Sennheiser e614 Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone
Sennheiser's e600 series are composed of high quality instrument microphones.
The e614 is a Supercardioid electret condenser microphone with a high max SPL for use specifically with high volume sound sources like drums and percussion.
It's compact size allows it to be easily positioned even in tighter drumkit layouts.
- Type: Condenser
- Frequency Response: 40Hz-20kHz
- Impedance: 50 ohms
- Max SPL: 139dB
- Applications: Percussion, Drums, Electric and acoustic instruments
- Power Requirements: +48V
- Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
Users love it for miking up drums especially overheads where the neutral sound of the mic plus the supercardioid design allows some reflections of the drum room to be recorded, resulting in natural sounding overheads. For more percussive elements, the mic is noted to perform equally well for with its fast transient response.
Few relevant complaints from people who bought it - most were about packaging differences.
The e614 proves to be a community favorite because of its small size, high SPL handling and neutral frequency response. For overheads, it's a definite go-to mic for many professional engineers.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Condenser Mics - Small & Large Diaphragm.