The Sennheiser E 945 is a dynamic microphone designed for use both in the studio and on the stage, although I’ve only used it in the studio. While it has a similar look to an SM57, the sound quality is definitely different and for this reason has a different set of applications. The Sennheiser E 945 also has an awesome look to it, with a silver metallic finish on it.
I’ve been using the Sennheiser E 945 for about two years and it has become my go to microphone for recording the bottom of a snare drum. I usually record the top of a snare drum with a Shure SM57, and blend the two signals together to get a sound I am satisfied with.
For some reason, the Sennheiser E 945 excels beyond expectation when it comes to recording the bottom of a snare drum. It has a certain high end presence that is perfect for picking up the rattling of the snares and is without a doubt the best at what it does in terms of picking up this signal. Since it sounds so great on the bottom of a snare, I honestly have never used this microphone for anything else. I’m sure it would sound good in a few other situations, but I have never had the chance to try it out on anything else. Sennheiser E 945 isn’t too well known, but for those who do know it they know how great it sounds for snare bottom.
If you can find one of these used, which is pretty hard because they are pretty rare, the price varies and I would really only recommend it to the user who is either a professional or is recording drums all the time in their home studio. While it is truly a great microphone for recording snare bottom, I can’t speak to how good it sounds on anything else and would therefore recommend those interested to try it out themselves to see if it fits their personal use. All in all, the Sennheiser E 945 is a great microphone that not too many people known about.
I have used this Sennheiser E 945 in all kinds of recording situations. I use it mainly for recording electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and vocals, but I have also used it to record full musical ensembles (including drums) and it reproduces the sound with amazing clarity. There is no background noise. This is the BEST usb microphone on the market. It is a condenser mic so it will pick up sounds accurately without coloring them. Another feature about condenser mics is that they are very sensitive; they don't "normalize" sounds like dynamic mics do. So recording with one is more difficult because you will have to keep constant volumes. You'll have to set the input volume on your computer very low if recording something loud, or else it will peak and sound broken and distorted; this is normal with all condenser mics. If you try to use a dynamic mic to record, it will have a "live" kind of sound to it (listen to Blink-182's self-titled album). Some people like that, but for a professional sounding recording condenser is the only way to go, and even though this one is most expensive one I tried (at $150) it was by far the best.
It has a metal casing, but as with all condenser mics, the insides will break before the outside if you don't take proper care of it. I treat mine with more care than any of my stuff; keep it in a safe place, away from moisture and risk of getting knocked over or hit. Use a pop filter when recording vocals to keep moisture away from it.
You could spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on a "pro setup"; get a mixing board, preamps, dedicated instrument mics, etc or if you just want to record one track at a time and have it sound great, get this for a fraction of the price
The Sennheiser E 945 is a microphone that sits at the top of this range of microphones. In a nutshell, this microphone probably is the best of them. Read on to find out why, everyone!
The Sennheiser E 945 is a dynamic handheld microphone designed for use with live vocals. The wonderful thing about the E 945 is that it has a supercardioid pattern, which, to be fair, is not so terribly rare these days, but it is worth mentioning because I personally prefer using supercardioid microphones to cardioid microphones for their rejection characteristics. Also note that this means that the microphone is no good for group vocals at all, because of how narrow their pattern is. You may be thinking, "These types of microphones are not designed for that anyway!" and you may be correct, but it does not stop them from being used in these ways anyway. The SM57, for example, can work on group vocals quite well when needed.
The Sennheiser has a nice frequency response of 40-18,000 Hz, which is typical in this line of microphones, and superior in this range compared to the other brands' competitors for the most part.
The microphone is also advertised to give more gain before feedback, and when testing this, I can confirm this is actually quite true, so if this is an issue, this microphone is one to consider!
The Sennheiser E 945 is a wonderful microphone for the price. Sure, it may be more expensive than the industry standards, but there is a tangible reason for it. The industry standards are workhorses, but vocal microphones are specialist microphones, and thus, I have only tested it on vocals. I am not sure whether these will fill a workhorse role as well as the venerable Shure models, but it cannot hurt to give it a shot if you really need a vocal microphone anyway!
The Sennheiser E 945 is a dynamic hand held microphone that is best suited for use during live shows. It has a hyper cardioid polar pattern pick up and the shape makes it perfect for vocals. While it would certainly be usable in the recording studio, I would say that it doesn't excel in this situation and should probably only be considered a mic for use on the stage. The Sennheiser E 945 is a sturdy microphone that has the ability to last a while if used and treated right.
I've been using the Sennheiser E 945 dynamic microphone for about two years and I've found that it is great at what it is suited for, which is on vocals for live shows. This is what it is made to do and it works great for this. Sennheiser has a great reputation for making top notch microphones and I've found that this microphone is a nice choice for the professional singer who wants a nice vocal microphone to use for live shows. The sound comes in cleanly and is always pretty full sounding. While I like to use the Sennheiser E 945 for vocals, it can be used for pretty much whatever instrument you would like to use it with when it comes to using this for live shows. The price of this mic is about double for the Shure SM 58, so I would probably first recommend the 58 because of this price difference. However, if you are looking to spend a bit more money on something that sounds slightly better, the Sennheiser E 945 wouldn't be a bad choice. Sennheiser makes some great microphones and I have definitely come to trust them and the products they make. Overall, the Sennheiser E 945 is a great microphone for live shows for amateurs and professionals alike.