Sennheiser MK 4 Condenser Microphone

Jan 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Audio Podcasting, Podcasting Hardware

At the 2011 NAMM Show, German audio specialist Sennheiser presented their new MK 4 large-diaphragm true condenser microphone. This cardioid microphone is the company’s first large-diaphragm side-address microphone and, according to company spokesmen, “focuses on giving the best possible sound quality rather than technical extravagance.”

The MK 4 was developed for professional users in project studios, but is equally suited for other recording environments, and is tough enough for use on stage. With a retail price of $299, it is also affordable for home recordists, podcasters and musicians.

“In the development of the MK 4, we invested every euro in getting the best possible sound,” explained Product Manager Sebastian Schmitz.  “We focused on the key elements of a good studio microphone to ensure that we can offer the MK 4 to our customers at an attractive price.”

Sound coming from the sides of the mic is picked up without coloration and so does not change the overall sound quality. The microphone has vivid mids and is also very detailed in the bass range. At the same time, typical cardioid cancellation is relatively frequency-independent.

The MK 4 has a large 1-inch diaphragm precisely spattered with 24-carat gold. The sturdy metal housing and the elastically mounted capsule make the microphone tough enough for even the most energetic recording situations. The suppression of handling noise offered by the internal capsule mount can be even further improved by the use of an elastic suspension [available as an accessory].

The open front of the suspension mount enables the MK 4 to be positioned close to the sound source. The microphone has a maximum sound pressure level of 140 dB, and its self-noise of 10 dB(A) is extremely low. “The MK 4 is highly versatile for vocals, acoustic guitars and grand pianos as well as for strings and wind instruments,” Sebastian Schmitz explained. “What is more, in numerous field trials it has proven to be an excellent microphone for use with guitar amplifiers, drums and percussion. To sum up: it is an unpretentious microphone with outstanding sound.”

The MK 4 will be available after the NAMM Show, and comes complete with a microphone clip and a protective pouch. Optional accessories include an elastic suspension, a foam windshield and a pop-shield.

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