The MK 4 aims at professional users in project studios, but is equally well suited for other recording environments. It is also rugged enough for use on stage and offered at a price point that makes it affordable for musicians and home recording applications. “In the development of the MK 4, we invested every euro in getting the best possible sound,” explained Product Manager Sebastian Schmitz, “and we focused on the key elements of a good studio microphone to ensure that we can offer the MK 4 to our customers at an attractive price.”
Launched at the Winter NAMM
show 2011 in Anaheim, California, Sennheiser presents its new MK 4 large-diaphragm true condenser microphone at Prolight+Sound
2011 in Frankfurt. Manufactured in Germany, this cardioid microphone is Sennheiser’s first large-diaphragm side-address microphone is designed to providing the best possible sound quality with a powerful yet warm sound with fine treble resolution.
The MK 4 is desigend to pick up even the most detailed sound structures, off axis sound is picked up without colouration in order to achieve accurate sound quality. Sennheiser announces a very harmonious presence with vivid mids and also very detailed in the bass range. The MK 4's typical cardioid cancellation is relatively frequency-independent.
The MK 4 has a large 1-inch diaphragm precisely spattered with 24-carat gold. The sturdy metal housing and the elastically mounted capsule make the microphone tough enough for the most energetic recording situations. The excellent suppression of handling noise provided by the internal capsule mount can be even further improved by the use of an elastic suspension, which is offered optionally. The open front of the suspension mount enables the MK 4 to be positioned close to the sound source.
The microphone has a maximum sound pressure level of 140 dB, and its self-noise of 10 dB(A) is very low. “The MK 4 is highly versatile for vocals, acoustic guitars and grand pianos as well as for strings and wind instruments,” Sebastian Schmitz explained. “What is more, in numerous field trials it has proven to be an excellent microphone with guitar amplifiers, drums and percussion.”
The MK 4 starts shipping from Winter NAMM 2011 and comes complete with a microphone clip and a protective pouch. Optional accessories include an elastic suspension, a foam windshield and a popshield.