Like the e835 and e935, this puppy continues the tradition of cutting through the mix, but also bringing out a warmth in your voice. It’s very noticeable when singing soft, breathy parts. You will be blown away by the clarity and detail that gets revealed.
A big advantage of the 945 is that it does nicely with feedback rejection. This was a common praise in reviews.
Crisp, with a nice clarity, definition, and warmth and richness like Richie Rich.
Heavy and durable. Built like a tank. Will survive drops.
Clean through the mid-range and treble.
Cuts through the mix very well, and accentuates the high end beautifully.
Will reveal more nuance and subtlety in your voice.
High gain before feedback.
Mic clip a bit cheap.
No On/Off switch.
A bit piercing at times. Use a pop-filter/windscreen, EQ it out, or a de-esser works well too.
Who this mic benefits?
Vocals and live vocals.
Female voices, including High soprano, as well as Mezzo-Soprano and Alto.
Baritone/Tenor voices for males.
Screamers and Growlers.
Classic rock. Cuts through wonderfully.
Grungy rock (Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Audioslave, Guns ‘n Roses, Whitesnake).
Recommended pairing them with 3-way speakers.
Rock ‘n Roll.
Not as good for:
What you will need?
If you’re in studio, you won’t need 48v phantom power, but you can still use your Audio interface or mixer to power this mic. Just make sure that the 48v phantom power switch is OFF. What does an audio interface do?
You will also need:
Pop-filter or windscreen
Acoustic Sound Treatment never hurt! I mostly recommend treatment for Condenser mics, as they pick up a lot more. However, it’s still good to have it regardless. Dynamic mics tend to reject noise better, but another option is a channel strip. These are very hands on and intuitive, and you can edit your vocals in real time. A good example of one is the DBX 286s.
Thoughts from Stu’s Notepad
Because the e945 is supercardioid, it will cut a lot of background noise and reduce feedback, even more so than a regular cardioid dynamic microphone. Condenser mic vs. Dynamic mic.
The mic is very directional, and works best when you’re really close to it and straight on.
You won’t have to turn the gain up very high with this one, which is nice if you’ve come from Condenser microphones that sometimes need that extra boost.
You may have a problem with plosives, but a de-esser works wonders and the issue is an extremely minor one.
A funny but sort of tragic story I read on Musicians friend was a guy that said his motor home went up in flames and $34,000 worth of gear was completely destroyed. But what survived you ask? 4 of these e945’s in a paper box. WOW. Enough said.
Cuts through the mix phenomenally. Built like a tank. Great feedback rejection. No On/Off switch. Plosives may present a slight issue, and you should be right in front of it for best results, but overall this microphone is top notch.
Similarities & Differences
Both are dynamic microphones.
Both lack an On/Off switch.
Both look nearly identical.
The e945 may be cleaner through the mid-range and treble than the e935.
The e945 has more headroom than the e935.
The e945 has less feedback than the e935.
The e945 has more clarity than the e935.* This is because it rejects background noise better.
The e945 has a better mid-range than the e935.
The e945 has crisper highs than the e935.
The e945 has a better low end than the e935.
The e935 is cardioid while the e945 is supercardioid. What is a Cardioid capsule? This basically means that the e945 has a smaller, more restrictive area that you can effectively sing into. The upside is that it rejects sound from the sides better, but the downside is that you have to be pretty much directly in front of it to get the best sound. The e935 on the other hand has a bit less of a restrictive area that it will pick up sound, but the trade-off is that it will pick up more sound from the left and right.
The 945 is a little more expensive.
The e945 is more resistant to feedback.
The e945 is a bit better in every aspect than the e935. If you’ve got any of the above voice types and need a mic that delivers with the mentioned genres and vocal types, or if you’re a female, the 945 is the mic for you. I would say that they both do very well with the same types of applications and voices, but the 945 is a little better overall.
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