e 900: evolution reaches a peak

2004 saw the start of the first field tests of what was then the new ‘evolution 900’ family. This time, the developers at Sennheiser did not rely merely on measurement results and experience in electro­acoustics but also on “golden ears”: in numerous field tests, the series’ sound was adapted for professional stage use. With 3 vocal and 6 instrument microphones, the premium series covers a substantial proportion of common live applications.

The e 906 is your guitar microphone for all styles. Its natural sound and practical design offer you a wealth of possibilities. Here are a few tips for how to use it even better – for you and your sound.

Simply even more secure

The shape of the e 906 is ideal for positioning the microphone so that it simply hangs on its cable in front of the speakers – without any tripod. This saves space and reduces the work involved in set-up. To position it even more securely, you can simply attach the microphone clamp supplied: it then acts like a lever; in this way the e 906 cannot turn with its cable and stays exactly where you put it.

The position colors the sound

Not only the presence switch but also the positioning of the e 906 in front of the speaker enables you to have an influence on the guitar sound. This is how you do it:

For lots of high frequencies and an aggressive sound: Align the mic directly towards the center of the dome.

For balanced, natural sound: Position the mic between the dome and beading of the speaker

For a soft sound with more lower mid-ranges: Align the e 906 towards the beading – the further towards the outside, the fewer high frequencies you will get, resulting in a warmer sound.

Why not try out something else?

The e 906 is also ideal for capturing trumpets or snare drums. With the latter you can also shape the sound through the positioning of the e 906. Placing it horizontally above the drum at a distance of 3 to 5 cm will give you relatively many overtones and rather less attack. To alter this ratio, simply change the angle of the mic above the drum; align it towards the center of the drum head and vary the angle from approx. 30° to 60°. As always with miking, naturally the following rule applies here too: There is no “right” or “wrong”. Simply try out a few positions – and trust your ears.