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Sennheiser MK4 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone  

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The Sennheiser MK 4 is a large-diaphragm, true condenser microphone designed for professional studio recordings. Featuring fine resolution and outstanding sound quality, the MK 4 offers excellent valu... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Sennheiser MK 4 is a large-diaphragm, true condenser microphone designed for professional studio recordings. Featuring fine resolution and outstanding sound quality, the MK 4 offers excellent value for the price, making it an ideal choice for professional project studios and home recordists. It features a 1" true condenser capsule based on the acoustics of the e 965 high-end vocal mic that's optimized for recording. Made in Germany, the MK 4's transducer is manufactured in the same Level 5 clean room (medical level) as all high-end Sennheiser and Neumann condenser capsules.

Sturdy large-diaphragm model
The MK 4 has a large 1" diaphragm precisely spattered with 24-carat gold. Its sturdy metal housing with nickel finish, and elastically mounted capsule, make the microphone tough enough for even the most demanding recording situations. The internal capsule mount provides excellent suppression of handling noise, which can be further improved by the use of an elastic shockmount. 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 140dB, and extremely low self-noise (10dB, A-weighted).

The highly versatile MK 4 is great for vocals, acoustic guitar, and grand piano, as well as strings and wind instruments. And, in numerous field trials, it has proven to be an excellent microphone for guitar amplifiers, drums, and percussion. The MK 4 comes with a microphone clip and a protective pouch.

Optional MKS 4 Shockmount (not included - see# H71114)

The optional MKS 4 shockmount (not included - see #H71114) is specifically built to hold a large-diaphragm MK 4 microphone from Sennheiser. It has an elastic suspension with an open ring which allows the mic to be positioned close to the sound source.

Features
  • Large-diaphragm capsule (1")
  • True condenser design
  • 24-carat gold -plated diaphragm
  • Full metal housing
  • Capsule shock-mounted internally to minimise structure-borne noise
  • Designed for project studios and stage use
  • Low inherent self-noise and high maximum SPL
  • Made in Germany
  • Optional MKS 4 Shockmount (not included - see# H71114)
  • Elastic suspension
Specifications
  • Transducer principle: Externally polarized condenser microphone
    Pick-up pattern: Cardioid
    Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
    Sensitivity: 25 mV/Pa
    Maximum sound pressure level (passive):140dB
    Equivalent noise level: 10dB (A)
    Dynamic range: 130dB
    Nominal impedance:50 ohm
    Min. terminating impedance: 1,000 ohm
    Phantom power: +48V
    Current consumption: 3.1 mA
    Weight: 17.1 oz. (485 g)
    Dimensions: 6-5/16 x 2-1/4 (length x diameter) (160 x 57 mm)
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
2 year warranty, including the Evolution wireless. Sennheiser Evolution wired mics have a 10 year warranty.


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SennheiserMK4 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
 
4.9

(based on 9 reviews)

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Cons

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Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
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4.0

Great Value

By JC

from Charleston SC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sennheiser MK4 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone:

    I have had C414's and TLM model mics. I sold everything some years back and just had a AKG Perception 120. I wanted to get back into recording some original songs, I am mostly into Indie Rock, Pop and Folk and some progressive Rock and Blues. I Recorded a couple tests with my AKG P120 and felt the set up was ok but lacking. After some research I decided to try a Sennheiser MK4. I checked reviews, comparisons and price, the Mic is currently on clearance and I felt at the lower price I would go for it. Compared directly to the AKG P120 the MK4 is more sensitive, detailed and clear. The P120 might make a good back up mic but does not have the clarity of the Sennheiser MK4. The difference on vocals was noticeable but when I try an acoustic guitar I was able to hear a huge difference. I am happy with the mic and the deal I got. This Mic is not as good as a AKG c414 or TLM but at barley over $200 on clearance it comes in at a 1/3 of the price of one of those mics used.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very neutral

    By Tom

    from DFW

    Comments about Sennheiser MK4 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone:

    I purchased a pair of these mics at Guitar Center. It is my understanding that they are made in the same German factory as Neumann mics and share capsules with that brand. I compared these to Audio Technical AT4050a mics, and Shure SM81s. The Sennheiser Mk4 mics have very low self noise, lower than the reference mics. The sound is very open and neutral, a bit different but, on par with the Shure and Audio Technica mics. The Sennheiser mics look very well made and the optional shock mounts I purchased look like a work of art, the castings and machining is top tier. I will note that these mics are all about performance but simply are featureless. There is no attenuator pad, no low frequency contour, no pattern selection. Frankly, I almost never use these features so I don't miss them. If you are interested in a pair of very neutral, quiet well made German mics, these will likely give you the best bang for the buck out there.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Mic Our Band has ever owned!!!

