New mics : Shure KSM 141 and Sennheiser MK8


Here’s a quick update to document my latest mic purchases. On sunday 26th, I got a couple of used Shure KSM 141s for 5500 NOK. These are small condenser mics with switchable omni / cardioid pattern and are quite reputable, especially for acoustic guitar. I’ve yet to test them, but from what I’ve read, they have accentuated, sweet mids and the highs are not harsh. I’m hoping they will be go-to SDCs for close-micing guitars while my NT5s (which I assume are brighter) will be used more for overhead and distance micing.

Shure KSM 141 in its case
Shure KSM 141 in its case

Yesterday, I got my new Sennheiser MK8 which is a sort of replacement for a defect Milab DC-96B which I recently purchased and sent back (bought two, so still have a working DC-96B). The Sennheiser MK8 is packed full of features that make it seem like it can do anything, a true workhorse. I got a shockmount with it, but was a little disappointed that I didn’t get a pop screen. I put the MK8 to a quick test on acoustic steel stringed and loved it there. I’m sure it also sounds great on vocals. On nylon, I preferred the DC-96B on nylon, but much more on that later.

Sennheiser MK8 on the MKS4 shockmount

The Torden Studio Mic Locker now looks like this:

  • 2 x Røde NT1-A (LDC)
  • 2 x Røde NT5 (SDC, matched pair)
  • 2 x Shure KSM 141 (SDC)
  • 1 x Sennheiser e935 (DYN)
  • 1 x Sennheiser MK8 (LDC)
  • 1 x Milab DC-96B (LDC)
  • 1 x sE Electronics GM10 (SDC)

I’ve yet to try the KSM 141s, but I have put the MK8 to a quick test and I liked it very much. However – more on that later as I will pitch these mics against eachother in various tests very soon.

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