Designed to pick up every nuance of the human voice with accentuated presence, the Sennheiser MD 9235 dynamic microphone capsule is appreciated not only for its natural, detailed response, but is also proven to effortlessly cut through the mix. Until now, this outstanding sound has been exclusively reserved for top-end live sound and broadcast productions, and now Sennheiser is bringing it to a wired vocal microphone in the new Sennheiser MD 435 large-diaphragm microphone.
"With the MD 435 cardioid high-end microphone, even soft voices will effortlessly assert themselves," says Kai Lange, senior product manager with Sennheiser. "Singers will not only cut through the mix, their voices will also retain that natural quality and detail that the MD 9235 is so famous for."
The MD 435's lightweight aluminum-copper voice coil ensures fast transient response, resulting in a very detailed, nuanced and transparent sound, especially in the treble. The large-diaphragm microphone features very wide dynamics of 146 dB(A) and can handle sound pressure levels of up to 163 dB/1 kHz. The outstanding acoustics come with a mechanical design created to take on the rigors of life on tour: The MD 435 features a metal casing and has a shock-mounted capsule to protect it from structure-borne noise. A hum-compensating coil protects the microphone against electromagnetic interference.
The cardioid MD 435 features a very pleasant proximity effect and the microphone is very tolerant of sound hitting the capsule at different angles. It reproduces vocals clearly and confidently even in loud live settings.
For use with Sennheiser’s wireless transmitters, the capsule of the MD 435 is also available as the MM 435 microphone head. Benefitting from an improved production process, it will soon replace the existing MD 9235 capsule. The MM 435 features Sennheiser’s standard capsule interface, ready for use with Sennheiser wireless series ranging from the evolution wireless G4 and 2000 series to Digital 6000 and Digital 9000.
The MD 435 microphone and MM 435 microphone head retail at USD $619 each.
New 445 Super-Cardioid
When the stage is incredibly loud, with the instruments seeming to acoustically close in on the vocalist, the new MD 445 from Sennheiser is an ideal solution for these challenging environments. The large-diaphragm, dynamic stage microphone combines a direct, head-on sound with a tight supercardioid pickup pattern, providing not only maximum isolation from other on-stage sound sources but also an extremely high level of feedback resistance. With the high-rejection MD 445, vocalists can effortlessly assert their presence even in the loudest of environments.
"The MD 445 is the most powerful microphone in our MD range," says Kai Lange, senior product manager with Sennheiser. "If its sister model, the MD 435, is the beauty, the MD 445 certainly is the beast. It effortlessly cuts through loud stage sound and establishes an audibly greater proximity to the vocals. Its direct, high-resolution sound gives vocals a totally new richness, intensity and assertiveness."
The acoustics of the MD 445 have been tailored to modern stage set-ups with B stages and runways in front of the PA. At the core of the acoustic design is a newly developed voice coil made of lightweight aluminum-copper. Its fast transient response ensures a very detailed, nuanced and transparent sound that is complemented by rich mid-range and bass. The sound is acoustically close, intimate and open, irrespective of how loud the instrument soundscape may be.
Thanks to its high-rejection, supercardioid pickup pattern, the Sennheiser MD 445 has enormous gain before feedback, with improved sensitivity of 1.6 mV/Pa; -55.9 dBV/Pa (measured free field, at 1 kHz). Dynamics are wide at 145 dB(A) and the microphone can handle sound pressure levels of up to 163 dB/1 kHz. And the outstanding acoustics come with a mechanical design that’s built to withstand a life on tour: The MD 445 features a metal casing and has a shock-mounted capsule to protect it from structure-borne noise. A hum compensating coil protects the microphone against electromagnetic interference.
For use with Sennheiser’s wireless transmitters, the capsule of the MD 445 is also available as MM 445 microphone head. Fitted with Sennheiser’s standard capsule interface, the MM 445 can be used with Sennheiser wireless series ranging from the evolution wireless G4 and 2000 series to Digital 6000 and Digital 9000. The MD 445 microphone and MM 445 microphone head retail at USD $619 each.