A dynamic mic of exceptional quality and versatility that incorporates the best qualities of both dynamic and condenser mic technologies, the MD-441U is acknowledged as one of the most accurate and versatile dynamic mics available. It has a nearly...
> “I originally chose the Sennheiser MD 441 for her vocal simply because it’s a fantastically versatile microphone, great for vocals and just about everything you choose to point it at,” Head explained. “Polly [PJ Harvey] used it on some of the vocal recording on her latest Hope Six Demolition Project album and in rehearsal, so it was always an option for the live shows, but in the end, when the whole PJ Harvey production was set-up with 9 musicians on stage and 23 monitors, we thought that the MD 431 had slightly better rejection, and Polly chose it above the MD 441 to use for the festival shows. This is a show where the audibility of the vocal is crucial. I constantly recommend the MD 431 to other engineers.”more
Closeup of the mic can be seen around 0:10 mark. Elton has been said to use Sennheiser mics in general, and there have been claims of using the 441 in particular. He can also be seen to use this mic as early as 1974, as first seen around 2:27 during a concert in London: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF14ECixT9I I'm not sure if this is the exact microphone model, but it seems to be similar in shape. I was also unable to find an exact date for the mic, but scowering various forums has lead to claims that it was popular during the 1970s, also used in drumming.more
Greg lake chose the stylish and accurate Sennheiser 441 microphone as his main vocal mic for the technically advanced PA used in the 1977 'Works' Orchestra Tour. Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac began using this mic for their 'Rumors' tour, and it remained her visual trademark for decades.more
A dynamic mic of exceptional quality and versatility that incorporates the best qualities of both dynamic and condenser mic technologies, the MD-441U is acknowledged as one of the most accurate and versatile dynamic mics available. It has a nearly textbook perfect supercardioid polar pattern, a five-position bass contour switch, a critically dampened internal shock suspension, and a humbucking coil. It's exquisite for vocals and instruments.
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