New mic and wireless mic manager from Sennheiser
Sennheiser has presented its first side-address MK 4 large-diaphragm condenser microphone.
The new MK 4 model features a 1-inch diaphragm, which is precisely spattered with 24-carat gold. The open front of the suspension mount enables the MK 4 to be positioned close to the sound source, it has a maximum sound pressure level of 140dB, and a self-noise of 10dB(A).
The large-diaphragm mic was developed for professional users in project studios, but is equally well suited for a home recording environment or for use on stage. The manufacturer reports its mic evenly captures sound coming from the sides, maintaining the overall sound quality. The metal housing and the elastically mounted capsule make the microphone suitable for energetic recording situations.
‘In the development of the MK 4, we invested in getting the best possible sound,’ explained product manager Sebastian Schmitz. ‘The MK 4 is versatile for vocals, acoustic guitars and grand pianos, as well as for strings and wind instruments.’
The MK 4 has a nickel-coloured finish and comes with a microphone clip and a protective pouch. Optional accessories include an elastic suspension, a foam windshield and a pop-shield.
The manufacturer has also announced a new version of its Wireless Systems Manager. The upgraded version of the radio microphone and monitoring systems include a ‘professional set-up’ function, automatic calculation of the interference-free frequency set for the required number of radio channels, and a ‘lifebelt’ icon that keeps a number of back-up frequencies in reserve in case of any RF problems.
The system can be adapted to its environment by selecting between three different safety levels when allocating frequencies. It is possible to hide frequency ranges manually in advance if it is known that they will be blocked during an event. Squelch can be set appropriately in accordance with the RF conditions displayed.
The WSM’s functions include; Remote control and monitoring of microphones and monitoring systems, integration of older devices via the NET 1 network system, pre-programming of devices, data transmission to microphone receivers and monitor transmitters via an Ethernet switch, scanning of the radio environment via a connected receiver, display of free frequencies and frequencies in use, checking RF field strength of wireless microphones’ signals, up to six computers can access the wireless system with either equal or different access rights, and it runs on PCs and Intel Macs from MacOS 10.4 onwards. Once the required number of channels has been entered, the WSM suggests where the frequencies can best be placed and back-up frequencies can be kept in the ‘lifebelt’.
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