Refinement, redefined: Sennheiser expands studio microphone range with the MK 8

At prolight+sound, audio specialist Sennheiser will launch the sister model to its MK 4 large-diaphragm condenser microphone. While the MK 4 has been designed as a straightforward “plug-and-play” microphone, the MK 8 is a more refined tool for the recording engineer seeking for added control options. The true condenser, double-diaphragm MK 8 features five selectable polar patterns (omni-directional, wide cardioid, cardioid, super-cardioid, figure-of-eight) to optimally adapt to the recording situation at hand, and is fitted with a low cut/roll-off filter and pad switch. The MK 8 will be available from late summer.


“The sound design of the MK 8 is based on Sennheiser’s successful series of large-diaphragm condensers,” said Sebastian Schmitz, microphone product manager. “This mic offers a defined bass, beautifully rounded-out mids and open treble. The MK 8 is direct and harmonious, with a finely resolved and very musical sound. Professional users will like its versatility – it can cater to basically any recording situation.”


The MK 8 has one-inch diaphragms precisely spattered with 24-carat gold. Its capsule is elastically mounted to reduce structure-borne noise. A three-position switchable filter allows the user to either eliminate any remaining low-frequency noise below 60 Hz (-18 dB/octave, low-cut position) or introduce a softer roll-off effect from 100 Hz down to compensate for the proximity effect in close miking (-6 dB/octave, roll-off position).


The MK 8 is also fitted with a switchable pad (off, -10 dB, -20 dB). A signal level reduction of -10 dB in the capsule protects the mic against excessively loud audio sources, while an additional -10 dB reduction in the mic’s electronics avoids an overload of the connected mic pre-amp and subsequent recording equipment. 


The MK 8’s five switchable pick-up patterns exhibit relatively constant characteristics, especially in the low end. This ensures better, more defined sound wherever recording circumstances are less than ideal, as the selected pattern is maintained over frequency. For example, the super-cardioid pattern will not “blur” but remain precise, providing the same high attenuation of lateral sound sources that the engineer wanted to have in the first place.


The MK 8 has a sturdy metal housing. It has relatively low sensitivity to humidity as the impedance conversion is done within the capsule.


The MK 8 comes complete with a microphone clip and a protective pouch. Optional accessories include an elastic suspension, a foam windshield, a popshield and a hardcase. The microphone will be available from late summer.



Technical data of the MK 8

Transducer principle                        externally polarised condenser microphone

Diaphragm diameter                         1” (25.4 mm)

Pick-up patterns                              omni-directional, wide cardioid, cardioid,

                                                         super-cardioid, figure-of-eight

Frequency response                       20 to 20,000 Hz

Sensitivity                                       17.4 mV/Pa (–35 dBV)

Maximum sound pressure level       140 dB (pad: 0 dB)

Equivalent noise level                     10 dBA, 16 dB CCIR

Dynamic range                                 130 dB

Nominal impedance                          50 ohms

Min. terminating impedance              1 kohm

Power supply                                  48 V phantom power (P48)

Low-cut/roll-off filter, switchable      roll-off: -6 dB/oct. from 100 Hz

                                                         low-cut: -18 dB/oct. from 60 Hz

Switchable pad                               0 db, -10 dB, -20 dB

Current consumption                       4.1 mA

Diameter                                           approx. 57 mm

Length                                              approx. 160 mm

Weight                                             approx. 485 g

Operating temperature                    0° to +40°C

Storage temperature                        -10° to +60°C



Optional accessories

MKW 4 Windshield

MZP 40 Popshield

MKS 40 Elastic suspension

MKC 4 Hardcase


Visit Sennheiser at the prolight+sound in Hall 8, Stand A 70. 

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