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SupercardioidSennheiser Electronics Corporation MKH 8050

Supercardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone

MKH 8050 is part of Sennheiser’s modular 8000 series. This mic is a short supercardioid pencil condenser, one of three in the 8000 series (see also 8020 omni and 8040 cardioid modules).

The 8050 is an RF condenser design, with high sensitivity, low noise, extended bandwidth and excellent weather resistance. The mic is transformerless with a fully floating balanced output.

Although the mic features a narrow supercardioid pattern, off-axis pickup is not unnaturally colored as often found in other mics. The supercardioid pattern is very consistent across frequencies, especially below 4kHz. Deep nulls are maintained at ±120° through 8kHz.

Like the Cardioid (8040) and Omni (8020) capsules in this series, the 8050 has an extended frequency range, with the HF -3dB point above 50kHz. On the low end, the response falls away smoothly below 100Hz, to -7dB at 10Hz.

Electronic Musician - 2011
Even when placed 25 feet away from the orchestra, the Sennheiser MKH 8050s maintained an incredible, natural sound.

The MKH 8050 consists of:

  • MKHC 8050 microphone head
  • MZX 8000 XLR module
  • MZQ 8000 microphone clip
  • MZW 8000 windshield
  • User manual
  • Aluminum transport case

The Sennheiser Electronics Corporation MKH 8050 is also known as: MKH8050.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Supercardioid (20 mV/Pa; 35 - 50,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
25 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 142 dB
Self-noise: 13.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
55g (1.94oz) 75mm (2.95'') 19mm (0.75'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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