The CM87SE came about because a fellow engineer asked Dave if he could use the CM87 in close on drums in a “Glynn Johns” type set-up where the microphones are less than 2’ from the closest drum or cymbal source. To accomplish this we fit a more complex output transformer with dual windings and bi-metal lamination's that is able to handle more easily the fast rising drum transients when placed close to the drums. The CM87SE in all other aspects is identical to the CM87. It is a large diaphragm fet three pattern condenser microphone that features our double-diaphragm/double back-plate 6-micron AK67 type capsule and Class “A” transformer coupled amplifier design. It is well suited for recording vocals or instruments in any studio or live application and able to capture the drums at very close distances. The CM87SE is built to a very high standard and offers a remarkably full yet well-defined and ultra-clean sound. We fit the more sophisticated output transformer here in our shop, and the CM87SE goes through a more rigourous level of QC. Like the CM87 the CM87SE can be configured as either omni, cardioid, or figure-eight via a front mounted metal toggle switch. The CM87 has 14db more headroom than traditional fet/transformer circuits.
...peers liked the Peluso VTB as a microphone that comes close to it. I've also been recommended the Advanced Audio CM87SE which I ended up preferring over the 3U Audio GZ67fet. The Blue Blueberry is also another microphone I've been looking at. There have been articles discussing stuff like this but I just couldn't...
I'd be curious how a similarly affordable CM87se would fare, especially against the warm audio: Advanced Audio CM87se condenser microphone. | Advanced Audio Microphones
...mono drum OH and the 47fet/ce infront of the kick plus it worked very well infront of a 4x12. CM47ve, CM87se and CM47fet/ce. Anyone on a budget should check these out, I’m still holding out for a Neumann U47, 67 and 49 but I really don’t see that happening any time soon.