The MK 21 is a modular wide cardioid condenser microphone head which requires a Schoeps Colette preamplifier (sold separately) for use.
The directivity of the wide cardioid lies between the omni and the cardioid and combines the advantages of the two patterns. The low-frequency behaviour of the MK 21 is better than that of the cardioid and the proximity effect is less pronounced.
The wide cardioid polar pattern is extremely consistent across the frequency range. Laterally-arriving direct sound and reflections are picked up without added coloration.
The MK 21 is ideal when a slight directional effect and a warm, natural sound image are desired.
When used as a spot microphone, the distance from the sound source should be slightly smaller than when using a cardioid due to lower directivity index.
The low directivity of this capsule type prevents it from generating large enough level differences for X/Y use, though MS and near-coincident spacings are often successful.
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