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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,
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
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.