One thing I love about my work is that I get to use some really great gear well before I often expect to. Not long ago I was looking at the Sennheiser website and reading about the new MK8 microphone and thinking about how popular the MK4 was to begin with. Not six hours later and I happened to have an MK8 sitting on my desk ready and waiting for me to test out. How good is that! Well, I’ll tell you how good it was. For those of you who own or used the popular MK4 microphone from Sennheiser, you will be glad to know that this one is a very good follow up and worthy of a product code that is twice that of the previous offering. Twice the microphone deserves twice the title.
What the MK8 brings to the table is a dual-diaphragm design that greatly broadens the range of options and polar patterns of the MK4. With five different patterns available, it works from omni through to figure-of-eight with various degrees of cardioid shapes in between. Although not an infinitely variable selection, it doesn’t need to be. The MK8 offers users enough variety in polar pattern choices to use it for any application that would suit a large diaphragm condenser microphone of this sort.
HEARING THE DIFFERENCE
The MK8 delivers a very clear and crisp response and sounds like a microphone of twice its price tag. A two-stage pad is in place for recording high sound pressure levels, although I didn’t really get to make enough noise to put this to any great use. It will stand up in front of guitar amps with no worries, as up to 20 dB of gain can be reduced at this stage. A high pass filter also allows for the low-end to be rolled off at 100Hz or sharply taken out at 60Hz to further work along with the capsule’s suspension for isolating the microphone form unwanted low- end rumble.
When all is said and done, this is a really nicely assembled microphone that will work in a range of applications. It is designed and built in Germany, being from Sennheiser, so you know it will last. There is never any question to their craftsmanship, that is for sure. As an all-rounder in any studio, this is a great microphone and would be a great option for a home studio looking for one condenser microphone that can do it all. Seriously competitive.
For more details, head to sennheiser.com.au.
Hits and Misses
Solid German build
Great range of polar patterns
Smooth low frequency roll-off
If only for the sake of nit-picking, a better cradle could be supplied instead of the basic stand mount