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Sennheiser MD509 (Black Fire's)

Is anyone else using these?

I bought mine years ago when I had a deal, because at the time I thought they were the same mic's that were on Pink Floyds Pompei video!! (they were 409's, btw) Anyone have a worse reason for buying mic's!?

I hadn't really used them much until recently when I dug them out, and I've been really digging them. Good 57 alternative to me, plus I managed to get a great kit sound with just two of them recently.
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Used to use them on toms all the time. Loved them. One day when I'm in the market for some new mics I'd love to find 3 or four of them
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i used to have a couple of md-409's...worst decision was to sell em....used em on marshall cabinets right up tight on the grillcloth..what a sound....also kick drum in tight to the head...after which i realized just how boomy and loose the d-112 was......
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At Winter NAMM 2003 (January 16 to 19, 2003), Sennheiser Electronic (Old Lyme, Conn.; booth #6555) will introduce one of the first instrument mic upgrades in the Evolution Wired Mic Series, the E 609 Silver. Building on the Evolution 609 and MD 409 dynamic microphones, Sennheiser re-engineered the E 609's capsule for a punchier sound with more clarity.

Sporting the same silver front grille, the E 609 Silver's tonal character has been tailored to more closely match the MD 409's; physical construction and side-address configuration remain the same, as well. Frequency response is 40-18k Hz, sensitivity is 1.5 mV/Pa and nominal impedance is 350 ohms.



The E 609 Silver will be available in February 2003, with an MSRP of $199.95.
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I think I've heard people who have a/b'ed them determine the 509 and 409 are about identical audio wise. The e609 is supposed to be not so thick, maybe a bit brighter and thinner, but still a bit smoother and creamier than a 57. And Sennheiser has now released the e609-Emotion, distinguished by two-tone grills (silver and black), at a lower price, and they claim to have recaptured the 409 sound. Confused?

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not too confused

I own the original e-609's and find them to be OK - and use them sometimes on Guitars and/or Toms. But I found I needed to double mic with a 57 as well when recording guitars. I didn't get the impression they were as cool as 409's. I eager to try out the new two tone e609 'silver's.
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yeah, right, 409s...

Last week, my friend told me, how he recorded his worldwide million selling hit single "Lemon Tree" of his band "Fool's Garden":
He had a Fostex 1/2", a soundcraft 16/4/2, an atari, a bedroom in his parents house and ONE fu**ing 409.
He recorded everything with it, Live-Hihat (drums out of the box), guitars, and vocals. Vocal sound was a little muddy, so he "fixed" it with his "conrad electronic" (germanys radio shack) parametric EQ.
Yeah, and he put a dustbin over the 409, when recording guitar, he wanted something weird.
If you get a chance to hear that song - it's real 409 magic.

I'm crazy for mics, old ones, tubemics etc.
Own a 509 for years along with other great mics, never liked it anywhere, thought it was poo, a bad joke. Now that lemon tree thing really ****ed me up.
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