Sennheiser MD 421
Sennheiser MD 421

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

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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 8 reviews )
 5 reviews63 %
 2 reviews25 %
 1 user review13 %
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MGR/AlexV's review"Sennheiser MD 421"

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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CMC6's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Sennheiser MD 421
Dynamic microphone with 5-position filter, used to the old version for both voice and for instruments, the filter has something to do because, yes, it has a 5 position filter to remove or add more serious.
Indeed, the clip is not what sennheiser at the best, and attention to drummers and other musicians a little lumberjack, it is quite fragile ... To be placed in locations out of reach of a clumsy

for Technology, 9, 4 for the rest so it will be 6.5 ...

In short, I put 7, simply to be careful ...


This is a good microphone, versatile enough for many more linear than some of the major best-seller (52 beta aim to avoid person)

So, I use it often for melodic or harmonic instrumentals: guitar, bass mainly, but I do not hesitate to place it on other instrumentals, even if it has not been my choice to end it I was rarely disappointed. For the battery, it ranks well for toms serious, if only one does not seek too much attack, otherwise you have to work placement. For the bass drum, personal, I like too, but it is used for jazz music style ...

The price is quite high, certainly, but the quality is paid for, as with any. It is a model that has proven itself. If only one ale of good stuff behind, we did a lot of things.