Sennheiser Electronics Corporation MD 441U
Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone
The MD 441 is a premium supercardioid dynamic mic, a studio standard for many years due to its natural sound and “nearly textbook perfect” supercardioid polar pattern.
The moving-coil cartridge is shockmounted to reduce handling noise. A humbucking coil reduces EMI.
Two switches on the mic configure its frequency response:
- A five-way high-pass filter is built into the collar around the XLR jack. The “M” for Music setting is the flattest response, with a flat response down to 65Hz. Four more settings provide progressively higher and steeper rolloffs, the most extreme attenuating at 12dB/octave below 500Hz.
- A “brilliance” switch on the microphone body enables a broad 5–7dB boost from 2.2kHz–20kHz.
As a passive dynamic microphone, it withstands very high SPL without overload or distortion.
The microphone body is all metal, with a “simulated leather finish.” The grille is nickel plated.
The fact that the body is square (in cross-section) is part of the reason for the relatively high cost of the microphone; cylindrical bodies are easier to manufacture.
The Sennheiser Electronics Corporation MD 441U is also known as: MD441, 441, MD441U.
The mic was released in 1971.
|Frequency Response - SupercardioidClick Graph to Compare!|
|Pickup Patterns||Pads & Filters|
(1.8 mV/Pa; 30 - 20,000 Hz)
|n/a||200 Ohms (Low)||SPL n/a
|450g (15.87oz)||270mm (10.63'')||36mm (1.42'')||
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