Perfect for orchestral recordings – the MKH 8090 wide cardioid condenser microphone
Sennheiser is expanding its MKH studio microphone series with the addition of the MKH 8090, whose wide cardioid pick-up pattern makes it the ideal microphone for orchestral recordings.
“The MKH 8090 combines omni-directional and cardioid pick-up patterns to produce an impressive orchestral microphone,”
Meticulous sound tuning
One of those responsible for fine-tuning the microphone was tonmeister Gregor Zielinsky, International Recording Applications Manager at Sennheiser: “During the development of the MKH 8090, we focused on ensuring that the sound perception of the microphone is precisely between that of the omni-directional MKH 8020 and the cardioid MKH 8040. Through further fine-tuning, we succeeded in creating a microphone with a sound that seems to ‘shine’, and which has great presence and musicality.”
Accessories for (almost) every application
The MKH 8090 benefits from the wide range of accessories available for the 8000 series, such as microphone stands with different heights, various microphone clips, a shock mount, remote cables with different lengths, windshields and accessories for ceiling mounting.
Also available as an accessory is the MZD 8000 digital module, which converts the audio signal of the MKH 8090 into a digital signal according to the AES42 standard (Mode 2) directly at the microphone head, thus ensuring a lifelike, natural sound entirely without cable losses or interference from other sources.
Sennheiser’s MKH series works according to the RF principle, which Sennheiser has been using for more than 50 years and has developed to absolute perfection, for example through the use of symmetrical transducers.
The MKH 8090 will be available in October and will cost $1,199.95.
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser's pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Technical Data MKH 8090
Sensitivity -34 dBV/Pa (20 mV/Pa)
Max. sound pressure level 142 dB SPL
Equivalent noise level 13 dB(A) (DIN-IEC 651), 23 dB (CCIR 268-3)
Min. terminating impedance
Current consumption 3.3 mA
Weight 25 g (55 g with XLR module)
Operating temperature -10 °C to +60 °C
The MKH 8000 series at a glance
MKH 8020 omni-directional
MKH 8040 cardioid
MKH 8050 super-cardioid
MKH 8060 short shotgun
MKH 8070 long shotgun
MKH 8090 wide cardioid
MKH 800 Twin
The principle of the RF condenser microphone
RF condenser microphones are a special type of condenser microphone. Instead of the high polarisation voltage that is usually required, a relatively low RF voltage generated by a low-noise oscillator is applied to the capsule. This voltage is modulated by capacitance changes produced by the sound waves moving the capsule diaphragm. After demodulation, a low-noise audio frequency signal with very low source impedance is available. This signal can be used to directly drive ‘ordinary’
Symmetrical capsule design
RF condenser microphones from Sennheiser have a special symmetrical ‘push-pull’