Sennheiser MKH 50 P48 Microphone

Sennheiser MKH 50 P48 Microphone

Sennheiser MKH 50 P48 Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Dialog Boompole Microphone
  • Pressure Gradient Condenser
  • For Spot Capture
  • For Recording / Sound Reinforcement
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • Low-Frequency Roll-Off Switch
  • Pre-Attenuation Switch
  • Uses +48V Phantom Power
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The MKH 50 P48 Microphone from Sennheiser is a high quality, professional condenser microphone specifically designed for spot capturing in recording and sound reinforcement applications. The MKH 50 offers exceptional attenuation at the lateral sections of the capsule, for a focused pick up without off-axis noise. Its wide frequency response and high sensitivity result in pristine audio fidelity, no matter the source. It also has a low-frequency roll-off switch to minimize rumble/noise, and a pre-attenuation switch in case you'll mount the microphone near to high transients. The MKH 50 requires +48V phantom power, and is more than suitable for capturing vocals or instruments.

A pressure-gradient condenser mic specifically created for spot recording
Supercardioid polar pattern to provide focused capture and extreme off-axis rejection
Low-frequency roll-off switch to minimize rumble and noise
Switchable pre-attenuation provides an additional 10 dB of headroom to prevent distortion from close-proximity transient signals
Uses +48V phantom power
UPC: 615104031098
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Sennheiser MKH 50 P48 Microphone
  • MZS40 Elastic Suspension Mount
  • MZW-41 Foam Windscreen
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Sennheiser MKH 50 specs

    Analog Performance
    Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
    Polar Pattern Supercardioid
    Frequency Range 40 Hz to 20 kHz
    Equivalent Noise Level 12 dB A-Weighted
    21 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 1.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.858 x 5.433 x 2.677"

    Sennheiser MKH 50 reviews

    MKH 50 P48 Microphone is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mic for Interior Dialog The MKH 50 is a great mic for close interior dialog work, however it is not transparent. It's got a midrange boost that I personally like. You have to be relatively on axis if you are booming with this but it's got a great sweet spot when you're on. I recently used this on a feature shoot and it was a true workhorse. I also appreciate the fact that it's small and light for those longer scenes. I wouldn't use this outside or in situation where you can't get in close enough. I'd go with a shotgun in those instances.
    Date published: 2012-11-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic sounding, reliable, sturdy mic I am a professional sound recordist and mostly work film, documentary, and tv. I bought this mic to supplement my supercardiod shotgun mic and have been very pleased with the results. It has a slightly wider pickup pattern meaning I can easily pick up conversations between two people with both being in the sweet spot and also seems to great reach. All in all a great sounding and sturdy mic, a perfect choice for the rigors of on location sound recording.
    Date published: 2010-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing On Location Mic The Sennheiser MKH-50 is another industry standard mic that I've come across. This little guy has been used on such Hollywood Film/TV productions as The Social Network, The Dark Knight, and AMC's Breaking Bad. The mic has a range of 40Hz to 20kHz and is part of the Supercardioid category of microphones. I first used this mic on an indie feature called The Odd Way Home with fellow sound mixer Eddie Santiago. Since this indie feature was very dialogue driven, the MKH50 was the perfect dialogue microphone for the various interior conditions we had for the indie production. The size and dynamic audio range is what makes it a very impressive mic. It's a little bigger than the Oktava MK-012 in size but not by much. I've heard both the modified Oktava and the MKH50 side by side and I can say with confidence that the MKH50 is the better microphone. The Oktava, with its modification, sounds very creamy and smooth but the MKH50 leans more toward dark and rich sounding vocals. By dark, I mean the low end of a person's voice stays intact without the HIs and MIDs actually being overwhelmed by the LOWs. If you need a high-middle ground between the Oktava MK-012, AT4053, and the Schoeps CMC641G price ranges, then you won't be disappointed with this little guy. If this mic is out of your price range, then a modified Oktava or AT4053 can be just as effective. Again, find your own SWEET SPOT. There may be disagreements with this statement, but sound is very subjective and open to interpretation by the recordist and mixer.
    Date published: 2015-02-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Vocal/Dialog Mic for Studio We use this mic for recording vocals on a boompole during client interviews and dialogue from narrative projects.We were using the Rode NTG-3 shotgun, which is still a great mic, but the tone and richness from the Sennheiser is noticeably superior.The barrel of the MKH-50 is realy short, only 6, so use the supplier mic holder that come with the mic.Given the price, a sturdier box might help protect this mic better.Need custom foam and furries for the short barrel also.
    Date published: 2014-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sounds Great! VERY durable, even in Costa Rican wet-season humidity. Very full and natural sounding mic, I MUCH prefer it to any kind of shotgun indoors. Does have a very tight pattern and a little bit less kindness when you get off-axis than the Schoeps 41, BUT it also costs about half as much, and with ok placement it sounds pretty spectacular. Also includes an excellent and compact shock mount!
    Date published: 2011-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As Promised I had been using good quality, entry level mic's for some time and decided it was time to step up and try the next level. I would say that the MKH 50 is like tasting your first glass of REALLY good wine. It's not twice as good as what you had before, and you pay proportionally more for each smaller increase in quality, but once you've had it, you really don't want to go back. This mic sounds great, nuanced, clean, and very responsive over a wide range of input sound volumes. A great addition to my kit.
    Date published: 2016-07-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE indoor voice mike This mic has such great presence on a boom indoors. It rejects bounce and room noise and really goes to the voice. Prior to this mic I was using a shotgun on the boom for indoor work, nite and day with this MKH 50.
    Date published: 2012-03-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! The best mic I've owned to date. I'm not an audio expert, but an enthusiast. I needed a mic for dialogue indoors and I sprung for the staple MKH 50. It was an excellent decision. Testing it next to high end shotgun mics it blows them away. Of course, shotguns really shine in outdoor environments so that isn't a knock against shotguns, rather an endorsement for the MKH 50 when used indoors. I've tested it outdoors as well, and with proper wind protection it performs amazingly well. All in all, it's a 5 Star mic that will last many years.
    Date published: 2017-08-02
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