Shure SM57 Sennheiser e609 Silver Comparison
There has been much debate on different forums about which mic is better, the SM57 or the e609. Both cost
about the same and there is a slight sound difference. Using a Mesa Boogie 410 cab with Jensens
in the top and Eminence in the bottom clips have been recorded with each mic on each speaker.
The recording process included both mics (SM57 & e609) placed on opposite speakers to get the
best seperation, after recording a short clip the mics were switched. The downside is the Jensen
clips are not from the same take nor are the Eminence clips. However, the same part was played
on each take and a good feel for the dynamics of each mic can be gleamed.
Both mics were passed through a M-Audio Audio Buddy into a Delta66 and finally captured in
Cakewalk Pro Audio 9.03. Guitar used was a EBMM Axis Super Sport (neck pickup) and the amp is a
Dean Markley RM80-DR on the clean channel.
Judge for yourself on the sound differences but the SM57 does not sound different enough to
warrant carrying a mic stand to a gig. You just can't beat the e609's drape method along with
this mic being much less picky about placement.
The SM57 presents a hotter signal to the preamp which means less gain can be used, this should
make the sound man happy.
Sm57-e609 Eminence comparison.
Sm57-e609 Jensen comparison.
Check out our full review of the Sennheiser e609
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