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Sennheiser MD421 II Microphone  

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  • 5-position bass control
  • Very effective feedback rejection
  • Highly directional cardioid pickup pattern
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      A studio standard.

      The Sennheiser MD421 II Mic is one of the best-known microphones in the world. Walk into any drum booth in any major studio and you'll most likely see Sennheiser MD 421 II mics on the toms. Talk to just about any seasoned FOH or recording engineer about their drum miking preferences for toms and percussion and the Sennheiser MD 421 II mic's name invariably comes up. Its excellent sound qualities also enable the MD 421 II microphone to cope with the most diverse recording conditions and broadcast applications. The 5-position bass control enhances the Sennheiser MD421 II mic's all-round qualities. With very effective feedback rejection and a highly directional cardioid pickup pattern, placement is a cinch. The MD421 II microphone boasts rugged, reliable Sennheiser construction.


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      • 5-position bass control
      • Very effective feedback rejection
      • Highly directional cardioid pickup pattern
      • Rugged construction

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      SennheiserMD421 II Microphone
       
      4.6

      (based on 36 reviews)

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      Laid down a few VO's

      I've recorded more than 50,000 voiceovers. Frankly I lost count about 1986. At least 5,000 were with a MD421U. The MD421 mic has lots of applications other than studio V/O though. ...Read complete review

      I've recorded more than 50,000 voiceovers. Frankly I lost count about 1986. At least 5,000 were with a MD421U. The MD421 mic has lots of applications other than studio V/O though. Bongos, bass cabs, trombones, saxes, congas and explosives come to mind. While not my #1 favorite V/O mic, I prefer it to the more widely used EV RE27 or RE20 neither of which have any personality whatsoever and frankly I've never understood how they became so popular in broadcast production applications. The MD421 has a handy EQ character selector collar around where the cable jack is located which adds a ton of versatility. For studio voiceovers it sounds adequate, but is not my #1 V/O choice by any means, that would be the LESS costly Shure SM7B. The Sennheiser does work live on stage (when set FLAT) which lots of studio mics like my favored SM7B simply won't do at all. For an announce mic into a house PA, I'd go with the MD421 because of reasonably good gain before feedback and a very controllable proximity effect and no built-in mid boost like most PA vocal mics, such as a Shure SM58, so your voice sounds more natural. I've also used it to record lots of sound effects with good results. It is nearly impossible to overload an MD421, so you can use it to record things like shotgun blasts or dragsters. An MD421 makes a great home studio or podcast mic because it is very directional, has a decent output and a good dynamic range so you can whisper and still be heard or scream all you want and it won't distort. It truly is easier to record really LOUD stuff with it than any other mic I've ever used. Drawbacks are multiple though! No shock mount available. Difficult to find a foam windscreen to fit it. The stand clip is probably the worst stand adapter design on the planet. However the mic itself is nearly indestructible and can take years of abuse or neglect and the occasional stupid episode like leaving it in the rain trying to record thunder. This is one of those mics you could use as a hammer and it would still work flawlessly. A bit cumbersome to use handheld but once you get accustomed to the heft & larger diameter it is perfectly usable handheld and is a good one-mic interview solution for radio news or interviews. The studio V/O sweetspot is really huge depending on how much proximity effect you want. I get the best studio V/O results with no windscreen using it at a 90 degree angle talking directly ACROSS the top of it (NOT into the side but across the top,) or my second choice is 180 degrees straight-on with a foam windscreen which cuts the highs. One producer told me he never saw anyone use one at 90 degrees with no foam. He liked the result a lot so I guess I taught him something. A good all around workhouse dynamic with more than one application. A great drag race commercial mic. Just always keep the shortcomings in mind and know it isn't the perfect mic. (NEWS FLASH: There is no perfect voiceover mic! But the Shure SM7B is close.) The MD421 is a good all around dynamic workhorse and a good mic to have around sometimes...but gads that clip thing...oh Lord..that clip thing.

