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ROAD TEST Sennheiser MK4 Digital Cardioid Condenser Mic By Adam Gallant T he Sennheiser MK4 Digital is a traditional MK4 large diaphragm condenser with a built-in preamp and A/D conversion designed by the trusted folks at Apogee. Featuring a 1-in. gold-plated diaphragm, it is very well suited for speech/voice, acoustic guitar, strings, pianos, and any instrument that covers a broad frequency range and calls for a detailed reproduction. The microphone’s character is neutral with a slight bump in the high end from 4 kHz to 10 kHz.   Connectivity This microphone (alongside a handful of other Sennheiser models) has been digitally adapted in partnership with Apogee to meet the de- mands of mobile recording for music produc- tion, podcast recording, video blogging, and other digital content recorded in the field. The MK4 connects to your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, PC, or Mac via an included cable – Apple Light- ning or full-size type A USB to a gold-plated, latch-locking Hirose ST series connector on the microphone end of the connection. The cables provided in the kit are a little over 40 in. long.   Software Apogee has developed an incredibly useful application that pairs brilliantly with the MK4 Digital. The recording software, called Apogee MetaRecorder, handles microphone gain control, file storage, and file management. This little application is for iOS devices and delivers a host of functions for easily naming takes, scenes, and tagging content. The display is clutter-free and cycling through takes a simple swipe up or down. The software was designed to be very easy to operate but also contains a handful of advanced file management features that high-end field recorders rely on for data management in post production (such as fast searchability and sync-ability from your video editing software). Further information on the Apogee software can be found via the Apogee Knowledgebase at apogeedigital.com/ knowledgebase. 20 • C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N Apogee also has the Maestro software, used specifically to configure the microphone’s gain for use in other iOS DAWs. The mic can be monitored via Maestro, but recording and data storage is handled elsewhere. For Logic, Pro Tools, and GarageBand users, the microphone will be recognized by your Mac, PC, and iOS DAWs as any other audio interface would be. The latency is system dependant and the gain controls are handled via System Properties or the Maestro app.   Mobility  Bringing only this microphone and your iOS device to a location recording session will yield the same sound quality as larger, more cumbersome set-ups (which would generally include a preamp, interface, laptop, and all the cabling and power requirements that go along with that). For the traveling music, podcast, or video content producer, the MK4 Digital ́)ѽͽѥѡЁݥѕȁե)ЁɅѥݥѠ́Յ+ M)ѕȁɕ䁙а՜͔)ѡ5,Ёх́ͱ݅Ѽ)ѕ䁝ЁɕɑѡȁЁ)]ѡЁѡȁхɕ)ȁѕəѡ5,Ёхͼɕɔ)͕́ɕЁЁمՔݡɕѼ)ձѕə͕͕е+ )M)Q5,Ёх́՝ѕɹ͡)չѕ͕ȁɽեЁ)ɵ丁%́ɕՕɕ͔Ʌ́ɽ(!Ѽ!踁]Ѡѡх)ɽɕЁմѡ)MA0ٕ͕́հőЁ)ȁմɽЁ)͕ѥѡ͔ٕٕ́ե( LQѕɸ́ɑ)ѡɽ́ݕեЀԁݕи)Qхٕͥѕ́ɽصа(иā!Ѽеа؁!聅Ѽ䁕̰)х́ѼI5ٕѕ́ݡЁ)Ѽٽٕȁѥեхȁѕ̸+ )%U͔)$ٽєѡ5,Ё)5,ɽ́ٔ䁽ɤ)ݥѠѠ٥a1HѼI5є)ѕə̸ѕȁٽٕȁѥ)եхȁѕ̰$ͅͅѡ5,Ёх)ɕɑ٥ѡ5хIɑȁA)х́ݡ eݥѠ䁙ձA ͕)AɼQ́ɕɑ́Ёэеа؁!)ɕͽѥȁѥѕ٥̰M)ɕͥɽՍѥ)ѡ5,Ёх́ȁͥЁ݅)ѼЁɕ䁝ɕеͽչɕձ̸)Ё́ݽɭ́х)ՑɽՍѥɽͥͥѥѼ)ѥЁՑȁѕ٥ͥ !)ɕѱ䁽ݹ́Ʌѕ́Q!Mչ)MՑ ɱѕѽݸA