Sennheiser MK 8

Large-diaphragm Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone with 5 Polar Patterns, 3 Pad Settings, and 3 Filter Settings
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Sennheiser MK 8
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A First-rate Workhorse Microphone

Whether you're looking for a does-everything mic for home recording or a pro in need of a versatile workhorse condenser for your collection, you'll be totally satisfied with the Sennheiser MK 8. This internally shockmounted multi-pattern condenser microphone is based on a tried-and-true dual diaphragm design, providing you with warmth and clarity for any recording application. Sweetwater recording engineers were impressed by the MK 8's 3-mode attenuation filtering, which makes it particularly useful for combating the low-end muddiness of proximity effect when you close mic vocals.

Sennheiser MK 8 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • Five polar patterns cover virtually any recording situation
  • Three filter options allow you to eliminate unwanted lows
  • Three pad settings accommodate a wide range of signal
Five polar patterns cover virtually any recording situation

With its pair of gold-sputtered diaphragms, the Sennheiser MK 8 offers you the full flexibility of a classic condenser microphone. Three different cardioid patterns provide varying degrees of directional isolation, which is great if you're trying to block out instruments or room reflections. At either extreme, the MK 8 offers the open sound of its omnidirectional configuration and a figure 8 pattern. Any way you set it up, you'll appreciate the depth and warmth this traditional condenser microphone has to offer.

Three filter options allow you to eliminate unwanted lows

One of the best thing about a workhorse microphone like the MK 8 is that you can use it on anything, and Sennheiser made the MK 8 even more versatile by equipping it with three filter setting. With the filters bypassed, the MK 8 delivers a wide open sound with excellent bass response, but sometimes, too much low end can really muddy your sound. If you're afraid the low-frequency rumble of passing trucks or footsteps vibrating up through your mic stand might mess up your mix, flip on the 18dB cut at 60Hz. However, if you're just trying to get a less boomy vocal sound from a singer who likes to choke up on the grille, then the gentler 6dB rolloff at 100Hz will serve you better.

Three pad settings accommodate a wide range of signal

Did we mention you can use the MK 8 on just about anything? That includes super-loud sources, such as thunderous drums and dimed tube guitar amps. Part of what makes this possible is the 3-mode pad switch. Most of the time, you'll be okay leaving the pad switch set to off, but when things start to get too loud, the MK 8's -10dB and -20dB settings sure come in handy. So, whether you're recording spoken words or screaming trumpets, your MK 8 has you covered.

Sennheiser MK 8 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone Features:
  • A classic dual-diaphragm multi-pattern workhorse condenser microphone
  • Select from omni, wide cardioid, cardioid, super cardioid, and figure-8 polar patterns
  • 3-mode filter section lets you cut out extreme lows and adjust for proximity effect
  • Record extremely loud sources thanks to the -10dB and -20dB pad settings
  • Shockmounted 1" 24-carat-gold-plated diaphragms deliver warm and clear sound
  • Regular stand mount included
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Add a premium workhorse microphone to your rig with a Sennheiser MK 8 multi-pattern mic!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Omni, Wide Cardioid, Cardioid, Supercardioid, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 142 dB
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Self Noise 10dB
Low Cut Filter 60Hz (-18 dB/octave)
Pads -10 dB, -20 dB
Color Nickel
Connector XLR
Weight 1.07 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 506195

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New (old) secret weapon on a budget

This mic has almost the same exact features and specs of a Neumann TLM107 multi-pattern (5) mic at about half the price. I wonder how close the components actually are since it is made at same factory owned by Neumann. (probably sounds closer to a 102/103 but with pro features).... I am extremely happy with it, recording vocals/speech, bass, acoustic-electrics and distorted guitars, trumpets. I run it thru a Summit Audio 2BA-221 and/or RME A/D. Very pleased.
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