Prolight + Sound: Sennheiser launches two new digital mics

Sennheiser is previewing two new microphones at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt this week – a digital version of its MK 4 and the HandMic digital.

The MK 4 is one of the manufacturer’s most popular recording mics, utilising Apogee A/D conversion and mic preamp technology to connect directly to iOS, Mac and PC devices.

The company says its new large-diaphragm digital version of the MK 4 has ‘the typical warmth and detail of a true condenser microphone.’

“I am delighted to announce the latest product to be born from our cooperation with A/D conversion experts Apogee Electronics,” said Wolfgang Fraissinet, director audio recording at Sennheiser. “The MK 4 digital true condenser studio microphone will bring full, detailed sound and “made in Germany” quality to recordings on iOS devices, Macs and PCs. It will offer bands and artists freedom and flexibility in recording their tracks and song ideas, and will also be an ideal tool for high-quality speech applications from voice-overs to podcasts.”

The MK 4 digital is delivered complete with a USB cable and a Lightning iOS cable for connecting to Apple devices as well as a microphone clamp and a pouch, and will become available from summer 2016.

Sennheiser is also showing its new HandMic digital (pictured) in Frankfurt this week. Like the new MK 4, the HandMic digital makes use of an Apogee A/D converter and pre-amp.

The cardioid dynamic handheld microphone is designed for mobile journalism, podcasting or vocal and instrument recording.

“Users are increasingly relying on their mobile devices for recording speech and vocals,” said Achim Gleissner, commercial manager for Sennheiser’s Broadcast and Media business. “However, the quality of built-in microphones leaves much to be desired for prosumers and professionals alike. This is the reason why we have created the HandMic digital, which offers all the benefits of a Sennheiser dynamic handheld, making it an ideal, easy-to-use tool to upgrade your sound. It is a further step in our ongoing collaboration with Apogee Electronics.”

The HandMic digital comes in a rugged, all-metal housing and uses Sennheiser’s shock-mounted cardioid capsule to suppress handling noise. The microphone is highly resistant to wind noise and the EMI emitted by cell phones. It is also able to handle high sound pressure levels of up to 150 dB, and provides ‘excellent suppression of feedback.’

Via the supplied cables, the HandMic digital can connect directly to USB inputs or to the Lightning sockets of iOS devices. A microphone clamp and a solid table stand are included too.

The HandMic digital will be available from the third quarter of 2016.

You can visit Sennheiser and Neumann this week at Prolight + Sound, Hall 4.1, Stand No. D11.