Focus on: Mic capsules for Sennheiser wireless

Build your dream handheld.

With the introduction of Sennheiser EW-D series, singers and production providers have the chance to mix-and-match for the perfect handheld vocal mic to suit any situation.

Build your dream handheld

With the introduction of Sennheiser EW-D series – specifically the SKM Baseset (handheld system, without a capsule) – singers and production providers have the chance to easily mix-and-match to create the perfect handheld vocal mic to suit any situation.

A capsule to suit any singing style

Of course, we are believers in the fact that there is no actual “one size fits all” when it comes to microphone capsules.

Even the humble “one size fits all” baseball cap still comes with adjustable tabs on the back.

But let’s not sit completely on the fence here. If we were going to pick one… let’s go with the fabulous MMD 935-1BK. It sounds great, won’t break the bank, and is the go-to for a variety of situations.

More on that later.

The wireless connection

First, here’s what we need to know about Sennheiser interchangeable microphone capsules.

Like most manufacturers, Sennheiser have their own way of getting the capsule to talk with the handheld transmitter (and getting the transmitter to provide power, if it’s a condenser mic). Usually this would mean that you can only use Sennheiser capsules with Sennheiser transmitters, but with the introduction of Evolution G4 back in 2018, we also got some lovely news with Neumann capsules getting “the nod”.

One thing to note in the video above – look at the three capsule lined up on the table. They’re all sitting with their protective caps in place. Don’t lose your caps, especially if you’re planning on interchanging capsules every-so-often. They help maintain the integrity of your connection interface, for those times when your capsules are not connected.

Popular capsules for Sennheiser handheld wireless

Here’s the quick list, and you can scroll further for our summary of each capsule.

800 series

We see these capsules as the entry to Sennheiser’s range of interchangeable wireless heads. The two choices being cardioid (MMD835) and supercardioid (MMD845).

Where these capsules excel is for spoken word, and ‘simple’ singing duties.

The frequency response of 40 – 16,000 Hz offers a perfect pocket for presentation voices. Without the extended top-end frequencies of some of the other capsules below, the two options in this series are also an ‘easy’ choice for stage vocals. Especially well-suited for school auditoriums and small stages (where there may not be an experienced operator on hand to immediately negate any high-frequency feedback), the MMD 835 and MMD 845 are solid.

900 series

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. The MMD935 (cardioid) and MMD945 (supercardioid) are fantastic capsules.

With a little more ‘top end’ than the 800 series above, you get a more detailed sound from either of these capsules. Of course, they are both a great choice for presentation and spoken word, but they really shine when you get them onto a stage for vocals.

The 40 – 18,000 Hz frequency response is smooth, and there is a definite presence to the vocals. You’ll also find there’s a high SPL handling (max 154 dB), and the capsules are comfortable with either ‘breathy’ vocals or an out-and-out belter.

For experienced vocalists, choose the MMD 945 supercardioid, you’ll find even better gain-before-feedback available than the already impressive MMD 935 cardioid version.

MM 435/445 – top of the dynamic tree

The newest members of this capsule line up are already impressing around the world. Released late in 2020, the MM 435 (cardioid) and MM 445 (supercardioid) are both dynamic microphone heads, with some serious specs behind them.

A big frequency response 40 – 20,000 Hz is backed up with huge SPL handling (max 163 dB).

For the MM 445 in particular, the “pick-up pattern of this high-rejection supercardioid microphone systematically blocks out ambient noise and guarantees maximum protection from feedback in every stage situation and set-up” – yes, that’s a Sennheiser quote.

So is this: “The MM 445 pushes the potential of dynamic microphones to the limits of what is technically viable. The direct, focused sound gives every voice greater presence and intensity. Their sophisticated transparency and the richness of the low and middle ranges create unparalleled acoustic capabilities”

Anyway, whichever pickup pattern suits your needs, these new capsule are dead-set bangers.

Neumann condenser capsules

Where to start with this… first of all, we are unashamed fans of Neumann stage microphones. In particular when the now-famous KMS105 supercardioid stage vocal condenser was released all those years ago, we were certainly taken with how ‘full’ it sounded.

To explain: some stage condensers sound like an ice cream cone to us. All the action is up the top, and then the interest tapers significantly as you move down the frequencies. This is where KMS105 really stood up and gave us a “listen to me” smack in the face.

All the subtle nuances and clarity you want from the top end are there, but a rich upper midrange all the way down to a full lower mid are also present, and if it’s ever too much to handle for the front of house engineer, it’s easy to wind a bit out with a smidge of EQ. Of course, this is far easier than trying to dial in something that’s not there in the first place.

There are two options available – the KK204 cardioid condenser and KK205 supercardioid condenser. Quite frankly, we’d be happy for either at a gig.

You can read all about them in glorious details via our product webpages, linked above.

Is a wireless vocal mic with a condenser capsule perfect for old-school pub rock? Nope.
If it’s more a classy singer you’re dealing with, and you really want to hear the vocals come alive, look no further than this capsule. Neumann sound – on stage, with the freedom of Sennheiser wireless.

What about other brands with Sennheiser?

We’re glad you asked! Since Neumann has been able to produce a fine capsule for Sennheiser wireless, who else has jumped on board?

One well-revered option is the DPA 2028 capsule.

DPA 2028 offers:

  • Renowned DPA sound
  • Natural vocals – from folk to metal
  • Reduces feedback issues
  • Rugged enough for the live stage
  • Uniform supercardioid directionality
  • Extreme SPL handling

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