    By Emerald Rose

    from Dahlonega, GA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Beautiful Smooth Warmth
    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Insert In Holder
    • Instructions Minimal

    Best Uses

    • Anything you want
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sennheiser MK4 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone:

    Our band Emerald Rose has had their own studio for many years. We used this mic on our latest cd, Sunwise, recording harmony vocals, pennywhistle and Irish bodhran. Best mic we have ever owned. It made the experience wonderful. Having used Neumann mics before we were skeptical of its hype, but this mic blew us away. Best buy we have made in a long time! You will love it!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Studio quality sound

    By David G

    from Jupiter, Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sennheiser MK4 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone:

        This mic is transperant and delivers studio quality sound. I had a V63M with a RK-12 capsule which is warmer but not as clear (like a SE2200). In my opinion a male voice should not have added warmth anyway. I heard that the MK4 is similar to the NT-1A. I had a used NT-1A and wasn't clean like this one. I suspect the AKG214 is good too but more expensive. The MK4 delivers a faithful reproduction on my voice which sounds good in the mix. My problem is that I wasn't getting good vocal quality before that. It doesn't come with a shock mount but the rubberized mount acts like one. I don't agree that it's good for a guitar amp cabinet and I don't have a verdict with an acoustical guitar yet. For that I prefer to use my AKG420. The MK4 has a slightly hyped treble. I tone it down one notch with the free EQ from Kuassa in Reaper. I got a good discount on this and am happy. So this will be my vocal mic until I do a significant upgrade to something else. Finding a mic has been an expensive proposition but I wouldn't cave into getting something extremely expensive even though it might have been more economical in the long run if I had.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        More affordable Neumann! Sounds as good!

        By Rasmus

        from Cincinnati, Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Built Tough
        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Naturally Good Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Acoustic Guitar
          • Drum overhead
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording
          • Vocals

          Comments about Sennheiser MK4 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone:

          After listening to some audio comparisons online, and testing a few different mics at a Guitar Center, I went with this mic over an Audio Technica 4040, and a Sterling Audio mic. This one didn't sound as scooped as the Sterling u87 clone, and while the AT had a great midrange warmth, this one sounded more balanced and like a Neumann that I was looking for. I knew the more balanced sound would help it do better with more applications. I don't regret the choice at all!! Best mic in it's price range, I also think it's competitive with more expensive mics too!

          Since using it in my studio on vocals, acoustic guitars and as a drum overhead, I've used it live as a drum overhead too, and it was amazing!!! I love the cardioid pattern that helped it to not pickup everything on stage!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wonderfully Surprised

          By SoonyOH

          from Anaheim, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Affordable Quality
          • Clear Sound
          • Durable

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sennheiser MK4 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone:

          I went into my local GC to pick up an MXL4000 and was shown in this beauty's direction being told it is an affordable version of a Neumann mic. It was only a 50dollar difference so I went for it. Just did a quick cover to check it out and I was FLOORED. It was so dang clear. This is a professional mic at a steal of a price. I hope you found your way to this mic's page before going out to make your next purchase. BUY THIS MIC!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Mic!

          By Jeremy Mark

          from Indiana

          Comments about Sennheiser MK4 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone:

          This is one nice mic. If you've been searching for a mic that gives you that pro sound this is it.especially for vocals. I have no complaints whatsoever!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Throw out all of your Budget mics. This is the winner!

          By Toni-.T7ec

          from Austin

          Comments about Sennheiser MK4 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone:

          A true Gem. A quality German made microphone at a bargain bin price. Smooth with no brittle top end. Very sensitive, so isolate your vocal, etc from your computer. It picks up even the slightest of hum. The MK4 will be replaceing my Rode NTK Tube as a main vocal mic.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Buy!

          By Javier Flores

          from tx

          Comments about Sennheiser MK4 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone:

          All I can really say is WOW! I purchased this mic just yesterday and I was amazed at the quality of both how it's made and how it sounds. I upgraded from an MXL 990 so you can imagine the difference of sound. Everything just sounds so crisp and clear, very rich and full. I record music so I need a good microphone to help vocals stand out, which is exactly what I got.

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