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The Sennheiser MKH 40 is one of four professional-grade, studio-recording microphones (MKH 20, MKH 30, MKH 40, MKH 50) .

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Pros

roll-off filter does a great job avoiding distortions due to proximity

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won't accidentally pick up an incidental noise from behind the mic

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can easily pick up conversations between two people and have them both come in perfectly

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sturdy construction don't have to treat it delicately

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fairly light weight, easy to attach to a wide variety of rigging

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strikes a balance between recording the subject and the environment, good for outdoor recording

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Cons

not as good at blocking out ambient noise as the Sennheiser MKH 50

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The Sennheiser MKH 40 is one of four professional-grade, studio-recording microphones (MKH 20, MKH 30, MKH 40, MKH 50). In particular, the MKH 40 is a pressure-gradient mic with a cardioid pick-up pattern characterized by a strong sensitivity to audio from the front of the microphone, midrange sensitivity on the sides, and quality rejection of audio emanating from the rear. Versus the super-cardioid MKH 50, the Sennheiser MKH 40 rejects room reflections very well, but still allows a lot of audio in from the sides. Featured also is a switchable roll-off filter to compensate for proximity effects at a distance of approximately .5 m.

Features
  • Professional-Grade Studio Microphone
  • Pressure-Gradiant Mic
  • Cardioid Pick-Up Pattern
  • Strong Front Sensitivity
  • Midrange Side Sensitivity
  • Zero Rear Sensitivity
  • Maximum Front to Back Ratio
  • Low Inherent Self-Noise
  • Switchable Roll-Off Fiilter
  • Switchable Pre-Attenuation
  • Shock Mount
  • Windshield
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