« great for live drum recording »Published on 11/28/11 at 00:00
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.