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Sennheiser 441.. anyone know anything about this?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by tubedude, Aug 14, 2001.

  1. tubedude

    tubedude Active Member

    Jun 20, 2001
    Sennheiser MD441, anyone know anything about it? I have one offered to me, used, for $100. I can't even find a list price on it anywhere.
    Heres what it looks like... http://www.performanceaudio.com/sen...senn_md441.html
  2. PlugHead

    PlugHead Active Member

    Jul 2, 2001
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    Good luck,

    PlugHead Productions
  3. jpreceng

    jpreceng Guest

    If it's in good shape, buy it !!!! Then try it out on a bunch of things -- you WILL find a use for it...

  4. David

    David Guest

    For a buck? Buy it!
  5. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    If you like the sound of Marrianne Faithfulls vocals on her album Broken English, then perhaps it's the mic for you.. She used it on that record.
  6. Bob Olhsson

    Bob Olhsson Distinguished Member

    Feb 13, 2001
    Nashville TN
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    I've heard it work out great on snare and acoustic guitar too. It's sort of like a Beyer M-88 only without as much isolation but it is tighter than a 57. In fact it relates to a 421 the same way an SM-7 relates to a 57, a bit flatter with built in tone controls and shock mounting.
  7. dynamo12

    dynamo12 Guest

    Speaking about singers i 've heard Stevie Nicks used that too.
    Is a very good pick for horns and brass too.
    Overall applications field is wide. Not a colorful mike so
    Mike clip is a bitch ( as 421 ) but if you don't get the original
    ( ask for that !!! ) you can arrange something and use duct tape
    ....hate that...but...Jo
  8. Hi,
    If it works OK, Get it! MD441 can be used on a lot of application where a condensers high end transients can sometimes sound unnatural, e.g. Tablas, Derrabucker, Jembay, steel string acoustic, Sax, Toms, Snare & Suntor.
    Regards Michael
  9. john turner

    john turner Guest

    i've had good results using the 441 on hi-hats. usually, in my experience, most hats can get honky sounding with many dynamics, but the 441 is more fluid, with a clearer hi-end than is usually found on a dynamic.

    then again, i use an EV re-27 to mic the snare, so you might want to take everything i say with a grain of salt :D ;)
  10. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    LOVE the 441, has many applications....and well it can second as an electric razor for those long nights ;)
  11. recordista

    recordista Active Member

    Sep 7, 2001
    Silver City, NM
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    MD441 was THE hot mic for live sound for many years (before decent condensers were made roadworthy.) Still holds its own on vocals, drums, and horns as mentioned above. Its hypercardioid pickup pattern and minimal off-axis coloration let it outlast many of its competitors. Price has almost doubled in the 20 years since I bought them but it's a classic and easily worth $100 for a good one. MD421 and (particularly for vigorous vocalists) MD431 are also worth owning if you see any around.
  12. sign

    sign Guest

    I have two 441's, very versatile mics. The 441 is less 'hot' sounding as the 421, has better low end and is hyper cardioid.

    I once used one on violin because I didn't have a decent condenser available. The sound though was quite good.

    Good mic for horns and sax also, sounds like a condenser but with the compression of a dynamic :D
  13. Rich Davidian

    Rich Davidian Active Member

    Feb 15, 2001
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    Disclaimer: Serious hobbiest here. My 2-bits:

    In my world, the 441 is best (and most often) used on flute - especially jazz. About 18" up and mid-way between mouth and left hand. And of course, on drums.

    Given my mic closet, it has NOT been the preferred choice on guitar amps, saxes, etc. I HAS been the runner-up on one voice...after the RE-20. YMMV.

  14. clintrubber

    clintrubber Guest


    Anyone some thoughts about how the MD441
    would work for miking guitar and bass cabinets ?
    ('loud rock sources').
    I'm using a 421 for that now but can buy a 441
    in a few days.

    And since the 441 is 'condenser-like', how would it be suited for a room-mike on a guitar amp ?
    (as I understood room-sound is usually better recorded with a condenser).


  15. clintrubber

    clintrubber Guest

    from Han:

    As in the other mail, I'm thinking on getting a 441 in addition to a 421. So was wondering about the 'less hot' as used above.
    Less hot, you mean 'more relaxed' ?
    More natural ? Less on-steriods ? Flatter ?


  16. heinz

    heinz Guest

    I tend to think of the 441 being a little 'crisper' with a little more 'fizz' than the 421. Like Sprite vs. 7up. But then I can't say I have spent a lot of time diving into the rolloff switches and such, usually just stick them out there.

    For example I like the 441 better on snare (usually) than the 421, and prefer the 421 on kick most times. I also like 441 better on high gain guitars for the 'fizz' factor, and usually muck with the eq less for that reason.
  17. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Distinguished Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    I have the exact same views here. This is how I see the 441 fitting into my studio. I love it!
  18. clintrubber

    clintrubber Guest

    It's sick, I admit. But after dating old Fenders (both amps & guitars) yours truly has developed an interest in dating microphones... A truly sad situation...

    But serious, I'm just curious to roughly how old that MD441-U is that I just bought.
    Serial is 015238


  19. kinetic

    kinetic Guest

    The 441 is one of my all time favorite mics. Tighter than a 421 and extremely versatile. I've used it on everything from kick to vocals, cabinets to kotos!

    If it's in reasonable shape don't hesitate.
  20. clintrubber

    clintrubber Guest

    Thanks, I've bought it. Will testdrive it further in a higher SPL envir. tomorrow.



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