Sennheiser MKH 40

Small-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone
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Sennheiser MKH 40
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A Versatile New Sennheiser Condenser!

The Sennheiser MKH 40 is a versatile main microphone, ideal for use in acoustically less perfect rooms. This highly sensitive cardioid condenser microphone features symmetrical transducer technology, ensuring that it has extremely low distortion. The MKH 40 also features extremely low self-noise as well as neutral directional characteristics, meaning you can expect to hear an exceptionally balanced sound. An especially excellent microphone for instrumental groups and speech applications, The MKH 40 and comes with a shockmount and windshield for optimum sound straight out of the box. Expanding Sennheiser's microphone line, the MKH 40 is an impressive new studio mic.

Sennhsier MKH 40 Features:

  • Black, anodised light metal body
  • Switchable pre-attenuation
  • Transformerless and fully floating balanced XLR input
  • Symmetrical transducer technology
  • Low inherent self-noise
  • Maximum front-to-back ratio
  • Switchable roll-off filter to compensate for proximity effects
  • Strong in speech applications
  • Includes MZS 40 shock mount and MZW 41 windshield
  • Requires +48V phantom power
The MKH 40 is a new and impressive studio mic from Sennheiser!

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Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 0.61" (15.5mm)
Frequency Response 40Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 142dB
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Self Noise 12dB, 18dB
Low Cut Filter 500Hz
Pads -10dB
Connector XLR
Weight 0.22 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Windscreen
Manufacturer Part Number 002645

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Incredible microphone. The sound quality of this mic is stunning. It captures your sound with fullness and clarity. The highs sparkle and the mid range is so smooth and round. I've used this mic on pianos, acoustic guitar and drums; every time being blown away by their performance. My favorite was as overheads, when listening back it's like I can hear the exact location of every cymbal... so good! The only down side is that you really have to be precise with finding your sweet spot with this mic... if they're a little bit off you wont get what you want out of them... but when they're in the right spot, boy does it pay off.
Music background: Recording Engineer
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