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Sennheiser MD 421-II Microphone with Cloudlifter CL-1, Microphone Stand, and Cable Kit

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Sennheiser MD 421-II Microphone with Cloudlifter CL-1, Microphone Stand, and Cable Kit
Key Features
  • MD 421-II Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
  • Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator
  • MS-5230T Tripod Stand/Telescoping Boom
  • 2 x Premium XLR M to XLR F Mic Cables
The Sennheiser MD 421-II Microphone with Cloudlifter CL-1, Microphone Stand, and Cable Kit from B&H includes the Sennheiser MD 421-II cardioid, dynamic microphone, a Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 mic activator, an Auray MS-5230T tripod microphone stand with telescoping boom, two premium XLR M to XLR F microphone cables, a lock-on microphone stand adapter, and a foam lined vinyl snap case. This kit is designed to capture audio and provide up to +25 dB additional active output and two stages of clean gain for low-output microphones. It can be used for studio, live stage, rehearsal, or recording studio applications.
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Sennheiser MD 421-II Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Sennheiser MD 421-II Microphone
  • 3Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator
  • 4Auray MS-5230T Tripod Microphone Stand with Telescoping Boom
  • 5Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series Neutrik XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable (10', Black)
  • 6Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series Neutrik XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable (3', Black)

The Sennheiser MD 421-II Microphone with Cloudlifter CL-1, Microphone Stand, and Cable Kit from B&H includes the Sennheiser MD 421-II cardioid, dynamic microphone, a Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 mic activator, an Auray MS-5230T tripod microphone stand with telescoping boom, two premium XLR M to XLR F microphone cables, a lock-on microphone stand adapter, and a foam lined vinyl snap case. This kit is designed to capture audio and provide up to +25 dB additional active output and two stages of clean gain for low-output microphones. It can be used for studio, live stage, rehearsal, or recording studio applications.

Sennheiser MD 421-II Microphone

The Sennheiser MD 421-II Microphone is a cardioid, dynamic microphone popularized by the recording and broadcast industry. The MD 421-II is favored for its ability to handle a variety of applications due to its flexible bass control. The microphone features a 5-position bass roll-off switch and frequency response of 30 to 17,000 Hz. The cardioid polar pattern effectively rejects off-axis noise due to room acoustics and noise, and also provides effective feedback rejection often caused by monitors positioned within close proximity.

The MD 421-II features a dynamic capsule, allowing even signal response whether close-up or at a reasonable distance. This is particularly useful for broadcast applications, where announcers and DJs can refrain from remaining absolutely stationary. The MD 421-II also handles very high sound pressure levels, making it suitable for miking instruments high in transient (peak) response.

Dynamic Capsule

The MD 421-II features a dynamic capsule, resulting in even signal response in close and reasonable distances as well as the capacity to handle high SPL levels.

Cardioid Polar Pattern

The cardioid polar pattern is effective in attenuating off-axis noise and ambiance. The cardioid polar pattern is also effective in rejecting feedback due to monitors.

5-Position Bass Roll-Off

The 5-position low frequency roll-off switch offers flexible bass attenuation allowing the microphone to be used in a variety of situations.
UPC: 615104009844

Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator

The Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator from Cloud Microphones is a compact, single-input solution for common audio problems in the field and in the studio involving low-output passive microphones, including ribbon mics. The CL-1 uses any standard phantom-powered mixer or microphone input device to provide up to +25 dB of clean, transparent gain. This improves signal-to-noise ratio and improves the performance of passive microphone signals by driving stronger, cleaner signals over longer XLR cable runs, making them ideal for broadcast, live, and studio applications. The CL-1 is housed in a rugged steel enclosure which offers shielding and durability. Additionally, the CL-1 has provisions for stage or stand mounting.