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      I did 36 years of live radio. For an unknown reason MD421's were the only mics allowed in the building at one station and available at several other stations. They looked impressive until...Read complete review

      I did 36 years of live radio. For an unknown reason MD421's were the only mics allowed in the building at one station and available at several other stations. They looked impressive until I tried to actually use one. The Shure SM-7b costs about the same and it eats the MD421 and any other dynamic for lunch including the pricier EV RE27N & it's kin. The MD421's built-in pop filter is inadequate for close vocal work and when you do find an external pop filter that fits the large rectangular shape the sound gets midrangy. I never got HUMAN warmth from any MD421 no matter how I tweaked it. On the plus side it handles high SPL's in stride. I detested them so much I tried to break them when nobody was looking. I'm sad to say they are remarkably durable. For something really loud this is your mic, but it is not a vocal mic.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Laid down a few VO's

      By David L. Vasser

      from Badin, NC

      Comments about Sennheiser MD421 II Microphone:

      I've recorded more than 50,000 voiceovers. Frankly I lost count about 1986. At least 5,000 were with a MD421U. The MD421 mic has lots of applications other than studio V/O though. Bongos, bass cabs, trombones, saxes, congas and explosives come to mind. While not my #1 favorite V/O mic, I prefer it to the more widely used EV RE27 or RE20 neither of which have any personality whatsoever and frankly I've never understood how they became so popular in broadcast production applications. The MD421 has a handy EQ character selector collar around where the cable jack is located which adds a ton of versatility. For studio voiceovers it sounds adequate, but is not my #1 V/O choice by any means, that would be the LESS costly Shure SM7B. The Sennheiser does work live on stage (when set FLAT) which lots of studio mics like my favored SM7B simply won't do at all. For an announce mic into a house PA, I'd go with the MD421 because of reasonably good gain before feedback and a very controllable proximity effect and no built-in mid boost like most PA vocal mics, such as a Shure SM58, so your voice sounds more natural. I've also used it to record lots of sound effects with good results. It is nearly impossible to overload an MD421, so you can use it to record things like shotgun blasts or dragsters. An MD421 makes a great home studio or podcast mic because it is very directional, has a decent output and a good dynamic range so you can whisper and still be heard or scream all you want and it won't distort. It truly is easier to record really LOUD stuff with it than any other mic I've ever used. Drawbacks are multiple though! No shock mount available. Difficult to find a foam windscreen to fit it. The stand clip is probably the worst stand adapter design on the planet. However the mic itself is nearly indestructible and can take years of abuse or neglect and the occasional stupid episode like leaving it in the rain trying to record thunder. This is one of those mics you could use as a hammer and it would still work flawlessly. A bit cumbersome to use handheld but once you get accustomed to the heft & larger diameter it is perfectly usable handheld and is a good one-mic interview solution for radio news or interviews. The studio V/O sweetspot is really huge depending on how much proximity effect you want. I get the best studio V/O results with no windscreen using it at a 90 degree angle talking directly ACROSS the top of it (NOT into the side but across the top,) or my second choice is 180 degrees straight-on with a foam windscreen which cuts the highs. One producer told me he never saw anyone use one at 90 degrees with no foam. He liked the result a lot so I guess I taught him something. A good all around workhouse dynamic with more than one application. A great drag race commercial mic. Just always keep the shortcomings in mind and know it isn't the perfect mic. (NEWS FLASH: There is no perfect voiceover mic! But the Shure SM7B is close.) The MD421 is a good all around dynamic workhorse and a good mic to have around sometimes...but gads that clip thing...oh Lord..that clip thing.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Not just for drums & guitar cabs

      By chrismuser

      from northeast Tennessee

      Comments about Sennheiser MD421 II Microphone:

      I've used this mic for recording and live sound on acoustic guitars and vocals. Gives a nice, full-bodied sound, especially on my nasal tenor voice. Be forewarned about the clip problem.

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      4.0

      Great mic, terrible clip

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Sennheiser MD421 II Microphone:

      This mic is great for mid to low range applications: drum toms & bass drums, guitar/bass cabs, etc.The mic itself is sturdy and capable of taking a beating without any loss to its performance. The clip, however, is very fragile. The mic can detach very easily if you are unfamiliar with the clip, and the threads (where the clip attaches to the mic stand) are plastic. We've gone through half a dozen clips in the studio: I eventually got fed up and rigged the attachment onto an old metal mic clip. Problem solved.

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      5.0

      Great for Radio

      By KE5MZP

      from Copperas Cove, Texas

      Comments about Sennheiser MD421 II Microphone:

      I've worked in a few radio stations that used these mics in the production and on-air studios. I'd never use them outdoors, but they are the MOST flexible mics I've ever used. The other 2 are the SM7 and EV's RE20.

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      5.0

      Great Mic but warning

      By C@B

      from Atlanta, GA... at the moment

      Comments about Sennheiser MD421 II Microphone:

      This mic is good especially on toms or guitar cabs, I've heard lots of good things about it on bass cabs or even kick drums but my one problem with it is the clip design. You really have to stay aware of where that button is when adjusting it's position because at the slightest touch that mic's going to come off that clip and fall. Great mic but with a minor flaw. Still probably worth the money though.

