May 2, 2024

It’s all about the camera angle (and a few other things)

The DynaCaster microphones allow for obstruction-free camera angles by eliminating the need for an external shockmount & pop filter – they are smaller and more unobtrusive than other brands of broadcast-style microphones, so making videos will feature the person speaking rather than their audio equipment.

Another important factor in microphone choice is the matter of how close the microphone needs to be to pick up the speaker’s voice – the DCM8 features a boost button (for 30dB of Dynamite boost), based on the popular DM1 Dynamite in-line booster, to improve the pickup quality from further away, once again clearing the space in front of the speaker for better video opportunities. Plus the recessed EQ switches give you the ability to tailor the sound to suit anyone’s voice.

Immediate plosive protection against the most powerful of wind blasts thanks to an integrated 3-layer pop filter. Easily disassembled and sanitised, the DCM8 has quick-drying components that don’t soak up liquid. Experience a clean, germ-free studio environment and obstruction-free camera angles since there is no need for a bulky external shockmount or pop filter.

Finally, the cost factor – competitor’s microphones are more expensive, and most need an external booster, such as sE’s own DM1 Dynamite or DM2 TNT in-line preamplifiers, making them even more costly.

April 19, 2023

Microphone Care

We’ve been receiving a lot of enquiries from customers about their condenser microphones getting muffly or distorted, or making humming noises after four or five years of use, and in most cases this is because of environmental conditions polluting the capsule: too much moisture, sea air, smoke, etc.

The main trick is how you store it when you’re not using it!

How should I store my microphone?

We generally recommend keeping your microphone in its case or original packaging when it is not in use for more than a few hours. If your studio is very clean and safe, it could be OK to leave out on its mic stand when not in use, but if a mic is out of its case, it could potentially be exposed to dust, smoke, moisture, or humidity – which can damage the sensitive parts of the mic – so we recommend avoiding those things at all cost.

How do I clean a microphone that has been effected by spillage and dirt?

If your microphone has come in contact with dirt or another removable substance, we recommend cleaning it with a very soft, slightly damp cotton cloth. Do not open the microphone up to clean the inside, and make sure you NEVER touch the capsule itself. Cleaning a capsule should only be done by highly trained professionals in a “clean room” environment. If you suspect your capsule needs to be cleaned, please contact info@sound-music.com so we can recommend an authorised local technician.

These tips are from our friends at sE Electronics

August 17, 2022

All Rock, but no Roll!

sE’s New V7 SWITCH

Built with the same game-changing benefits as the V7 dynamic microphone – more gain before feedback, exceptional off-axis rejection, a beveled edge that keeps the V7 right by your side, ‘and a recessed lockable on / off switch’ – meet the V7 SWITCH.

Great for talkback, live performance, rehearsal, karaoke, spoken word, or instruments.

  • Vast amounts of gain before feedback
  • Captures your voice in the most natural way you’ve ever heard on stage from behind a console
  • Recessed lockable on / off switch
  • Silent click-free operation thanks to its proven reed element
  • All-metal housing and beveled spring grille
  • Specialised supercardioid aluminum voice coil
  • Patented integrated shockmount

COMING SOON TO A STORE NEAR YOU!

August 10, 2020

August Burns Red and the V PACK ARENA

If you’re a fan of Metalcore, August Burns Red is as good as it gets! And from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, of all places! Their drummer, Matt Greiner – who is a founding member of the band – used the sE V PACK ARENA drum mic kit to create a killer demonstration of his beats and techniques on their 2007 single, “Composure.”

The song is from their second album, Messengers, released in 2007. Throughout the piece, Matt displays intensely complex and impressively compositional drum patterns. It’s hard to imagine how he keeps it all in his brain, nevermind nailing the clearly taxing physical execution of it.

As the camera angles switch, we can see the V7 X on Matt’s snare, a pair of sE8 small-diaphragm condensers as overheads, and V BEAT mics on each of the toms. The camera doesn’t cut to the V KICK – presumably because of the inevitable mess of cables that goes along with miking drums – but we can definitely hear it! Christopher Pollock, the band’s audio engineer, did a great job tracking and mixing these drum sounds!
 
