Must Have For Mic'ing Guitar Amps & Toms
If I was told I could only choose one dynamic mic to record electric guitar with for the rest of my life, I would choose the MD421II. Whether I need to capture lush, chimey and round cleans, or a bitey aggressive overdrive, this mic always gives me the exact sound I'm looking for whether it's in the studio or live on stage.
I love to pair this with a large-diaphragm condenser for stereo amp mic'ing, and will use it over a 57 for that purpose any day. That slight midrange bite makes it a no-brainer for live use, even guitars mic'ed in mono are given the edge to cut through the mix without sounding brash or crispy. Throw this over the edge of your floor tom(s) for beefy, resonant, thunderous hits that give the kit a larger-than-life sound.
My only complaint is, as it's always been, the relatively worthless clip it attaches to. Flimsy and prone to becoming disengaged, most well-used MD421s are either a bit beat up from repeated falls or permanently adhered to the clip with gaff tape.
Exactly what I expected.
Exactly what I expected. Great microphone for drums and guitar cabs.
Can't beat a formula
By: Donny from the band Kingkween,email@example.com
Love these mics and the recent clip enhancement makes them even more reliable. Use them on toms, horns, broadcast vocals, just about whatever you want for a consistent tried and true sound.
Like ths Shure sm57 and the Akg 414 these are mics you want in your tool box if you are doing recording semi pro or professionally.
Solid purchase. Highly reccomended!!!
Perfect Microphone for Guitars and Toms
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Perfecto Microphone for guitars and drums toms, already reamp several tracks with it, i love it
The best mic for recording drum toms.
By: William Mousser
Always believed in these mics. They give you a great sound with little or no alterations
Well worth the investment!
Took me a while to decide on which mics to buy for my toms and ending up buying 3 of these mics.
They sound great. Thus far I am satisfied with the results.
Price is up there but for the sound it’s worth the cost.
By: Erickson Smith
My first time using the Md421 on my David Eden bass rig an was I surprise. Bass was pumping direct in your chest.
This MUST to have in your collection of microphones. You won’t regret ait at all.
Love this mic
By: M Dot
Great Mic for toms
Great Dynamic Mic
I really enjoy using this mic. Highly recommended. I use it for a lot of different sources, including vocals (and of course, guitars and toms.) I've owned some of the older versions and I like the newer ones because they are consistent. I currently own 3 of these.
421 is one of the best
By: Jason S.
We got two or these because they are a standard for tomorrow mics and they work better then so many other mics on the market. Ams has been helping us for many years now and they are probably the best thing that can happen to a working studio team. Many Thanks to our friends at AMS.
By: George Martinez
Love it! It works great with SM57!
Pretty darn great
By: David from Grand Junction, Colorado, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
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I haven't had it for too long but it seems to be a well built german made mic.
This microphone is a wonderful dynamic microphone. I really enjoy the five setting rolloff feature. You can have everything from a nice rich low end, to a crisp nice high end.
It's a very simple cardioid only microphone. Just plug it in make sure everything else is on and set how you want.
Like I said, the tone is versatile. I use it primarily for recording guitar and bass cabs but it is also good on toms, radio broadcasting and even kick drum.
Another got to have mic.
By: Gates from Saint Joseph, Michigan
These are built lighter than they used to be but still very solid
The 5 way bass roll off is very nice.
There are no instructions on what the roll off positions represent(hence the 4 on ease of use)
Classic 421, slightly bright, slightly open.Sounds pretty darn good on anything you'll use it on. This is a industry standard mic for guitar cabs, bass cabs and drums. You can't go wrong with this mic.
A GORGEOUS GODDESS FOR DRUMS, BASS CABS, AND INSANE METAL VOCALS
By: CHAZ from NEW JERSEY
BUILT LIKE A BRICK HOUSE, I HAVE ANOTHER ONE FROM THE EARLY 80'S, VERY WELL MADE AND SOLID, MY OLDER ONE IS HEAVY ENOUGH TO USE AS A DOORSTOP, SHE STILL SOUNDS AMAZING
THE BASS ROLL-OFF SWITCH ALLOWS MANY SOUND COLORS-NOTMUCH MORE TO ASK FOR HERE
SUPER EASY TO SET UP AND USE, THE OLD STYLE CLIP ADAPTER TO MOUNT ON A REG STAND IS A TOTAL PAIN IN THE BUTT, THIS CLIP BREAKS OFF OR IS LOST, IT'S NOT GOOD, SENNHEISER MUST DESIGN A SEMI-OR TOTAL SHOCK MOUNT FOR THIS ONE, IT IS AN OBSOLETE MOUNT FOR THIS MIC
THUNDER ON TOMS AND SNARE, VERY NICE ON BASS AND GUITAR CABS, CLOSE TO AN RE20 ON KICK DRUMS, GREAT FOR THRASH METAL LEAD VOCALS AND HOWLS/SCREAMS
The Go To Mic For Floor Toms
By: Eric M. from Houston, TX
These micropohones are well made. The only design issue is you have to have the sennheiser clip to mount the mic properly.
The high DB SPL of this mic are incredible. I first ran into this microphone about 12 years ago recording a drummer. We had some Shure 57s but nothing we had worked on the floor tom. The floor tom had no bite and sounded like wet tissue paper. I obtained one of these microphones and instantenously the floor toms roared to life. Also outstanding on lower end toms.
I've also used this microphone as a vocal microphone. This microphone was used in the 1960s as a vocal microphone. Though a decent condensor will be a better choice for vocals, this will do and works well on male voices.
No issues at all.
It's all about the tone. The best microphone I have ever heard on a floor tom and low-toms on a drum kit.
Its all in the ears...
By: Zef from South NJ near philly
Your general opinion of this product.
Great mic for toms.. and for those of us who's voice dont sound so good useing sub $500 COndenser mics.. this mic ROCKS!
Has the bass cut off........ great for toms... and vocals too if need be.
EASE OF USE:
Plug and play............. Kinda hard to screw that up huh?
shhhh.... dont tell anyone but Id but Id pay $600 for this mic... just keep it on the Down and low....
Again for those of us that have the MXL V69, and the MXL 2001P, and have tried the lower end Shure dynamic mics... and found they didnt work out for the best... this mic is THE ONE for vocals.
Metallica/ doom metal voice playing over doom metal W/ orchestra
Been recording music for 10 years
This mic is just wicked. Used in radio stations all over earth, used on talk radio, used for TV ads, Used to record tom drums and voc