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Audio-Technica MB 5k

Pricing & Availability

  • MSRP: n/a
  • Discontinued


MB 5k Documentation

CardioidAudio-Technica MB 5k

Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

The MB5k is a compact dynamic microphone intended for instrument miking, especially snare and toms. It is part of Audio-Technica’s Midnight Blues series, and appears to be sold only within the MB drum kit microphone sets.

The mic has relatively low sensitivity of 1.2 mV/Pa, making it suitable for high-SPL applications such as snare drum. Its frequency response is contoured to bring out the attack of a drum: it rolls of fbelow 100Hz, and has a ~7dB boost at 2.5kHz and another at 8kHz. Above 10kHz, the response falls away sharply.

The published polar graph shows only a 1kHz trace. Although this is a pure Cardioid pattern, the graph does not reveal anything about the mic’s off-axis response or coloration.

The Audio-Technica MB 5k is also known as: MB5k.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (1.2 mV/Pa; 100 - 12,000 Hz)
Coil Diameter Impedance SPL/Noise
n/a 500 Ohms (Low) SPL n/a
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
324g (11.43oz) 113mm (4.45'') 42mm (1.65'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications

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