Review: Sennheiser MD441
Positives:Unbelievable sound for a dynamic mic.
Negatives:One of the more expensive dynamic mic's on the market today. Mic is HUGE making placement sometimes hard.
It’s hard to know where to start when reviewing a classic that has gone through its paces many times before. The MD441 is a mic in a class all by itself. It is technically a dynamic microphone, however you would never be able to tell that after listening to it. It has a huge bright and clear tone (which is able to be shaped at the mic using a pair of tone controls). The mic features a spring capsule mount which reduces handling noise to a minimum. It also features a humbucking coil making the mic ultra quiet. At the tail end of the mic there is a 5 position bass roll-off switch used to tailor the mic’s sound as well as a treble boost switch, further allowing you to customize the sound of the mic before it hits the pre. The construction of the body integrates a pop filter which helps to reduce plosives and silibance if being used for vocals.
That being said, all these features need room for circuitry and the mic body doesn’t try to hide that. The mic is HUGE. Almost a foot long. This makes placement on certain things (like drums) a little difficult, but its well worth the extra time figuring out how to make it fit. The mic also requires a specialized mic clip to hold it (there is a shock mount clip available also) which if lost, will cost quite a bit for a replacement.
WHERE IT SHINES: Snare drum, Electric Guitar Cabinet, Acoustic Guitar, Voice, Toms
WHERE IT DOESNT: not great on lower frequecy instruments (kick / bass) but could definitely do the job if needed. There is not much you cant put in front of the mic that will not sound great.