What kind of Mic for Guitar Cab?

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  1. matt1969

    matt1969 Member

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    I'm looking into putting a mic in front of my guitar cab(s) for live use. They will go to the PA.

    Any suggestions as to what type, brands, etc...? Something affordable would be great!

    thanks!
     
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    Sennheiser e906, easier to handle than a SM57.
     
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    Thank you so much! I think I'm going to go with the E609.​
     
  5. DonaldDemon

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    I strongly suggest going with the 906 instead of the 609. The latter can sound bright and thin, the 906 sounds almost exactly like your amp in the room. I was shocked at how much better it was when I upgraded. I was never happy with the 609.
     
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    SM 57
     
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    Yep, e906 for me too.

    I've actually even done some recordings with mine. Not the best option for recording, but it works surprisingly well.
     
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    Don't like SM57 at all and don't understand the love for them, not a reproducer to me but a transformer, anyway i've been happy with E906 and "el cheapo" Superlux PRA628 MK2, both easy to use (just let them hang on front of your cab) and able to withstand high pressure.
     
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    The ones I've used the most include:
    - e906
    - e609
    - SM57
    - Audix i5

    The e906 is worth every penny - great mic for guitar! The SM57 is great in a band mix, but actually very tricky to place on the amp: it's very directional while the Sennheisers sounds good in a pretty wide diameter. The SM57 can sound a bit strident on its own. I loved the Audix i5 in the studio, but didn't dig it when I bought one. It had some of that upper midrange that makes a guitar stand out the mix, but not quite are crisp as the SM57.
     
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    From what I understand, the e906 handles higher SPL levels than the sm57 which bodes better for cranking your amp.
     
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    An SM57 can handle a 100w Marshall plexi cranked to 10 with ease, so that's not really something to worry about... :)
     
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    e609 if you're on a tight budget, e906 if you can afford it.
    They are both easier to use than a 57.
     
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    That Sweetwater shootout that I posted in my first reply has dirty and sound clips for all of these. You should listen to them yourself and judge what you think sounds best.

    https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/guitar-cabinet-mic-shootout/

    My observations: To me, the 609 sounds pretty balanced, maybe even a bit scooped. The 57 sounds a bit brighter but still nice and balanced. The 906 sounds really harsh and mid-forward to me. If I was using that one based on these clips, I would need a lot of EQ to get a usable tone from it. I use 57's myself. Vintage ones that I've had since about 1978.

    Cheers
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    My Hiwatt DR-103 too...
     
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    Either the SM57 or E609/906 will be a great choice. Can't go wrong with any of them.
     
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    Just make sure to point the correct side at the amp! The logo faces toward the audience.

    I've actually used the e906 on all sorts of sources, it's a cool mic. I generally leave the switch in the center position. I think the e609 is most like the switch in the presence boost position.
     
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    It’s all a matter of taste. I personally always assume I’ll be miked with an SM57 and leave it up to the soundguy, but I always dial my amps with a 57 in mind.
     
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    Do you even need a mic? I’ve been using a Blubox (DI/IR loader) live with much more reliable results.
     
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    I've gone back to my sm57. I only tried the e609 which was ok, but not as good. I have a cab clamping mic holder. It's easy to position, unlike trying to twist a cable to get a flat mic to hang right.
     
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