Check out the latest August Burns Red album, Guardians, out now on Fearless Records!

January 7, 2020

The New Standard in Harp Microphones: The Harp Blaster HB52 from sE and HOHNER

HOHNER Musikinstrumente GmbH and sE Electronics International, Inc. are proud to announce the new harmonica microphone Harp Blaster HB52.

The microphone was developed from the ground up and especially for harmonica players. Built only from the finest components, it features a dynamic capsule designed after legendary vintage microphones, a gold plated XLR connector and a high-end Bourns® potentiometer. The compact size, the rock solid all metal housing as well as a chrome grille and the special hammer effect enamel round off this new standard in harmonica microphones.

As the leading manufacturer of all things harmonica and a history in legendary harmonica microphones it was only natural for HOHNER to broaden its accessory portfolio once again. With sE Electronics the perfect partner was found for this project – since both companies strive for innovation and highest possible quality in their respective field. sE Electronics’ expertise in high class microphones combined with HOHNER’s harmonica knowledge led to a development process in perfect symbiosis with a result that offers the best of both worlds: The Harp Blaster HB52.

The Harp Blaster HB52 will be shown on the HOHNER booth at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, and will be available soon after!

August 19, 2019

Dream Theater and the V7 MC1

sE was recently sent this wonderful email by James ‘Jimmy T’ Meslin, the Monitor Engineer for Dream Theater, letting them know that they’ve been using the V7 MC1 on James Labrie’s vocals for a while now. Thanks for trusting the V7 MC1, Jimmy (and James)!

“The V7 MC1 capsule is an unbeatable value. During rehearsals with Dream Theater, we had four different capsules to test drive with singer, James Labrie. The decision was easy and unanimous as to which capsule sounded best, so we went ahead and bought four V7’s that day.”

“The tone of the capsule feels extremely natural, giving you loads of body and clarity before reaching for an EQ. On stage, it is extremely forgiving and musical in dealing with ambient instruments, noises and room reflections.”

“The V7 MC1 has made my job easier by delivering the goods needed to keep the artist and the audience smiling. Cheers to sE for the solid workmanship, support, and unbeatable price points.”

August 13, 2019

sE Electronics Expands Wireless Lineup with V7 MC2 Capsule for Sennheiser® Systems, Expands V PACK Offerings

August 13th, 2019 – sE Electronics is excited to announce the V7 MC2, a new wireless version of their acclaimed V7 dynamic microphone, intended for use with compatible Sennheiser® handheld transmitters.

Featuring the same custom-built aluminum voice coil, all-metal construction, patented integrated capsule suspension and supercardioid pickup pattern as its siblings – the wired V7 and Shure®-compatible wireless V7 MC1 – the V7 MC2 brings the same level of performance to the Sennheiser® wireless format.

sE says, “We’ve been so honored to see the V7 and V7 MC1 on stage with countless artists including Justin Timberlake, Billie Eilish, In Flames, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, Evanescence, Common, Sheryl Crow, and many more. We are extremely excited to now be able to offer the same high-end sound quality and class-leading feedback rejection to artists who rely on Sennheiser systems for their stages.”

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The V7 MC2 is now shipping worldwide and is available in four different colors to match various Sennheiser® transmitters. All colors are priced the same.

August 6, 2019

Grooveboy Studios

Jeremy Diffey from Grooveboy Studios checks out the VPackArena drum mic set from sE Electronics

https://www.facebook.com/jeremydiffey/videos/2867437549940156/

I had a great time in the studio giving the new @seelectronics #VPackArena drum mic kit a test run. @adrianjportia laid down some tasty grooves which got the room shaking! I’ll post some more footage once I’ve finished another session at #grooveboystudios Thanks to @soundandmusicaus for trusting me with the only set in Oz! It’s a killer pack! 

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