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.
"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