Sennheiser MD-21

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by clintrubber, May 21, 2004.

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  1. clintrubber

    clintrubber Guest


    I've seen a MD-21 (MD-21N) for sale. Anyone using this omni-mic ?
    Or is it just too old and not really useful for recording anymore ?


  2. tomtom

    tomtom Guest

    It's a dynamic, omni microphone. Good for recording interviews if you are a journalist. I have seen it used on toms, but it seems that a MD 421 would be more apropriate to handle such task. It's an extremely tough microphone. Teachers at school used to show students that you could use it as a hammer or dip it into water and it would still work!!! They were pretty stupid, but right!
  3. clintrubber

    clintrubber Guest

    Thanks TomTom for your reaction.

    Eventual application for recording - I'm not a journalist nor a teacher but a mic being sturdy is always welcome :wink:

    It was especially the omni-pattern which seems interesting about the MD-21, could perhaps function well on a larger distance from the source like a gtr-cab (while a MD421 direct & close). And its freq-range seems quite decent.

    Other people using it for recording ? Must say I don't see it being mentioned very often, so who knows it's simply not that suited for recording, despite its specs.


  4. pan

    pan Guest

    I love my MD 21s as a secret weapon on drums!

    As you pointed out: a dynamic omni!

  5. clintrubber

    clintrubber Guest

    from Pan:
    Thanks Pan. As overheads ? Room-mics ?

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  7. clintrubber

    clintrubber Guest

    Thanks Kurt !
  8. pan

    pan Guest

    Usually a close ambience.

    I also have a MD21 set up as a Talkback/Room mic and sometimes add this to different sources, if it sounds cool.


    btw, does anyone know the differences between the /HN /U and the "standard" versions of this mic?
    I know there are many different models with different connectors and grilles.
  9. clintrubber

    clintrubber Guest

    Thanks Pan.

    Looking at the MD421 & MD441 one would say the 'U' indicates an XLR. There are at least two 'U'-flavours for those mics, but forgot what the XLR-variations were.



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