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Review: Sennheiser MD421-II

Submitted On May 22, 2013 by Contributor:



Build Quality

Ease of Use


Overall Value

Total Score

89/ 100

Review Details

Price: $379.99


Great sounding bright mic with excellent features.


Aweful mic clip design. Large body makes it hard to place.
My Review

Another classic from the Sennheiser MD line of mics.  A recreation of the original MD-421, the “421-ii” makes improvements over an older revision of the microphone and brings back this classic sounding mic.  The mic has a heavy, thick, oddly shaped body (which contributes to its unique sound… there is a logo bar across the front of the diaphragm which makes some people think its a side address mic, which it is not).  A 5 position bass roll off switch sits at the back of the mic allowing for custom tone shaping before it hits the pre.  The size of the mic doesn’t help when trying to fit it into tight quarters, but even worse is the way they decided to connect a clip to this thing.  Instead of a standard U or pressure clip, there is a little flat arm that slides and snaps onto the bottom of the mic.  I haven’t found an after market clip for this mic, so don’t lose this, unless you like paying a hefty sum for such a small replacement part.  The tone of the mic is bright yet bassy, almost exuding a “DJ Smile” like EQ quality.  It is at home infront of a guitar cab as well as a “standard” mic for toms.  I personally don’t like the tone of the mic on toms, but it definitely gets the job done.  It works very well as a bottom (or top) snare mic as well.

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About The Contributor


Full service boutique studio in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. In addition to recording media services, the studio also builds a great deal of custom studio equipment.

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