Sennheiser MD 431 II

Dynamic Microphone with Supercardioid Polar Pattern and Hum Compensating Coil
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Amazing Vocal Performance and Studio Secret Weapon!

Many people consider the MD 431 II Sennheiser's best dynamic mic for live vocals. But here's an insider tip: pro recording engineers are using the MD 431 II on snare drums for a bright, crisp sound! This mic works in live performance and in the studio.

Sennheiser MD 431 II Microphone at a Glance:
  • A vocal mic for your star - or a tool for your studio
  • Supercardioid design with clean, transparent sound
  • Generation II features add sturdiness, improve sound

A vocal mic for your star - or a tool for your studio
Sennheiser calls the MD 431 II a vocal mic, and it's a great one. The MD 431 II is a high-quality, supercardioid dynamic microphone that sounds great and looks great onstage. The bonus is the MD 431 II's performance in the studio, especially for snare drums and percussion instruments. That's due to its presence peak above 2kHz, which provides accurate capture of percussive transients.

Supercardioid design with clean, transparent sound
The MD 431 II's supercardioid pattern has excellent noise rejection, which contributes to its stage performance. It has a custom-tailored frequency response to achieve added transparency. A nearly frequency-independent, polar pattern gives the MD 431 II incredibly high gain before feedback and provides uncolored off-axis response.

Generation II features add sturdiness, improve sound
This generation of the MD 431 has a new rugged steel housing with a steel mesh grille to help it hold up onstage. Plus, The MD 431 II's shock-suspended capsule, and a hum-bucking coil reduce handling and mechanical noise. Upgraded internal electronics handle proximity effect, and a recessed On/Off switch prevents embarassing dropouts.

Sennheiser MD 431 II Microphone Features:
  • Supercardioid dynamic mic for stage and studio use
  • Exceptionally good feedback rejection
  • Frequency response 40Hz-18kHz
  • Shock mounted capsule provides very good rejection of handling noise
  • Hum compensating coil
  • Integral pop filter
  • On/Off switch can be locked in the "ON" position
  • Includes quick release clamp
The Sennheiser MD 431 II is a pro performer onstage or in the studio!

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Dynamic
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 40Hz-18kHz
Output Impedance 250 ohms
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 001605

Customer Reviews

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Really like this mic. I tried the DPA d:vote 4099V. It performed just as described but I needed something that could handle vocal & occasional fiddle and to serve as a backup when I don't have phantom to run the Shure SM81 on mandolin/bouzouki/tenor guitar. I've been impressed with the volume and color. I have to crank it a little higher to match the output of the SM81, but it does that quietly with a lot of power before feedback. I can run it through my Line6 wireless rig with the Shure WA310 - TA4F to XLRF. Sweetwater was super in taking back the 4099V (even though there was nothing wrong with it, it just wasn't as good a match for what I wanted to do as I'd hoped) and swapping it for this one.
Music background: Music Director, Celtic mandolin/bouzouki et al.

Great Mic

Should have bought this one years ago. Not too publicized or seldom reviewed but this is a very well kept secret on stage as a vocal mic. SMOOTH is the word. OPEN and TRANSPARENT. On/off switch a nice touch.
Music background: Gigging musician and studio owner.

Love this microphone. Vocals sound great.

Great microphone if you can afford it.


Ahhh let's see, where to begin. This thing is THE BEST dynamic I've found that can be put on stage and cut through a dense, hard, loud, rock band mix without feedback. It's got CLARITY, PRESENCE, And a super nice EVEN, SMOOTH FREQUENCY RESPONSE. Forget that old crappy dull 58. The MD431 II is the way to go. Try an MD 431 II and I promise you'll be more than satisfied, you'll be blown away. Oh and did I mention it's BUILT LIKE A TANK? Because it is! GO GET ONE OF THESE BAD BOYS!
Music background: Pro Musician

Like Having a Studio Condenser Mic on The Live Stage!

I knew that this mic was a serious player when I saw Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and John Mayer using it during separate live performaces. I was so impressed by the vocal clarity that they were getting during these performances (their vocals were literally slicing through the mix and sounded incredible!) that I just had to do some research on this mic once I was certain that this was the mic they were using. At first I was a little put off by the frequency response, as the specs of this mic say that it will only respond up to 16kHz while many of the lower priced competitors say that they respond up to 20kHz. My voice is in the higher frequency range, and I do a lot of "screams" and other high-frequency sounds with my voice when performing, so this was a large first. All I can say is that I must never make any sounds above 16k, because this mic reproduces every crack, pop, hiss, sneer, scream and anything else I throw at it with my vocals with perfect clarity and accuracy. If it sounds that way coming out of my mouth, it sounds that way coming out of the speakers when I use this mic. It is literally like having a studio condenser mic on stage with you, but with no feedback!! I realize that this mic is a little pricey for most live performers, but I would put it up against a Shure KSM9 any day of the week. If you think this mic is pricey, look at what it will cost you to pick a KSM9!! Not only that, but the Sennheiser MD 431 II doesn't need phantom power, while the KSM9 does. The only advantage the KSM9 gives you is the ability to switch between a cardioid and supercardioid pattern, but on stage where feedback suppression is of the utmost importance, I always want a supercardioid pattern for lead vocals. Guess which pattern the MD 431 II uses (hint: supercardioid!)? To me, the KSM9 is the only mic that compares with this one in the arena of live wired vocal mics, and the Sennhieser wins for me based upon all the reasons I have given. If you can spare the change and wireless is not an absolute necessity, you simply have to try this mic. I promise that once you do, anyone who wants to get it away from you will have to pry it out of your cold, dead hands!!
Music background: Vocalist, Live Sound Engineer, Recording Engineer
See also: Dynamic Mics, Sennheiser, Sennheiser Dynamic Microphones, Sennheiser Dynamic Microphones