"The X1 D is now my go-to outside kick mic. It's lovely and I use it every session. Everyone I've loaned one to has bought one."
- F. Reid Shippen, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer / producer -

The X1 D - "D is for drums".

With a super-fast titanium diaphragm, the X1 D is ideal for all your percussion needs: kick drums, overheads, bass guitars, vibraphones, and pianos can all benefit from this ultra-responsive capsule.

The sE X1 D is a dedicated drum microphone, bringing the renowned quality of the X1 series to a microphone designed for use on drums and percussion.

The first microphone in the X1 series made specifically for instruments, the X1 D features a hand-crafted titanium-sputtered capsule - technology borrowed from our high-end T2 mic.

This titanium diaphragm is much stiffer than our gold-sputtered capsules, and this means much quicker transient response.

This is especially important when recording instruments that create fast transients and attack - like drums and percussion - as it enables the microphone to maintain clarity and deliver exceptionally accurate performance.

Additionally, the stiffness of the diaphragm allows the X1 D to withstand extremely high sound pressure levels (up to 140dB), so it won't be damaged by even the loudest percussive hits.

The sE X1 D is also well-suited to recording the hammer action of piano and bass, where the strings are often played with percussive techniques. The microphone offers a cardioid polar pattern with great off-axis rejection, which is essential when recording only one element of a drum kit without wanting the sound of other elements to bleed into the signal.

On board the X1 D is a -10dB pad and a bass cut switch, which can help in situations where ultra-low frequency content might overwhelm the signal. The mic is constructed with integrated shock protection in the form of a built-in rubber capsule mount, which helps to isolate the capsule from knocks and vibrations.

The X1 D is also fitted with an integrated rear-mounted stand adapter for quickly and easily attaching it to a microphone stand.


Hear four X1 Ds on toms in this video sent in by our fan and customer, Don Gunn.


Capsule Type: Hand-Crafted True Condenser

Diaphragm: 32mm Twin Titanium

Directional Pattern: Cardioid

Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Impedance: 200 Ohms

Sensitivity: 3.55 mV/Pa (-49 dB)

Max SPL: 140/150 dB (0/-10 dB pad) (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 66 dB

Self Noise: 28 dB(A)

Pass Filter Switch: 85 Hz

Preattenuation Pad: -10 dB

Matching Connectors: XLR3F

Power requirement: 48V phantom

Weight: 450g / 15.87oz


"The X1 D is now my go-to outside kick mic. It's lovely and I use it every session. Everyone I've loaned one to has bought one."

"Used it with Aaron Sterling, Fred Eltringham, Nir Z, tons of great players on records from Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldridge, Frankie Ballard, Eric Paslay, etc...the FET47 stays in the case now."

- F. Reid Shippen, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer / producer (Ingrid Michelson, Kenny Chesney) - sE Artist

"The X1 D is a great choice for faithfully reproducing low frequencies from a loud source. I like it on kick drum, bass guitar cabinet, Hammond organ and timpani."

- John O'Mahony, Mixer / Producer (Vance Joy, Sarah Bareilles, Coldplay, Metric) - sE Artist

"Solid thump but also plenty of transient detail...gives a great balance of lows and detail at around the price you might expect to pay for a dynamic kick mic."

- Paul White, Sound On Sound (full review)

"I could use this mic on a kick for all genres, because I felt with different positions you could get whatever you're looking for. Nice smooth low bump to super thumpy with a nice batter transient to cut through the mix."

- Sweetwater customer 'JC' (full review)

"...you can really hear how the excellent transient response of the capsule captures the whole spectrum of the [kick] drum...floor toms are tricky beasts because you need to balance transient against a long low resonance. The X1D handles both with aplomb giving both warm lows and a crisp attack."

- Stuart Bruce, Future Music (full review)

"Sur les toms (surtout sur les plus grands 14" et 16"), le micro offre une performance convaincante reproduisant avec précision chacune des attaques à la baguette immédiatement suivie d'une résonance chaude et envahissante."

["On the toms (especially on the larger 14" and 16"), the microphone offers a convincing performance accurately reproducing each stick attack immediately followed by a big and full resonance."]

- Dave Holmes, Music Radar [French] (full review)