Sennheiser E604

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Dynamic Instrument Microphone

The e 604 is a cardioid microphone for miking brass and woodwinds

  • Ideal e.g. for toms, snare, percussion
  • Polar pattern: cardioid
  • Frequency range: 40 - 18,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 1.8 mV/Pa @ 1 kHz
  • Glass-fibre reinforced, robust plastic housing
  • Insensitive to impact and structure borne sound
  • Highest sound pressure (160 dB) is transmitted without distortion
  • Very low inherent noise
  • Hum-compensating coil
  • Good positioning due to compact design
  • Integrated tripod mount
  • Inlet basket: stainless steel
  • Dimensions (Ø x L): 33 x 59 mm
  • Weight without cable: 60 g
  • Incl. rim clamp MZH 504/ 604 and bag
Available since November 1999
Item number 129029
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Incl. Clip On Mount Yes
Condenser Microphone No
$125
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A classic among rim mics

The compact, sturdy, and cleverly designed e 604 microphone from Sennheiser is a dynamic cardioid instrument mic that is primarily intended for percussion instruments and has proven itself in numerous applications. Its impact-resistant fibreglass-reinforced housing provides optimum protection against accidental hits, so despite weighing in at just 60 grams (a full 80 grams lighter than its bigger brother, the e 906), this model doesn't cut any corners in terms of durability. Excellent flexibility and ease of positioning are also ensured by the microphone's highly compact design as well as the integrated microphone stand mount and the MZH 604 drum clip included in the scope of delivery.

Sennheiser E604 Dynamic Instrument Microphone

Minimum size, maximum effect

The diminutive design envelope of the Sennheiser e 604 somewhat belies its impressive capabilities: Small though it may be, this mic will deliver a punchy, open-sounding reproduction of sources with an SPL of up to 160dB without distortion. According to the manufacturer's data sheet, the e 604 provides a slight boost between 1.5kHz and 7kHz, which also lends a pleasing characteristic to the sound. With a frequency response that ranges from 40Hz to 18kHz, the Sennheiser e 604 is highly versatile in application and will cut an equally fine figure when used with brass and woodwind instruments as well.

Closeup of the Sennheiser E604 Dynamic Instrument Microphone

Wonderfully practical

The list of potential users for the Sennheiser e 604 is extensive yet easily summed up, since anyone looking for a compact and robust solution for recording wind or percussion instruments and fully capturing their sonic characteristics will find what they are looking for here and can be sure that it will perform reliably in every situation, from the safe confines of the studio to the rigorous live performance environment. What is more, the e 604's price-performance ratio makes it an interesting proposition for professional as well as semi-professional users.

Sennheiser logo on the E604 Dynamic Instrument Microphone

About Sennheiser

In June 1945, Prof. Fritz Sennheiser founded the Wennebostel Laboratory, which initially produced measuring equipment. Commissioned by Siemens in 1945, the young company developed the MD-1 microphone, which was launched in 1946. After the development of further microphones, the company was renamed Sennheiser Electronic in 1958. Two years later, Sennheiser introduced the MD 421 dynamic microphone, which is still in production today and still held in high esteem by many sound engineers. Further groundbreaking developments, such as the HD 414 headphones and the MD 441 microphone classic, hugely enhanced the company’s international reputation, eventually making Sennheiser one of the leading manufacturers of microphone and headphone systems in the world.

For snares, toms, and more

Probably the most "classic" way to position the Sennheiser e 604 is to attach it directly to the rim of the respective drum using the included rim clip - a method that is both quick and easy as well as secure. Should the instrument in question not have a rim, it is of course also possible to attach the mic to a stand, which thanks to the integrated stand mount can be done without requiring any additional hardware, allowing Djembés and similar rimless drums to be miked easily and effectively. And since numerous recording applications require several of these microphones to be deployed at once, a bundle comprising three e 604s is also available.

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THE live drum microphone
JacobB 05.03.2017
I've seen hundreds of specs from live bands and the standard mic request for toms and snare bottom is a 604, with good reasons. They are great for live sound, and only a few tom designs will not fit well with the clip.

Practically speaking they are light, small, adjustable and built to survive many years of contempt. We have 7 in one of the venues I frequent, they are 9 years old and still look and sound fine, despite being: hit thousands of times, thrown, crushed and flooded.

The sound is what you want in a live situation: you can get a nice deep tom sound with clarity (even if it can be a little too bright for some situations). The dynamic range and sensitivity are well matched to the job, loud tom hits won't overload and softer drummers can be boosted without undue noise.

I have tried recording toms with it and while it was ok, the clip colours the low mid to bass frequencies via mechanical transmission and without heavy EQ its a little underwhelming. I personally would rather have MD421s or even just overheads compared to the 604s.
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Sennheiser E604 Review.
Cunnerzzz 23.02.2014
I have purchased these microphones before, having watched many in depth reviews on Youtube. The sound quality from these mics is second to none and very professional. They are small, compact and brilliant! The reason I chose these mics besides the sound quality is that they are small and fit on the toms perfectly, they attach to the hoop with an included clamp that fits tightly to the mic making a secure attachment to the drum. From such a trusted brand like Sennheiser I expected nothing less than perfect quality and that is what I have received.
I would strongly recommend these microphones to anyone looking to get a punchy booming sound from their drums! Thanks Thomann!
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Convenient and Useful
vibepoliceman 13.03.2021
I bought two of these for recording tom drums in my kit.

The clips that attach to the rim of a drum are especially useful since they cut out two mic stands from an already cramped mic setup.

The sound of this mic is very acceptable considering the price. They're very rugged and resistant to the odd hit from a drumstick.

The build quality feels quite cheap though for the price.

Overall a good buy if you're on a budget and in the market for a tom mic. I vibe with it.
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My go-to for Toms
NyquistAudio 24.04.2018
I love these mics, they are my go-to mic for use on toms and have been for many years. I prefer them to more expensive mics like the Shure Beta 98s. I find they give me a more consistent sound than small condensers and they're so quick and easy to clamp on a tom. Very reliable clamp. Can also be screwed onto mic stand for use with cajon, etc
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