Nearly everyone is saying that the e609 may become your go to mic for recording guitars. The standout feature here is definitely the ability to use the mic without a stand. You can simply hang it over your amp and either tie it down with railroad tie or simply duct tape that bad boy!
I would also say that the majority of reviewers preferred this over the SM57, though there were a few who liked the 57 better.
Phenomenal sound reproduction. Very honest.
Excellent feedback rejection.
Good at isolating the instrument.
Mic stand not needed.
Handles high sound pressure levels well.
Clip does not hold the mic well, as it’s way too small. Replacement needed.
Who this mic benefits?
I’ve seen it endorsed for:
Not as good for:
What you will need?
It’s a dynamic microphone, so you will not need 48v phantom power for it.
The housing around the grill is made of a sturdy plastic.
To mic a guitar cab, just hang it in front of the speaker, but offset it a little from the center to avoid muddiness.
Perhaps most importantly, the source of where your sound is coming from does outweigh the quality of the mic. Even a great mic may sound bad if the amp is bad. Just something to keep in mind.
It’s got an extremely specific sound that you may or may not like. Some say you need to use it in conjunction with an SM57 to achieve optimal results.
Clean guitars sound really good with the e609.
I’ve heard that the original Black e609’s are superior to the gray ones.
An excellent solution for miking guitar amps. Provided clip is too small, but is meant to hang without a mic stand. Completely honest sound. What you hear is a true reproduction. Especially great for live settings.
Similarities & Differences
Both are dynamic microphones.
Both work well in similar recording situations.
The placement with the e609 isn’t as critical as with the SM57.
The SM57 requires a mic stand to place in front of a guitar cabinet, while the e609 does not (you can hang it instead).
You may have to EQ out the harshness in the SM57, while the e609 can be left flat with no EQ.
The tone of the e609 sounds more natural and transparent than the darker sound of the SM57. It’s more detailed an airy at the top end than the e609.
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