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Sennheiser MD 431 II Reviews

5.0 stars based on 8 customer reviews
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  • from Ararat NC May 17, 2017Music Background:
    A/V tech ,Recording Engineer,Bass Player

    Sennheiser Md-431ll

    I Bought this For My Wife She is a Worship Song leader, She has Been Singing for 45 years, she has a very Professional voice and very particular about her sound , We heard one of the original Md -431 and love the sound of Them, This Is a Awesome Mic it is a very Smooth sounding Mic with great feedback rejection its worth every Penny its the most Natural Sounding Mic that require's very little eq Try It You Won't regret it

  • from Albuquerque, NM October 22, 2016Music Background:
    Music Director, Celtic mandolin/bouzouki et al.


    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.

  • from Rutherfordton, NC May 4, 2015Music Background:
    Gigging musician and studio owner.

    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.

  • from United States July 4, 2014

    Love this microphone. Vocals sound great.

    Great microphone if you can afford it.

  • from Detroit, MI July 6, 2013Music Background:
    Pro Musician


    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
    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!

  • from Monterey, TN July 20, 2008Music Background:
    Vocalist, Live Sound Engineer, Recording Engineer

    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 concern...........at 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!!

  • from Boulder, Colorado June 16, 2017

    Hi-Fi Dynamic for Live Recordings

    I record live concerts in a wide variety of venues, and I bought this mic to use as a hi-fi alternative to Shure's SM series. While 57's & 58's are great workhorse microphones, they have a low-mid congestion and high-mid crunch that's hard to deal with in post, even with good EQ. The MD431 is exactly what I wanted; it's got the robustness of a dynamic, it's shaped like a stage microphone (so singers are comfortable using it live), but with an incredibly natural frequency response. Without EQ, it renders voices with a smooth, gentle quality; adding a 2-4db high shelf at 10k brings out the air without any harshness. To prevent pops (and to keep the capsule clean), I'm using these with MZW1 foam windscreens.

    A note, however, that in smaller venues (or venues with cheap stage monitors) where the sound guy is running a hot mix, it's likely you'll experience some very high-frequency feedback, even with careful positioning. For situations like that an SM7B is a better alternative, as its cardioid pattern has a wider null, and it allows the singers to get right up against the grill and isolate the sound coming from behind them. For larger stages & more conservative levels, the MD431 is all I'll ever need out of a dynamic.

  • from Olympia, WA June 17, 2016

    Dependable clear performance every time!

    Got this to replace our original MD 431 we bought in 1984 which was
    starting to loose some clarity due to the years of bar smoke and accidents.
    Great for recordings. The Off-Axis bleed is clean & natural
    makes a great distant room mic for anything!

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