Sennheiser MD 421 IIItem ID: MD421
Dynamic Cardioid Microphone with High SPL Capacity and 5-Position Bass Roll-Off Switch
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One of Sennheiser's best!One of Sennheiser's most popular microphones! It's the MD 421 II's versatility that's made this one so widely-acclaimed. Its ability to handle high pressure levels makes it a natural for guitars and drums, but that's just the beginning. The MD 421 II's full-bodied cardioid pattern and five-position bass control means it's an excellent choice for most instruments, as well as group vocals, or radio broadcast announcers. One listen and you'll know why it's a classic.
Sennheiser MD 421 II at a Glance:
A cardioid mic for a host of applications!
The MD 421 II is one of the best known microphones in the world. Its excellent sound qualities enable it to cope with the most diverse recording conditions and broadcasting applications.
Feedback rejection and bass rolloff
The MD 421 II's cardioid pattern offers outstanding feedback rejection, making it an excellent choice for live situations or recording environments where bleed from other instruments may be an issue. And the five selectable bass rolloff settings control proximity effect, so you can use the MD 421 II in close-miking situations and still get clean, clear response with no unnatural bass boost.
A sturdy, reliable mic
The MD 421 II has a glass composite housing and hardened stainless steel basket for rugged and durable performance in the studio or onstage. The sound inlet basket is refined steel for capsule protection. When you consider the lifetime performance and versatility of this mic, it's easy to understand why the MD 421 II is world-renowned for quality and value!
Sennheiser MD 421 II Features:
The Sennheiser MD 421 II: a pro mic that belongs in your collection!
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Jennifer, Chicago, IL
Reviewsbased on 27 reviews
Great for brass!
by Josh Bledsoe from Conway, ArkansasI've spent most of my time using this mic for recording the trombone. It's a dynamic mic, but the output is not too low. I do however suggest something like a FetHead if you're not using a preamp with... read more [+] a fair amount of clean gain. close [-]
April 13, 2013
Music Background: Professor of Trombone, Recording Engineer
BEST TOM MIC
by fromI can not tell you how many times we tried something new for our drums and every time we end up with a set of these in the booth. This may seem very old school but we have not found any mics that can... read more [+] out perform the 421's on toms. close [-]
January 17, 2013
Music Background: Live Sound Engineer
A tom to be reckoned with
by Brian from Santa Barbara, CAThere is a reason these are the industry standard for tom drums in pro studios...they sound really darn amazing on toms....or for that matter, anything you might need a dynamic mic for. 5 stars all t... read more [+]he way! I was trying to record with my live kit (Sennheiser e600 series) and the toms were just thin and dead. Swapped my e604 mics out for 5 MD421 II mics and was blown away So much depth...just amazing. close [-]
November 8, 2011
Music Background: Local Pro Musician and recording hobbyist
Simply the best dynamic mic out there
by Chris C. from Western MAThese mis are so fantastic (and well-loved) that they really shouldn't even need reviews at this point. This is THE mic for toms. It makes them sound very punchy in a very good way and really captures... read more [+] the depth thanks to its superb bass response. It also sounds absolutely perfect on guitar cabs, whether by itself or combined with a Shure SM57. Once you've used this mic just once, you'll know exactly why everyone loves this mic. If you can't make it sound good, then you probably forgot to plug it in. The ONLY minor disappointment with this mic is it's mic clip, which could be easily broken if a stand is knocked over. It's never happened to me, but it could so I figured I'd mention it. Besides, they do make shockmounts for it if you want one. Either way, it's no reason to not buy this mic. It simply rules above all other dynamics. close [-]
August 4, 2011
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Studio Owner, Drummer, Producer
If you're not using the Sennheiser MD 421 II when mic'ing toms, why not?? Seriously, it is THE mic to use.
Sennheiser MD 421 II
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