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Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone

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OVERVIEW

Specially developed for miking guitar cabs face on and extremely close.

The Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone makes getting killer electric guitar sounds in your project studio or onstage a cinch. The supercardioid e 609 Silver instrument microphone has been specially developed for miking guitar cabs face on and extremely close to the signal source. Its laterally mounted capsule can get extremely close to the speaker while the supercardioid pattern provides isolation from other signals. The lightweight voice-coil construction and rigid dome diaphragm provide extended high-frequency performance and a long-wearing capsule assembly. Also suitable for miking drums, especially toms.

FEATURES
  • Designed specifically for guitar cabs
  • Rugged metal body design
  • Advanced integrated shockmount
  • Supercardioid pick-up pattern
  • Hum compensating coil

Capture your favorite guitar tones with this custom designed mic. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS
Audio
  • Analog or digital: Analog
  • Frequency response: 40Hz – 15kHz
  • Max SPL: Not specified
  • Connectivity: XLR
Pattern and Type
  • Capsule: Dynamic
  • Polar pattern: Supercardioid
  • Type: Guitar cab
  • Switches: No
  • Phantom power required: No
Size and Weight
  • Diameter: 2 in.
  • Length: 5.2 in.
  • Weight: 4.9 oz.
Included Accessories
  • Case: Yes
  • Clip: No
  • Shockmount: N/A
  • Power supply: N/A
  • Cable: No
  • Stand: No
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Sennheisere 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 121 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (104)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (39)
  • Easy to use (36)
  • Compact (35)
  • Lightweight (35)
  • Durable (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (36)
  • Home studio (25)
  • Professional recording (23)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (22), Experienced (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I like it better than the SM57, but that's just me.

I like it better than the Shure SM57, but that's just me. I have used SM57s for many years but I don't understand why 90% of the reviews prefer the SM57 over this silver...Read complete review

I like it better than the Shure SM57, but that's just me. I have used SM57s for many years but I don't understand why 90% of the reviews prefer the SM57 over this silver Sennheiser e609 Dynamic Mic.

I think this mic focus only on thing, delivering great and accurate guitar sound, I didn't even need to tweak the EQ at all to get the right tone, although my guitar tone source was already the way I wanted it but I always had to tweak the EQs when recording with a SM57. Also the Sennheiser e609 is easy to place really close to the amp cab without even using a mic stand and is easy to locate that sweet spot that is always so uncomfortable to get when using a mic with a stand.

Moreover. it looks better than SM57 with an old vintage style but yet really lightweight, I'd say half of the weight than the SM57.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good for cutting bleed

I'm comparing this mic to a 57. I often use both for recording guitar, and mix them together. For distorted guitar, it seems to lack the balls that the 57 has. It...Read complete review

I'm comparing this mic to a 57. I often use both for recording guitar, and mix them together. For distorted guitar, it seems to lack the balls that the 57 has. It does a better job than the 57 for the high end, which is good for clean sounds, but in my opinion it doesn't sound that good for the distorted sounds I've used it on. It's probably better as a live mic or maybe a live recording mic if you want to cut down on bleed.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's a Steal of a deal!

By TLN

from Pleasant Valley, MD

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Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

This mic performs VERY well. It reproduces the audio accurately and is VERY easy to work with. I've had the comment from other users that the mic is thin in tone, but I've found that has entirely to do with WHERE you mic the cab. duh. If it's too "thin" or "bitey", move the mic towards the edge of the cone; more bass and less highs there. Used in a show last night, and sound WAS fantastic. We had the other 4 bands playing come up and ask how we got such a good sound. I credit the mixing and the mics. The crowd also said our sound was the best of the night. Sennheiser FTW!!!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE amp mic!

By Steverino-w6kFr

from Minneapolis

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Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

I've long been at the mercy of whatever a sound guy decides to put on my rig, which ALWAYS involves a stand I end up kicking over. A few months ago a sound guy hangs his E609 over my amp, and like magic, I have space to move and my amp is crystal clear through my monitor. I got my own as soon as I could for gigs where we set up our own PA and for recording. LOVE this mic.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST TOM MIC I'VE USED

By DRUMMER

from EAST COAST

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Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

You will see mixed reviews with this mic strewn over a guitar cab. Some love it, other's prefering the SM57. As a gigging drummer I will tell you this is the nicest tom mic I've encountered to date. Small tom, large tom and everything in between...this bad boy captures the entire shell and top and bottom heads. The cardoid pattern is similar to the 57 but the side address gives it a "broader" spectral over the head placement and pick up. Do be cautious as to what clips you purchase to accomodate (if not using stands) as it can hang over the tom to the point of interference. I chose this over the Audix D2/D4 because it is clearer and more versatile. Extremely affordable and requires very little EQ at the board. I prefer them over the e604 which is their clip-marketed tom mic. Sounds very similar to the 421 but with more defined highs which is what I want in a live enviroment. I hope this mic doesn't follow recent Sennheiser trends of being discontinued because it truly is a gem on toms.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sennheiser e609

