Let me preface this article by saying this is not a shootout. This is not a technically perfect A/B scenario either. These are merely my opinions with audio files to support them. This is also NOT a paid endorsement from sE electronics.
Over a year ago, Ardent Studios opened it doors to letting me book sessions. In my time at Ardent, I was able to experience some of the world's greatest audio equipment first hand. From Fairchild to Pultec, Solid State Logic to Neve, AKG to Neumann, all grounds were covered. But one piece of gear truly spoke to me, the U47fet. Specifically this microphone filled all my needs for the perfect kick drum sound. Fat and hefty, punchy and warm, but still sharp and clear. This is how the U47fet is often described.
Upon the decision of moving to California, I realized I needed to find a replacement for this microphone. So the hunt began... I read up on many U47fet influenced microphones. From Bock to Advanced Audio, I wanted to try them all. So shorty before moving, I read about the sE x1D. It seemed like a great mic, perfect for the application and a stupid cheap price. So I figured "why the hell not." I pulled the trigger and had one delivered, with the perfect session the next day to test the mic. My own band booked a weekend in Ardent's Studio C. Equipped with the regular pieces of gear and a few helping hands the session was up and running quickly.
The Set Up
Drums: SJC 8-ply Maple Kit. 24" x 22" Kick Drum, 14" x 16" Rack Tom and 16" x 16" Floor Tom with a 14" Ludwig Black Beauty Bell Brass Snare.