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Hands On Review: Sennheiser MK4

Sennheiser is best known for their dynamic microphones, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make great condensers! And with the MK4, they’re bringing their condenser to the project studio.

The MK4 is a large-diaphragm side-address condenser microphone, and it comes in at a great price for a studio mic. But that price belies the quality of the microphone. We’re talking detailed top end, tight bottom end, natural dynamic response, wide frequency response, and the capability to withstand sound-pressure levels up to 140dB.

The MK4 is an excellent vocal microphone with a warm tone and a rich sound. It provides good detail without being too sibilant, and it has fine clarity. It also sounds great on electric guitar amps and even acoustic guitars, where it has a nice full tone and a tight bass response.

If you’re looking for one condenser mic to step up the quality in your project studio, or if you want to expand your capabilities with a well-performing large-diaphragm condenser, then the MK4 is the mic for you. Best of all, it comes in at a great price, so you can easily afford to add it to your rig.

Mitch Gallagher

About Mitch Gallagher

Sweetwater Editorial Director, Mitch Gallagher, is one of the leading music/pro audio/audio recording authorities in the world. The former senior technical editor of Keyboard magazine and former editor-in-chief of EQ magazine, Gallagher has published thousands of articles, is the author of seven books and one instructional DVD, and appears in well over 500 videos on YouTube. He teaches audio recording and music business at Purdue University/Indiana University, and has appeared at festivals, conventions, and conferences around the world.
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    Sennheiser MK 4 Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone With a nod to project studios all over the globe, Sennheiser has unleashed the MK 4. Representing Sennheiser's first large-diaphragm side-address condenser microphone, the MK 4...
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