Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by jzucker, Sep 1, 2008.
Which one do you recommend for recording guitar cabs?
I have a 906. I'd probably get a 609 if I were buying again. The 906 has the 3 way dipswitch. It's cool but the tonal change is very subtle so for me, the extra $$ probably wasn't worth it for my applications. I have not compared them side by side. I have compared the 906 to a 57 and in the mix of a song, they sound very similar. I don't think the 906 or 609 are quite as finicky about placement as the 57 can be, but it still matters.
try to find an early 609 black model, not the silver one. they only made them for a short time and they were quite a bit more expensive than the silver model. the silver model is essentially a budget sm57 beater.
I know several reputable sound guys who's A/B'd them and they all swear the 906 sounds better, despite conventional opinion. I'd also check out the Audix i5 - it's a more aggressive and articulate '57.
The 906 sounds better to my ears. The 3 way switch gives some flexibility, but even without that it sounds better than the 609 I think.
Probably my favorite mic the E906 and I can't say I think it sounds even similar to a 57. I haven't touched a 57 since finding the 906.
Just get the 906!
There were some clips posted somewhere a while back and the 906 was the clear winner. The 906 could get the sounds of the 609 but one of the other settings was a lot better sounding. The 609 sounded harsh in comparison but I guess it also depends on the amp and situation.
I personally would go with the 906.
Ha I found the clips hear ya go.
I started with a 609 but went back and got the 906 instead. Like others have stated, even on the middle (flat) setting I liked the tone of the 906 better. The 906 seemes to handle high volumes a little better. Plus for recording having the 3 way switch can help smooth out a solo tone or add shimmer to cleans.
When I first got my 906 I did a test where I put a 57 and the 906 on a 212 cab, one mike on each speaker. I recorded in stereo so I had the 57 on one side and the 906 on the other. The 906 track sounded a lot more like what I was hearing in the room. The 57 track sounded fuzzier, almost like it had a low gain OD pedal added compared to the 906 track. I'm sure there are instances where a 57 would still be the better choice, but I've been much happier with the 906, especially for live sound.
Click the link below if you want to hear an e906. It's only one of the mics used to close mic the guitar amp but its mixed at an equal level to the other two. The e906 is aimed at the junction of the dome and cone and is just off the grill cloth. It is responsible for most of the highs. The other mic (Royer R-122 active ribbon) is about one foot behind the e906, and the Shure KSM-44 is about four feet back and four feet up, for a room mic. But the e906 is the only mic on the grill cloth.
I have a 609 and have used it with a 57 and blended the tones with great results. The 609 has more clarity than the 57, but it requires a higher trim or gain level to match up with a 57. The 609 is a great alternative guitar cab mic. It really performs well on clean and crunch tones.
I'd prefer neither but given the choice, I'd go with the 906. I don't care for the silver 609. I do however like the black one but I've found that a higher input impedance helps to keep it from sounding too dark (a common criticism of that mic).
609 silver owner here...use it to mic. my ac30 live.
It works well but does bleed too many high frequencies for my tastes. Better then a 57 more clear but i'm going to conjecture not as versatile/quality as the 906
Just get a vintage MD409. Those other mics are pale imitations of the original.
I posted a few clips here of various mics including the black 609 & SM57.
I use a pair of black 609s live and I love them. Haven't tried them in the studio yet.
These seem to have a lot of presence without being shrill at all.
My 2 cents & all.
I like my 906 for live work, don't like the new 609, don't touch the 57 anymore. I agree there are better mics out there, but since I bought this one, I'll stick with it. The only thing that's really better about the 609 and the 57 is that you can get them for great prices used, the 906s are a little harder to come by.
For recording I'll blend the 906 with some other mic depending on what I'm doing.
Is the MD421 really "better" than the e906 or just more popular and been around longer? I honestly don't know because I haven't a/b'ed them. I have an e906 that really like for my amps but I've thought about buying an MD421 just to have due to it being kind of an "industry standard." Not sure if it's "better" though?
They are very different. I have a couple of E-906 and an old 421
I use the 421 much less. When it works it's great, but the 906 is a workhorse for me.
It is a sweet sounding mic, and they compliment each other. Very different though.
another vote for audix i5
I love my Sennheiser 906e it sounds great!
Had a 609, upgraded to the 906 and love it!