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Sennheiser MD 421 - Reviews Sennheiser MD 421

The Sennheiser MD 421 is a dynamic cardiod microphone known for it's hi max SPL. I am a student, musician, writer, and pretty good line dancer residing in beautiful Nashville, TN. I've been a drummer and guitar player on and off for the past 10 years of my life and have began engineering and producing in the past 4. I currently play drums for the band Brookline and you can see me rockin' an Orange County Drum and Percussion or Mapex kit decked out with Zildjian K Hybrids.

Our studio bought 4 of these about 3 years ago for around $400.00 from Sweetwater. We purchased as a part of creating a good mic library for a new studio at our Recording Arts College in Nashville, TN.

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The MD 421 has an incredibly hi max SPL making it great for miking amps and drums. It also has very good bass response and is used a lot in broadcast much like the EV RE 20. This mic features a 5 position bass roll-off switch making it very tunable and gives it the ability to virtually act as 5 different mics and works great for reducing the proximity effect. This is my go-to mic for tons on a drum kit and lower end guitar tracks.

The bass roll-off option is very difficult to navigate because it isn't labeled correctly so you have to go in blind and just listen. This isn't necessarily a bad thing - just be sure to check your settings every time that you use this mic.

This mic has been hit with drum sticks more times than I can count and the grill, although a bit scratched up, still remains dent-less. The clips to hold to mic have a release button that lets go pretty easily so you have to be very caution when setting up and tearing down.

Bottom Line? The Sennheiser MD 421 is a studio workhorse and is valuable in so many scenarios. Individually they are rather affordable and it's definitely worth the investment if you decide to get three or four.

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