The Sennheiser e609 Silver Dynamic Microphone is well regarded as a great guitar cab mic, and for good reason. Like Sennheiser created the mic with guitar amplifiers and other loud sound sources in mind. Sennheiser isn't the only one, though. As we took a look the Introduction To Microphones article, there are various types of mics that are made to work with certain applications. But did you ever stop to think, what is it about a particular microphone that makes it work so well on certain sound sources? Is it the microphone's polar pattern? Or maybe RFI rejection? We take a quick look at the e609 Silver to find out exactly why it works so well with guitar speakers in particular.
What Makes The Sennheiser e609 Silver A Great Guitar Mic
Like every other mic that has been made to work with certain sources, what makes the e609 Silver great with guitar amps comes down to sound capture and design. As far as sound capture goes, it features an extended frequency response that is shaped in a way that a lot of players seem to like. Furthermore, it can handle high SPLs without distorting, a feature that is important when you consider that these guitar amp mics are often placed very close to the sound source. The e609 Silver also features a hypercardioid pickup polar pattern, making it great at rejecting other sound sources. This is especially beneficial in live situations.
The Unique Design Of The e609 Silver
Other microphones that are known to work great as guitar amp mics tend to share some or all of these features, but where the e609 Silver stands apart from many of them is in its 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) and the original e609 (read our Sennheiser e609 dynamic instrument microphone review here).
Hopefully, the information above has given you a good idea on why certain mics, and the Sennheiser e609 Silver, in particular, earn their reputation as great guitar amp microphones. As you can see, it’s all about having a great combination of features that make them very well suited for certain sound sources. You can hear the mic in action in Sennheiser Australia's YouTube demo video below!
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