The Sennheiser e835 is a very versatile mic that excels with baritone/tenor, and low voices primarily, though it does well with pretty much anything. It’s a solid and durable workhorse microphone, and has great noise and feedback rejection.
A lot of folks (the majority in fact) are saying that it stacks up against the SM58 and most actually prefer it over the venerable studio standard.
It is occasionally sibilant, but it’s nothing to indicate deal-breaker status. The mic comes with a clip and a carrying pouch, but doesn’t have an On/Off switch. Proximity is a bit of an interesting dilemma: you’ll have to position your mouth right in front of it, as it doesn’t do quite as well side to side.
The best part of the e835 is that you can scream into it as loud as you want and it will pick up your voice with crystal clear precision and accuracy. Scream away, partner!
Clean and clear sound. Picks up the nuances without coloring anything.
The altos and sopranos prefer this mic as well to the SM58.
Worship music at church.
Works good for miking an amp/electric guitar.
Live performances as well as home recording.
Female singers, although sometimes can be harsh.
What you will need?
The e835 is a dynamic mic and doesn’t require phantom power, but you can still use it with a mixer or audio interface. What does an audio interface do? Just make sure you don’t switch on the phantom power and you should be good to go.
An important thing to also keep in mind is gain. The e835 might need a bit more than you’re used to. That’s where the Cloudlifter comes in, as it will provide an extra 25dB of clean gain. So a combo of the Scarlett 2i2 + Cloudlifter would be ideal. You can also use this combo with a ton of different mics, so there’s that long term value added in as well.
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
The mic has a bit of noise at times.
There is no On/Off switch.
The majority of reviewers like it better than the SM58.
You should stand directly in front of the mic to get the best sound, as it’s not very forgiving from the sides.
Comes with a mic clip and a carry bag.
It does have a tendency to pick up subtle sounds that you may not want, but these are subtle and can be edited out later.
A solid, durable, and versatile workhorse mic with a crispy treble end and clean sound overall. Favored over the SM58 in the majority of reviews I’ve read.
Similarities & Differences
Both do well in many of the same applications.
Both are dynamic microphones.
Both are around the same price.
Sound/high end/mid-range. The e835 has more clarity and a richer sound. The SM58 is a bit dull in comparison, while the e835 tends to brighten your voice more and gives it more character with a better Timbre. What is Timbre? It has a high end boost that really brings out the voice nicely. The e835 is also warmer, sweeter, and more open than the SM58, with a better mid-range as well. It isn’t peaky like the 58.
Screamers vs. normal voice. The SM58 might do better with really loud screaming voices, while the e835 is more suited for normal singing.
Frequency Response. Both the pickup pattern and frequency response are tighter and fuller than the SM58.
Volume on the high end. You won’t have to crank it up much to get a clear sound. With the SM58, there was a need to push it to around 3 ‘0 clock, but with the e835 12-12:30 gets you there with no problems.
Multiple voices. The E835 is better for a few different vocal performances/harmonies recorded at the same time, as the sound won’t get muddied up.
Forgiveness. Where the 58 does excel better than the e835 is proximity. You really have to be right up on the mic and directly in front, where as with the 58 it’s more forgiving and you can let loose a little.
Durability. In the long run, the SM58 may prove to be more durable than the e835. This isn’t to say the e835 isn’t solid because it most certainly is. It’s just the SM58 has a ridiculous track record for being one of the most abused microphones in existence, yet it still keeps on tickin’.
EQ. The e835 sounds better, with more presence and doesn’t require EQ to achieve a great sound. The SM58 on the other hand kind of does need EQ, and won’t sound quite as good without it.
The consensus is that the e835 is superior to the SM58 in all aspects, including overall sound and clarity. I would say the majority of reviews and forum threads I came across mentioned that they preferred the e835 over the SM58 every time.
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