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 practical e 906 transmits the sound of your guitar amp in an authentic, direct manner – and can adjust flexibly to your style. Find out how it works here.
If you take a look at the ratings for the e 906 in online stores and forums, you immediately notice the numerous good ratings. But why is it actually so popular? “The e 906 incorporates all our decades of experience with guitar microphones”, explains portfolio manager Sebastian Schmitz and continues with a smile: “We’ve developed a few decent models in the past.” One of these “decent” guitar microphones is the MD 409, which still enjoys legendary status among sound engineers and is not infrequently referred to as ‘the best guitar microphone that there is’. Its ability to capture warm, dreamy guitars and pithy metal riffs equally well was also the aim when developing the e 906. And naturally also the easy handling – thanks to its shape (its nickname being “guitar briquette”) the MD 409 could be simply hung on its cable in front of the speakers. A blessing when it comes to set-up and on small stages.
A harmonious family
The Sennheiser engineers were already trying to meet these demands when developing the e 609 silver; however with the e 906 there was a further requirement. It needed to blend in harmoniously with the new 900 microphone series. This required particularly fine tuning, because: “We designed the 900er series as a family. Every special microphone ought to deliver an outstanding sound in the band mix even without EQ. This means that they need to not only reproduce their respective instrument well, but also fit perfectly into the overall context,” explains Schmitz. To achieve this, the e 906 was rigorously measured under live conditions and carefully adjusted. In field tests it was then possible for sound engineers to try out and evaluate the new e 906.