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Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

The MC416 is a multipattern FET condenser microphone.

It has a 33mm dual-diaphragm capsule shockmounted within the headbasket. A pattern selection switch around the base of the headbasket allows selection of four polar patterns: Cardioid, Wide Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8. A second switch provides a -10dB pad.

The amplifier circuit is a class-A, transformerless design.

The microphone’s brass body is finished in a textured gray epoxy paint. The headbasket grille is a gray/black 3-layer metallic mesh.

Nevaton MC416 caseThe mic ships in a padded hardwood box. Included are a hardcopy frequency plot, an “isolation” mic clip, and an XLR cable.

All Nevaton microphones are manufactured in St. Petersburg, Russia.

ProAudioReview, 2009
Nevaton MC416I soon got to work with the MC416 and found it capable of typical vocal and electric guitar tasks. I found the 416 to be similar to an Audio-Technica 4033 on loud, distorted guitar, with a nice overall balance and stronger low-mids. My first two vocal tests had me worried, as the 416 didn’t win a mic shootout with either a male or female vocalist. The 416 lacked a little midrange detail, but offered slightly thick, substantive, and compressed lower mids. I then tried the 416 on an unskilled male vocalist with excessive sibilance, uncontrolled dynamics, and a lack of power; he was greatly aided by the MC416, lending some substance and softening his fluctuations without robbing detail or realism.

The Nevaton MC416 is also known as: MK416.

The mic was released in 2002.


Frequency Response - OmnidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
MC416 Omnidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
MC416 Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - BidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
MC416 Bidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - Wide CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
MC416 Wide Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (15 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (15 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (15 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Wide Cardioid (15 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10dB (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Capsule diameter: 33mm
Diaphragm gauge: 3 microns
50 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 150 dB
Self-noise: 15.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
500g (17.64oz) 249mm (9.80'') 30mm (1.18'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48 ± 4v

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