Sennheiser MKH 30 Bi-Directional Microphone

Model: MKH30-P48

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General Information

Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Figure 8 (Bi-Directional)
Frequency Response 40 Hz - 20 kHz, (-3 dB)
Dynamic Range (Typical) 121 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 81 dB
Maximum Input Sound Level 134 dB
Power Requirements Phantom 48v, (+/- 4v)
Output Impedance 150 Ohms
Output Connectors XLR-3M Type
Pad Yes, -10 dB Attenuation Switch
Low Frequency Roll-Off Yes, -5 dB/Octave @ 100 Hz
Applications General Recording, Mid-Side (M-S) and Blumlein Stereo (When Coupled with Other MKH Microphones)
Dimensions 6.9 x 1.0" (174 x 25mm) LxDiameter
Weight 3.85 oz (110g)
User Reviews
21 December 2015

I bought this for mid-side field recording, but it's proved useful in other applications. I was working on a radio drama, and most of the scenes had two actors talking to each other. It was a really convenient, lightweight solution for recording two actors speaking while facing one another.

26 July 2011

Awesome for M/S setups. Super quiet and durable, with good wind protection can be used anywhere.

23 November 2013

I'm going to start by getting the biggest elephant in the room out of the way: it's a bi-directional mic, and thus it's day-to-day function is extremely limited for almost all recording purposes.

6 March 2012

I used these mics recently (2 MKH 30s) in a Faulkner array to record an a cappella choral program. I used minimal electronics and minimal DSP. These mics delivered an accurate, musical, and glorious sound. It is an extremely high quality product.

Product Highlights
  • Transducer Type
  • Wide, Smooth Freq. Response
  • For Soloists & Small Groups
  • Figure-8 Bidirectional Pickup
  • Extreme Lateral Rejection
  • Low Noise & Distortion
  • Transformerless Output
  • Switchable Roll-Off Filter
  • Pre-Attenuation Switch
  • Uses +48V Phantom Power
In The Box
  • Sennheiser MKH 30 Bi-Directional Microphone
  • Microphone Shock Mount
  • MZW 40 Windscreen
  • MZQ 31 Double Jointed Stand Adapter
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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