Transparent Gain

Gives passive mics up to +25 dB additional active output and keeps the direct audio path free-and- clear of transformers, capacitors, and resistors. The CL-1 houses discrete JFET circuitry that delivers clean gain while preserving the natural sonic characteristics of the source

Useful for a Variety of Applications

  • Use with noisy or low-gain preamps
  • Use with mixers/preamps that negatively impact the sound at higher gain settings
  • Use with low-output dynamic microphones and ribbons
  • Mic softer sound sources such as acoustic instruments and voice
  • Use for long cable runs

Features at a Glance

  • Gives passive mics up to +25 dB additional active output
  • Provides 2 distinct stages of clean gain
  • Easy to use self-contained design requires only phantom power
  • Recommended for use with all passive dynamic microphones
  • Compatible with tube, battery, or power-supply-driven microphones  
  • Safe for all passive ribbons with no transfer of phantom
  • Utilizes Patent Pending Class-A, discrete JFET circuitry
  • Ideal impedance loading for optimal performance at 3 kilohms
  • Rugged, road ready, and portable, for studio, stage, and broadcasting
UPC: 094922059796

Auray MS-5230T Tripod Microphone Stand with Telescoping Boom

The Auray MS-5230T Tripod Microphone Stand with Telescoping Boom features durable, steel construction. The telescoping boom arm is adjustable from 19.3 to 33.9" in length, allowing you to angle and extend the mic placement however you need it. An ergonomic twist-action clutch helps adjust the height of the stand, while the reinforced tripod base and nonslip feet keep it firmly in place. The Auray MS-5230T mic stand collapses for easy transport.

UPC: 847628015593

Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series Neutrik XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable (10', Black)

The black Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable (10') is designed to be an extremely quiet and flexible cable that is ideal for the most demanding live sound and performance applications. The cable is engineered to be durable and provide protection against EMI, RFI, and static noise. While the cable's color-coding affords the ability to quickly differentiate between multiple connections on stage, it provides a pleasant aesthetic quality at the same time.

Premium Performance 3000 Series cables are made from 24-AWG OFC copper wire that's wrapped with PE insulation and a conductive PVC inner shield. A cotton-yarn inner layer helps reduce electrostatic and microphonic noise. The 95% dual-spiral shielding makes the cable resistant to EMI and RFI noise. The Neutrik XX silver connectors provide a high level of connectivity, and all the solder connections are shrink-wrapped for protection.

95% dual-spiral shielding offers protection from EMI and RFI noise
Twin conductive PVC inner shielding provides 100% coverage of the core conductor. It helps keep the cable's signal from radiating and affecting nearby cables and helps prevents external EMI from penetrating to the cable's core
24-AWG oxygen-free stranded copper inner core provides the best possible conductivity
Cotton yarn reduces electrostatic and microphonic noise
All solder points shrink-wrapped for protection
Neutrik XX silver connectors offer high conductivity
Caged type contact and improved ground contact
UPC: 847628558274

Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series Neutrik XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable (3', Black)

The black Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable (3') is designed to be an extremely quiet and flexible cable that is ideal for the most demanding live sound and performance applications. The cable is engineered to be durable and provide protection against EMI, RFI, and static noise. While the cable's color-coding affords the ability to quickly differentiate between multiple connections on stage, it provides a pleasant aesthetic quality at the same time.

Premium Performance 3000 Series cables are made from 24-AWG OFC copper wire that's wrapped with PE insulation and a conductive PVC inner shield. A cotton-yarn inner layer helps reduce electrostatic and microphonic noise. The 95% dual-spiral shielding makes the cable resistant to EMI and RFI noise. The Neutrik XX silver connectors provide a high level of connectivity, and all the solder connections are shrink-wrapped for protection.

95% dual-spiral shielding offers protection from EMI and RFI noise
Twin conductive PVC inner shielding provides 100% coverage of the core conductor. It helps keep the cable's signal from radiating and affecting nearby cables and helps prevents external EMI from penetrating to the cable's core
24-AWG oxygen-free stranded copper inner core provides the best possible conductivity
Cotton yarn reduces electrostatic and microphonic noise
All solder points shrink-wrapped for protection
Neutrik XX silver connectors offer high conductivity
Caged type contact and improved ground contact
UPC: 847628558243

Sennheiser MD 421-II Microphone Specs

Microphone
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleDynamic
Polar PatternCardioid
Performance
Frequency Range30 Hz to 17 kHz
Impedance200 Ohms
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin
Physical
DimensionsH: 2 x W: 1.88 x L: 8.38" / H: 46 x W: 49 x L: 215 mm
Weight14 oz / 385 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.9 x 5.3 x 2.8"

Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator Specs

General
In-Line Accessory TypePre-Amplifier
Input / Output LevelInput: Mic Level
Output: Mic Level
Number of Channels1
Gain+25 dB (3-Kilohm Load)
ControlsNone
Connectivity
I/O1 x XLR 3-Pin Female Input
1 x XLR 3-Pin Male Output
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.91 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.75 x 4.35 x 2.35"

Auray MS-5230T Tripod Microphone Stand with Telescoping Boom Specs

Stand
Height36.2 to 63" / 91.9 to 160 cm
Base TypeTripod
Base Dimensions25.6 x 25.6" / 65 x 65 cm
Boom
Length19.3 to 33.9" / 49 to 86 cm
General
MaterialSteel
Weight4.6 lb / 2.1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)33.5 x 4 x 4"

Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series Neutrik XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable (10', Black) Specs

Cable Length10' / 3 m
Shielding95% Spiral
Wire Gauge24 AWG
Contact PlatingSilver
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.45 x 7.65 x 0.95"

Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series Neutrik XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable (3', Black) Specs

General
Cable Length3' / 0.9 m
Shielding95% Spiral
Wire Gauge24 AWG
Contact PlatingSilver
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.31 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.6 x 9.25 x 1"

Sennheiser MD 421-II Reviews

Timeless

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-20

Used this microphone for many many years in studios and live. Loved it on toms and sax. Never owned one until now. It was worth the wait. Classic microphones earn their keep as workhorses.

A fine broadcast/podcast microphone

By Jeffery
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-13

For podcasters wanting to upgrade their mic, you may have lost a deal of the century. This proven microphone was nearly half off earlier this year. It sold out, but BH honored the sale price when it was back ordered a month (other places didn't). All Sennheiser dynamic mics are time-tested over the years, and you'll see this model in use decades ago on live television. It is no frills, but great for voice. Almost nobody likes the mount, but it hasn't been an issue for me as I leave it in place all of the time. It is a good mic for the price it usually commands, but was an insane price earlier this year. And it wasn't a typo!

MD 421-II Microphone

By Luis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-03

Good sound quality.

Excellent microfone for brass and percussion,

By Elton Silva
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-10-26

microfonhe with a very robust sound without losing the high-frequency nuances.

everyone is B&H

By ramina
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-12-27

i am happy to vizit you and i like that i can find everything what i need. thanks to you for your service.

A prueba de todo uso...

By Rubn H Garca T
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-05-04

Este es un microfno, conocido por su versatilidad en materia de grabacin de cualquier naturaleza, ademas de contener en si mismo, la esttica de la industria discogrfica que conocemos hoy. En mi caso, investigando en Venezuela, pas donde vivo, me doy cuenta de que ha tenido usos muy interesantes, desde los aos 70s ha formado parte del equipo utilizado para el registro de las manifestaciones musicales tradicionales en latinoamerica, por parte de la institucin en etnomusicologa ms importante de Latinoamerica FUNDEF, dando altsimas prestaciones profesionales en los ambientes mas hostiles como lo son la Selva Amaznica o los desiertos de mdanos de Coro, o el destructivo ambiente salino de Las Antillas en el Mar Caribe.Es por esto que eleg este micrfono dinmico para mis trabajos de registro sonoro etnogrfico.

Very happy!

By Brian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-20

Only used it once so far, on a guitar can, but very pleased!

strong mic

By Frank
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-25

bass cab, toms, vocals, guitars. it's a classic

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question

what is the specs for the bass roll off switch for the 421?
Asked by: Anonymous
There are actually 5 roll off settings on the 421. The M position is for Music and no roll off's are engaged. At the other end of the spectrum S is for Speech which is the steepest roll off. Each turn of the roll off switch offers a steeper suppression of the entire frequency range beginning roughly at 1000Hz. So if one starts at M with each click of the roll off ring one click sees 100Hz being suppressed by 4dB,another click suppress 100Hz by an additional 3dB and so on.Remember the roll off is gradual at 6dB per octave. Resulting in a gentle slope as opposed to a cut off. Best uses are Tom Tom's, electric guitar and percussion.
Answered by: John P.
Date published: 2021-07-21
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