Sennheiser MKH 8040

Modular Cardioid Condenser Microphone
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Sennheiser MKH 8040
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A Very Natural-sounding Condenser Mic that's Great for Recording and Broadcast!

The Sennheiser MKH 8040 cardioid condenser microphone lets you put a very compact, modular design to work in a number of studio and broadcast applications. The MKH 8040 features a very small profile that's ideal for placement in very hard-to-mic areas. Its ability to handle high SPLs is a real plus when used on loud sources such as drums or guitar cabinets. This mic features very low self-noise and a flat response, plus, its cardioid pattern makes it perfect for everything from instruments to interviews. If you want great performance out of a little mic, the MKH 8040 is definitely your mic!

Sennheiser MKH 8040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone Features:
  • Cardioid pickup pattern
  • Modular design
  • Wide frequency response - 30Hz-50kHz
  • Symmetrical transducer with two backplates providing extremely low distortion
  • Extremely low inherent self-noise
  • Accurate directional pattern
  • Nonreflective Nextel coating
  • Ideal as a spot microphone and for surround recordings
  • Also available in stereo pairs
  • Requires +48V phantom power
The Sennheiser MKH 8040 gives you accurate, directional sound capture from a very small package!

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Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 30Hz-50kHz
Max SPL 142dB
Output Impedance 25 ohms
Self Noise 13dB (A weighted)
Connector XLR
Weight 0.06 lbs. (0.12 lbs. w/MZX 8000 XLR Module)
Manufacturer Part Number 506289

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Sweetwater Advice

Jeff Barnett

The Sennheiser MKH8040 is the perfect combination of low visibility and high fidelity. If you need to place a condenser mic in a tight spot, on camera, or on a stage where visibility matters, the MKH8040 is the ideal choice. Phenomenal sound in an itty bitty space!
See also: Condenser Mics, Sennheiser, Sennheiser Condenser Microphones, Sennheiser Condenser Microphones