Sennheiser MD 421-II
Sennheiser MD 421-II

MD 421-II, Dynamic Microphone from Sennheiser in the MD 421 series.

mooseherman 05/15/2009

Sennheiser MD 421-II : mooseherman's user review


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This dynamic mic is mainly used in the studio, as far as I know. Traditionally they have been known for being great tom mics. They are also known for having five different roll-off selections. I had heard that it works pretty well as a live mic when necessary, and when my band was playing a basement show we tried it for lead vocals and it definitely worked great as far as the band and I were concerned. There are definitely better vocal mics out there for live setting but if you are looking for a good mic to multitask this might be a good choice (if you're on a budget like I am, it's highly recommended).


I have used mine for about a year. I like using it on toms the best. It picks up the low end that toms give without being overwhelmed. It gives a nice clear sound for them that most mics can't capture. It also has worked well for me on guitar amps, especially ones with heavy low end that really need the extra power. The roll-off that they provide also helps a lot. There are five positions, with the extremes being for speech or music. It helps one really get a wide variety of sounds and timbres from the mic. I haven't had to record spoken word since owning these mics so I can't comment on that, but I've heard they work well enough. Just testing my own voice, the results were good for a dynamic mic. I don't like using them on singers as much as some of my other mics (vocal mics in the studio, as far as I'm concerned, are usually condenser mics, though I won't rule out anything at this point.) For the price, these are totally worth it. They're invaluable to any collection and are one of a kind. I would buy them again if I had to.