Sennheiser MK 4

Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone
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Perfect Project Studio Mic

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 is designed to offer you the best-possible sound quality for the money, rather than technical extravagance. It features a powerful warm sound, with vivid mids and a detailed bass range, making the MK 4 perfect for vocals and acoustic instruments alike. Created to give home and project studios a refreshing option, at excellent value, the MK 4 is well suited to a wide range of recording environments and applications.

Sennheiser MK 4 Condenser Microphone Features at a Glance:
  • Large-diaphragm, side-address condenser microphone
  • Cardioid pickup pattern
  • Maximum sound pressure level of 140dB
  • Designed with project studios in mind
  • Powerful warm sound with vivid mids, detailed bass range - perfect for vocals
  • Crafted to offer premium performance, at a reasonable price
  • Delivery includes MK 4, MQZ 4 mic clamp, pouch, and manual
  • Requires +48V phantom power

The Sennheiser MK 4 condenser microphone is the perfect upgrade for your project studio!

Additional Media

MK4 User Manual
Studio Microphone Buying Guide
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Hands On Review: Sennheiser MK4
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NAMM News: Sennheiser MK 4

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 140dB
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Self Noise 10dB (A weighted)
Color Silver/Black
Connector XLR
Weight 1.1 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Mount, Microphone Pouch
Manufacturer Part Number 504298

Customer Reviews

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MK4 great value

Keep in mind my frame of reference (I don't have any 2 to $4000 mics!)This is best mic I have ever used. So far I've only done one vocal(but a number of take)so far but I was totally impressed by its clarity and transparency. I have so lower cost LCDs and they tend to pick way too background- no issues like that with this gear. I highly recommend it!
Music background: Musician, composer, producer

Good choice

Very happy with the mic. I've owned a rode nt2 since around 1997 that served me well but has been a bit beaten up with a corroded diaphragm and broken mesh top... Still worked fine but it was time for another. The mk4 is a bit flatter but tighter sounding and well balanced and full. The transients seem a little faster so I guess the mic is maybe not as sensitive as the rode and also picks up less room sound. Really is what I was needing for a better male vocal sound instead of the sensitive rode sound aka u87. I'm a huge pink Floyd fan so I'm a bit of a sing speaker at times and this mic works great . I use an art pro mp2 and Dbx 166 and it sounds great. Also thru a tascam uh7000 the vocals are great. Recordings done with focusrite saffire also came out great . Sometimes the rode was just too sensitive and detailed . The mk4 is as well just perhaps better suited to what I do. Made in Germany in the same factory as Neumann so you know it's quality. If you buy it know you need an adapter for the mic stand, sort of absurd . It's euro thread ... I'm sure the at mics are good as well so who knows but I can recommend this mic for acoustic guitar( 12 string for me) a full frequency amp sound as well. Which my rode didn't handle too well with its presence boost . A versatile quality mic . Germans make great stuff.
Music background: Pro

Sennheiser MK 4

Awesome! This MK 4 blows away any other Mic! It's pick up and delivery is unmatched! The mic volume is at one with the S phantom Samson power supply!
Music background: Hobbyist

The best gift for my husband

I bought MK4 for my husband. He is professional musician. He said that the best gift for him because it will help in his work. I'd like to tell about company Sweetwater. Staff of company are high level professionals and think about customer.

Love it.

This is my first professional condenser mic. I fell in love with sennheiser after getting an e835. I liked it way over an sm58 for a live mic. And this mic doesn't disappoint. It is super sensitive, I recommend getting the shock mount. It picked up cars on the road 50 ft away from my basement so I just ordered the shockmount. I haven't yet sang through a Neuman or anything too expensive but I am really happy with this mic so far.
Music background: Musician, Studio Owner

Sweetwater Advice

Justin Sunday

I've used the Sennheiser MK 4 on just about everything. It's my go-to mic when I need something in a pinch, and it performs beautifully every time. My personal favorite being female vocals paired with an RND 511 preamp, but it also sounds great being used as a drum kit room mic, and on acoustic guitars as well. This "Swiss army knife" is a great addition to any mic collector's locker and a perfect first condenser for the entry-level audio engineer.

Mitch Gallagher

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.
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