum Plugins and Processing
Avantone Pro: Gauss 7 Two-way Powered Reference Monitor
Plugin Outlet: PSP Audioware Saturator
Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: The Memphis Drum Sound
Soundware Showcase: Spitfire Audio Hammers
API Select T12 Tube Mic Preamp
Session Log: Frank Kimbrough tribute recording session
Audio-Technica AT2040
Plugin Outlet: IK Multimedia T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection
Readers' Tracks
sE Electronics V Pack Arena Drum Microphone Package
Plugin Outlet: BABY Audio TAIP
Fade Out: Both Sides of the Glass Things
Recording January 2022 - Intro
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Recording January 2022 - Fade In
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Recording January 2022 - Fast Forward
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Recording January 2022 - Soundware Showcase: Toontrack Fields of Rock SDX
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Recording January 2022 - A Family of Microphones Compared: The AKG P Series
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Recording January 2022 - Austrian Audio CC8
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Recording January 2022 - Stewart Copeland: Don’t kill the talent with the technology…
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Recording January 2022 - Akai MPC Studio Controller and MPC 2 Software
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Recording January 2022 - Soundware Showcase: Boz Digital Labs Claps, Stomps and Snaps Bundle
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Recording January 2022 - Inside the Box with Joe Albano: Drum Plugins and Processing
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Recording January 2022 - Avantone Pro: Gauss 7 Two-way Powered Reference Monitor
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Recording January 2022 - Plugin Outlet: PSP Audioware Saturator
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Recording January 2022 - Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: The Memphis Drum Sound
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Recording January 2022 - Soundware Showcase: Spitfire Audio Hammers
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Recording January 2022 - API Select T12 Tube Mic Preamp
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Recording January 2022 - Session Log: Frank Kimbrough tribute recording session
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Recording January 2022 - Audio-Technica AT2040
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Recording January 2022 - Plugin Outlet: IK Multimedia T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection
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Recording January 2022 - Readers' Tracks
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Recording January 2022 - sE Electronics V Pack Arena Drum Microphone Package
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Recording January 2022 - Plugin Outlet: BABY Audio TAIP
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Recording January 2022 - Fade Out: Both Sides of the Glass Things
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