Sennheiser Unveils MK 4 Large-Diaphragm Studio Mic at NAMM
At the NAMM Show in Anaheim, audio specialist Sennheiser is presenting the new MK 4, a large-diaphragm true condenser microphone. This cardioid microphone, which is manufactured in Germany, is Sennheiser’s first large-diaphragm side-address microphone.
The MK 4 with its nickel-coloured finish was developed for professional users in project studios, but is also suited for other recording environments, including on stage. It is also affordable for home recordists and musicians.
“In the development of the MK 4, we invested every euro in getting the best possible sound,” says Product Manager Sebastian Schmitz, “and 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.”
The finest sound structures are well resolved, and sound coming from the sides is picked up without colouration as to avoid changing the overall sound quality. The microphone has a harmonious presence with vivid mids and a detailed bass range. At the same time, typical cardioid cancellation is relatively frequency-independent.
The MK 4 has a large one-inch diaphragm spattered with 24-carat gold. It features a sturdy metal housing and elastically mounted capsule. The solid suppression of handling noise offered by the internal capsule mount can be further improved by the use of an elastic suspension, which is 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 a low self-noise of 10 dB(A).
“The MK 4 is highly versatile for vocals, acoustic guitars and grand pianos as well as for strings and wind instruments,” says Schmitz. “What is more, in numerous field trials it has proven to be an excellent microphone with guitar amplifiers, drums and percussion. To sum up: it is an unpretentious microphone with outstanding sound.”
The MK 4 will be available after NAMM and comes complete with a microphone clip and a protective pouch. Optional accessories include an elastic suspension, a foam windshield and a popshield. Visit Sennheiser at the NAMM Show, Hall A, Stand 6579.