Sennheiser is one of the biggest mic manufacturers in the world. And for good reason -- they are responsible for some of the best microphones around. From professionals on the big stage to the weekend warriors at the local clubs, Sennheiser microphones are built for the hardworking musician. Below, we take a look at a few of our favorite mics from the guys over at Sennheiser.
The Sennheiser e906 is an affordable, supercardioid dynamic microphone. While it might not match its predecessor on every aspect, it comes with very useful added features and plenty of sonic potential – not to mention a much slimmer price tag. Other Sennheiser mics aside, the e906 has plenty of competition among the crowded instrument mic market. The e906 was specifically built as a versatile instrument microphone that works well with a number of sound sources, but it does shine best with some more than others. On guitar speakers, for example, the e906 produces amazing results. While the e906 is not perfect, it is easily one of the best in its field and definitely worth every penny.
The Sennheiser e609 Silver Dynamic Microphone is well regarded as a great guitar cab mic, and for good reason, as Sennheiser created the mic with guitar amplifiers and other loud sound sources strictly in mind. And while there are many excellent instrument mics out there, one crucial feature sets the e609 aside -- the design. Aside from its tough as nails metal body and powerful neodymium ferrous magnet, it features a side-address form factor, making it well suited for hanging over an amp or cab while resting on the grill (and without the use of a stand). All in all, there aren’t too many dynamic mics that are made this way, let alone guitar amp mics. A few notable exceptions are – not surprisingly – other Sennheiser mics, such as the classic MD 409 (which the e609 Silver is based on). For one of the best guitar cab mics around, look no further than the e609/\.
The Sennheiser e935 was built for musicians that require a tough mic for life on the road or constant gigging, one that can take a good beating without dying on them. On that front, the e935 delivers, featuring a rugged metal body and an advanced shock mount design. And while there are many similarities between this and a lot of other standard vocal stage microphones, the e935 is a mic all its own, especially when it comes to the important subtleties of its sound reproduction. Its high output and sensitivity do mean that the e935 will require more disciplined vocals and handling but it’s a small price for powerful, clean and bright vocals that can cut through a mix without a hint of muddiness. If you’ve grown tired of the "industry standard" but want something just as tough at a similar price point, this is the mic for you.
At its core, the Sennheiser e945 boasts a supercardioid polar pattern, giving it a tighter pickup angle than mics equipped with the more-standard cardioid design (such as the e935 or the SM58). In practice, this gives the mic superb noise reduction and reduced side bleeding. It does, however, mean that the mic is a little more sensitive to sound coming directly behind it. Pattern aside, the e945 features a good slate of specs including a nominal impedance of 350 ohms, an excellent frequency response (40-18,000 Hz), and a hum-compensating coil for reduced hum. All in all, the e945 sounds amazing. Like other Sennheiser mics, the e945 sounds absolutely pristine. Not only is the response loud, clean and clear, it also has a nice overall smooth feel and definitely brighter than your standard dynamic mic. Better yet, the excellent side rejection and very minimal feedback make the e945 a superb choice for backup singers. I really can't recommend this mic enough!
The Sennheiser e604 is dynamic microphone built for toms and snares, boasting a pretty good frequency response range of 40Hz-18kHz and an output impedance of 350 ohms. The tight cardioid polar pattern helps it capture the direct sound source of your instrument with very minimal (if any) bleeding from surrounding sounds. While it might not be the right fit for every sound or situation, it certainly has enough versatility packed into it that most drummers will find plenty of usable sounds from this little mic. Whether you're into rock, blues, punk, reggae, metal or country, you'll find a lot of use for the e604, even if it's not your main drum and tom mic. It also works great on other sound sources too, able to handle wind instruments, guitar/ bass amps and more. If you're in search of a great tom and snare mic, I can't recommend the Sennheiser e604 enough.
While the mics above are some of our favorites, there's a lot of other high-quality microphones where that came from. Head on over to out Sennheiser page and take a quick look at what they have to offer.