Snare drum requires a mic that can handle very high SPLs, and will accurately capture the "thwack" that makes a snare a snare. These mics can take a sonic beating and still provide all the dynamics and depth you need for a huge sound.
"The sE8 allows the body and weight of the snare to stand out in the lower frequencies without sounding overly round or muffled. The top end is very smooth and precise in detail without being overly harsh, or having to over-EQ the top end to allow the snare to cut through..."
- Gary Sharpe, TM/FOH Engineer (Between The Buried And Me, Every Time I Die) - sE Artist
"I couldn't find anything that it couldn't cope with, and its ease of positioning for a large‑diaphragm model was a big plus."
"If you need a large‑diaphragm, multi‑pattern capacitor mic that's almost as easy to position as a small‑diaphragm pencil mic, the SE4400A, with its elegant shockmount, is a very practical choice in the mid‑priced section of the microphone market."
- Paul White, Sound On Sound (full review)
"The RN17 has become my desert island microphone. If there was one microphone I knew I could take with me that would get me out of trouble, it’s this...The clarity and the detail I get is wonderful, especially for one of the things I do a lot of, which is sampling - this is a perfect sampling microphone, because it has that reality that you need, with low noise, but it also has just a little bit of extra something."
- Simon Franglen, GRAMMY®-winning Composer / Producer / Musician ('Avatar', 'Titanic', 'Skyfall') - sE Artist