Sennheiser MD421 II Dynamic Microphone
The Sennheiser MD421 II Dynamic Microphone continues the tradition of the MD 421, which has been one of Sennheiser's most popular dynamic mics for over 35 years.
The large diaphragm, dynamic element handles high sound pressure levels, making it a natural for recording guitars and drums. The MD 421's full-bodied cardioid pattern and five-position bass control make it an excellent choice for most instruments, as well as group vocals or radio broadcast announcers. One listen and you'll know why it's a classic.
Sennheiser MD421 II Dynamic Microphone Features
- Rugged professional microphone
- Five position bass roll-off switch
- Effective feedback rejection
- Clear sound reproduction
- Easy handling due to pronounced directivity
Sennheiser MD421 II Dynamic Microphone Specifications
- Connector: XLR-3
- Frequency response (Microphone): 30 - 17000 Hz
- Sensitivity in free field, no load (1kHz): 2 mV/Pa +- 3 dB
- Nominal impedance: 200 Ω
- Min. terminating impedance: 200 Ω
- Dimensions: 215 x 46 x 49 mm
- Weight: 385 g
Sennheiser MD421 II Dynamic Microphone Includes
- Sennheiser MD 421 II
- Sennheiser Microphone Stand Adapter
- Foam Lined Vinyl Snap Case
- 1 Year Warranty
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i used this microphone more than 15 years ago and since then always wanted one. finally got one and every time i use it i am pleased with what it delivers. i have two dozen mics which i use for either live or studio. this one is one of my default live mics. yes, i use it for vocals and although i usually have a problem with proximity because of the way i sing/talk, this mic is very forgiving. my live mics serve 2 purposes (pa + recording) so for me to give a mic a "default" status it has to shine in both departments simultaneously. like the Shure SM 57, everyone should have one of these in their locker.
I really like using this mic on guitar amps mixed with a 57. It has mids that the 57 just doesn't have giving your a very full sound. Toms work with this of course very well. Sounds totally different than the SM7.
I don't have a lot of mics so what I do have has to count and this one fills a lot of niches from guitar cabs to drums. The cool thing is you can dial in the tone with the knob.
Once you throw one of these on a tom you'll soon realize why people have been using these for years. It just gives you a great response and makes things sound the way they should. Also great for a darker sounding close mic'ed guitar cab. The mount takes some getting used to, but isn't the fatal flaw some people make it out to be. Bass roll-off switch also comes in handy.
I was not impressed with sound or build quality. The quirky mounting bracket is a sloppy fit. The plastic case is oversize and pales to some less expensive mics The mic body is plastic and does not have the same "wieght of quality" as an SM57. All this would be fine if it sounded great and it doesn't sound great... good yes, but not great.