Sennheiser MKH 30 Bi-Directional Microphone

Sennheiser MKH 30 Bi-Directional Microphone

Sennheiser MKH 30 Bi-Directional Microphone

B&H # SEMKH30 MFR # MKH30-P48
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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
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Sennheiser MKH 30 overview

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The symmetrical transducer design of the MKH-30 Microphone from Sennheiser 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.

Bidirectional condenser microphone
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
UPC: 615104028722
In the Box
Sennheiser MKH 30 Bi-Directional Microphone
  • Microphone Shock Mount
  • MZW 40 Windscreen
  • MZQ 31 Double Jointed Stand Adapter
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Sennheiser MKH 30 specs

    Analog Performance
    Transducer Condenser
    Polar Pattern Figure-8
    Frequency Range 40 Hz to 20 kHz
    Equivalent Noise Level 13 dB A-Weighted
    22 dB CCIR
    Maximum SPL 134 dB SPL
    142 dB SPL
    Pad -10 dB
    Impedance 150 Ohms
    Load Impedance 1000 Ohms
    Low-Cut Filter 12 dB/Octave @ 30 Hz
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Current Consumption 2 mA
    Operating Voltage 48 V ± 4 V
    Length 5.91" / 150 mm
    Diameter 0.98" / 25 mm
    Weight 3.88 oz / 110 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.9 x 5.4 x 2.7"

    Sennheiser MKH 30 reviews

    MKH 30 Bi-Directional Microphone is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good as it gets 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.
    Date published: 2012-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suited for a specialized purpose 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.
    Date published: 2013-11-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Bi-Directional Mic I bought this for mid-side field recording, but it's proved useful in other applications. I was working on a radio drama, and most of the scenes had two actors talking to each other. It was a really convenient, lightweight solution for recording two actors speaking while facing one another. The two separate shockmounts included were also a plus. A really solid, albeit specialized microphone. You get what you pay for.
    Date published: 2015-12-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mic! Awesome for M/S setups. Super quiet and durable, with good wind protection can be used anywhere.
    Date published: 2011-07-26
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