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      5.0

      awesome mic, awesome value....it's perfect

      By PRScollector85

      from Columbus, OH

      Comments about Sennheiser MD421 II Microphone:

      Ok let me first clarify why these mics are so popular and why some may find them expensive. The MD421 is an industry standard for miking just about everything. It doesn't just do it good it does it great. The reason you pay for this mic is because it can do so many tasks. Most $100 mics can only sound this good on one maybe two applications.I couldn't live without this mic (well all 5 that I own) in my studio. Guitar cabs, bass cabs, toms, bass drum, voice, horns, etc. All captured wonderfully. It's definitely in my mic locker forever (along with SM57, e906, ATM250DE, ST66, ST79, TLM49, KMS184, D2, D4, I5, Ball, Woodpecker, E945, RE-410, ND767, E902, etc.).For guitar cabs I usually like to blend with an i5, SM57 or the e906 to capture everything perfectly, though it's not necessary just personal preference.For toms well it's awesome on its own but it's fun to use a large diaphragm condenser on top and these 421s on resonants (phase corrected of course).The possibilities are endless do yourself a favor and pickup a piece of pro audio history. Sennheiser products are some of the best money can buy and this is a company I can always trust.

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      5.0

      If you are looking for indestructible, this is it!

      Comments about Sennheiser MD421 II Microphone:

      I have read several of the posts here and thought I'd weigh in on my experiences with the MD421. I have one that is probably 30 years old (no MKII here). It came originally with the old Teuchel (sp?) connector and the light grey case. I've used it for sooo many things I can't count.I once sent it back to Sennheiser for repair (I don't remember what), not only did they fix what was wrong, they upgraded the connector to a new XLR, replaced the old housing which was in bad shape and totally rehabbed the mic, all for an incredibly reasonable price. I basically got a new mic for the price of a small repair. They're the best.This is still my go to bass drum/bass guitar cabinet mic. It has HUGE SPL handling capacity (like accurately recording the sounds of a jet take-off). The price may put some of you off; but, this one will still be "kicking out the jams" when you're old and gray.

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      4.0

      Awful lot of money!

      By Brother Dave-MLJxZ

      from Albemarle NC

      Comments about Sennheiser MD421 II Microphone:

      I was forced to use MD421's as control room and production microphones at two different FM radio stations. I did not like them for that purpose. I can name lots of microphones I'd have preferred. I've never understood why anyone would select these over my favorite studio vocal mic which is the Shure SM7B. On the plus side the rotating collar EQ for the bass rolloff on the MD421 is a nice feature making it easy to change the rolloff settings as no pencils or paperclips are required as on other mics. Other than the generic sound which is just my subjective opinion, a real problem with this Sennheiser is finding a windscreen to fit the wacky Euro shape if you are going to use it for voicework or outdoors. Most windscreens won't fit it. It really needs a windscreen for close vocal work. The Sennheiser windscreens to fit these do exist but are hard to get. What this mic does best is handle very loud sounds and sharp impacts without distorting or overloading. People complain about the clip, but actually using them every day for 10 years the clip was never a problem. This microphone has a very uncolored sound to me. It does nothing to highlight characteristics of the human voice. It has no warmth. It is very well made and rugged though. To end on a positive note, I've tried to break about 6 of them with no success and I've seen one hold up under 24 hour use for over 9 years straight with not sign of dying or falling off the clip.

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      5.0

      Necessary

      By hangmanblues

      from Texas

      Comments about Sennheiser MD421 II Microphone:

      On its own, it's a great mic. Combined with others -- specifically, at least a Shure SM57 -- on a guitar cab, you've got gold. Eddie Kramer, an engineer whose pedigree includes pretty much all of Jimi Hendrix's recorded product and a lot of Led Zeppelin's, uses this set-up with a Beyer ribbon mic but so far I've gotten a great tone out of my Marhsall with a combo of just the 57 and 421. Good for ANYTHING. One of those microphones any studio must have at least one of.

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      4.0

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      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Sennheiser MD421 II Microphone:

      Exceptional mic. Sounds great on bass cabs and bass drums, especially the batter head side. Tom representation is a little sketchy, and I prefer others, but all around a good, solid mic. Be careful with the clip, as I have had these slip right off the stand without warning, causing me to have a mini heart attack. If you buy this mic, get some nice, strong tape to keep it in it's place.

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