We often think of e914 as the hidden gem of Sennheiser’s e900 series microphones.
While everyone else seems to clamber over hot coals to get to the stars of the show – e904 snare/tom mic; e906 guitar cab mic, and the two premium vocal wonders: e935 cardioid and e945 supercardioid – the cardioid condenser e914 keeps getting the job done, for a variety of instrument applications.
It’s typically used for drum overheads, and often for hi-hat, for live stage use, live recording and also studio recording.
Thanks to its handling of dynamic range and transient, e914 is also great for use with acoustic guitar in the studio, and a wide range of percussion instruments – even string ensembles and choir duties.
Some handy features that go a long way to making e914 a genuine workhorse of your micropohone kit (apart from the more-solid-than-rock body and grille) include the 3-position pre attenuation switch (0db, -10dB, -20dB), along with a 3-position bass roll-off switch (flat, roll-off, cut-off).
When it’s time to get some new drum overheads, definitely check out e914.