Sennheiser e902 Reviews4.6/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
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February 25, 2013
Best Bass Drum Mic AroundBeen searching for a good bass drum mic for a while. If you are are on YouTube enough, you are bound to find kick drum mic shootouts. Some mics sound good, but many lack the thump and presence I've been looking for. Then I encountered this mic.
Out of the box, you wouldn't think it would have the punch and thump that it does. Without any EQ, it will split your chest. For a real "kicker" (no pun intended) stick a 901 inside your kick and have the 902 just inside the drum pointing at the beater? Your ribs just might actually explode.
This mic would work very well for rock, funk and any other groove type application.
Carter Beauford of DMB fame uses this combo. So, if it works for them, I'm sure it will work for you too!!
Get this mic...you will not be disapointed.
from Nashville, TN
August 18, 2011Music Background:
Good Stuff!I had been looking at all kinds of mics to build a studio with. I narrowed my kick mics down to 3 and decided to go with this one even tho the other 2 where the industry standard. At the time the mic on here and the other site to buy gear off of only had 2 reviews each but all saying it was great. I went for it and was glad i did. It really does give you a great kick sound without EQ as long as you know where to place mics. It really can handle a ton of lows but still give you the punch you want out of your kick drum. If you are looking to get a mic for bass cabs or kick drums get this mic. DON'T HESITATE!
from McRae, Ga
September 3, 2009Music Background:
Studio owner, performer, engineer, teacher, arranger, blah-blah-blah
Superb in the hole...Have used this mic on a few sessions with live kick drums recently, and when placed properly at depth in the port hole of a kick head, it works incredibly well at capturing a blend of attack and "whoomp". Haven't used it on bass cabs yet, but for kick, I'm sold. Regarding kick drums with no port hole, well, you really have to work on proper placement. Well built mic. Learn to work it, and it will work for you.
from Macon, GA
October 7, 2006Music Background:
Recording/Mixing Engineer, Producer, Live Sound Engineer
Loose the "poof" and gain focus and body in your kick drum sound.It seems like Shure has had a big hit in the Beta 52 for the crowd that doesn't dig the slappy AKG D112 sound. However, there are times where I feel that I'm getting too much of a pillowy "Poof" to the kick when I use a Beta 52. What to do, right?
Enter the Sennheiser e902. While it's not just a re-eq'd Beta 52, it gives me what I feel to be an overall balanced kickdrum sound for most situations. It's not slappy nor is it boomy. It IS, however, focussed and gutsy.
My only complaint is the mounting apparatus. Sennheiser hasn't really "gotten" it when it comes to this seemingly small part of the mic's body. While the arm is a little more flexible than other integrated-mounting-arm kick-drum mics, the handleless screw and nut configuration sends you looking for tools instead of just grabbing and twisting a small handle to tighten the sucker down. This is no small thing that Shure did very well when designing the Beta 52 and the Beta 56.
To Sennheiser's credit, they were probably more concerned with how the mic sounds and equating that with how it performs. A little thought in the art of ergonomics goes a long way and hopefully Sennheiser will correct this in a Version II of this otherwise fantastic kick drum mic.