Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sennheiser MK 4 review and audio samples

Aloha, this time I want to give you some quick impressions on the Sennheiser Mk 4 large diaphragm cardioid microphone that just arrived in my studio. I use several older dynamic Sennheiser mics and I usually like what they do and the quality of their products. This mic is made in Germany, it's solid, pretty heavy and sells for 300 Euros which is an amazing price in my point of view. You get no case or suitcase and no shock mount or any other extras - just a small bag and a (good working) clip, thats it. The mic itself has no features like a bass roll-off or a pad switch and you can not change the characteristic. So there are a lot of "no's". But what you get is a great microphone that feels and sounds just right - and thats what its all about. This microphone is a great tool, my test recordings with male vocals, acoustic guitars and amps had been very promising. I was "instantly" happy. There is a slight boost in the upper mids that can be nice on certain things (especially vocals and acoustic guitars) and I love the fact that it doesn't sound harsh in higher ranges and handles sibilance well. Very nice.

Sennheiser MK4 vs. Neumann TLM 127 on custom made tube preamp

Sennheiser MK4 vs. Neumann TLM 127 on MOTU Traveler built in preamp

Regarding the price it's great when you are "on the go" or if you want to invest in a stereo set. I rate this thing a 8/10 for now and will be back with more details after I've used it for a while...

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