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Sennheiser MK 4 Set Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone with Shockmount

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Sennheiser MK 4 Set Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone with Shockmount
Key Features
  • For Vocals, Instruments & Live Stage
  • Cardioid Pattern Reduces Ambient Noise
  • Low Self-Noise of 10 dBA
  • Internally Shock-Mounted Capsule
Designed with an emphasis on sound quality over bells and whistles, the Sennheiser MK 4 Set is a large-diaphragm true condenser microphone bundled with a vibration-reducing shockmount. The mic offers warm and detailed audio capture that complements a range of sources from vocals and speech to acoustic instruments, drum overheads, guitar amps, and more. Since it incorporates an internally shock-mounted capsule and a rugged metal housing, the MK 4 is not only an obvious choice for the studio, but also a dependable companion on stage.
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Sennheiser MK-4 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Versatility Is King
  • 3True Condenser Capsule
  • 4Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 5Sturdily Built
  • 6Shockmount Included
  • 7Features at a Glance

Designed with an emphasis on sound quality over bells and whistles, the Sennheiser MK 4 Set is a large-diaphragm true condenser microphone bundled with a vibration-reducing shockmount. The mic offers warm and detailed audio capture that complements a range of sources from vocals and speech to acoustic instruments, drum overheads, guitar amps, and more. Since it incorporates an internally shock-mounted capsule and a rugged metal housing, the MK 4 is not only an obvious choice for the studio, but also a dependable companion on stage.

The MK 4 features a large 1" diaphragm plated in 24kt gold to enhance conductivity, resist corrosion, and yield a tone based on the e 965 vocal mic. The cardioid polar pattern strongly rejects sound behind the mic while picking up side-entry sound without coloration. The mic's low-noise circuitry further solidifies it as a studio mic capable of meeting the demands of digital recording systems. The included shockmount utilizes an open-front design to allow closer placement than traditional shockmount designs. Use an XLR mic cable (available separately) to connect the MK 4 to any mic preamp that can supply 48V phantom power.

Versatility Is King

From acoustic guitars to vocals and even drum overheads, the MK 4's frequency response has been tailored to ensure a natural reproduction of the sound source, making it ideal for any home or project studio. It's ability to accurately reproduce such a wide range of sounds is thanks mostly in part to its 1" true condenser capsule, which is based on the acoustics of the e 965 high-end vocal mic. No frills, no gimmicks. Just solid engineering and an elegant design.

True Condenser Capsule

The MK 4 features a 24kt gold-sputtered diaphragm at the heart of its 1" true condenser capsule. Gold is an excellent conductor for electrical signals and also prevents corrosion over time. Factor in the cardioid polar pattern and you've got a single microphone that's ready to record anything you put in front it.

Cardioid Polar Pattern

The finest sound structures are well resolved, while sound coming from the sides is picked up without coloration, which means that it does not alter the overall sound quality. Furthermore, the microphone has a very harmonious presence, featuring vivid mids and is also highly detailed in the bass range. At the same time, typical cardioid cancellation is relatively frequency-independent, which is unusual for a large-diaphragm mic.

Sturdily Built

Despite its detailed and fine studio sound, the MK 4 mic is an incredibly rugged tool. The compact electronics, superior materials, and zinc die-cast casing ensure that the MK 4 is the perfect partner for rough recording environments.

Shockmount Included

The MKS 4 shockmount features elastic suspension with an open ring, preventing vibration while allowing the MK 4 to be positioned close to the sound source.

Features at a Glance

  • True condenser design with 1" large-diaphragm capsule
  • 24kt gold-plated diaphragm
  • Rugged metal housing
  • Internally shock-mounted capsule minimizes structure-borne noise
  • Designed for project studios and stage use
  • Low inherent self-noise (10 dBA) and high maximum SPL (140 dB)
  • Balanced XLR 3-pin output connector
  • Requires 48V phantom power
  • Includes MKS 4 shockmount, compact stand mount, and drawstring pouch
  • Made in Germany

Sennheiser MK-4 Specs

Microphone
Primary ApplicationsStudio Recording
Form FactorLarge Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesVocals, Speech/Voice Over, Overhead, Instrument
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleCondenser
Diaphragm1" / 25.40 mm
Polar PatternCardioid
OrientationSide Address
CircuitrySolid-State
PadNone
High-Pass FilterNone
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
IndicatorsNone
On-Board ControlsNone
WindscreenNone
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL140 dB SPL
Off-Axis Rejection2 dB at 60°
12 dB at 120°
20 dB at 180°
Impedance50 Ohms
Load Impedance1000 Ohms
Sensitivity25 mV/Pa
Dynamic Range130 dB
Equivalent Noise Level10 dB A-Weighted
20 dB CCIR
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Power
Bus PowerNone
Operating Voltage48 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption3.1 mA
Physical
ColorSilver
MountingShockmount (Included)
Included CasePouch
Included FiltersNone
Construction MaterialDie-Cast Zinc
Operating Temperature32 to 72°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 158°F / -20 to 70°C
Dimensionsø: 2.2 x L: 6.3" / ø: 5.7 x L: 16 cm
Weight1.07 lb / 485 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.395 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15.2 x 7.9 x 6.95"
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Asked by: Jeff
The MK4 is a large diaphragm condenser mic which requires 48V phantom power. It can not be connected directly to an iPhone. However, you can connect it to an audio interface that is compatible with the iPhone and one that supplies phantom power such as the IK Multimedia iRig Pro I/O Audio and MIDI Interface for Mac, Windows & iOS (B&H # IKIPIRIGPROI). The MK4 will connect to the input on the interface and then the interface will connect to your iPhone's Lightning port. The interface has a built-in 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with its own level control to monitor the audio.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2019-11-07
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