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New-look microphone from a trusted name. The Sennheiser MK4, shown with and without the optional spider/shock mount.
It’s pretty hard to stand out in a crowd of professional microphones these days. Somehow, Sennheiser has managed to turn a lot of heads with their first side address large diaphragm condenser – the MK4.
The MK4 is a stark contrast to microphones that add on the features. This mic is all business. A nylon type pouch is included along with a basic mount. The MK4S spider type shock mount is optional, but I found that handling noise and low frequency resonances were not a problem.
No switches or mic-mounted adjustments. Simply plug it in and supply phantom power. As you’ll hear in our demo, the mic has a nice mellow sound, mimicking a good studio dynamic. If this German made mic holds up to some rough handling, I could easily see it as a cost effective condenser replacement for radio or live stage.
We also started using an audio measuring stick of sorts in trying out microphones. After trying out hundreds of microphones, some of them indeed start to sound alike. I used what we’ll call the “Reasonably Priced Microphone” to start the show and then introduce the star. Doing this will set a baseline for comparison. For me, this comparison helped tremendously in describing the character and sound of the mic at hand.
Enough with the typing. Let’s listen in and hear what, may possibly be, a future classic from Sennheiser. Meet the MK4…
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