Sennheiser MKH 8040 Cardioid Condenser Compact Microphone
Sennheiser MKH 8040 Cardioid Condenser Capsule
Sennheiser MKH 8040 Cardioid Condenser Compact Microphone Details
The Sennheiser MKH 8040 Cardioid Condenser Compact Microphone is suitable for almost any application. It considerably reduces pick-up of a reverberant room. This is very helpful in rooms with poor acoustics or when disturbing sounds impinge mainly from the rear.
Sennheiser MKH 8040 Cardioid Condenser Compact Microphone Features
- Cardioid pick-up pattern
- Modular design
- Wide frequency response 30 to 50.000 Hz
- Symmetrical transducer with 2 back-plates providing extremely low distortion
- Extremley low inherent self-noise
- Accurate directional pattern
- Non reflective Nextel coating
- Ideal as a spot microphone and for surround recordings
- Also available as the Sennheiser MKH 8040 Stereo Pair Cardioid Microphones
Sennheiser MKH 8040 Cardioid Condenser Compact Microphone Specifications
- Dimensions: Ã? 19 mm, L 41 mm (74 mm with XLR module)
- Frequency response: 30 - 50000 Hz
- Weight: 25 g (55 g with XLR module)
- Audio output: XLR-3M balanced, transformerless, floating
- Sensitivity in free field, no load (1kHz): 20 mV/Pa (-34 dBV/Pa)
- Nominal impedance: 25 Ω
- Min. terminating impedance: 1000 Ω
- Phantom powering: 48 V +/- 4 V
- Equivalent noise level: 13 dB
- Equivalent noise level weighted as per CCIR 468-3: 22 dB
- Maximum sound pressure level (passive): 142 dB SPL
- Current consumption: 3,3 mA
What's In The Box?
- Microphone head MKHC 8040
- XLR module MZX 8000
- Microphone clip MZQ 8000
- Windshield MZW 8000
- User manual
- Aluminium transport case
- MZL 8003 - Connects between the microphone head and the XLR module to make the microphone extremely unobtrusive (ideal for almost invisible use hanging from the ceiling); length: 3 m
- MZL 8010 - Connects between the microphone head and the XLR module to make the microphone extremely unobtrusive (ideal for almost invisible use hanging from the ceiling); length: 10 m
- MZE 8015 - Special bar that carries the audio signal. The microphone head is attached to the front the XLR module to the end. Length 15 cm.
- MZE 8030 - Same as MZE 8015, but 30 cm
- MZE 8060 - Same as MZE 8015, but 60 cm
- MZE 8120 - Same as MZE 8015, but 120 cm
- MZEF 8030 - Stand Mast: Length 30 cm, standard 3/8" thread.
- MZEF 8060 - Stand Mast: Length 60 cm, standard 3/8" thread.
- MZEF 8120 - Stand Mast: Length 120 cm, standard 3/8" thread.
- MZFS 8000 - Stand Base: Heavy design, insensitive to structure-borne noise
- MZG 8000 - Designed for desktop mounting in conjunction with the MZS 31 elastic suspension; carries the audio signal and provides the connector for the XLR module.
- MZGE 8000 - Joins vertical bars with ONE extension tube.
- MZGE 8002 - Joins vertical bars with TWO extension tubes.
- MZH 8000 - With cable guide. Adjustable for optimum alignment of the microphone with the sound source (microphone not included).
- MZQ 8000 - Standard clamp, included in the delivery of the MKH 8000 microphones.
- MZQ 8001 - Miniature clamp, ideal if the microphone is used with a remote cable; 3/8" standard thread (microphone not included).
- MZS 8000 - Flexible suspension in a very compact design; effectively suppresses the transmission of structure-borne noise.
- MZT 8000 - Classic metal table stand, sturdy and robust (microphone not included).
- MZT 8001 - Elegant table stand with acrylic base (microphone not included).
- MKH Series Recording Accessories
- MZD 8000 - The fantastic sound of the MKH 8000 series can now be converted to digital directly at the microphone head, ensuring a natural sound without any loss of quality. The compact digital module is simply screwed onto the microphone head in place of the XLR module, turning the audio signal of the MKH 8020 (omni-directional), MKH 8040 (cardioid) and MKH 8050 (super-cardioid) into a digital one. The new digital module ensures that the warm, natural, yet fantastically clear and powerful sound of the MKH 8000 series is maintained in full quality along the entire signal chain. In contrast to conventional digitization, which uses a separate analogue/digital converter at some stage in the chain, the Sennheiser MZD 8000 digital module eliminates cable losses and, most importantly, features a converter and surrounding circuitry that have been optimally matched to the microphone. Like all signal-carrying components in the 8000 series, the module is designed with two channels and converts the microphone signal according to the AES 42 standard. The microphones can be synchronized by any digital system. In addition to the A/D converter (24-bit, sampling rate up to 192 kHz), the digital module contains a highly integrated DSP unit. With the aid of dedicated PC control software and an AES 42 interface, the microphone allows settings such as the low-cut filter and attenuation to be remote-controlled. The required phantom power for microphones is provided by an AES 42 interface, e.g. Neumann"?s DMI.
- MZE 8030 - Special bar that carries the audio signal. The microphone head is attached to the front the XLR module to the end. Length 30 cm.
- MZF 8000 - MZF 8000 is a new filter module for the MKH 8000 professional RF condenser microphone series. Especially in the broadcast and film industries, it effectively blocks interference caused by infrasound, such as low-frequency noises caused by wind and handling.
- MZW 8000 - Double-layer design for efficient reduction of wind and pop noise (microphone not included).
Sennheiser MKH 8040 Cardioid Condenser Compact Microphone Downloads
- MKH8000 Series Overview (PDF)
- Instructions for use - MKH8040 (PDF)
- Instructions for use - MKH8040 Stereo (PDF)
- MKH8000 Brochure (PDF)
What We Think
The Sennheiser MKH8040 Cardioid Microphone is truly a masterpiece of small diaphragm technology. These microphones have a smooth and rich character that is a pleasant antidote to some of the more strident presentations offered in small diaphragm condenser segment - particularly when it comes to sources that can get a bit 'zingy' in the top-end (a 12-string acoustic guitar is a great example). The mids are less 'hard' as well. But the MKH8040 really does have a focus toward the lows and lower-mids - probably because the mids aren't being pushed; giving the impression that the mics are more rich overall. However, this does not present a problem. In fact, it's a welcome characteristic to the field of the small diaphragm microphone. As compared to the Neumann KM184, the mids in the KM184 are significantly enhanced by a presence bump centered around 8.5 kHz (dipping back to start at 4 kHz) and a gradual sloping roll off which begins just below 200Hz, contributing to a perceived clearer definition. Each has it's benefit, but the extreme linearity of the MKH8040 sees the roll off only begin at below 100 Hz and high frequency extension out to 50kHz! It's top end bump centers around 14kHz which doesn't see a rise below about 9 kHz. So, understanding these specs makes it easy to see why this microphone is very rich, but exhibits a detail that is understated; a smooth air, if you will. Ultimately, you need to try them for yourself, but the risk is minimal, for sure. These microphones are a welcome addition to any microphone toolkit; not just the classical recordist. The discriminating ear is rewarded by the MKH8040, regardless of genre.
Alan Moon - Front End Audio
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