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Sennheiser MKH 30 Bi-Directional Microphone

You Pay: $1,249.95
Product Highlights
  • Transducer Type
  • Wide, Smooth Freq. Response
  • For Soloists & Small Groups
  • Figure-8 Bidirectional Pickup
  • Extreme Lateral Rejection
  • Low Noise & Distortion
  • Transformerless Output
  • Switchable Roll-Off Filter
  • Pre-Attenuation Switch
  • Uses +48V Phantom Power

The symmetrical transducer design of the Sennheiser MKH-30 Micrphone produces an unusually wide and smooth frequency response.

Particularly suited to soloists and small instrumental groups, the MKH-30 can also serve as an "S" or side microphone in MS stereo applications. As a general support microphone, it is particularly useful in the effective suppression of sounds from adjacent sound sources. The MKH-30's transformerless output has inherently low noise and distortion, and it also features switchable roll-off filtering and pre-attenuation. The MKH-30 uses +48V Phantom Power, and is finished in a black anodized metal casing.

A bidirectional condenser mic
Particularly suited to soloists, small instrumental groups, or as an "S" side mic in MS stereo applications
High rejection of lateral sounds
Exceptionally low inherent self-noise
Symmetrical transducer technology ensures extremely low distortion
Transformerless and fully floating balanced output
Switchable roll-off filter to compensate for proximity effects at a distance of approximately 0.5 m
Switchable pre-attenuation
Black, anodized light metal casing
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Figure 8 (Bi-Directional)
Frequency Response 40 Hz - 20 kHz, (-3 dB)
Dynamic Range (Typical) 121 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 81 dB
Maximum Input Sound Level 134 dB
Power Requirements Phantom 48v, (+/- 4v)
Output Impedance 150 Ohms
Output Connectors XLR-3M Type
Pad Yes, -10 dB Attenuation Switch
Low Frequency Roll-Off Yes, -5 dB/Octave @ 100 Hz
Applications General Recording, Mid-Side (M-S) and Blumlein Stereo (When Coupled with Other MKH Microphones)
Dimensions 6.9 x 1.0" (174 x 25mm) LxDiameter
Weight 3.85 oz (110g)
Sennheiser MKH 30 Bi-Directional Microphone
  • (MZS 40-1) Shock Mount
  • (MZW 40) Windscreen
  • (MZQ 31) Double Jointed Stand Adapter
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    SennheiserMKH 30 Bi-Directional Microphone
     
    5.0

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    • Lightweight (3)

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      5.0

      Suited for a specialized purpose

      By Steve

      from Los Angeles, CA

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Sennheiser MKH 30 Bi-Directional Microphone:

      I'm going to start by getting the biggest elephant in the room out of the way: it's a bi-directional mic, and thus it's day-to-day function is extremely limited for almost all recording purposes. It's only real use beside recording multiple angles at once (think backing vocalists in music) are in M/S and Blumlein arrays.

      Bearing this all in mind, the mic is functionally very good. It's well built and sturdy, the signal is robust and free of audible self noise, and it captures very transparently with very minimal off axis coloration to compliment the other MKH-series mics. Although I do find that around 1.2-1.3 kHz it benefits from a 1.5 dB attenuation (at least with traffic recording in an M/S configuration). And the best of all is that it's very monophonic.

      I use this microphone as part of an M/S configuration, complimenting an MKH 8040 Mid mic, and they both work together very nicely. I do find that, when levelled off at equal pre amp gain levels, the 30 runs about 8-9dB hotter than the 8040 with respect to an XY stereo image balance (it seems all MKH run a little hotter than the 8000 series). Not a problem, but somethign to consider when mastering M/S recordings.

      Overall I'm very pleased with this mic despite its considerably limited real-world usage options. For M/S it works fantastic.

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      5.0

      As good as it gets

      By Dave

      from Western Pennsylvania

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sennheiser MKH 30 Bi-Directional Microphone:

        I used these mics recently (2 MKH 30s) in a Faulkner array to record an a cappella choral program. I used minimal electronics and minimal DSP. These mics delivered an accurate, musical, and glorious sound. It is an extremely high quality product.

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        5.0

        Great mic!

        By Galipo

        from San Francisco

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sennheiser MKH 30 Bi-Directional Microphone:

        Awesome for M/S setups. Super quiet and durable, with good wind protection can be used anywhere.

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        Sennheiser -  MZA14P48U Battery Operated Phantom Power Supply
        • You Pay: $489.95
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        Sennheiser -  MZS40 Elastic Suspension Mount
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        Mounting

        Sennheiser -  MZD-30 Piggyback Microphone Holder
        • You Pay: $69.95
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        Sennheiser -  Round Table Stand
        • You Pay: $119.95
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