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

The Sennheiser e609 is a truly good mic. I use it for everything from drums to even vocals. It has a very smooth, even tone and does not effect the tonal quality of whatever its recording, it gives you what it hears, no more, no less. I would recommend this mic to anyone who is serious about their recordings.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Tone - Fast Setup/Tear Down

By RRRREDRVR

from Santa Cruz CA

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Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

Last year, our band upgraded our PA and started mic'ing all the instruments. As many reviewers find, this mic is an excellent guitar amp mic. Tone is true to the amp. What is also nice is that prior, I had to use a separate mini stand and holder, but now, I just loop the mic cable over my amp handle and hang the mic in front of the grille. This means I don't have to bring and setup another stand, and I leave the mic cable on the amp, so I'm ready to plug in and go....FAST setup and teardown. Its the perfect solution!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pink Floyd inspired choice

By Songcycle

from Virginia

Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

I initially saw these mics in their previous incarnation, the sennheiser e409, which had a brownish cloth backing instead of black.Pink Floyd can be clearly seen using these as vocal microphones all throughout the Eclipse (Dark Side of the Moon concept "rehearsal tour") and in the footage of their performance at Pompeii. When I saw this neat looking little device (first assuming it was a vocal mic) and noticed it was a Sennheiser I immediately went into researching it. Turns out they just wanted a weird-looking dynamic mic for their stage show, there are no roadie recollections or band member recollections of the microphones' success on anything except guitar cabinets, however. I do seem to recall, mind you this was several years ago, someone associated with the group at the time saying that the mics were hellishly bad for feedback problems (with their PA set-up at the time--Quadrophonia at 90 billion gigawatts or something--what mic wouldn't feedback in open air, though?).Anyway, I took the plunge on the e609 and have had it for a few years now with no problems whatsoever. It is absolutely 100% *ideal* for guitar miking, as the article points out, but more emphasis should be put on its abilities as a general dynamic mic in my opinion. It blows the SM57 out of the water on most instruments and, although I'm admittedly a bit biased about the issue, vocals.Vocals tend to come out a bit bassy, but to me they sound like a mic should: warm and thick. Comparatively the SM57's I have are tinny and harsh. Lastly, you can't beat the look of the thing!! Everyone who sees it is impressed, especially hardcore Floyd fans. I would recommend this mic to anyone who wants to get up close to an instrument source. Toms with these about an inch above the heads sound so milky smooth they've retired my Sennheiser MD 421 II's to the locker. Something I thought I'd never see happen.I guess it all boils down to personal taste in the sound you want, but if you're looking for smooth and textural sounds I'd buy these over the 421's any day of the week. They're so durable I've started a collection, I have 5 of them and they all get stored with the Neumanns in specially made boxes.Same goes for vocals as far as sound quality goes. These mics pick up nuances you never knew you could capture on tape. Plan to become an avid collector of these beauties; nothing gets in closer without overloading or muddying the signal, and there's nothing like the sound of these hovering over your toms and pressed firmly into your guitar cabs. Anyone who records to multi-track knows the importance of sound isolation, and I've used hundreds of mics and never heard anything that performs so well in that area. It's impossible to truly do a re-mix of the drumtrack without proper isolation. Ditto on vocals. I've recorded sitting right next to my processor fan running at full speed and not even noticed. Also, to my knowledge, these and Neumann Siemens/Telefunken were the only mics used to record amplifiers by The Floyd from 1971-1973, and in the Live at Pompeii re-release one can be seen hovering above an open-face Grand Piano during the recording of "Us And Them". The fact that they had them custom ordered because Abbey Road's mics weren't as good speaks volumes for anyone who knows about the mics available in their lockers.Still haven't tried it live on vocals, nor will I probably. It's an incredible little remnant of rock'n'roll history as well as remarkably efficient in several ways. What else could a gear geek ask for?

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

better them sm 57

By Drumslave

from Northeast MD

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Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

I was looking for a guitar amp mic, to hang over the amp, and found the E609. and i'm glad i did! this mic blows the SM57 out of the water!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!

By Masterstroke

from Santa Barbara, CA

Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

A great mic. If you have this and a SM57, you have 99 percent of your bases covered with mic'ing guitar amps. For clean sounds, this is a much better choice than the 57, actually. For Les Paul + Marshall, use the 57. For some fun, use both. Incredible value for the money. If people hate on this mic, they are not using it correctly. Does decent double duty as a tom mic (bonus).

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome mic

By GBAC

from Florida

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Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

I have been using Shure SM57's to mic my guitar cab ever since I started playing gigs. Someone mentioned the Sennheiser e609 to me and at first I was a little skeptical. I finally decided to buy one to try it out, and honestly I was blown away. The sound was very clear. I don't know why I've been using an SM57 all this time.Another thing that I like about this mic is its shape. The flat shape lets users to simply drape the mic over the grill of the cab. You don't have to worry about clumsy mic stands to trip over!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mr.

