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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
EXCELLENT MICROPHONE. I HAVE USED EVERYDAY FOR MY PERSONAL RECORDINGS AND RECORDING OTHERS. I GET FEEDBACK FROM MY ARTISTS THAT GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND EXPECTATIONS FROM THIS MIC. THX AGAIN SWEETWATER
Sennheiser MK 4
I bought this mic a couple of months ago and I am happy to say it is my mic of choice. It has nice clean highs without the "shrill" and the low end is so tight I don't even use a high pass filter anymore when recording, plus it's built like a tank. Having tested several microphones in this price range, I can say you'll be pleasantly surprised. Sennheiser has a winner with the MK 4.
You hear people say it's a great mic for the money but I say it's a great mic all around. Good for acoustic guitar and vocals and perfect for the project studio. Is it a U47? Of course not, but I'd stack this mic up against all the others at this price point and even more expensive mics.
MK4 = an AWESOME MIC !!!!
The MK 4 sounds BETTER then any mic NEAR or IN its price range !!!!
For those who don't know this mic is manufactured in the same factory as the famous Neumann microphones in Germany.
This mic is solid as a ROCK ! It feels and sounds very HIGH QUALITY.
Don't be led astray just because it doesn't include a shock mount or switches !
I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS MIC TO ANYONE WHO WANTS CRYSTAL CLEAR VOCALS/ACOUSTIC GUITAR/OR YOU CAN USE 2 MK 4'S FOR GREAT OVERHEADS ON DRUMS !!!!!!
GET THIS MIC !!!!! YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED !!!!
The perfect gift
I bought this for my son - a video producer in Chicago. I sincerely wish he had really hated it and given it back to me but he couldn't stop raving about how perfect it was for his business and how much better his audio takes were. Oh well, I'll just drop a lot of hints and wait for Christmas next year. Thanks Sweetwater and thanks to my Sales Engineer - Eddie - for the help with getting this.
This mic is really warm, harsh, presence boosted, etc. it's possible to use but it was not what i was used to by any means. it's described as a pre eq'd sound by the manufacturer. i dont agree. its hard to tame to sound natural
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.