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...
Used for the snare drum on *Icky Thump*, as stated by recording and mixing engineer Joe Chiccarelli in this October 1, 2007 *Mix Online* interview. > As far as miking Meg White's kit, Chiccarelli kept things straight ahead: An AKG D-12 on the kick and a U47 as an overhead run through a Fairchild compressor. It was rare that he miked the snare, but when he did it was a U47 through a Fairchild. When she used a bigger kit, Chiccarelli put a 57 on the snare top and a Sennheiser 441 on the bottom. The toms were not miked, but he used an assortment of mics as overheads and in the room. “I set up a lot of different room mics, maybe eight,” Chiccarelli explains. “Depending on the song, I could go smaller, tighter and punchier, or wide and open. Sometimes, I would use old funky cheap mics as room mics and distort them. Other times, it was a pair of Coles, maybe combined with a pair of 87s far up in the room. We did things with drums like pumping them through the reverb chamber or pumping them through guitar amps.”more
> “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
Used on vocals for "Take Me to Church", as stated by mix engineer Rob Kirwan in this March 2015 *Sound on Sound* interview. > “I recorded Andrew’s vocals with him in the room, right behind me, so there were no natural acoustics on them. I already spoke about my CMV563/M7 vocal chain. I also always had a Sennheiser M441 on him as a sort of safeguard, and I combined these two while mixing. My mic pre on the 441 was the 1071, and I also had the Vac Rac EQ on his vocals, and the LA2A. So the vocal chain was as warm as it could be. The mic he used in his attic is a Neumann U87. The problem with 87s and 414s for me is that they are so accurate that everything sounds pretty sterile on them, hence my preference for using Gefells and other unusual microphones with lots of character. But it worked on his vocals because his performance was so good.” The version goes unspecified in both this interview and on [Kirwan's official microphone inventory list](https://www.robkirwan.com/studio/), evincing that it is the original U version.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
Used on *Anthem of the Peaceful Army*, as stated by mix engineer Al Sutton in this January 2019 *Sound on Sound* interview. > (...) "I take the Glyn Johns setup as my basis, with an overhead and a side mic equidistant from the snare — I use two drum sticks to measure the distance. I used to use two Mesanovic M2 ribbons for this, but now use two Neumann U67 mics. In addition, my kick mic is the AKG D36, and my snare mics are the Shure SM57 and Neumann Gefell M300, held together by an X clip. I have a mic pointing at the side of the snare which often is called the 'wurst mic' [a term coined by German engineer Moses Schneider for a saturated lo-fi drum mic that delivers a sausage-shaped waveform — Ed.]. I used to use the Neumann UM57 for that, but now it's the Sennheiser MD441. It's really pointy and effected-sounding, and technically you can use that mic for your entire drum sound. My room mics are two Mesonovic ribbons, in a Blumlein setup. All drum mics went through the API, straight into Pro Tools."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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