Sennheiser MD 421-II Dynamic Cardioid Microphone

- Pick-up pattern: cardioid
- Frequency response: 30 - 17,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: (free field, no load) (1 kHz) 2 mV/Pa +/- 3 dB
- Nominal impedance: 200 ohms
- Min. terminating impedance: 200 ohms
- Dimensions in mm: 215 x 46 x 49
- Weight: approx. 385 g
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 6 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 000984
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Sennheiser MD421-II Dynamic Cardioid Mic

The MD 421 is one of the most recognized microphones in the world. Its excellent sound qualities enable it to cope with the most diverse recording conditions and broadcasting applications. The 5-position bass control enhances its "all-round" qualities.


- Rugged professional microphone
- 5-position bass roll-off switch
- Effective feedback rejection
- Clear sound reproduction
- Easy handling due to pronounced directivity
- Includes microphone clamp for 3/8" thread
(42 ratings)
Submitted May 15, 2018 by Chuck H in McRae-Helena, GA
"Standard for a Reason"
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Finally bought a couple of these for use primarily on drums, guitar cabs, & horns. I'm a former music performance major and audio engineering school grad, & have been building my studio for over 15 years. Got the 421's in the mail and immediately used them on a drum session with rack & floor tom, running through API preamps. The sound was excellent! I was very impressed with the tonal quality, the ambient pickup (or lack thereof), and will probably order at least two more. Different people have different opinions of this mic, but it's a workhorse for a reason. Every mic has its own 'thing', and this mic does what it does amazingly well. Dynamic mics are not condenser mics, and they have a different sound / vibe. The roll-off switch will come in handy for mic'ing guitar cabs, bass cabs, low toms & kick drum, and anything in close proximity. These mics handle louder sources very well. Of course, the only downside to this mic is the notoriously bad clip. It's okay if you don't have to move it, such as placing on drums or guitar cabs in a session. Obviously not meant to be moved once set in place. However, a very, very good dynamic mic that will get used a ton in my studio.
Musical Background:
35 year performer - trumpet, sax, keys, bass & guitars, 15 year studio owner, engineer, producer
Musical Style:
Rock, soul, jazz, acoustic, pop, praise & worship, Christian, Americana, singer-songwriter
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