By Michael Bright

from North Carolina

Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

I have used a Shure 57 for years to mic my amp. I decided to try the E609. I play in a large church each week, (2000 members). We play a wide variety of music. The sound men all said that "The guitar has never sounder better". I highly recommend this mic.
Easy to use. I draped it directly over the amp.
Good value.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this product. Considering a couple of more.

By Steeler57

from Corsicana,Tx

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

    This is by far the best mic I've ever owned for instruments. Easy placement to find that sweet spot from your speaker. The sound guys love it too. I used an SM57 for years and this is much easier to work with and provides a much hotter and cleaner signal. I play pedal steel and clarity and tone are my main requirements.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I like it better than the SM57, but that's just me.

    By jpines

    from New York, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Old Vintage Look
    • One Focus Mic

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

    I like it better than the Shure SM57, but that's just me. I have used SM57s for many years but I don't understand why 90% of the reviews prefer the SM57 over this silver Sennheiser e609 Dynamic Mic.

    I think this mic focus only on thing, delivering great and accurate guitar sound, I didn't even need to tweak the EQ at all to get the right tone, although my guitar tone source was already the way I wanted it but I always had to tweak the EQs when recording with a SM57. Also the Sennheiser e609 is easy to place really close to the amp cab without even using a mic stand and is easy to locate that sweet spot that is always so uncomfortable to get when using a mic with a stand.

    Moreover. it looks better than SM57 with an old vintage style but yet really lightweight, I'd say half of the weight than the SM57.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good, practical way to mic your amp

    By Bob

    from SC

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

      I have been gigging regularly since the late '70s. For the last 20 years, I've been running sound from the stage for my 3 piece country band. I've never liked the sound of running through a direct box, and I don't like lugging around an additional mic stand for small gigs. Drooping a traditional mic across an amp does not provide an optimal sound. The E609 solves all of those problems. I just hang it over the front of the amp and get a great sound. I ran sound for a five piece band recently, and was very pleased with the tone and clarity of the guitar. I could hear every note. I wish I had bought this mic years ago.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice Piano mic setup

      By Best happy hour sound guy

      from Kalamazoo Michigan

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

        We use this to mic an old upright piano in a bar setting. Great sound from quiet empty room all the up to cranked to compete with a pub crawl. Just gaff tape the cable to the back of the piano and hang it down, protect the back with a piece of foam. Works great.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        You really should try this mic! [2]

        By Big Joe

        from Curitiba, Brazil

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

          I used to use SM57 on my recordings and for live performance but after working with this Senheiser, things changed. Now for recordings I use both (Senheiser and SM57) and for live only Senheiser.
          Highly recomended for any guitarrist!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good mic for the price.

          By dirty

          from alaska

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

            This mic performs as described, similar response curve to a fifty-seven, a bit smoother in the high mids, and handles high sound pressure well. I have used it live a few times now on guitar and snare drum, have not recorded with it yet but will try that soon. I love the profile, now I can eliminate the mic stand that usually sits in front of my guitar cabinet onstage. Good value, the only thing that caught my attention quality-wise was the casing that runs around the screens is composite, I would prefer an all-metal casing, but no big deal. I am easy on my gear but time will tell if the composite is rugged enough to handle lots of gigging.

            (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            good mike poor service

            By homerj

            from tulsa OK

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

              Came with no invoice I was unable to be reimbursed. MF after a month has still not addressed the problem. That's after several calls emails and a letter. The Mike is good but don't count on service's

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing sound and quality

              By Pete the Drummer

              from Montreal, Canada

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

                I've heard positive and negative comments about this mic. Truth is either they don't really know how to use them or their sound engineer lacks experience or maybe their PA is not to good. Either way we use these great little mics on all our guitar amps on stage and in the studio as well and they sound amazing. They reach the full range of our lead and rhythm guitars.

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                OK For Some Stuff...

                Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

                As a longtime guitarist, electronics tech and recording engineer, I've had the opportunity to use nearly everything out there more than once. You have to remember that a lot of these reviews are written by kids who have no experience whatsoever. A few reviewers of this mic, however have truthfully written that for a Les Paul cranking through a real Marshall (not a Line 6 or some other toy amp...)a Shure SM57 is the only thing that works. The 609 is a great mic for other stuff, but for nearly any type of guitar cab micing, I'd say, "No".

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Brilliant buy.

                By Digisound dude

                from Cincinnati, OH

                Comments about Sennheiser e 609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphone:

                I purchased these mikes on a strong reccomendation from a friend without ever using them prior. I recently was able to use them during a Seven Mary Three show. All I can say is AWESOME. 6" from the face of the cabinet and I was able to hear the tone of the cabinet not just the speaker. The Hypercardoid pattern made it so that I could run the gain hotter than usual and really get the dynamics of the guitar. The channel strip was ran flat on the EQ and I never felt the need to eq it. Beautiful.

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